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Flashlight Nights 2024

DATE: June 15, 22, 29, July 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sept. 7 & 14
TIME: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
PRICE: Included with Membership or General Admission

Escape the heat and explore the Garden after dark with family and friends! Discover the Garden’s five thematic trails, encounter desert creatures, and immerse yourself in the captivating nighttime ambiance with cool drinks and treats. Enjoy access to food trucks and Breezy Pops for sale. Garden will be selling s’mores and drinks and more from their pop-up bars serving non-alcoholic and adult beverages.

Join us for special theme nights in June:

Father’s Day | June 15
Dads free with a paid admission, use promo code DAD24
Celebrate the rad dads in your life at Flashlight Nights on June 15. Dads get in free with a paid child admission. The Garden will have free popsicles for the dads! Plus, enjoy the Garden at night with the entire family at Flashlight Nights. Dads receive $1 off any beer, wine or mixed drink purchase.

Science Night | June 22  | 5 – 8 p.m.
Southwest Urban Corridor Integrated Field Laboratory (SW-IFL)  will be onsite inviting the public to delve into its groundbreaking research focused on combating extreme heat across Arizona. Attendees can engage with SW-IFL researchers, explore scientific equipment and participate in interactive demonstrations firsthand. Supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the SW-IFL is a collaborative partnership among three Arizona public universities, two national laboratories and industry researchers.

Pride Night | June 29
Chalk Activity | Express yourself and decorate canvases with bright colors using Glow Chalk.
Kid’s Hands-on Activity | Add life to our rainbow snake by painting a unique rock. Plus, enjoy complimentary books and a Storytime.
Glow Party | Enjoy food, drink, a live DJ and LED visual performance at our party complete with UV lights and accessories.
Marketplace | Support LGBTQIA+ vendors and artists as they share art like jewelry, prints and tie dye apparel available for purchase.


July 20 (sold out), and 27 (sold out), and August 3 (sold out), 10, 17, and 24, 6:30 p.m.

Explore the Garden with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour that showcase desert plants from around the world and the Sonoran Desert. Visitors will have a chance to experience the Garden’s state-of-the-art greenhouses, witness rare and endangered desert plants, and learn about the Garden’s conservation and research work that protects desert plants for future generations.

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All Flashlight Nights events include the following activities:

Book Giveaway | Browse books and take one home for free! One per guest.

Moon Sculptures | Observe the shapes and textures of the moon, and identify a crater’s impact shape, size and impact rays. Plus, create a moon sculpture with clay to take home.

Constellation Cups | Create constellations with a paper cup to project and view.

Star Gazing | Discover stars, constellations, planets, moons and other astronomical objects in the night sky with telescopes.

Mesquite Pitch Painting | Try painting using mesquite pitch paint.

Prickly Pear pop-up | Learn about the many uses of prickly pear cactus including food for people and animals, a host plant for insects, and even cactus leather used in the fashion industry.  Plus, taste a prickly pear cactus pad (nopalito).

Magnificent Mesquites | Touch, grind and taste mesquite flour made from the seedpods of a mesquite.

Making Tracks | Explore tracks of animals that live in the Sonoran Desert and create your own tracks using stamps and water.

Desert Critters | Encounter snakes, tarantulas, scorpions and other desert critters general questions.

Super Saguaro | Explore this desert icon, see and touch a saguaro skeleton, learn about how it is an important resource for various desert wildlife and how it has evolved as a plant to live in the desert. Guests will learn how saguaro fruit is harvested.

Generously Supported By:


Desert Discovery Camps 2024

June 12 - July 18

The Garden’s Summer Camps are back! Register your child to one of three drop-off camps that will encourage the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists and environmental scientists.

Sonoran Sippin’ 2024

June 21, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20

Enjoy a complimentary cool drink, included with ticket, and soak up the summer sunset at the Garden with pop-up experiences and desert views.


June 14, 28 | July 12, 26

Join Desert Botanical Garden for Storytime. Introduce your child five and younger to the beauty and wonder of nature through engaging books, songs, activities and play.

Become a member and get unlimited access all year!