Arivaca Groups & Places of Interest

Arivaca shows its colors and hospitality! Local organizations and groups offer tours, sales, untold surpises and edibles (see also Food page). Find them on the site map that you’ll get upon festival entry.

Friends of Arivaca Old School House and Historic Townsite, Inc showcases the 1879 schoolhouse, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the school to see renovations courtesy of a Pima County Community Development Block Grant, a mural by C Hues showing an 1912 school scene, and displays on the history of Arivaca. Learn about our new historical organization!
(Note: the EcoFest talks will be given in the Old School House. See the school house and hear fabulous talks at the same time! The exhibitors and vendors will be outside, in the Old School House Park.)

Friends of the Library  The mission of the Friends of the Arivaca Library is to promote knowledge of the functions, services, and needs of the library, to raise monies to be used in improving library services to the community, to foster closer relations between the library and the community, and to assist in beautifying the library grounds.
We are planning a wonderful Book Sale in the Meeting Room the day of the Ecofest, and welcome everyone to stop by, enjoy visiting our beautiful library, and say hello to the superb staff of Leesa and the Jodies! Thank you – we look forward to seeing you.

Human Resources Bake Sale and Swap Meet. Come find what you need! At the west end of downtown Arivaca.

People Helping People in the Border Zone (PHP) will be holding an open house at the Arivaca humanitarian aid office all day from 10 am to 4 pm, and running a donations drive for humanitarian assistance to help prevent the death and suffering of migrants crossing the desert. Donations of warm clothes, shoes and canned goods with pop-tops encouraged.

Arivaca Community Center The Community center is a non-profit organization owned by the community itself. We have been in operation since 1986. Our mission is to provide a safe space for recreation programs for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Our large multi-purpose room is an excellent space for meetings, private gatherings, educational presentations, theatrical performances, art and film festivals. We also have a commercial kitchen used for a free summer meals program, and it is utilized by local bakers. Our outside area includes a basketball/tennis/pickleball court, a skate park, the only neighborhood playground, and shaded ramadas. This year we added a water catchment system and will be planting a variety of fruit bearing trees in the near future. Our income is primarily from building rentals, t-shirt sales, grants and fundraisers.   Thank you for your support!

On the tour day, the Arivaca Community center invites you to join us for a sit-down luncheon from 10:30-2 (or until we run out of food.) We will be serving our famous Sonoran stuffed chicken with rice, salad, dessert and drinks, or Spinach and red pepper quiche with salad, cake and a drink. The cost for this yummy meal is only $10.

Arivaca Action Center, Inc.  The Arivaca Action Center enhances our rural community life by offering a space for five focus areas of education, the arts, hospitality, sustainability and wellness. EcoFest attendees will all see the facility and grounds upon arriving to the festival. Inside you will find the EcoFest Best custom burritos for $6 each from 9am on. We are a 501-C3 non-profit corporation, with two lovely guestrooms by donation to accommodate visitors. The Arivaca Action Center is the sponsoring organization of the 2017 Arivaca EcoFest.



Marian’s Market
Marian’s Market is Arivaca’s Farmers’ and Artisans’ market. Named for Marian Mikesell, who sold eggs downtown, Marian’s Market is open year-round, every Saturday, 9am-noon. Special longer hours for the EcoFest are 9-1 pm. Local vendors have their products available for sampling and sale.

Fresh farm eggs are available every week. Locals with homegrown or hand-made items are inside the market. The Arivaca Community Garden has organic vegetables weekly. Volunteers come each Saturday with the freshest products. Sally takes bread orders for fresh delivery on Saturday. Jay’s Garden Variety has fresh vegetables, herbs and baked goods. Panchita’s tamales are the best tamales and tortillas. Stockwell Honey has a regular booth when the local honey is in season.

Marian’s Market regular vendors will be joined by others making a special appearance for the EcoFest. Among those are Forever Yong Farm whose produce is healthy, tasty and beautiful, and Honey Lane Organics from Amado. Lynsey from Honey Lane brings a wonderful selection of plants, veggie starts, cacti, succulents, and can tell you about the trees and garden services Honey Lane offers.

The Master gardener booth on the EcoFest day is sponsored by the University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension, Pima County Master Gardener Volunteers. It is set up for disseminating information about gardening and landscaping. Pertinent seasonal pamphlets will be available. Jay Rivett, one of our local Master Gardeners and other MGs will answer your gardening questions at the booth. Jay Rivett graduated from the Pima County MG class in 2016. He was a MG in Henagar, Alabama, for the 7 years that Jay’s Garden Variety was located there. Jay has been an organic gardener since 2004, and a conventional gardener all his adult life. In 2012, Jay and his wife (former residents of Tucson) moved to Arivaca to start an organic farm closer to family.
Seed-swap! Bring some to donate, exchange, or just pick some up. Please package and label clearly (plant name, year and where collected.) We’re interested in open-pollinated, organically grown seed. Seed-swap will be at Master Gardeners’ booth at Marian’s Market.

Arivaca Community Center has a newly added water catchment system on the Universal Road side of the building. To put the water to good use, future plans include planting fruit and nut trees.

St. Ferdinand’s Catholic Church will again feature Maria Elena’s Famous Tamale Luncheon for $9.00 and guided tours of the Church from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. It’s a perfect opportunity enjoy a delicious meal and to view historic artifacts and unique artwork, including DeGracia’s Stations of the Cross and an 8′ x 5′ award-winning Santa Cruz, created and donated by local artists Paula and David Perino of Arivaca. This magnificent cross has been featured in several exhibits and was awarded Best of Show at Tubac Art Center in 2013

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge  Exhibit table with Fur ID Board. Year-round Cienega walk.


Arivaca Artists’ Coop – downtown on the main street. Local creative wonders. Open 10-4pm.

Arivaca Mercantile – downtown on the main street. Gas, sundries

Caffee Aribac – Coffee, espresso, many other drinks, and assorted delicious foods and local crafts. On the hill 1.5 miles north of downtown on Arivaca Road. Ecofest goers get a 10% discount!

La Gitana – Offers stuffed baked potatoes $5 for the EcoFest, plus an extensive regular menu, including soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Enjoy live music from 11:30 – 3:30. Visit La Gitana for its ambiance and rich history. In the heart of downtown Arivaca.

Virginia’s La Rancherita (Authentic Mexican and American Food) will be located at La Siesta Campgrounds for the entire weekend.


Arivaca websites: Arizona

Arivaca Businesses’ websites:

Lodging in Arivaca – see Lodging/Camping page


For websites of Arivaca EcoFest participants – see Participants page