Celebrating All Things Tucson/S-cuk-son

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Date and Time for this Past Event

  • Friday, Aug 20, 2021  5:45pm-9:00pm


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Presented by the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission and the Presidio Museum, “Celebrating All Things Tucson/S-cuk-sǫn” is an annual tradition held on the day that is the official founding of modern-day Tucson. This FREE fiesta is held at the Presidio Museum and is sponsored by all three local governments: the City of Tucson, Pima County and the Tohono O’odham Nation; along with Title Sponsor: Desert Diamond Casino.

Event attendees will celebrate the variety of cultures that make our region special including:

*Mariachi music by Los Changuitos Feos – 5:45 pm
*Folklorico dancing by the Cienega High School Folklorico Club – 7:25
*Waila music by Gertie N the T.O. Boyz (dancing encouraged) – 8:00 pm

Visitors will also have the opportunity to discover our rich history through family crafts and demonstrations from community partners:

*Old Pueblo Archaeology
*Arizona Historical Society
*Southern Arizona Transportation Museum
*Atl-atl / spear throwing activities by Archaeology Southwest
*Buffalo soldier and Presidio Garrison re-enactors

Food and drink will include:

*Taco bar from El Charro (City of Tucson, Pima County, Tohono O’odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe employees get two free tacos when showing their employee IDs.)
*Cash bar
*Free tastings of desert sweet treats

The name Tucson originates from the local Tohono O’odham word “S-cuk-Sǫn” (pronounced Skuk-shone), meaning “spring at the base of the black mountain.” The mountain they were referring to was what we know today as “A” Mountain.

The arriving Spanish established the Presidio San Agustín del Tucsón fort on August 20, 1775, using a spelling of this word that they had heard from the locals. This fort established what would become our modern-day downtown. Later, with the arrival of more settlers, the name “Tucson” was used and is still the name of our great town!

Gates open at 5:45 pm with crafts and live mariachi music. The program begins at 6:15 pm. Details at www.TucsonPresidio.com. While you’re there, bid in the Fandango Online Auction Aug. 7-22. Supporting the museum’s operations and programs, from adult lectures to children’s workshops and community events like Living History Days.