• Sunlight illuminates the top of historic Mission San José de Tumacácori church.


    National Historical Park Arizona

La Fiesta de Tumacácori

Mexican folklorico dancers at La Fiesta de Tumacácori
NPS Photo
  • Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Free! Held every year during the first full weekend in December

In recognition and celebration of the many cultures that were historically and are presently associated with the Santa Cruz Valley, the Tumacácori Fiesta presents the traditional creations of these cultures. The fiesta features around fifty food and craft booths, continuous live entertainment on stage, and children's activities each day. On Sunday, the day begins at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center with a procession through the Fiesta grounds to the historic church, followed by a traditional Mariachi Mass in front of the church. The mission grounds and park are open throughout the weekend and admission is free.

La Fiesta de Tumacácori 2013 - Schedule of Performers and Events

SATURDAY, December 7, 2013

  • 9:45 a.m. Blessing and opening of the 43rd annual Tumacácori Fiesta
  • 10:00 a.m. Gertie and the TO Boyz (Waila Music) from Tucson, AZ
  • 11:00 a.m. Nogales High School Mariachi Apache from Nogales, AZ
  • 12:00 p.m. Lourdes High School Folklorico from Nogales, AZ
  • 1:00 p.m. Mariache Sonido de Mexico from Tucson, AZ with Familia Balderrama Dancing Horses from Rio Rico, AZ
  • 2:00 p.m. Seven Mile Junior Crown Dancers from White River, AZ
  • 3:00 p.m. Raiz Latina (Mexican Music) from Rio Rico, AZ
  • 4:00 p.m. Unusual Suspects (Blugrass Music) from Tucson, AZ
  • 5:00 p.m. Fiesta Closes

  • Piñata breaking - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Guided walks to the Santa Cruz River - 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Guided tours of the mission (hourly) - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, December 8, 2013

Please note that no photos or videotaping are permitted during the procession or Catholic Mass, or while sacred dances are being performed. ("NO PHOTOS" signs will be posted prominently at restricted times and locations.)

  • 10:00 a.m. Mariachi Procession with Mass to follow (at approximately 10:30)
  • 11:00 a.m. Southern Arizona Old Time Fiddlers from Tucson, AZ
  • 12:00 p.m. Pure Native Waila Band from Tucson, AZ
  • 1:00 p.m. Seguridad Social Baile Folklorico from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
  • 2:00 p.m. Mariachi Luz de Luna from Tucson, AZ
  • 3:00 p.m. Dennis Lopez Waila Band and Wes Henajkam Kwaliyadam Cuadrilla dancers from Tucson, AZ
  • 4:00 p.m. Fiesta Closes
  • Piñata breaking - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • Guided walks to the Santa Cruz River - 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Guided tours of the mission (hourly) - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

All Day, Both Days

Traditional food, crafts, information, demonstrations and activities including:

  • Papel de China paper flower making
  • Living history enactors
  • Rawhide braiding and horse hair twisting
  • Live raptors
  • Adobe brick making
  • Mano and metate mesquite bean grinding
  • Historic costumes

Please note:

Dogs and other pets are NOT allowed in the park or on the Fiesta grounds during the Fiesta weekend.

The Tumacácori Anza Trailhead is closed to horseback riders during Fiesta.


Did You Know?

Small Pox Epidemic

Small pox and measles epidemics on numerous occasions killed far more people than all the Apache wars combined.