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, 1.6Mb) for the 2015-2016 season.
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!
Anza Day Mass
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Reenactment riders in Spanish soldier attire will muster in the Fiesta grounds starting at 9:00 a.m. with the Mass to follow in the church at 10:00 a.m.Once each year a Catholic Mass is celebrated inside the Tumacácori Mission church as it would have been during the time that Tumacácori was an active mission community. Participants are invited, but not required, to wear Spanish style clothing like that which would have been worn around the turn of the 19th century. Additional activities, including games for children and a blessing of the riders take place at the Tubac Presidio later in the 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.
Junior Ranger Day
Saturday, April 16, 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.
Park Rx Day: Park-to-Park Hike
Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:00 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.