Fall Events at the Desert Botanical Garden

Author: Patrick

Posted on: October 8, 2015


Any day is a beautiful day to visit Desert Botanical Garden. To provide even more reasons to visit, the Garden is home to a full calendar of events, some of the best fall events in Phoenix. Their onsite restaurant, Gertrude’s, has also introduced new fall menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. New taste bud tempting items include the Wild Arugula Salad, Cider Cured Duck Breast with Black Truffles, French Toast with Prickly Pear Jam and Niman Ranch Ham Steak with Root Beer Red Eye Gravy.

The Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series is one of my personal favorites. Taking place on Friday evenings in October and Saturday evenings November 7 and 14, the Garden’s Ullman Terrace comes alive with a variety of music set against the gorgeous desert scenery. Guests can eat dinner at the Patio Café (a variety of salads and sandwiches), the chef-attended station with a special dish for each concert, or before the show at Gertrude’s, located at the Garden entrance. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and concerts begin at 7 p.m. Find more information about Music in the Garden on their website, including ticket prices and descriptions for each band. These shows do sell out, so buy tickets early!

The Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the best places to pick out the perfect pumpkin for Halloween and enjoy fall activities such as hay rides, live music, carnival games, a hay bale maze and a petting zoo. This event takes place on Friday, October 23 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, October 24 & 25, 2015 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Activities are included with admission to the Garden and every child 12 and under will receive a ticket that they can exchange for a pumpkin to take home.

In the Southwest, celebrating the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is part of the fall holiday season. The Garden is one of the best places to participate in a family-friendly, culturally rich tradition. The Dia de los Muertos Celebration at Desert Botanical Garden includes music, dance, storytelling, a Mercado for shopping and tasty food for purchase. Local artists will display their Ofrendas, or offerings from October 23 through November 1. The celebration takes place on October 31 and November 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out the Garden website for more details.

What’s not to like about the annual Chiles & Chocolate Festival at the Garden? It combines many of my favorite things: flavorfully spicy Southwestern cuisine, chocolates, DJ music and Latin, Brazilian and Spanish dance performances. They will have a market where you can purchase all kinds of items from varieties of chocolates, salsas and other treats and they’ll even have two special martinis: spicy cucumber and chocolate, of course. This event takes place from November 6-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What makes this fall even better than others is the Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light at Desert Botanical Garden. British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations and his work specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden will be spectacular. His personal interpretation of the Sonoran Desert will feature innovative materials, LED lighting and fiber optics that are sure to make you see the Garden in a brand new way. This exhibition runs selected nights from November 22, 2015 to May 8, 2016 – check the website for details and descriptions of his artwork.

While the holiday season seems far away, it’s right around the corner. Make plans now to attend Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden. From November 27-December 31, the Garden will be aglow with 8,000 luminaria bags, thousands of twinkle lights and this year, Bruce Munro’s amazing works of illuminated art. Musical acts from Spanish guitarists to handbell ensembles will perform along the pathways. This luminarias event is truly magical and part of my family’s annual holiday tradition.

For more information about Desert Botanical Garden, call 480-941-1225. For more events in the Tempe area, visit the Tempe Tourism website.

Desert Botanical Garden Dia de los Muertos

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