Desert Botanical Garden Family Events: Lights, Concerts, Tours & More


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Majestic Mariposas

March 13 - May 12

Don’t miss this living exhibit that features more than a thousand free-flying Southwestern butterflies.

Cactus Clubhouse

Oct. 1 - May 12 | Thursday - Sunday | 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cactus Clubhouse has relocated as the Garden is growing and under construction. Please visit us in our new location in the Weisz Academic Bulding. In this temporary space, kids encounter several activity areas designed to spark independent play, while encouraging physical, cognitive and behavioral growth.

Yoga at the Garden

April 18, 25 | May 2, 5, 9, 12, 19, 26

Unwind and connect with nature during this memorable Sunset Yoga session, led by local studio Metta Yoga. Together, in a Sonoran desert oasis, we will breathe, stretch and embrace the beauty of the setting sun whilst enjoying the Garden view


April 19 | May 3,17 | 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.

Dinner on the Desert 2024

April 20

An unforgettable evening awaits you at Dinner on the Desert 2024, surrounded by Garden beauty, world-class entertainment and more.

Morning Tai Chi Classes

Tuesdays, April 16, 23, 30 | May 21, 28

The Garden is the traditional setting for the ancient flowing movements of Tai Chi Chuan, the health-boosting Chinese martial art that fuses Yin and Yang.

Sound Meditation Classes

April 5, 12, 24, 25, 28 | May 2

Let the soothing melodies of singing bowls and gongs transport you to a state of pure relaxation and meditation. Participants can be seated or lie down for the entirety of the class. Don’t forget to bring your mat. All levels welcome. Instructed by experienced sound practitioners.

Music in the Garden

April 12, 26 | May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Enjoy a stunning Garden backdrop as you experience local bands during this Friday’s night series.

Dog Days at the Garden

April 13, 27 | May 4, 11

Enjoy a weekend excursion with your four-legged friend through the Garden’s trails. A paw-fect place to enjoy the outdoors together with some great photo opps.

The Metro Phoenix Saguaro Census 2024

May 1-31

The Garden is launching the 3rd Annual Saguaro Census in May to document more saguaros throughout the Phoenix metro area using the iNaturalist app. We have learned a lot about saguaros in the Valley and new challenges have emerged.

Mother’s Day in the Garden

May 12, 2024

Treat a Mom in your life to a day filled with desert blooms along the Garden’s trails, the spring butterfly exhibit plus complimentary photo ops and moms can take home a complimentary plant.

The Four Seasons by Ballet Arizona

May 15-June 1, 2024

The Four Seasons makes its triumphant return to Desert Botanical Garden.

The Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Show 2024

May 17-19, 2024

Don’t miss seeing beautifully grown, amazingly spectacular and just plain weird cactus and succulent plants grown by Society members.

Desert Sol

April 14 & May 23

Immerse yourself in nature and the beauty of the Garden through yoga, cooking demos, educational talks, world music and more.

Flashlight Nights 2024

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sept. 7

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.

Desert Discovery Camps 2024

June 10 - 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.

Juneteenth 2024

June 14

Join us as we commemorate Juneteenth at the Garden. Stroll through the trails to enjoy a day filled with activities that celebrate Black culture and traditions.

Sonoran Sippin’ 2024

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

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

Desert Pulse

October 2025 - May 2026

Desert Botanical Garden is embarking on a new partnership with London-based pioneering artist studio ScanLAB Projects, bringing its groundbreaking visual and technical artwork here in 2025. The exhibit will be a first-of-its-kind in the Valley to connect science and nature at this scale in both indoor and outdoor environments.


April 17-19 Center for Desert Living Trail will be closed due to construction.
April 20 The Garden will close at 12 p.m., last admission 10:30 a.m.
April 20 Cactus Clubhouse will be closed.