When is it? What is it?
(Following guidance from the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and state public health authorities, and in consultation with partners of La Fiesta de Tumacácori, Tumacácori National Historical Park is cancelling the 2020 Fiesta, normally held the first full weekend in December.
For more information, please see the Fiesta cancellation press release)
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
(last year's lineup) Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:45 a.m. - Blessing and opening of the 48th annual Tumacácori Fiesta
10:00 a.m. - Nuevo Horizonte, Folklórico dancers from Magdalena de Kino, Sonora
11:00 a.m. - Burnette’s Crown Dancers from Fort Apache
12:00 p.m. - Pablo Waila from San Xavier
1:00 p.m. - Lourdes Folklórico dancers from Lourdes High School in Nogales
2:00 p.m. - Mariachi Rayos del Sol from Tucson High Magnet School
3:00 p.m. - Orbita Musical from Rio Rico
4:00 p.m. - Los Nawdy Dawgs, Latin rock from Tucson
Sunday, December 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. - Procession, with Mass following in front of the church at approximately 10:30
11:00 a.m. - Lopez Waila Band from Tucson
12:00 p.m. - Qualtemoc Aztec Dancers and Mexicayotl Folklórico dancers, Mexicoyotl Academy in Nogales
1:00 p.m. - Centro de Seguridad Social Baile Folklórico dancers from Nogales, Sonora
2:00 p.m. - Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High School, from Tucson
3:00 p.m. - Cienega High School Folklórico dancers from Vail
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)
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.
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:
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 10, 2020