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


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Desert Landscape School Classes

Now - Nov. 11

Desert Landscape School is an immersive experience on various aspects of desert landscapes and gardening. The School provides you with many opportunities to practice landscape skills alongside Garden horticultural experts.

Cactus Clubhouse

Oct. 1 - May 11 | Thursday - Sunday

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.

Majestic Mariposas

Sept. 23 - Nov. 12

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

Music in the Garden

Oct. 6, 13, 20 | Nov. 3, 10, 17

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

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.

Dog Days at the Garden

Select Saturdays | Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 | Nov. 18

Enjoy a weekend excursion with your four-legged friend through the Garden’s trails


Oct. 7 - 8

¡Viva la Guelaguetza! The lively festivities of a traditional Mexican indigenous holiday come alive at the Garden. Celebrate Oaxacan culture through music, dance, art, food and more.

Desert Sol

Oct. 10 & Nov. 18

Immerse yourself in the healing power of nature through a variety of cultural and restoring traditions from around the world.

Read Between the Spines Author Series

Oct. 11 & 12

Dig into bestselling books with the author themselves. Join an informal and entertaining meet and greet with the authors.

Lotería Nights

Oct. 18 & Nov. 15

Gather your amigos and join us on the third Wednesday in October and November for rounds of Lotería and a chance to win fun prizes. Enjoy tasty food, drinks, música y más.

Fall Plant Sale 2023

Oct. 19 - 22

Find the perfect desert plant and houseplant at the Fall Plant Sale. Choose from aromatic herbs, vegetables to flowering perennials, as well as a selection of cactus, succulents and agaves.

Strange Garden

Oct. 27 - 28

Get spooky at the Garden with more treats than tricks! Dress up in your Halloween best, enjoy a night filled with mad botanists, peculiar plants and photo ops.

Día de Muertos 2023

Nov. 4 & 5

Día de Muertos returns to the Garden this fall, featuring an immersive experience that includes a mega community altar centered on the history and symbolism of the elegant skeleton figure La Catrina.

Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Celebration

Nov. 11 & 12

Celebrate Arizona’s Native American communities at the Garden with storytelling, music, dance, food and culture.

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Nov. 24, 25 | Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 19-23, 26-30

Garden lights on winter nights is a must this holiday season at Desert Botanical Garden’s Las Noches de las Luminarias.

La Posada

Dec. 17

The Mexican holiday tradition of La Posada returns to add an extra layer of magic to your holidays.