Reptile Ramble - Fridays @ 10AM at the Overlook through October 30. Meet a gila monster, sonoran mud turtles and a variety of snakes at this family event. Free with admission.
Ask the Expert - Every 2nd & 4h Saturday from 9AM to noon. FREE
Ever wonder what arid-adapted plants you can purchase to attract butterflies, birds or bats?
Curious about what to plant this fall to ensure spring garden color? Or what little pest is
destroying your favorite plant or tree? Come to Tohono Chul Park and ask Curator of Plants, Russ Buhrow. Its a great time to seek advice on plant selection, getting help finding the perfect plants for your dream garden or to get questions answered about under-performing plants in your backyard, from identifying disease or pest problems, to diagnosing nutrient deficiencies and watering issues. Drop by anytime between 9AM and noon for this FREE event and ASK
October 29, 7pm– MICHAEL HERALDA in “AZTEC STORIES”
Through the mediums of music, oral tradition stories, poetry, and narratives Michael shares the culture of the Mexica/Aztecs from an indigenous perspective. Thirty five hand-made indigenous instruments will be played in tandem with the oral lore surrounding the origins of the ceremony known as Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead.
October 30, 5-8pm, Park After Dark
Tohono Chul Park will hold its annual, Park After Dark event on Friday, October 30 from 5 - 8 pm. This year Tohono Chul Park plans to celebrate the folklore and artistry of the Day of the Dead – El Día de los Muertos.
Audiences will tap their toes to the rhythmic beats of the Dambe Drummers and the fiery
synergy of Flam Chen at Park After Dark this year. Zarco Guerrero, renown mask maker and performer, will celebrate this ancient holiday with his exotic masked characters and unique and often hilarious style of story telling. Wander the luminaria-lit trails in search of ghost stories and live nocturnal animals. The event is in conjunction with the Day of the Dead exhibition and visitors are welcome to leave altar offerings that evening to their dearly departed. A community altar will grow throughout the night, where all are encouraged to add mementos and memorial cards. Tohono Chul Park will provide complimentary refreshments. and the Tea Room will provide inexpensive"finger feasts" in the form of : Vegetarian Pita Sandwich, Chips or Macaroni Salad with
Cookie for 6.00, Fried Chicken Breast Sandwich, Chips or Macaroni Salad & Cookie for $6.00, Hot Dog or PB&J, Apple Slices, Cookie & Juice Box for $5.00. (All items can also be purchased ala carte.)
November 5 - 7PM – DEGRAZIA GUITAR BAND
The DeGrazia Spanish Guitar band boasts professionalism and 20 + years of playing and performing experience for each member. Domingo DeGrazia carries the role of front-man and band leader while Grammy nominated artist Jim Pavett brings percussion and live drums. What you are left with is Spanish guitar music that easily moves between exotic and soulful. Click here to order your tickets online today!
November 20 & 21 - Guatemalan Trunk Show & Sale
Join Tohono Chul Park on November 20 & 21 and we display the art of the Mayan women of Guatemala who live in the mountain villages of their ancestors, weaving colorful textiles using traditional back-strap looms. The intricate patterns of their weavings are both ancient and modern, reflecting symbols of the pre-Columbian past and the spiritualism of the weaver, through patterns revealed in dreams.
Offered for sale at this special trunk show will be an array of traditional clothing from floral huipiles (square-cut blouse) to colorful rebozos (shawl), as well as contemporary purses, vests, table runners and eyeglass cases. Consider joining the Park on Saturday for a discussion of Guatemalan textiles with Gayle Casteñada of the
Museum of Ethnic Costumes (registration required) to learn more about this remarkable craft.
November 27 & 28 & December 4 & 5 - Holiday Nights, 5:30-8:30pm
One of Tucson’s most loved holiday traditions, this annual event features half a million lights and luminarias blanketing the Park’s 49 acres. Meander through the Park with a hot cider in hand while you take in the lights, music and holiday cheer. The Holiday for the Park ornament sale and auction will also be held in the Gallery during the event. So go ahead — add Tohono Chul’s Holiday Nights to your “must do” list for the 2009 season!
Live performances will leave all who visit with a spring in their step; each evening being graced by such Tucson favorites as Joe Bourne, Gabriel Ayala, Reveille Men’s Chorus and the Southern Arizona Women’s Choir.
Holiday Nights 2009 - Musical Performance Schedule:
11/2709 Gabriel Ayala - Joe Bourne - Reveille Men’s Chorus
11/28/09 Gabriel Ayala - Joe Bourne - Reveille Men’s Chorus
12/4/09 Gabriel Ayala - Kathleen Grace- So. AZ Women’s Choir
12/5/09 Gabriel Ayala - Joe Bourne - So. AZ Women’s Choir
Please note that pre-registration is required for all special events with the exception of trunk shows and sales. Please call (520) 742-6455 x0 to reserve your space today!
Fall concert series includes: Rodney Glassman/Jeff Haskell; Ananeah; Santa Cruz River Band and Michael Heralda in Aztec Stories & the DeGrazia Guitar Band. Purchase the entire series and receive $5 off. That's 5 concerts for just $55 for members and $85 for the general public. Order your tickets today!