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UPCOMING EVENTS & EXHIBITS IN PHOENIX

Majestic Mariposas

Sep. 24 - Nov. 13

Families can get an up-close and unforgettable experience when Monarchs and other native Southwestern butterflies return for our Fall Butterfly Exhibit.

Lotería Nights

Oct. 6 & Nov. 3

Don’t miss your chance to win big at Lotería Nights. Join us once a month at the Garden with rounds of Lotería — a Mexican card game similar to bingo — cerveza, music y más! Play for a chance to win cool prizes, including a Garden membership, plants and so much more! Ages 21+

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.

Music in the Garden Fall 2022

Fridays | Sept. 30 - Nov. 18

Fall never sounded so good. Join us for a diverse lineup of concerts with musicians hailing from North America, Central America and South America at Music in the Garden.

Dog Days at the Garden

Saturdays | Oct. 1 – Nov. 19

Bring your furry friend to Dog Days at the Garden for the “ultimutt” nature experience. Explore the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and stroll the Garden’s five thematic trails Saturday mornings.

Cactus Clubhouse

Oct. 1, 2022 - Apr. 23, 2023

The Garden invites kids to engage in unstructured activity with the outdoors around them at Cactus Clubhouse–a brand-new nature play space.

Desert Sol

Oct. 11 & Nov. 9

Surround yourself with the beauty of nature as you enjoy a variety of cultural, wellness and healing traditions from around the world to invigorate your mind, body and soul.

Plant Sale 2022

Oct. 20 -23

Fall in love with an extensive selection of desert plants, including cactus, agaves, succulents, trees and shrubs, at the Fall Plant Sale.

Día de Muertos: Clay Sculpting Workshop Series

Oct. 20 - 23

Join internationally-acclaimed Oaxacan artist Rufina Ruiz Lopez for an immersive clay sculpting workshop experience that celebrates the vibrant art history of Día de Muertos. Discover how to incorporate your own life story into the craft of molding natural clay that is culturally significant to the region of Atzompa in Oaxaca, Mexico. This series will be taught by Lopez in Spanish with an interpreter translating class instruction into English.

Strange Garden

Oct. 21-22

Trick or treat yourself to a spook-tacular Strange Garden. Experience jaw dropping performances, encounter mad botanists, peculiar plants and creepy-crawlies of the desert.

Taste of Día de Muertos

Oct. 26

Celebrate Día de Muertos with a one-of-kind dining experience at the Garden that will immerse you in the flavors of the Mexican tradition.

Día de Muertos

Oct. 29 - 30

Celebrate the colorful and vibrant Mexican tradition of Día de Muertos at the Garden with new and memorable experiences. The two-day festival will be filled with Mexican music, dance, storytelling y más!

Chiles & Chocolate

Nov. 11 - 13

Chiles & Chocolate is back and with the perfect recipe for a sweet and spicy weekend. Shop the Valley’s top chile and chocolate vendors for savory treats!

Las Noches de las Luminarias

Member's only weekend: Dec. 1 - 4 Additional Dates: 9 -11, 15 - 18, 20 - 23, 26 -31

Enter a desert wonderland this holiday season at Desert Botanical Garden with Las Noches de las Luminarias. Enjoy an evening filled with sparkling luminarias and twinkling holiday lights.


Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail closed through Oct.
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