Desert Botanical Gardens, Events In May

May is one of the most beautiful months in the desert. Cactus are in bloom, creatures are out in full force, and the weather is gorgeous. If you are looking for things to do in Arizona this spring, you’ll find a plethora of things to see and do at the Desert Botanical Garden.

Cinco de Moio
May 3, 7-9 p.m.
$22 General Admission, $16 Members (Age 21+ only)

Percussionist Dom Moio leads this fantastic Latin jazz group in an early celebration of the May holiday. Moio has been performing for decades and is also a music educator and writer.

Fuerza Caribe
May 10, 7-9 p.m.
$22 General Admission, $16 Members (Age 21+ only)

Mitchell DeLaCruz serves up a spicy dish during this explosive performance of Dominican Latin, Salsa, and Bachata music. You can’t help but dance the night away to these wonderful sounds!

National Public Gardens Day
May 10, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Free admission to garden & butterfly exhibit

This yearly celebration of the national treasures that are our public gardens allows you to enter for free to DBG and get a feel for the absolutely amazing things to do in Arizona right here in your back yard. Desert Botanical Garden has many trails offering different looks at the types of ecosystems and plants that survive the harsh summer climates. Get a close look at lizards, birds, butterflies, bunnies, and bees without paying a dime.

Spring Butterfly Exhibit
Now through May 12, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
$3.50 plus garden admission (Free for members)

UntitledOne of the most special things to do in Arizona, the seasonal butterfly exhibit in the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion allows you to enter the world of these beautiful creatures and surround yourself in the delight of their fluttering and frolic. Learn about their habits by walking through the wildflower trail during your time at the garden to spot some other winged visitors.

Ballet Arizona presents Topia 2013
May 14-18, 21-22, 24-25, 28-June 1, 8 p.m.
$40-$65

Beethoven’s 6th Symphony provides a beautiful musical backdrop to one of the most stunning ballet performances you’ll ever see. This fusion of desert and dance will be presented on an 80-foot panoramic stage and will very likely sell out as it has in previous years.

Big Nick & The Gila Monsters
May 17, 7-9 p.m.
$22 General Admission, $16 Members (Age 21+ only)

This group is an area favorite for blues, named Arizona’s Best Blues Band in 2004 and 2005, and delighting audiences with their incredible set list for decades. They’ll be there to perform their amazing catalog and fan favorites, plus present a special performance by the Groove Merchant Horns.

Whispers of a New World: Sculpture by Carolina Escobar
Now Through May 27
Included in garden admission

Local artist Carolina Escobar has compiled a catalog of sculptures that mesh materials such as metal and cloth with organic objects and animals in vibrant colors. Her amalgamations are thought provoking and very visually intriguing.

Get Back: A Musical Tribute to the Beatles
May 31, 7-9 p.m.
$27 General admission, $21 Members

For Beatles buffs looking for things to do in Arizona, this is an event not to be missed. The Paradise Valley Community College faculty ensemble proudly presents a fantastic array of tunes you’ll know by heart.

Nature, music, and art lovers looking for things to do in Arizona will surely find it at the Desert Botanical Garden this season. Come and enjoy the splendor of this incredible garden, and learn about your desert while you are here.