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, download the Calendar of Events (pdf, 1.3Mb) for the 2016-2017 season.
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.
Saturday, August 20, 2016 (rain date: August 27, 2016)
7:00 a.m. for butterflies, bees, and birds
7:00 p.m. for bats and nighttime bugs
Citizen scientists join park staff to inventory bees, bats, bugs, and butterflies in the mission grounds and along the river. No experience necessary.
Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!
Thursday, August 25, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
No birthday celebration is complete without cake, frozen treats, and games! Stop by to celebrate us and Find Your Park on this Centennial year.
Celebración de la Cosecha (Harvest Party)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
It's harvest season in the heritage orchard. Bring your taste buds and enjoy the "fruits" of our labor!
National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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. Regular park admission will be free for anyone visiting the park on this day.
Día de los Muertos
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Music, food, games, and treats for kids. Get your face painted and contribute to the community ofrenda inside the mission church.
La Fiesta de Tumacácori
Saturday, December 3, 2016: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, 2016: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 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 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 traditional Mariachi Mass in front of the church. The mission grounds and park are open throughout the weekend and admission is free.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Catch a behind-the-scenes look at how Tumacácori operates and learn about the many ways you can become a part of the park.
Great Backyard Bird Count: Park-to-Park Hike
Saturday, February 18, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Explore the habitats along a 4-mile stretch of the Santa Cruz River between Tumacácori and Tubac and catch the free shuttle back to your starting point. Record your bird sightings as part of the Audubon Society's Great Backyard Bird Count. Beginners welcome. Binoculars available for loan.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
What is a "tash?" It's a celebration of culture! Immerse yourself in O'odham art, music, food, crafts, and heritage.
Art in the Park
Submissions due March 31, 2017
Exhibition April 14-23, 2017
Over the course of National Park Week from April 14th through April 23rd, Tumacácori will celebrate artistic expression of all kinds with an exhibition on display in its historic visitor center breezeway.
The exhibition will feature Tumacácori-related pieces submitted in the preceding weeks by artists of all ages. All media and subjects are welcome. The deadline for submissions is March 31st. Download the Call for Entries (.pdf, 839kb)
Selections will be made by a panel from Tumacácori National Historical Park, in partnership with the Tubac Center of the Arts. One piece will win the honor of being featured on Tumacácori's Park Specific Annual Pass for the year 2017.
Junior Ranger Day
Saturday, April 15, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Kick of National Park Week with youngsters. All ages welcome to enjoy a day of play with mud and merriment! Dress for mess and go home with fabulous prizes.
Monday, April 17, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Spring is the season bats return from their annual migration south or begin to emerge from hibernation. This unofficial holiday is a great time to explore the role bats play in nature and how scientists are working to learn about and conserve bat populations. Park visitors on “Bat Night” will be able to explore the benefits of bats, sample some foods pollinated by bats, learn from bat biologists, create a bat craft, and go on a nature walk in search of active bats on the hunt.
Park Rx Day: Park-to-Park Hike
Sunday, April 23, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Get outside to hike, explore, and be with friends. Hike the length of the Anza Trail between Tumacácori and Tubac, then rest, rehydrate, and catch the free shuttle back to your starting point.