Tubac, Arizona, is encircled by high desert vistas, and the Tubac village enjoys a year-around economy that benefits from summer temperatures than are milder that either Tucson or Phoenix. More than 100 businesses line Tubac's streets, and the renowned Tubac Center of the Arts provides a full range of arts programming, including seasonal exhibitions and summer arts programming for children.
Art lovers come from around the States to discover an art scene that showcases local artists as well as many of the Southwest's finest. Seasonal events promoted by the Tubac Chamber of Commerce embrace the fullness of the arts, including the annual Tubac Jazz and Blues Festival and the ever-popular Tubac Festival of the Arts.
Tubac was first established as a Spanish presidio (fort) in 1752. The intervening centuries have seen five flags flying over the land that was once traveled by explorer Juan Bautista de Anza on his way to San Francisco. Artists' studios, galleries, shops and restaurants now occupy the historic grounds which once served as the home for a Spanish military garrison. Tubac continues to remember it origins at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park which is located in the village's Old Town, adjacent to the northern edge of Barrio de Tubac.