La Fiesta de Tumacácori


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 5th, 2015: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 6th, 2015: 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 activities for families 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 multicultural mass in front of the church. The mission grounds and park are open throughout the weekend and admission is free.

Schedule of Performers

SATURDAY, December 5, 2015
9:45 a.m. Blessing and opening of the 44th annual Tumacácori Fiesta
10:00 a.m. Mariachi Plata from Rio Rico
11:00 a.m.Theodore Roosevelt Apache Crown Dancers from Ft. Apache
12:00 p.m. Raiz Latina, from Rio Rico
1:00 p.m. Mariachi Luz de Luna from Tucson
2:00 p.m. Big Field Traditional Singers and Dancers from Sells
3:00 p.m. Lourdes Catholic School Folklórico Dancers from Nogales, AZ
4:00 p.m. Pure Native Waila from Tucson


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 following at approximately 10:30
11:00 a.m. Southern Arizona Old Time Fiddlers, from Tucson, Arizona
12:00 p.m. Mariachi Sonido de Mexico from Tucson
1:00 p.m. Seguridad Social Baile Folklorico, from Nogales, Sonora
2:00 p.m. Agua Fria, Norteño music from Rio Rico
3:00 p.m. Lopez Waila Band, from Tucson


Mission tour(visitor center)

Saturday 10-4, hourly
Sunday 12-3, hourly

River walk (bulletin board near Discovery Corner)

Saturday 11:30, 3:00
Sunday 11:30, 3:00

Garden and Orchard walk (bulletin board near Discovery Corner)

Saturday 10:30, 3:30
Sunday 2:30

Folklórico (Discovery Corner)

Saturday 11:00, 1:00, 2:00
Sunday 12:00, 1:00

Karaoke (Discovery Corner)

Saturday 12:00, 3:00, 4:00
Sunday 2:00, 3:00

Piñata breaking (Discovery Corner)

Saturday 12:30, 2:30
Sunday 12:30, 2:30

All Day, Both Days

Traditional food, crafts, information, demonstrations and activities for the whole family.

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.


Are you a potential vendor, performer, or participant?

Some individuals and groups 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, 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 vendor booth rules and regulations, download the Fiesta Booth Application (.pdf, 2M) and return by November 3rd, 2015.

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.

Are you an amateur or youth performance group? Contact Melanie Rawlins at (520) 377-5064 about
performing on the new *second* stage at Fiesta.

Do you have a fun activity (and no sales items) for kids and families? Contact Melanie Rawlins at (520) 377-5064 about joining the Discovery Corner.

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