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


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Flashlight Nights 2024

July 20, 27 | Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | Sept. 7 & 14

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.

Great Milkweed Grow Out Tour

July 24, 26 | Aug 14, 16

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of our plant and insect ecology program! Learn about and experience firsthand our research with butterflies and their hostplants, and visit our onsite propagation area to see how we grow plants for pollinator conservation around the state.


July 26 | Oct. 11 & 25 | Nov. 8 & 22

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.

Herbarium Tours

July 31 | Aug. 2, 21, 23

In celebration of the Garden’s 85th anniversary, step behind the scenes of the Garden’s herbarium filled with a rich collection of dried pressed plant specimens that span both place and time.

Sonoran Sippin’ 2024

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.

The Leaf Connection

Aug. 24, 2024 - Sept. 25, 2025

The Leaf Connection showcases the vibrant plant diversity of the Phoenix metro area through an intricate display of hand-made, ceramic leaves at Webster Center. With more than 1,000 ceramic pieces, each leaf’s design is influenced by observations community scientists record on iNaturalist, an established online platform where nature lovers share information on biodiversity.

Majestic Mariposas

Sept. 21 - Nov. 10

Welcome fall with a burst of colors at the Garden’s butterfly pavilion. Come and be dazzled by thousands of monarch and Southwestern butterflies fluttering around our pavilion, filled with lush plants, bright blooms and our most popular pollinators. Fun for all ages.

Dog Days at the Garden

Sept. 28 | Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 | Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23

Grab your pup and a leash and hit the trails Saturday mornings. Expect a day of nature-filled adventure and irresistible photo moments. 

Cactus Clubhouse

Oct. 3 - May 11 | Thursday - Sunday

Cactus Clubhouse will return this fall on Thursday, October 3, 2024.During the summer, please join us for Storytime on select dates. Or, sign up for  Summer Camp in June and July. Cactus Clubhouse is a fun and immersive nature play space for kids 12 and younger. Kids can engage in activities that spark independent play and encourage growth and exploration.

Music in the Garden

Oct. 4, 11, 18 | Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 | This event is 21+. No infants or children permitted

Let the rhythms of the season take hold at Music in the Garden. Our concert series is set against the backdrop of our vibrant Garden on select Friday evenings. Be it jazz, blues or contemporary, every concert promises an unforgettable evening.


Oct. 5-6 

Join us as we revel in Oaxaca’s rich tradition of Guelaguetza. Delight in an explosion of music, dance, culinary wonders and more.

Read Between the Spines Author Series

Oct. 10

The Garden is excited for the second season of Read Between the Spines book club. A botanical twist to the traditional book club, featuring books highlighting the world of plants, horticulture and conservation.

Lotería Night

Oct. 10 | Nov. 14 | This event is 21+. No infants or children permitted

Call your crew and shout ‘LOTERÍA!’ Immerse yourself in an experience that’s more than just a game. Get ready to play rounds of lotería amidst the serene beauty of the Garden and win amazing prizes. Presented in partnership with Arizona Lottery.  

Tickets on sale Sept. 6

Light Bloom

Oct 12, 2024 - Jan 20, 2025

LIGHT BLOOM by HYBYCOZO is a limited-time exhibit where nature and light converge. This mesmerizing display invites you to explore the Garden transformed by stunning geometric light installations that illuminate the beauty of the desert landscape in a new way. As the sun sets, LIGHT BLOOM comes to life, casting intricate shadows and vibrant hues across the Garden. Wander the trails and let the enchanting installations transport you to a magical realm where the natural world meets the abstract.

Fall Plant Sale

Oct. 17-20

Bring the magic of the desert into your garden or green space. Explore our expansive collection of 30,000 desert-adapted plants at the Fall Plant Sale. Expert advice and a picturesque outdoor shopping experience await. Give your landscape a dreamy makeover this fall.

Reservations open Sept. 3 for Garden Members and Sept.17 General Public

Strange Garden

Oct. 25-26

Explore eerie and enchanting boo-tanical offerings. Enjoy live music, interactive experiences and encounter fascinating creatures. It’s a Halloween experience perfect for all ages, Don’t forget, each kid leaves with a free pumpkin while supplies last.

Día de Muertos

Altar On View Nov. 1-3 | Festival Nov. 2-3

Día de Muertos returns to the Garden with a stunning community altar, vibrant procession, food, music and more.

Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Week-Long Celebration

Nov. 11-17

Come explore The Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert trail with hands-on discovery stations, engage with Indigenous makers and vendors and more!

Desert Sol

Oct. 8 | Nov. 12

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

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.