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Anza Days (Stories Worth Telling!)

Come and celebrate Tubac Anza Days, a Living History of the Indian, Mexican and Spanish Colonial Periods.  This annual celebration commemorates Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza’s 1775 expedition from Tubac to the Pacific and the founding of San Francisco. Enjkoy a colorful horseback re-enactment of Anza’s expedition.  It begins in Tumacacori with Spanish colonial cavalry drills at 9am and Mass at 10am in the Tumacacori Mission. Children’s activities include calligraphy and coloring, face painting, leather work, paper flower making and weaving at the Tubac Presidio between 11am and 3pm. Starting at 11 am musicians and dancers will entertain at the Tubac Presidio, including an interactive authentic Nueva Espana Fandango performance. The much anticipated ‘big event’ of the Anza riders’ arrival takes place at noon.  After a short horseback presentation, the riders will dismount, eat lunch, mingle and answer questions. Riders will describe soldiers’ uniforms, civilian women’s dress, and specialized horse tack of the colonial period. The riders will depart about 2:45 pm and ride up the the steps of St. Ann’s Church for the priest’s blessing. With mariachis playing, the riders move off for San Francisco with shouts of Vaya con Dios! and Adios!  

For more information call Tubac Presidio State Historic Park at 520.398.2252. Free Admission.