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Playing with Stars: Rotraut at Desert Botanical Garden

Oct. 7, 2022 - May 14, 2023

The bold and lyrical large-scale sculptures of Rotraut will enliven the Garden t​rails while a selection of her paintings and small sculpture fill the Ottosen Gallery. Known around the world, and based in Arizona, Rotraut’s artwork explores the energy of the seasons and the relationship of nature with the sky, sun and universe.

Dog Days at the Garden

Select Saturdays | Jan. 28 - May 27 (excluding Feb. 25 and April 22)

Paws up for Dog Days at the Garden! Explore the trails with your pup, smell the spring wildflowers and pose for photos on Saturday mornings.

Cactus Clubhouse

Jan. 1 - March 31

Desert Botanical Garden invites kids to engage with the outdoors around them at Cactus Clubhouse–a nature play space. The play area provides unstructured, child-led activities for kids under 12 to discover the fun of the natural world.

Corks & Cactus 2023

Feb. 4 - 5

Sip, savor and shop an afternoon in the Garden at Corks & Cactus. Meet with wine representatives and enjoy samples of up to 40 different wines, purchase food pairings and shop our boutique wine sales all while soaking up the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Museum of the Moon at Desert Botanical Garden

Feb. 7 – 14

Prepare to be moonstruck at the Garden for a limited time only. Museum of the Moon by UK artist Luke Jerram inspires awe with a 23-foot diameter glowing moon that provides detailed views of the lunar surface fused with a stellar soundtrack by composer Dan Jones. 

Music in the Garden 2023

Jan 27 | Feb. 10, 17 | March 3, 10, 17, 31 | April 7, 14, 28 | May 5, 12, 19, 26

Spring into the season with an exciting lineup of artists at Music in the Garden. Join us Fridays for a night filled with music, memories and a full Sonoran Desert experience.

Desert Sol 2023

Feb. 12, March 31, April 15

Awaken your senses and sooth your soul with the healing power of nature. Experience and connect with a variety of cultural and healing traditions from around the world.

Lotería Nights 2023

Feb. 16, March 16, April 13

Don’t miss the exclusive opportunity to play the iconic Mexican lotería game on a Desert Botanical Board tabla created by Garden graphic designers!


Feb. 25 - 26

The most anticipated culinary event of the region, Local First Arizona’s 14th Annual Devour Culinary Classic, will return to Desert Botanical Garden on February 25-26, 2023 – marking the first in-person iteration of the beloved community event since 2020.

Majestic Mariposas

March 4 - May 14

Families can get an up-close and unforgettable experience when more than 2,000 native Southwestern butterflies return for the Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Get acquainted with thousands of butterflies, observe each stage of their life cycle and learn what actions we can take to protect them.

Plant Sale 2023

March 16 - 19

Make  your spring bloom with an extensive selection of desert plants, including cactus, agaves, succulents, trees and shrubs, at Spring Plant Sale.

Dinner on the Desert 2023

April 22

Dinner on the Desert 2023 blends the exquisite beauty of the Garden with the bold and lyrical large-scale sculptures of  international artist, Rotraut, to create a memorable evening.

Fund the Farm 2023

March 24

Join us for a party with a purpose that celebrates Spaces of Opportunity, a 19-acre community farm providing healthy produce in south Phoenix.