October, November events at Tubac Presidio

Note: Please call ahead for reservations for all programs

October, November events at Tubac Presidio
Events happening at Tubac (National Park Service)

TUBAC, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

New Wayside Exhibit Signs Unveiled at Tubac Presidio - Sunday, October 21, 10 am

Tubac Presidio, in cooperation with The Tucson Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution announces the first ever grave marking ceremony for a Revolutionary War patriot buried in Arizona. Juan Manuel Ortega was a presidio soldier during the time of the American Revolution. His military service to the Spanish ally of the American colonies thus contributed to the success of the American Revolution. He is buried under St Ann’s Church at the Presidio. The ceremony will be at the north end of the Tubac Presidio parking lot. This event recognizes the Hispanic contribution to Southern Arizona’s history. All are invited to this free event.

Anza Family Fun Day Celebration - Sunday, October 21, 10 am - 3 pm

Anza Day reflects Tubac’s Spanish history and provides educational engagement of youngsters in this significant event in Tubac’s history. In October, 1775 Spanish Colonel Juan Bautista de Anza and 240 people traveled from Tubac to San Francisco Bay. Our event begins in the cool of the morning at 10 am with period costumed volunteers, demonstrations, crafts, fun activities, the Sons of the American Revolution Wayside sign ribbon cutting, food truck provided by Wisdom’s Cafe and superb photo ops. This is a wonderful opportunity for children of all ages. Admission is free ($1 per adult donation is suggested for children’s supplies) and food is a separate cost. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Amado food bank. For more information call the Presidio, 520-398-2252.

Guest Speaker: “A Cultural History of the Day of the Dead in Mexico” – Saturday, October 27, 2 – 3 pm

Mexico's Day of the Dead tradition has been declared intangible cultural heritage of the humanity by UNESCO since 2003. How did this celebration become worldwide? Day of the Dead is a cultural and historical construction that condenses European and Pre-Hispanic elements. It is an expression of the colorful, diverse, dramatic, and amazing mixture of symbolic features created in Mexico for centuries around death. This lecture will explore the history and meaning of this cultural expression. Tickets are $10. Call now to reserve your seat, 520-398-2252.

Tubac’s 5th Annual Traditional Day of the Dead Celebration, Sunday, October 28, 11 am - 4 pm

The Tubac celebration of Día de los Muertos is an event exuberantly honoring our ancestors and community. Everyone is welcome to create an ofrenda or altar and these will be displayed throughout the community. From 11 am until 4 pm, at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park we’ll have face painting, live music, Dia de Los Muertos Presentations, food vendors with a wonderful variety of offerings, performances from the Montessori School, Angel Perez, Zandra Pardi and the Nogales Marching Band and Mariachi Band, ofrenda exhibits and crafts for the children. In the afternoon a procession will march through the streets to the Tubac 'Cementery' and end at a symbolic bonfire in the Sculpture Garden at the K. Newby Gallery. There will also be music, dancing, food and drink in the Sculpture Garden. Participants are encouraged to come in costume, have their faces painted and bring mementos of loved ones to memorialize in the parade and at the bonfire. Purchase your tickets at the Presidio. Ticket prices $8 adults, $2 youth (7-13), children (younger than 7) are free. Call for more information 520-398-2252.

Frontier Printing Press Video Demonstrations

The Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 is here. Watch a video about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. Copies of the first edition are available in the gift shop. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.


Special Event: Canoa Speaks O’odham - Friday, November 9, 2-3:30 pm

Please join us in the Schoolhouse for an exciting exploration of the Tohono O’odham history, beliefs and education, with speakers including an O’odham tribal elders and community leaders who will discuss and answer questions from the audience. A special video, and a sampling of special O’odham farmer market foods are also featured. You will enjoy insights into this beautiful culture. Canoa Speaks O’odham is part of a video preservation series by the Friends of Canoa Heritage Foundation. $15 Adults, $2 youth 7-13, children free. Call the Presidio for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Old Town Tubac Historic Building Guided Tour – Saturday, November 10, 10 am – 3 pm

A rare opportunity to experience Tubac’s historical treasures and learn about the people that lived here in the past. The Presidio’s Schoolhouse and Rojas house will be featured! All proceeds support the Friends of the Tubac Presidio and the Lowe House Project Artist Residency. It is recommended that participants wear walking shoes, a hat and bring water. Purchase tickets at the Presidio: $40 Adults, $35 Friends of the Presidio member, free for children under 12 with adult supervision. For group rates, call 520-398-9571.

Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations – Mondays, November 12 & 19, 9:30 am; Tuesdays, November 20 & 27, 9 am; Wednesday, November 28, 9 am; Thursday, November 29, 9 am

A docent will demonstrate the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper, The Weekly Arizonian in 1859. The docent will answer questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering. You will get to set type and print small samples to take with you. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: Stewart MacDougall, Sunday, November 11, 2 pm

Ted is in his 6th successful season of bringing stellar folk music to the Tubac Presidio, a diverse spectrum of authentic American, Mexican and Indigenous music styles. For our opening concert, Stewart MacDougall will perform on vocals and keyboard. Now well into his fifth decade as a professional musician and songwriter, this New Brunswick native continues to be one of Alberta’s most diverse performers. Before pursuing a solo career in 1997 he was best known for his keyboard and vocal work with Laura Vinson, k.d. lang, Ian Tyson, and the Great Western Orchestra. Stewart will be joined by Ted for a few songs, so you won’t want to miss this concert! Tickets $20 adults, free for children 14 and younger. Seating is limited, please call now for reservations, 520-398-2252.

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site – Friday, November 16, 10 am - noon

This special tour by docents Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin explores the Spanish colonial archaeological site south of the Park. This site preserves the remains of the original Tubac pueblo, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch. Meet at the Park Visitor Center. Tour involves a walk of about 1-1/4 miles. The Archaeological Conservancy protects this site and participants are asked to sign ‘An Acknowledgement of Risk Factors’ before entering. Wear walking shoes, sunscreen and hat. $10 fee includes admission to tour the Presidio Park. Tour limited to 15; reservations encouraged, 520-398-2252 or info@TubacPresidio.org.

The Plains Indian Wars, 1st Half - Special Presentation by Jack Lasseter, Saturday, November 17, 2 pm

It is an American saga that is too large to be told in one sitting. The first half of the story takes us from those early troubles along the Platte River Trail in the 1850s, to spring of 1868, when the Lakota Sioux have gained control of the Northern Plains, and the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers with full fury are repeatedly raiding railroad routes on the Central Plains. Jack will tell us about various incidents and fights, describe the Sioux and Cheyenne people and culture including dance, bison, the teepee, gift giving, bravery, battle cries, and the dog soldiers. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $15 per lecture. A portion of the proceeds supports our education and preservation programs. Please call for reservations and future dates, 520-398-2252.

Thanksgiving Day, November 22

The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will be open on Thanksgiving. If you want to show visiting friends or relatives one of the finest historical parks in Arizona, we are ready to welcome you. Happy Thanksgiving! $7 Adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

Special Exhibit: When Bronc Busters Wore Lipstick

A glimpse into the skilled, showy, and high-risk lives of cowgirls of the early 1900s is highlighted in a new exhibit opening at the Presidio. The display includes rare items from Western enthusiast and preservationist Cheri Raftery, who calls her collection “very personal”. Authentic cowgirl dress, historic photos and original artwork of them riding in rodeos and exhibitions put the cowgirls in context. Included with park admission: $7 adult, $2 youth 7-13, children free.

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