Tumacácori National Historical Park has just announced that they will be joining with the state of Sonora, Mexico in celebrating the life and missions of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino as part of the Mexican state’s annual Festival Kino. In its eighth year in Arizona, the Kino Festival has been an annual event in Sonora since 1967. Beginning in Magdalena on the first anniversary of the discovery of Father Kino’s remains, the event has grown to include all of northern Sonora, and now includes three historic sites in southern Arizona: Mission San José de Tumacácori, the Tubac Presidio, and Mission San Xavier del Bac.
As part of this cultural festival, Tumacácori will host a solo program of classical guitar inside the historic mission church on Friday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. Guitarist Ignacio Mondaca García studied at the Universidad de Sonora and at the University of Arizona. He has performed as first guitar of the group “Staccato” and has won several musical awards.
The annual Festival Kino takes place this year throughout northern Sonora from May 16 through May 19. For more information on events in Sonora, visit the Sonoran Institute of Culture website at isc.gob.mx/festivalkino.php. Admission fees will be waived from 10:30 am to noon for this Festival Kino presentation. Regular park admission is $7.00 per adult, free for federal pass holders and children under age 16. For more information, call Tumacácori National Historical Park at 520-377-5060, or visit the park’s website, at nps.gov/tuma.