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Tucson Presidio: Living History Days

Phone: 520-837-8119

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Venue: Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum and The Turquoise Trail

Time: From: 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM

Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday


The Tucson Presidio comes to life inside its adobe walls during Living History Days, October-April.  Volunteer re-enactors provide a glimpse of what life was like in 1775-1856, back when the Santa Cruz River flowed, myriad cultures were impacting each other, and the Old Pueblo was just beginning. Visitors to the Presidio San Agustín see soldiers at drill, blacksmiths, candle-makers, merchants and weavers.  These volunteers interact with the public to demonstrate and teach about the challenges of daily life when there were no cell phones and no running water. Each Living History Day has a theme.  Make sure to return several times throughout the season to experience your favorite themes:
Oct. 13, 10 am - 1 pm: Viva Nueva Espana! Women in New Spain Sponsored by The Heath Team of Nova Home Loans. Using the accounts collected from the Anza Expedition our re-enactors will represent life in New Spain through the eyes of its women residents. 
Nov. 10, 10 am - 3 pm: Veteran's Day: Celebrating the history of Arizona's Military Various representations of the military that have served in Arizona from the time of New Spain to becoming a US state. 
Dec 7 and 8: Luminaria Nights at the Presidio  Friday, Dec. 7, 4 pm - 7:30 pm. Docent-led night tours of the Presidio by Luminaria light, we will also be giving out cookies and hot chocolate. Sat, Dec. 8. 4 pm - 7:30 pm: Presidio re-enactors will present nighttime activities and musket demonstrations. Carrillo School will present Las Posadas. Hot tamales will be for sale. Children will enjoy Old World craft activities. 
Jan. 12, 10 am - 3 pm: Blacksmiths and the Trades of the Presidio. Learn about the various trades at the Presidio that kept the fort running
Feb. 9, 10 am - 3 pm: Statehood Celebration. Celebrating Arizona's journey from being a territory of New Spain to the 48th US state.
March 9, 10 am - 3 pm: Columbian Exchange: Old and New World Foods. A focus on gardening and the foods that were being grown by the native people when the Spanish arrived and the foods the Spanish introduced to the area
April 13, 10 am - 3 pm: Fiesta de los Gentes: Celebrating the Cultures of Tucson. Celebrating the different cultures that have helped form Tucson into the city it is today. 
Regular, ongoing activities at the Tucson Presidio include tastings of hand-made tortillas made onsite on the museum’s comal and fresh-made bread baked in our horno outdoor oven; interactive demonstrations of children’s games and weaving; soldiers practicing their drills and the hourly firing of a four-pound bronze cannon, a replica of cannons used at the Presidio in the late 1700s. Visitors can pump the bellows of the blacksmith’s forge and learn how the soldiers fire their muskets. For more information about the Living History Days, see our YouTube Channel at