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

    Tumacácori

    National Historical Park Arizona

La Fiesta de Tumacácori

Fiesta
Mexican folklorico dancers at La Fiesta de Tumacácori
NPS Photo
 
When is it? What is it?

Free! Held every year during the first full weekend in December
  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 7th, 2014: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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.

Vendors and Performers

Some vendors have participated in the annual Fiesta since its inception more than 40 years ago. Others rotate in each year. If you would like to participate as a vendor or performer, consider the following:

  • Vendor booths are for Tumacácori's cultural demonstrators and 501c3 designated non-profit organizations only. No commercial or private operations are permitted and all proceeds from food or products sold must go back to the official non-profit organization.
  • All products for sale must be handcrafted and culturally appropriate.
For a full explanation of booth rules and regulations, download the Fiesta Booth General Information sheet (.pdf, 110kb).

Please return your Fiesta Booth Application (.pdf, 58kb) by November 3rd, 2014.
Food vendors must also complete and return the Fiesta Food Vendor Application (.pdf, 116kb) by November 3rd, 2014.

Are you a musician, dancer, or other performer? Contact Anita Badertscher at (520) 377-5063 to inquire about performance space and time at this year's Fiesta.


Schedule of Performers

SATURDAY, December 6, 2014

  • 9:45 a.m. Blessing and opening of the 44th annual Tumacácori Fiesta
  • 10:00 a.m. Mariachi Luz de Luna from Tucson
  • 11:00 a.m. Danza Azteca Tonantizin from Tucson
  • 12:00 p.m. Southern Mumsigo (waila) from Sells
  • 1:00 p.m. Raiz Latino from Rio Rico
  • 2:00 p.m. Lourdes Catholic School Folklorico Dancers from Nogales, AZ
  • 3:00 p.m. Sahuaro Marimba from Nogales, Sonora
  • 4:00 p.m. Pure Native Waila from Tucson
  • 5:00 p.m. Fiesta Closes

SUNDAY, December 7, 2014

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. Procession with Mass to follow (at approximately 10:30)
  • 11:00 a.m. Southern Arizona Old Time Fiddlers from Tucson
  • 12:00 p.m. Seven Mile Junior Crown Dancers from White River
  • 1:00 p.m. Seguridad Social Baile Folklorico from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
  • 2:00 p.m. Los Lazadores (norteño) from Rio Rico and Phoenix
  • 3:00 p.m. Gertie n' the TO Boyz from Tucson
  • 4:00 p.m. Fiesta Closes

Activities

Scheduled Programs (times TBD)

Mission tours: hourly
Photography workshops with Karl W. Hoffman
Folklorico workshops with Sonoran dancers
Piñata-breaking
River Walks

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.

 
 

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