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Contact: Visitor Center, 520-377-5060The 44th annual Fiesta at Tumacácori National Historical Park will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014. 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. Guided tours of the mission will be available both days, as well as guided walks to the Santa Cruz River. In the hands-on "Discovery Corner," there will be family-friendly activities including folklorico dance lessons, piñata breaking, adobe brick making, historical clothing, and nature based games. Participants in the Discovery Corner will be able to collect stamps at each activity and earn prizes.
Sunday will begin with a procession from the visitor center, through the fiesta grounds, to the front of the historic mission church, where a multi-cultural Catholic Mass will take place. 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.)
No dogs or other pets are allowed on the mission grounds or fiesta grounds. Tumacácori's Anza Trailhead is closed to equestrian access during the fiesta.
The Tumacácori Fiesta is sponsored by the National Park Service. 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) 377-5060.