Flashlight Nights | Visit Mesa

Flashlight Nights

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. Enjoy access to food trucks and Breezy Pops for sale. Garden will be selling s’mores and drinks and more from their pop-up bars serving non-alcoholic and adult beverages.

Join us for special theme nights in June:

Humans in Space | June 8

Experience ASU’s Luminosity Lab’s virtual reality experience and “After the beep …” interactive activity. Enjoy a glow chalk display focused on space, stars and planets. “Out of this world” cocktails and mocktails available for purchase.

Father’s Day | June 15

Dads free with a paid admission, use promo code DAD24Celebrate the rad dads in your life at Flashlight Nights on June 15. Dads get in free with a paid child admission. The Garden will have free popsicles for the dads! Plus, enjoy the Garden at night with the entire family at Flashlight Nights.

Pride Night | June 29

Chalk Activity | Express yourself and decorate canvases with bright colors using Glow Chalk.Kid’s Hands-on Activity | Add life to our rainbow snake by painting a unique rock. Plus, enjoy complimentary books and a Storytime.Glow Party | Enjoy food, drink, a live DJ and LED visual performance at our party complete with UV lights and accessories.Marketplace | Support LGBTQIA+ vendors and artists as they share art like jewelry, prints and tie dye apparel available for purchase.

Behind-the-Scenes

July 20 (sold out), and 27, and August 3, 10, 17, and 24, 6:30 p.m.
Explore the Garden with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour that showcase desert plants from around the world and the Sonoran Desert. Visitors will have a chance to experience the Garden’s state-of-the-art greenhouses, witness rare and endangered desert plants, and learn about the Garden’s conservation and research work that protects desert plants for future generations.

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All Flashlight Nights events include the following activities:

Book Giveaway | Browse books and take one home for free! One per guest.

Moon Sculptures | Observe the shapes and textures of the moon, and identify a crater’s impact shape, size and impact rays. Plus, create a moon sculpture with clay to take home.

Constellation Cups | Create constellations with a paper cup to project and view.

Star Gazing | Discover stars, constellations, planets, moons and other astronomical objects in the night sky with telescopes.

Mesquite Pitch Painting | Try painting using mesquite pitch paint.

Prickly Pear pop-up | Learn about the many uses of prickly pear cactus including food for people and animals, a host plant for insects, and even cactus leather used in the fashion industry. Plus, taste a prickly pear cactus pad (nopalito).

Magnificent Mesquites | Touch, grind and taste mesquite flour made from the seedpods of a mesquite.

Making Tracks | Explore tracks of animals that live in the Sonoran Desert and create your own tracks using stamps and water.

Desert Critters | Encounter snakes, tarantulas, scorpions and other desert critters general questions.

Super Saguaro | Explore this desert icon, see and touch a saguaro skeleton, learn about how it is an important resource for various desert wildlife and how it has evolved as a plant to live in the desert. Guests will learn how saguaro fruit is harvested.

Upcoming Dates For This Event:

  • Saturday, June 29
  • Saturday, July 20
  • Saturday, July 27
  • Saturday, August 3
  • Saturday, August 10
  • Saturday, August 17
  • Saturday, August 24
  • Saturday, August 31
  • Saturday, September 7
  • Saturday, September 14

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  • Location: Desert Botanical Gardens
  • 1201 N Galvin Parkway
  • Phoenix, AZ 85008
  • Time:
    6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Admission: Included with Membership or General Admission
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