Tumacácori hosts a number of special events during the year -- some with long-standing traditions and some that are brand new. Even returning visitors will find something unique to experience. Be sure to scroll all the way down the page to see the full array of special events for the coming year. Or, download the Calendar of Events (pdf, 577kb) for this year.
You may also want to consult the Tubac Calendar for a listing of events nearby.
NPS Photo / Anupama Condon
Full Moon Nights and Starry Saturdays
Experience Tumacácori under the light of the full moon or a galaxy of stars. Guided walks by candlelight featuring Father Kino, ghost stories, and other topics begin 30 minutes after the park opens. Call the park or check the Schedule of Events for details on program titles. Bring a flashlight and warm layers.
Full Moon Nights
NPS Photo by Jerry Ingram
Anza Day Mass
In conjunction with Tubac State Historic Park's
Reenactment riders in Spanish soldier attire will muster in the Fiesta grounds starting at 9:00 a.m. with the Mass to follow in the church at 10:00 a.m. Once each year a Catholic Mass is celebrated inside the Tumacácori Mission church as it would have been during the time that Tumacácori was an active mission community. Participants are invited, but not required, to wear Spanish style clothing like that which would have been worn around the turn of the 19th century. Additional activities, including games for children and a blessing of the riders take place at the Tubac Presidio later in the day.
Participants will join park rangers and demonstrators after normal closing hours to explore what Tumacácori may have felt like for travellers passing this way in the late 1800's. We will eat traditional camp food prepared outside, sketch in journals under the guidance of real artists, sing songs, and explore the mission grounds by candle-light. When it is time to retire for the evening, we will tell ghost stories and then curl up like those historic travellers, sleeping either in the church itself or outside under the stars.
Space is limited to 30 participants so early registration is required. Registration fee includes all food, activities, and any applicable entrance fees the day of the program and the following morning.
Many more details including what to bring, where to meet, and how to register at Family Sleepover.
Once a month during the busy season, the park will open its doors to invite artists and others seeking the magic early morning light over the Tumacácori mission. This year's dates are:
Saturday, November 8, 2014: 6:00 a.m.
La Fiesta de Tumacácori
Held every year -
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.
For more details on vendors, performers, and activities, please visit La Fiesta de Tumacácori.
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?
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.