Programs & Events

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Guided Tour of the Barrio de Tubac Archaeological Site

March 24, 2017   10am - Noon

Special tour by Phil Halpenny and Gwen Griffin of the Spanish colonial archaeological site just south of the Park which preserves the remains of the original Tubac town site, including residence foundations, plaza area, refuse area and partial irrigation ditch.

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Living History: Spinning

March 24, 2017   10:00am - 1pm

Spinning wheels aren't just for sleeping beauties. Watch and learn how to make thread from fiber, then try it out yourself.

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Teodoro ‘Ted’ Ramirez Artist-in-Residence Concert Series: The Ronstadt Review

March 25, 2017   2pm

John Ronstadt and Jeanne Ronstadt (husband & wife), along with Bill Ronstadt (cousin) will close out the season with a truly Arizona-style concert.

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Living History: Chocolate! 1000 Years and Counting

March 25, 2017   10:00am - 1pm

Discover the rich history of chocolate in the Southwest and how it helped fuel the 1774 and 1775 Anza expeditions from Tubac to Alta California.

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Presentation: Life and War on the Edge: Spanish Colonial Arizona

March 26, 2017   2pm

Join Rick Collins, our new interpretation ranger, for a fascinating talk on what it was actually like to live on the Spanish Frontier. You will learn about daily life, relations with the native people and the realities of living on the edge of civilization at a time when southern Arizona was the northern outpost of New Spain.

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Museum Tour: Spanish Tubac - A Curator's Look at the Presidio that Transformed the Santa Cruz Valley

March 28, 2017   11am - Noon

Join us for a guided tour where you’ll explore Spanish Tubac and take a closer look at several museum artifacts and discuss their impact on history.

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Presentation: Spain: Moors and Christians, Olives and Wine: Tracing the Cultural and Agricultural Roots of the American Southwest

April 4, 2017   2pm

The 16th -18th century Christian Spain that colonized the Americas was the sum total of its previous occupants - Arabs, Jews, Visigoths and Romans. Sonya Norman and Jesús García discuss agricultural practices on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Living History: Blacksmithing in Tubac

April 6, 2017   9am

Visit our blacksmith as he creates all those wonderful tools for daily life, from nails, to latches, to spoons and forks. Includes all day admission to tour the Presidio.

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Frontier Printing Press Demonstrations

April 6, 2017   11am - 2pm

A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering.

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Walking Tour of Old Tubac

April 8, 2017   10am - Noon

Come explore the colorful history of Old Tubac. Learn about Arizona's first European settlement and how explorers, pioneers, and natives lived together.

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"Hell Bent for Resurrection: A Hike through Tubac's Many Layers"

April 12, 2017   10am - Noon

Join us for a new program of History Hikes to take advantage of the great outdoors and our amazingly rich cultural heritage.

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Frontier Printing Press Demonstration

February 13, 2017   11am - 2pm

A knowledgeable volunteer demonstrates the Washington Hand Press used to print Arizona’s first newspaper in 1859 and answers questions about hand press printing, type setting, and other aspects of this marvel of industrial engineering.

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Museum Tour: Spanish Tubac - A Curator's Look at the Presidio that Transformed the Santa Cruz Valley

April 18, 2017   11am - Noon

Join us for a guided tour where you’ll explore Spanish Tubac and take a closer look at several museum artifacts and discuss their impact on history.

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"Park Rx Day": Park-to-Park Hike

April 23, 2017   9am - Noon

Get outside to hike, explore, and be with friends. Hike the length of the Anza Trail between Tumacácori and Tubac to earn your “I Hike for Health” pin!

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Anza Days 2017

October 21, 2017   8:00am - 12:00pm

Tubac Presidio's hallmark event, historic reenactors enter the park on horseback from the Anza Trail to recreate the 1775 expedition of Juan Bautista de Anza to the Pacific.

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