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Fernando Botero: El Maestro

Oct. 7 - March 31

Harmony of color and beauty of form come together in this exhibition of paintings, drawings and monumental sculpture celebrating the visionary Colombian artist, Fernando Botero.

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.

Music in the Garden

Feb. 16 | March 1, 8, 15, 29 | April 5, 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

Feb 17 | March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | April 6, 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.

Majestic Mariposas

March 2 - May 12

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

Read Between the Spines Author Series Featuring Abra Lee

March 6 & 7

Dig into bestselling books with the author themselves.


Feb. 23 | March 8, 22 | April 5, 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.

Spring Plant Sale

March 14-17

Spring has sprung! Discover hundreds of varieties of native plants, succulents, cactus and pollinator-friendly species with more than 30,000 plants to choose from.

Lotería Night

March 14 | April 11

Gather your amigos for rounds of Lotería and a chance to win fun prizes. Enjoy food, drinks, música y más. This event is 21+.

Spaces of Opportunity Day at the Garden

March 22

Learn more about Spaces of Opportunity a community initiative supported by Desert Botanical Garden.

Fund the Farm Celebration

March 22

Fund the Farm celebration is a festive party helping grow Spaces of Opportunity! Enjoy local drinks and local bites from some of the Valley’s best caterers and enjoy musical entertainment as you stroll the Garden’s trails.

Desert Sol

March 29 | April 14

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

Saguaro & Skate

April 13

Get your groove on in this outdoor roller disco! Skates provided. Must be five and older to skate.

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.

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

Select Dates | May 15-June 1, 2024

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

The Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society 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.

Flashlight Nights 2024

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 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

Select Dates | 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.