Heritage Days

Heritage Days

Heritage Days 2021

Due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 Delta variant, coupled with substantial input from community members, and the need to act with maximum caution to protect our community from risk of infection/transmission, the Friends of Cave Creek Canyon board of directors has voted to cancel all indoor Heritage Days events at the Geronimo Event Center scheduled for Saturday, September 11, and Sunday, September 12.
However, due to strong community support for maintaining the outdoor Heritage Days Market & Crafts Fair on Sept. 11 and the Mountain Wildflower Walk on Sept. 12, those events will still happen!   There will be live music and an on-site food truck—the Migration Taco Stand.  See the flyer below for details or click for a PDF Small Market_Field Day flyer.

About Heritage Days

Heritage Days Mission

The mission of “Chiricahua–Peloncillo Heritage Days” is to educate and inspire local citizens in understanding the important role that flora, fauna, water and open space play in the health of the Chiricahua–Peloncillo Mountain community, and to highlight the interdependent connection that exists between our natural heritage and the cultural heritage in that region.

Heritage Days Approach

To accomplish its mission, Heritage Days mixes expert presentations on landscape health, conservation, local culture, and regional history with a simultaneous on-site crafts fair/famers market and great locally-prepared food, including a purchasable buffet-style lunch.

Heritage Days Sponsorships

Heritage Days events are brought to you by the Portal, Arizona, non-profit organization Friends of Cave Creek Canyon. Additional support for the event is generated through collaboration with local and regional volunteers and businesses and through private donations.

Heritage Days Schedule and Promotion

Heritage Days attracts participation by the local and regional community. Events at the Geronimo Event Center feature a special Keynote address and talks by 8 professional speakers, a large covered Farmer’s Market and Crafts Fair, and a Field Day with interpretive site tours and Free Film Showings. Most attendees are residents of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, and the event is promoted via news releases to regional media and through direct-mail to 1,000 regional residents.


Kim Vacariu, Heritage Days Director.  Phone 520-390-3969. Email <kimvac at vtc doc net>

Speakers & Activities at past Heritage Days events

Heritage Days 2020 was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic

Heritage Days 2019 Agenda [PDF]

Heritage Days 2018 Agenda  [PDF]

Heritage Days 2017 Agenda [PDF]

Photos of Heritage Days Events