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.

Got a question about an event you see here? Contact us!

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

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Día de los Muertos

Monday, November 2, 2020
4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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 among candles decorated with the images of loved ones who have passed. Learn more about participating remotely or in-person.

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folklórico dancers with fans, title "La Fiesta de Tumacácori 2020" with the date crossed out and "2021" written in
Folklorico dancers and mariachi band at La Fiesta de Tumacácori

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La Fiesta de Tumacácori

Cancelled this year. Come back in 2021!

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 children's activities 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 multi-cultural Mass in front of the church. The mission grounds and park are open throughout the weekend and admission is free.

For more details on vendors, performers, and activities, please visit La Fiesta de Tumacácori.
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Yoeme (Yaqui) Ways of Today

Sunday, January 21, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free entrance during event

Explore Yoeme (Yaqui) culture through the ritual, theater, and persistence of semana santa ceremonies.

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Basketry is held in high esteem as a traditional O'odham artform.

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O'odham Tash

Sunday, February 28, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free entrance during event

Art, music, crafts, and heritage. Play a round of toka, sample traditional foods, and celebrate the original residents of Tumacácori.

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Pancho is all geared up for fun!

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Junior Ranger Day

Saturday, April 17, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Kick off National Park Week with youngsters. All ages welcome to enjoy a day to play, create, learn, and protect! Dress for mess and go home with fabulous prizes.

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Whether you run, hike, stroll, or amble, parks have a place for you to enjoy being outside.

Park Rx Day

Saturday, April 24, 2021
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Get outside to hike, explore, and be with friends. Run, walk, march, or stroll 4 miles in the footsteps of Anza's expedition to California then rest, rehydrate, and catch the free shuttle back to your starting point.

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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

Thursday, June 24, 2021
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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 delicious raspados. Expect games like water cup races, a sponge toss, fill the bottle, and more. Water squirters and games will be provided - come prepared to get wet!

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Seasonal floods destroy trails and wash debris through the Santa Cruz River corridor. Keeping it clean helps hikers enjoy nature.

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National Public Lands Day

Saturday, September 28, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Fee free at all national parks today!

Celebrate our shared public lands by participating in a clean-up along the 1.5 mile section of the Anza Trail within Tumacácori National Historical Park (3 mile round trip). Volunteers will meet in the park picnic area for a brief orientation. Supplies provided include;trash bags, safety vests, and work gloves. Event volunteers can earn service hours, a reusable Tumacácori water bottle, and a coupon good for free entrance to any federal fee area.

Last updated: October 10, 2020

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