Flashlight Nights at Desert Botanical Garden

July 16, 2022 - September 3, 2022
Flashlight Nights at Desert Botanical Garden

Event Summary

Flashlight Nights are nighttime self-guided adventures through Desert Botanical Garden every Saturday, July 16 through September 3. Nocturnal explorers can bring their own flashlights to shine along the trails to capture the night-blooming plants and animals that appear in the desert after dark. Experience the desert after dark with hands-on activities, live dance and musical performances, cool treats, a farmers’ market and more. Perfect for a “cool” summer date night or family adventure.

This Year:

Creature Feature
Interact with native reptiles and birds with Phoenix Herpetological Society and Liberty Wildlife.

Chalk Mural Jul. 16, 30 & Aug. 13, 27
Help the Garden create a community chalk mural! Grab glow-in-the-dark chalk and join artist Lisa Brethour in creating a mural inspired by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Free Children’s Books Station
New this year! Visit the children’s book station in Cohn Tour Gathering Area. Grab a book as you leave and let it take you on a great summer adventure

Mesquite Pitch Paint
Have you ever used nature-made paint? Learn about natural inks such as mesquite pitch paint and use it to create a necklace or bracelet.

Nighttime Farmer’s Market | Jul. 16, 30 Aug. 13, 27 & Sep. 3
Don’t leave Flashlight Nights empty-handed! Enjoy a nighttime farmers’market on selected nights, stocked full of fresh, locally grown produce, local honey, handmade soaps and from vendors and farmers from  Spaces of Opportunity.

Pop-Up Experiences:

Cactus Clubhouse Micro-Adventures | July 16, 23 | 7 – 9 p.m. |
Cactus Kids Club is ready to explore and have some summer fun. Join us on a micro-adventure to discover the hidden wonders of the desert at night.

Green Planet Screening | July 23
Watch David Attenborough talk about the secrets of the desert in an episode of Green Planet featuring Desert Botanical Garden

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For more information on events in Tempe, visit our Tempe Events page.

Event Hours

Start Time: 7:00 pm

End Time: 9:00 pm

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