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The Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival will take place this weekend, Oct. 14 through Oct. 16 in downtown Tucson, Ariz.

This is the 38th year of what began as a small gathering of folk artists, home cooks and traditional musicians in 1974. The festival is a way for visitors to see many different cultures and interact with a variety of people.

In addition to demonstrations by folk artists, delicious food, Iron Chef competitions, Lowrider car show, interactive dance workshops, and music from all over the world on six stages, this year’s highlights include: Traditions of Health and Wellness, Sonoran Pavillion, TUSD Festival of Schools, Kitchen Stadium, and much more.

Traditions of Health and Wellness explores ancient and contemporary practices that bring us good health and wellness while the Sonoran Pavillion has exhibits and displays about the natural and recreational assets, food and people of our neighboring state across the border, Sonora, Mexico. TUSD Festival of Schools, celebrates and showcases over 100 TUSD schools, programs and people while featuring performances and hands on activities for kids. Kitchen Stadium features Iron Chef Competitions and cooking demonstrations.

Aside from the festival highlights, altogether there will be 110 distinct music, dance, food and folk art presentations, demonstrations, and educational experiences representing the work from more than 170 traditional artists and 65 ethnic and occupational groups. The festival is spread out over downtown Tucson with events, food and stages at El Presidio Park, Tucson Convention Center plaza, La Placita Village and Pima County Plaza.

Our Border Beat staff will be providing live and post-event coverage over the course of the festival to fill you in on all of the traditional arts and cultures that are present in our multinational Arizona-Sonora region.



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Borderbeat Event Coverage Schedule:


  • Food Vendor Organization: Vietenamese Student Organization
  • Special Event: Fiddle Jam
  • Time: 3 p.m. 
  • Food Vendor Organization: El Guero Canelo
  • Special Event: Latin Funk Project
  • Time: 6 p.m.


  • Food Vendor Organization: 
  • Special Event: Low Rider Car Show
  • Time: TBD
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  • Food Vendor Organization: Ballet Folklorico La Paloma
  • Special Event: Folk Art Demonstrations
  • Time: TBD
  • Food Vendor Organization: Planet of the Crepes
  • Special Event: Low Rider Car Show
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Food Vendor Organization: India Society of Southern Arizona
  • Special Event: Puppet Shows
  • Time: 11:30 a.m.
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  • Food Vendor Organization: Club España de Tucson
  • Special Event: Tucson Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dance & Yoyo Team
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Food Vendor Organization: Cee Dee Jamaican Kitchen
  • Special Event: Low Rider Car Show
  • Time: 12 p.m.


  • Food Vendor Organization: Japanese Association of Tucson
  • Special Event: Japanese Shodo Calligraphy
  • Time: 12 p.m.


  • Food Vendor Organization: Club Costa Rica
  • Special Event: Kitchen Stadium
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Food Vendor Organization: Tucson Tamale Company
  • Special Event: Live Coverage of Los Hombres Bluegrass Band
  • Time: 3:30 p.m.  
  • Food Vendor Organization: Japanese Association of Tucson
  • Special Event: Japanese Shodo Calligraphy
  • Time: 12 p.m.


  • Food Vendor Organization: Pin Up Pastries
  • Special Event: Ishkashtaa Refugee Harvesting Network Basket Making
  • Time: 1 p.m.

Full Festival Schedule


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