The 48th edition of TMY will return to its traditional downtown location.

October 8-10, 2021

The 2021 “Reconnect” version will be slightly smaller
to allow for a better flow of people and a gradual build-up post-pandemic.
Our team of curators is taking this opportunity to re-focus
and prioritize the educational aspects of the event.

Pilot launch of a new
Arizona Ethnic & Traditional Dance Festival

Covid community memorial space
& oral history tent

Authentic home-cooked foods from more than 30 different cultural communities

Mariachi flash mob
& filming of the
Little Ugly Monkeys documentary
finale

The Craftsmanship of Lowrider Cars
presented by The Dukes Car Club

Corrido Contest
back by popular demand!

NOTE: In 2021, all performers, food vendors, folk/crafts/manual artists, and exhibitors in our Community Matters section will be selected BY INVITATION ONLY. Invitations will go out in first week of August. If you are new to Tucson or to the festival and wish to inquire about participating—or if you have participated before but have questions about the invitations this year—you can write to us. We anticipate that as planning gets underway there might be some openings due to cancellations and other opportunities. Our curators will review every inquiry and will try to accommodate as many participants as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and for your love of art, culture, and community.

Traditional Artist & Culture Bearer Relief Fund


COVID-19 has revealed deep vulnerabilities within many of those we serve. To provide direct support to these artists and culture/heritage practitioners, we’ve launched the Traditional Artists & Culture Bearer Emergency Relief Fund with seed money from the Arizona Commission on the Arts (10K) and individual donors, including over $5000 from community members on Arizona Gives Day and are continuing the campaign to help artists in need.
Apply or donate to the fund here.

In 2021, all performers, food vendors, folk/crafts/manual artists, and exhibitors in our Community Matters section will be selected BY INVITATION ONLY.