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Western Heritage Festival

November 24-26, 2017

10:00am – 5:00pm

Join Old Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation in celebrating our roots with a Western Heritage Festival! The focus is on all things local that celebrate our cultural heritage in southern Arizona. Local artists from Raices Taller 222, Tucson’s only Latino-based, contemporary, non-profit cooperative art gallery and workshop will be in attendance with special exhibits and demos. Attending artists include: Linda Bohlke, Elena Campbell, David Contreras, Antonio Estrada, Ceci Garcia, Sarah Masse, Lydia Maldonado, John Salgado, Glory Tacheenie-Campoy, Monica Zavala Durazao, and Lester Aguirre.

Also check out local cultural group demos from Arizona’s Civil War Soldiers, the Mormon Battalion, and the Vail Preservation Society. Start your holiday shopping and buy local from artists and other local vendors. This fun and educational event is great for the whole family, so don’t miss out on this celebration of Western heritage

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Ted Walker Youth Day

January 25, 2018

9:00am – 2:00pm

Old Tucson and Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation are celebrating the 28th Annual Ted Walker Youth Day at Old Tucson!

This free educational event is open to public, private, charter and home school 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. Education components are aligned with the Core Standards and are comprised of Western Living History presentations, educational shows and information stations provided by agencies such as Pima County Environmental Education, Territory of the Arizona Buffalo Soldiers, Arizona Game and Fish and many more.

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Arizona Civil War Days

February 10-11, 2018

10:00am – 5:00pm

The North & South come together at Old Tucson, with encampments, battles and demonstrations, all weekend long! See life in the Arizona Territory during the Civil War, and re-live the battle of Picacho Peak. Old Tucson’s own Buck Helton will sing Civil War-era tunes in the Grand Palace both days!

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Happy Birthday Arizona

February 17-18, 2018

10:00am – 5:00pm

Celebrate Arizona’s 106th birthday all weekend long! Arizona residents enjoy Buy One/Get One admission, living history presentations, live entertainment, a petting zoo for the kids and a parade Saturday at Noon, and a Flag Ceremony at Noon on Sunday in Heritage Square.

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Specialty Summer Camp 2018

June 4-8, 2018

The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation hosted a series of specialty one and two-day summer camps at Old Tucson.  The camp offered local youth authentic, experiential, fun and educational programs about the lives of local peoples and cultures during the southern Arizona and northern Mexico Territorial period of 1850-1912.  Campers from the Jewish Community Center, Northwest YMCA and Jacob YMCA attended this unique specialty summer camp.

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Campers gather for the opening ceremony
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Presentation of flags representing historic Arizona Sonora cultures and the singing of the U.S. National Anthem.

Tohono O’odham Traditional Dance

Working in partnership with representatives from the Tohono O’odham Nation, Mexican community, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, Tucson Jewish Community Center and others, the Foundation has created a multi-cultural experience for the campers aged 6-12.

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Workshops include discussion and hands-on activities related to the history and heritage of the cultures that have influenced the Arizona-Sonora region as well as the origins and evolution of area industries such as farming and mining and their impacts on the region’s growth.

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School Field Trips

Schedule with Old Tucson Even Staff

Our programs meet the Arizona Academic Standards for Social Studies; Customized programs for students’ age group; Western historians, re-enactments and hands-on activities; “hands on” approach to learning and experiencing the West. These programs take place at Old Tucson. Please consult the Old Tucson website for hours, cost and other information.Miner + Mule-small

Here are a few of the programs available through Old Tucson. For more information contact the staff at Old Tucson.

Life of a Miner: A look at Arizona mining and minerals. 

Mountain Men: Fur Trapping in the 1800’s. 

Adobe Brick Making: Building techniques used by the Tohono O’odham tribe. 

Behind the Scenes: Sound, Lights & Special Effects.

Old Tucson also offers visitors the opportunity to interact with regularly scheduled educational and entertaining programs, displays and interactive installations. You’ll witness re-enactments of movie gunfights, old-west saloon shows, comedy and more as you enjoy a slice of life in the Sonoran Desert as it existed when the southwest was settled. For hours and prices, visit the Old Tucson website.


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