The majority of our Festival takes place in El Presidio Park: Plaza Stage, Young Artists Stage, Children’s Show, Festival Store, Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors and the Beer Garden (new location this year! Located downtown between City Hall and the Old County Courthouse, El Presidio Park sits atop an underground parking garage. The site has been in use since 1539, and the plaza’s use as a park dates from 1776. In 1810, a Spanish garrison of about 300 military used the park. The Mormon Battalion first placed the American flag in the park in 1846. The area became known as Barrio Libre (Free Zone) in 1862, and has gone through a number of name changes. The park’s present development occurred in 1970-71. This 2.75-acre plaza contains veterans’ memorials, including a memorial wall and the Battle of the Bulge monument. There is a small rose garden area dedicated to John F. Kennedy. A large fountain, various art pieces including the Mormon Battalion and the El Soldado Cuera statue of a conquistador, as well as several pieces of modern art adorn the park. El Presidio Park is a favorite location for many community festivals, political gatherings, and weddings. El Presidio Park is located at 160 W Alameda Street in Downtown Tucson.
Located in the heart of the historic Presidio district of downtown Tucson and tucked inside the walls of Old Town Artisans you will find the beautiful courtyard restaurant that is La Cocina. Boasting al fresco dining, a rustic Cantina, and live music under the stars this gem certainly offers something for everyone.
The menu is an eclectic mix of Mexican food, sandwiches, salads, and other globally inspired items. Lunch is served daily, brunch takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday nights. You will even find a late night taco bar using an outdoor grill on the weekends.
Step inside the Cantina and you will find several Arizona craft beers on tap, a full bar, and house infused spirits. The bar staff mixes up creative twists on classic cocktails using fresh, house made ingredients. Their newest addition is The Dusty Monk Pub which is a European style pub featuring an extensive list of Belgian beer, a carefully curated whiskey list, and pub fare.
Both local and national acts are featured on the outdoor stage most nights of the week. Late night music focuses on high energy acts or DJ’s that guarantee you won’t be able to keep your feet still. Whether you are dining, drinking, or dancing La Cocina surely offers something for everyone! La Cocina is located at 201 N. Court Avenue.
Located one block east of Old Town Artisans, the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum is a re-creation of the Tucson Presidio built in 1775. Visitors travel back in time to learn about life as early Tucsonans would have lived it. Docent tours discuss life in the Santa Cruz Valley for early Native Americans, Presidio residents and Territorial Period settlers. See the archaeological remains of a pit house, walk along the original Presidio wall and experience a 150 year old classic Sonoran Row house. Presidio San Agustin del Tucson (Presidio Museum) is located at 196 N Court Avenue.
Located along the south stretch of the Old Town Artisan Block of Downtown Tucson, our newest stage will be located at the crossroads of Telles Street & Meyer Avenue. Telles Street from Meyer to Court Avenue, and Court Avenue from Alameda Avenue to Washington Street will be closed for ease in moving from one stage to another! We’ll have a canopy shading the stage and audience area. You’ll be just steps away from the La Cocina Stage, the Presidio Museum Stage and a block from the stages at El Presidio Park!