Special Events

Tumacácori hosts a number of special events during the year -- some with long-standing traditions and some that are brand new. Even returning visitors will find something unique to experience. Be sure to scroll all the way down the page to see the full array of special events for the coming year. Or, browse the Calendar for events coming up.

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You may also want to consult the Tubac Calendar for a listing of events nearby.

Storytime with a Ranger!

October, 2022
Saturdays, 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Entrance free for participating families

Every Saturday in October, young children can gather in the visitor center courtyard garden to join in reading special children's books.

two young women with faces painted as skeletons

NPS Photo

Día de los Muertos

Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Admission free during event

Visit and contribute to the park's ofrenda during the weeks leading up to Día de los Muertos. On November 2nd, the park will be open late for visitors to also walk through the grounds lit by candles. Make your own unique Día de los Muertos craft, sample some Mexican candy, enjoy the mission grounds by candlelight.

colorful graphic depicting a fiddle, accordion, bowl of posole, mexican folklórico skirt, O'odham basket, feathers

NPS Photo / R. Valdivia

50th annual Fiesta de Tumacácori

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2022, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Always the first full weekend in December, always free entrance!

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.

More About La Fiesta de Tumacácori

church dome with milky way

NPS Photo / Anupama Condon

Starry Night in the Park

Wednesday, December 21, 2022, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

View the starry sky through telescopes, photograph the sky with your camera, or explore the mission church by candlelight.

Mammals, Birds, and Bugs - Oh My!

Sunday, April 30, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Join Tumacácori in celebrating Dark Sky Appreciation Week! Explore the world of nocturnal creatures and learn the importance of preserving the night sky.

vermilion flycatcher mascot with black hat, junior ranger badge
Pancho is all geared up for fun!

NPS Photo

Junior Ranger Day

Saturday, April 22, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Free entrance to all national park sites today!

All ages welcome to enjoy a day to play, create, learn, and protect! Games, crafts, and prizes.

kids in sprinkler, smiling and laughing
San Juan (St. John) was the patron saint of water. Many pray to him to bring rains in summer.

Día de San Juan: Splash Fest

Saturday, June 24, 2023, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Admission free during event

Día de San Juan, the day set aside to celebrate the birth of Saint John the Baptist, is also the day on which people all over Mexico welcome the summer season and celebrate the arrival of summer “monsoon” rains. This holiday is a great time to enjoy a fun-filled day in the sun with lots of games and opportunities to cool off by getting wet. Visitors to Tumacácori will be able to celebrate the day with water activities and refreshments. Come prepared to get wet!


- Past Events Below -

Past, but not forgotten! Watch for these events on upcoming calendars.
Anza Virtual Fun Run logo with runners, horses, cattle

Anza Virtual Fun Run

Saturday, April 17 2021 - Saturday, May 1 2021
Anywhere, anytime.

However you move, wherever you move, consider crediting those miles toward a journey of exploration through the American southwest. Beginning on April 17, add your mileage to the trek by posting it with a fun picture on the Facebook event page, or by using the hashtag #AnzaVirtualFunRun when posting on your favorite social media platform. We will add your mileage to the running tally that moves the Anza Virtual Fun Run team along the Anza Trail from Tubac, AZ to San Francisco, CA (over 1,200 miles!).

You'll be able to watch the progress of the trek as we post updates, encouragement, and digital postcards along the way.

rangers in historic uniforms stand in front of the mission church

NPS Photo

A Night in 1917: (Virtual) Family Sleepover

Saturday, April 24, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This free program invites visitors to spread out a sleeping bag on the living room floor and tune in for some old-fashioned campout content. Expect art activities, cooking, storytelling and music, and a final ghost story best told with a flashlight held under your chin.

Facebook: A Night in 1917: Virtual Family Sleepover | Facebook
YouTube: Tumacácori National Historical Park - YouTube Channel

Families who’d like to purchase the “Sleepover To-Go” kit from the Western National Parks Association can get one in person from the park store or order by phone at 520-377-5065. Supplies may be limited.

group of people with trash bags and pickers in front of mission church

NPS Photo

National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 25, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Fee free at all national parks today!

Celebrate our shared public lands by joining the Goathead Attack Squad! Remove invasive plants from around the historic Tumacácori mission grounds. Family-friendly event! Bring closed-toe shoes, proper sun protection (long-sleeved shirt, sun hat, sunscreen, etc.), gloves, at least 2 liters of water for each person in your group.

Goathead Attack Squad | NEEF (neefusa.org)

visitors in front of church with candle lanterns, full moon in background
The full moon rises over a group touring the mission grounds by candlelight.

NPS Photo / Anupama Condon

Experience the Night: Dark Night Skies

Wednesday, February 2, 2022
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Experience Tumacácori under a galaxy of stars. Guided walks by candlelight and telescope viewing starting at 6:00 p.m. may be available. Bring a flashlight (red light if possible) and warm layers.

Last updated: August 26, 2022

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