La Fiesta de Tumacácori
When is it? What is it?
Free! Held every year during the first full weekend in December
Saturday, December 1, 2018: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2, 2018: 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.
The Fiesta Experience
SATURDAY, December 2, 2017
9:45 Blessing and opening of the 47th annual Tumacácori Fiesta
10:00 El Reino de los Niños folklorico dancers from Magdalena, Sonora
11:00 Mariachi Plata from Nogales
12:00 Lourdes Folklórico, dancers from Lourdes Catholic High School in Nogales
1:00 Raiz Latina, Norteño music from Rio Rico
2:00 Danza Azteca Tonantzin from Tucson
3:00 Los Nawdy Dawgs, Latin rock from Tucson
4:00 Pablo Waila Band from San Xavier
SUNDAY, December 3, 2017
10:00 Procession begins, Mass following in front of the church about half and hour later
10:30 Southern Arizona Old Time Fiddlers from Tucson
11:30 Bracker Elementary Folklorico, dancers from Nogales
12:00 Theodore Roosevelt Apache Crown Dancers from Fort Apache
1:00 Seguridad Social Baile Folklórico, dancers from Nogales, Sonora
2:00 Mariachi Rayos del Sol from Tucson Magnet High School
3:00 Lopez Waila Band from Tucson with Wes Henajkam Kwaliyadam dancers from Sells.
In addition to all-day entertainment on the main stage, the procession and Mass on Sunday, and guided mission tours, you can expect traditional food, crafts, guided walks, and hands-on activities for the whole family.
Remember that Fiesta vendors are all non-profit organizations and cultural demonstrators. There is no ATM onsite and most vendors cannot accept credit cards. Bring cash if you plan to eat or shop.
Tips for a Safe and Healthy Visit
Parking is extremely limited. Although there are accessible parking spaces available near the Fiesta grounds and Visitor Center, most vehicles will end up needing to park along the Frontage Road. Use caution when driving, parking, and walking in this congested area.
Pets are not permitted in the Fiesta grounds, mission grounds, or Visitor Center building.
The Fiesta grounds (vendor circle, Discovery Corner, and parking area) are unpaved and may be uneven or rocky. Visitors using wheelchairs may encounter difficulty in these areas and should consult the park's page on Accessibility.
For safety purposes, horses are not permitted on the Tumacácori connection on the Anza Trail during Fiesta.
Vendors, Performers, and Partners
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:
For a full explanation of vendor booth rules and regulations, download the Fiesta Booth Application (.pdf, 2.3Mb).
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.
Do you have a fun activity for kids and families? Contact Melanie Rawlins at (520) 377-5064 about joining the Discovery Corner.
Last updated: September 11, 2018