43rd Annual Fiesta de Tumacacori
Contact: Anita Badertscher, 520-398-2341
The 43rd annual Fiesta at Tumacácori National Historical Park will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2013. There is no charge for this event, and admission to the park is free during the fiesta.
La Fiesta de Tumacácori is a celebration of all the cultures which have lived in and influenced the historical Santa Cruz Valley. The two-day event will feature Native American, Mexican, and Southwest food, crafts and performances. Fifty booths, representing a wide variety of local non-profit historical, cultural, environmental, and religious organizations, will provide food, handicrafts, and information. On the main stage, there will be all-day, continuous entertainment, featuring a multi-cultural variety of dance and music groups. There will be all-day demonstrations of paper flower making, rawhide braiding, horse hair rope making, tortilla making, and O'odham basket weaving. For children, there will be piñatas, hands-on traditional crafts and activities, and live raptors. Guided tours of the mission will be available both days, as well as guided walks to the Santa Cruz River.
Sunday will begin with a traditional Mariachi Procession and Mass in front of the old mission church. The procession begins in front of the visitor center at 10:00. Mass begins when the procession returns to the church, approximately 10:30. Please note that no photos are permitted during the procession or mass, or while sacred dances are being performed. ("NO PHOTOS" signs will be posted prominently at restricted times and locations.) Please note that although pets are normally allowed at Tumacácori, no dogs or other pets are allowed in the park or on the fiesta grounds during the fiesta weekend. Tumacácori's Anza Trailhead is closed to equestrian access during the fiesta.
The Tumacácori Fiesta is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Friends of Tumacácori. Tumacácori National Historical Park is located 45 miles south of Tucson and 15 miles north of Nogales. Take exit 29 off of I-19 and follow the signs. For information, call the Tumacácori visitor center, (520) 398-2341, extension 0.
Did You Know?
The Santa Cruz River begins in the Patagonia Mountains of southern Arizona, runs south into Mexico, makes a sweeping U-turn and continues north through Sonora, Mexico and Arizona to join the Gila River and eventually the Colorado River which empties into the Gulf of California.