3rd Annual Portal to the Past Festival

Celebrate the Water Legacy of Phoenix’s Canals

Cultural Coalition, Inc. is excited to announce the return of the Portal to the Past Festival as a FREE in-person event at Pueblo Grande Museum.  A celebration of indigenous music, storytelling, and dance, this event highlights the engineering feats of the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People (archaeologically known as the Hohokam); an intricate canal system that is still used in Phoenix. 
- Indigenous Arisans
- Music
- Dance
- Storytelling
- Kids Crafts
- Museum Tours
- Food Trucks

An outdoor family friendly event, people of all ages will enjoy a variety of cultural performances from various tribal communities that will include dances, songs, and storytelling. Children's craft activities, tours of the archaeological site, and demonstrations by indigenous artisans will also be available during the festival. Families can spend an afternoon exploring the history of water in Arizona, and learn about the importance of conservation as a resource in our community.  The “Portal” is located along the Grand Canalscape offering access to the grounds of Pueblo Grande Museum and an interpretive trail highlighting the accomplishments of the first inhabitants of the Valley of the Sun.

NEW THIS YEAR: Additional programs exploring modern and historic water issues following the Festival: October 20: The Gila and The Salt - Our River Stories. A performance with masks
narrating the stories of Arizonans in both the Salt and Gila Rivers throughout the centuries of water use in the Valley; November 3: Water is Life! A community conversation about the use of water in the
community, its history, and the present situation of water sources in the Valley. 


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  • Location: Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
  • 4619 E Washington St
  • Phoenix, AZ 85034
  • Time:
    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
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