Day of the Dead Procession and Event

Get in the Spirit

Discover magic. Experience the unforgettable spectacle of Tubac’s annual Día de los Muertos celebration. Also known as "Day of the Dead”, Día de los Muertos is the tradition of celebrating and sharing memories of loved ones who have passed.

Ofrendas, or altars, are set up by many in Mexico and southern Arizona and adorned with items that the dead enjoyed while they were alive. In the procession, trunks of cars were set up showing off ofrendas with pictures to honor dead family and friends accompanied with drinks, sweets and bread that their dead loved ones used to enjoy. 

Whether this is your first time hearing about Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos and are new to the tradition or you participate every year, everyone is welcome to commemorate this celebration of life in Tubac.


Face Painting

Face Painting Locations:

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park & Museum, 1 Burruel Street, 9 am to 11 am


11AM Procession through Tubac:
Starting at the Tubac Presidio Historic State Park and Museum.  

NHS Mariachi Apache, Aztek Dancers, Nogales High School Marching Band, Local Families and more.  All are welcome to enjoy the procession along the route or to join the procession itself.  


12PM Grand Finale: 

Grand Finale of the procession walking over the metal pedestrian footbridge into the K Newby Gallery Sculpture Garden and the burning of the intentions in the bonfire with a short concert by NHS Mariachi Apache.  


Enjoy the rest of the day visiting booths, food trucks, restaurants, shops, and the Ofrendas located at businesses throughout the village including the car trunk altars in town.


Ofrendas/Altars are located in Tubac November 1 - November 4

Tubac Road Altars:

Art of Beauty Salon, 10 Tubac Road

Lone Mountain Turquoise Co., 11 Tubac Road

Casa Maya de Mexico, 14 Tubac Road

K Newby Gallery, 15 Tubac Road

Bruce Baughman Gallery (Pet Altar), 19 Tubac Road

On the Edge Contemporary Gallery, 19 Tubac Road

Cactus Wren Art Gallery, 19 Tubac Road

Cobalt Gallery, 22 Tubac Road

Tubac Healing Arts Center, 26 Tubac Road


Plaza Road Altars:

Tubac Old World Imports, 7 Plaza Road

Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Road

Feminine Mystique, La Entrada de Tubac Plaza Road

Untamed Confections, La Entrada de Tubac Plaza Road


Camino Otero Altars:

Cobalt Gallery, 5 Camino Otero

Quilts Limited, 7 Camino Otero

Joan of Arts Gallery, 11 Camino Otero 


Burruel Street Altars:

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum, 1 Burruel Street

The Tubac Historical Society, 6 Burruel Street

Will Rogers Lane:The Country Shop, 1 Will Rogers Lane 


Tumacacori Altar:

Wisdom's Cafe, 1931 E. Frontage Rd, Tumacácori


Calle Baca Altars:

Tumacookery, La Entrada de Tubac

El Barrio Kitchen, La Entrada de Tubac

Horses in Motion, La Entrada de Tubac

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, 5 Calle Baca


Food Trucks:

Picositos de Kika, Candy, Enchilosos, Chamoy and More, 12 Tubac Road

Santa Cruz Training Program, Baked Goods, 12 Tubac Road

Krazy Koyote Kettle Corn, 11 Tubac Road

A&S Sonoran Hot Dogs,14 Tubac Road

Bad Apple Caramel Apples, 14 Tubac Road

Abe's Tumacacori Bar, Birria, 15 Tubac Road

Having A Cow Ice Cream, 15 Tubac Road 


Special Events:

Wisdom's Cafe, Tequila Tasting Flight Special, 1931 E. Frontage Road, Tumacacori

Casa Maya de Mexico, Day of the Dead Bath Bombs by Brujeria Apothecary plus Woodworking by Chris, 14 Tubac RoadDonna's Salon-The Art of of Beauty, Day of the Dead Jewelry by Lilana, 10 Tubac Road

The Country Shop, Monumental Skull on Display from artists featured on the show "Halloween Wars," 1 Will Rogers Lane

Pop Up Flea Market Supporting Wisdom's Sports & Scholars, 2231 E. Frontage Road

Untamed Confections, Free Sipping Chocolate (Spicy or Plain), Special Dia de los Muertos Assorted Peruvian Organic Chocolates Available for Purchase (pictured below):


Procession Intentions - Where to Write Your IntentionsWrite down what your intentions are, what you are grieving, releasing, celebrating, embracing, remembering...then place them to be released into the bonfire at the grand finale of the procession. Bring your own intentions already written or submit your intentions at the following locations throughout the Village:  

Casa Maya de Mexico, 14 Tubac Road

Feminine Mystique Art Gallery, La Entrada de Tubac

K Newby Gallery, 15 Tubac Road

Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Road

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum, 1 Burruel Street,

Wisdom's Cafe, 1931 E Frontage Road, Tumacacori


Common Questions
What is Día de los Muertos?
  Also known as “Day of the Dead”, Día de los Muertos is a tradition-filled day during which families remember the departed and share memories of loved ones. To celebrate their lives, friends and family participate in a variety of activities including lively processions and parades, and traditional dress and altar building.

What are all the items on the altars?
  Sugar skulls, tamales, Pan de Muerto and more can all be found on Día de los Muertos altars.

What are the Catrines & Catrinas?
  Skeleton figures, especially elegantly dressed men (catrines) and women (catrinas), remind us that we are all equal in death.