Day of the Dead, November

Day of the Dead

Saturday, November 2, 2024
9 am to 5 pm


Get in the Spirit.  Discover Magic.  And, 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 deceased 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.

Schedule of Events

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.  Face painting is also available at Untamed Confections in La Entrada de Tubac.

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 seeing ofrendas in over 25 locations within the Village of Tubac.  A digital map, produced by the Nogales Chamber of Commerce, will be published in October 2024.   

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

Dia De Los Muertos Art Exhibition at Bruce Baughman Studio and Gallery located at 19 Tubac Road. This art exhibition supports the Tubac community celebration of the holiday.  More details are below.

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

2-for-1 Margaritas all day and Live Music from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m

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.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. DJ Rameses Primero from Prime Music

Enjoy a DJ throughout the day as well. 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Untamed Confections 

Free Sipping Chocolate, Special Dia de los Muertos Assorted Peruvian Organic Chocolates Available for Purchase and free face painting!