Tubac’s annual Anza Day Celebration takes place Saturday, Oct. 18.
This annual celebration commemorates Anza’s 1775 expedition from Tubac to the Pacific where he founded a settlement that would become San Francisco. The highlight of Tubac’s Anza Day Celebration is the colorful reenactment ride on horseback from Tumacácori to Tubac.
The riders will mount at 9 am at the Fiesta Grounds north of the Tumacácori National Historical Park and will be available for photographs. Armed with a shield, leather armor and 9 foot lances, the soldiers on horseback will practice their skills on the grounds. At 10:45 am, the riders will move to the Tumacácori Mission Church for a blessing of the expedition. The group led by Colonel Anza will embark on their 4-mile journey along the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail to Tubac.
Activities at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park held from 11 am to 2:45 pm. This family-friendly event will also feature Spanish Colonial living history presentations, frontier printing press demonstrations, folklorico dancing, mariachi music, children’s activities and food vendors. At 2:45 the riders will go to St. Ann’s church in Tubac and then “depart” for the trek to San Francisco.
Free admission all day for the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. Admission to the Tumacácori National Historical Park is free during the Mission Mass and blessing of the expedition in the morning.
This event is produced by Anza Trail Coalition of Arizona, Tubac Chamber of Commerce, Tubac Rotary, and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.