43rd Annual Fiesta At Tumacácori National Historical Park

Mexican Folklorico dancers are one of the highlights of the Fiesta At Tumacácori National Historical Park. NPS photo.

A celebration of the various cultures that have lived in the Santa Cruz Valley in southern Arizona will be held December 7-8 during the 43rd annual Fiesta at Tumacácori National Historical Park.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 8. There is no charge for this event, and admission to the park is free during the fiesta.

La Fiesta de Tumacácori is a two-day event that will feature Native American, Mexican, and Southwest food, crafts and performances. Fifty booths, representing a wide variety of local non-profit historical, cultural, environmental, and religious organizations, will provide food, handicrafts, and information.

On the main stage, there will be all-day, continuous entertainment, featuring a multi-cultural variety of dance and music groups. There will be all-day demonstrations of paper flower making, rawhide braiding, horse hair rope making, tortilla making, and O'odham basket weaving. For children, there will be piñatas, hands-on traditional crafts and activities, and live raptors. Guided tours of the mission will be available both days, as well as guided walks to the Santa Cruz River.

Sunday will begin with a traditional Mariachi Procession and Mass in front of the old mission church. The procession begins in front of the visitor center at 10 a.m. Mass begins when the procession returns to the church, approximately 10:30 a.m. Please note that no photos are permitted during the procession or mass, or while sacred dances are being performed.

While pets are normally allowed at Tumacácori, no dogs or other pets are allowed in the park or on the fiesta grounds during the fiesta weekend. Tumacácori's Anza Trailhead also will be closed to equestrian access during the fiesta.

The Tumacácori Fiesta is sponsored by the National Park Service and the Friends of Tumacácori. Tumacácori National Historical Park is located 45 miles south of Tucson and 15 miles north of Nogales. Take exit 29 off of I-19 and follow the signs.