La Fiesta de Tumacácori

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When is it? What is it?

Free! Held every year during the first full weekend in December

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

Performances on the Main Stage

Saturday, December 3, 2022
9:45 Blessing and opening of the 50th Tumacácori Fiesta
10:00 Lopez Waila Band from San Xavier
11:00 Theodore Roosevelt Crown Dancers from Fort Apache1
2:00 Mariachi Plata from Nogales
1:00 Cienega High School Folklorico from Vail
2:00 Charros y Modelos de Tucson, dancing horses from Tucson
3:00 Danza Cultura Mexicana from Tucson
4:00 Mariachi Apache from Nogales High School

Sunday, December 4, 2022
10:00 Procession, with Mass following in front of the church at approximately 10:30
11:00 No:ligk Traditional Singers and Basket Dancers from Sells
12:00 Orbita Musical from Rio Rico
1:00 Centro de Seguridad Social Baile Folkorico from Nogales, Sonora
2:00 Mariachi Alegre from Tucson
3:00 Pure Native Waila from Tucson

Vendor Circle

You can expect traditional food, crafts, and demonstrations 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.

 

Guided Tours and Programs

Mission tour (visitor center)
Saturday: 10-4, hourly
Sunday: 12-3, hourly


Piñata breaking (Discovery Corner)
Saturday: 12:30, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday:12:30, 2:30 p.m.

River walk
Saturday: 11:30, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30, 1:00 p.m.

Discovery Activities

The Discovery Corner gathers family-friendly activities and booths sharing information. You can meet wildlife, explore history and nature, take a family photo, and do arts and crafts.

Meet Pancho

You never know where he might pop up....

 
 

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:

  • 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.
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: November 7, 2022

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 8067
Tumacacori , AZ 85640

Phone:

520 377-5060

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