La Fiesta de Tumacácori

folklorico dancers on stage in front of church dome
Mexican folklorico dancers at 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

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4th, 2016: 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


Performances and Activities

Saturday, December 3

9:45 Blessing and Opening of Fiesta
10:00 Calabasas Middle School Folklórico – from Rio Rico
11:00 Lourdes Catholic School Folklórico – from Nogales
12:00 Mariachi Azatlán – from Pueblo High School, Tucson
1:00 Gertie N the TO Boyz (waila) – from Sells
2:00 Theodore Roosevelt Apache Crown Dancers – from Fort Apache
3:00 Agua Fría (norteño) – from Rio Rico
4:00 Pure Native Waila Band – from Tucson
5:00 Fiesta closes


Sunday, December 4

IN FRONT OF THE TUMACÁCORI MISSION CHURCH
10:00 Procession and Mass – Bishop José Leopoldo Gonzales Gonzales
The procession begins in the visitor center parking area at 10:00 then proceeds north and through the fiesta grounds. Mass begins when the procession arrives in front of the church, at approximately 10:30.

Please note that NO PHOTOS OR VIDEO RECORDINGS are permitted during the procession or mass, or while sacred dances are being performed. (“NO PHOTOS” signs are posted at restricted times and locations.)

ON THE MAIN STAGE
10:30 Hot Club Junior Fiddlers – from Tucson
11:00 Southern Arizona Old Time Fiddlers – from Tucson
12:00 Seguridad Social Baile Folklorico – from Nogales, Sonora
1:00 Mariachi Alegre de Tucson – from Tucson
2:00 Raíz Latina (norteño) – from Rio Rico
3:00 Pablo Waila Band – from Tucson
4:00 Fiesta closes

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.

Download last year's program (440kb, pdf) for details.

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:

  • 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.
For a full explanation of vendor booth rules and regulations, download the Fiesta Booth Application (.pdf, 2M) and return by November 1st.

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 (and no sales items) for kids and families? Contact Melanie Rawlins at (520) 377-5064 about joining the Discovery Corner.
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 8067
Tumacacori, AZ 85640

Phone:

(520) 377-5060

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