Tubac 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. It is a traditional event to include a procession through the village, altars and offerings, and the burning of intentions at the end.  There are also over 40 Pop-Up vendors, food trucks and a DJ. The public is encouraged to attend and get in the spirit by getting involved in the activities included in the following schedule:



Face Painting

9 a.m. – 11 a.m Face Painting

Meet with face painters to become a living-Catrina, a skeleton figure, especially elegantly dressed men (catrines) and women (catrinas). Face painters are located in the parking lot of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. They are not meant to be scary, but beautiful to remind us of our deceased loved ones.


11 a.m Procession Begins

The procession will start at the Tubac Presidio Historic State Park and Museum. It will include Catrinas, mariachis, marching bands, and all are welcome to enjoy the procession along the route or join the procession itself.


12:15 p.m Finale Begins

The procession will end at the K Newby Gallery Sculpture Garden. Grand Finale of the procession is walking over the metal pedestrian footbridge into the K Newby Gallery Sculpture Garden and the burning of the intentions in the bonfire. 



10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Altar Tour

Enjoy touring our village to see ofrendas in over 25 locations within the village of Tubac.  Pick up a map from the Nogales Chamber of Commerce for the Santa Cruz County Altar tour which has many more altar locations to visit.  The Nogales Chamber of Commerce will have an information booth at the head of the village as soon as you turn into Plaza Road from the Frontage Road for more information.


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. POP-UP Vendors

Over 40 vendors will offer local goods for sale.  From handmade jewelry to artisan Mexican goods to charcuterie boxes.  The Pop-Ups are located in the area of Tubac Road and Hesselbarth Lane.


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Day of the Dead Art Show

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10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Day of the Dead Jewelry Show

Dia De Los Muertos Jewelry Exhibition at the K Newby  Gallery located at 15 Tubac Road.


11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wisdom’s Cafe  Special Event

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9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Food Trucks

Many food trucks to enjoy at 11 Tubac Road in the parking lot of Lone Mountain Turquoise.


10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Untamed Confections 

Special Dia de los Muertos Assorted Peruvian Organic Chocolates Available for Purchase (pictured below):






Enjoy the rest of the day visiting booths, food trucks, restaurants, shops, and the Ofrendas located at businesses throughout the village.

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

Check back in October 2024 for the final list


Tubac Road Altars:

Art of Beauty Salon

Lone Mountain Turquoise Co.

Casa Maya de Mexico

K Newby Gallery

Sole Shoes

James Culver Leather

Stevens & Castro Art and Design

La Cucaracha

Bruce Baughman Gallery

On the Edge Contemporary Gallery

Cactus Wren Art Gallery

Cobalt Gallery

Old Presidio Traders

Mas Y Mas

Viola Jo Studio


Plaza Road Altars:

Tubac Old World Imports, 7 Plaza Road

Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Road

Casa Maya de Mexico


La Entrada de Tubac Altars:


El Barrio Kitchen 

Horses in Motion

Michelle's Gallery

Feminine Mystique

Untamed Confections


Camino Otero Altars:

Zimmerman Gallery

Cositas Handmade

Grumpy Gringo

Quilts Limited

Cobalt Gallery

Joan of Arts Gallery


Burruel Street Altars:

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Museum, 1 Burruel Street

The Tubac Historical Society, 6 Burruel Street


Tumacacori Altar:

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


Calle Baca Altars:

Turquoise Tortoise Gallery

Cocosh Boutique