Thank you, Tucson, for an incredible 2021 reconnection!
More of you came to the festival than we ever imagined. We appreciate the efforts you made to keep festival artists, vendors, and each other as safe as possible, and to take care of yourselves, as well, when things felt too crowded. We put so much heart into this year’s festival and we were moved to see you enjoying it. We are ever grateful for your continued support and respect. Until 2022, please stay safe and be well. 

—Blessings, the TMY team

Because culture and community are resilient.

Thank you, Tucson, for an incredible 2021 reconnection!
More of you came to the festival than we ever imagined. We appreciate the efforts you made to keep festival artists, vendors, and each other as safe as possible, and to take care of yourselves, as well, when things felt too crowded. We put so much heart into this year’s festival and we were moved to see you enjoying it. We are ever grateful for your continued support and respect. Until 2020, please stay safe and be well. 

—Blessings, the TMY team

Because culture and community are resilient.

Enjoy food from more than 30 cultural communities. Spacious eating areas provided on Jacome Plaza and Stone Avenue. Rope walkways help maintain social distance in the event of wait-lines. Limited reserved parking for quick food take-out! 

Food

50 folk artists sharing manual and visual arts, spaced 6-feet apart, so visitors can view their work and process. No hands-on activities for visitors this year. Select artists will share work and process in a demonstration tent for short periods of time. 

folk artists

Two stages this year showcasing over 60 performance groups sharing music and dance from over 30 cultural regions. Limited seating in tent areas to maintain safe social distance. 

performance

Highlights for 2021

The Dukes Car Club of Tucson presents 10 lowrider cars plus demonstrations on how to trick out your own car.

Lowrider Car Craftsmanship

TMY and TMC Healthcare present the inaugural Arizona Ethnic and Traditional Dance Festiva on Thursday, Oct. 7. This one-night event features the region’s most celebrated ethnic and traditional dance companies. This is a ticketed event at Tucson’s Fox Theatre.

Arizona Ethnic & Traditional Dance Festival

Back by popular demand, this contest celebrates corridos, a musical genre and oral tradition from Mexico. From the Spanish “correr,” to run, corridos are running accounts of historical events put to verse. Original corridos written and sung by locals. Let your applause choose the winner!

Corrido Contest

Amidst celebration, we acknowledge loss and ongoing grief. Find comfort with music and dances of healing, add to the Wall of Losses, contribute to a community jukebox, chat with a Tucson End-of-Life Doula, or share stories of solace. Sponsored by the Arizona End-of-Life Care Partnership.

Loss & Remembrance Space

For over 50 years, Los Changuitos Feos (The Ugly Little Monkeys) have brought mariachi music to the region and expanded opportunities for young people. A new documentary on the original band members, 1964-69, will include a scene at this year’s festival. Come be an “extra” in this finale seen when you happen upon it.

Mariachi POP-UP PERFORMANCE & Documentary Film Finale

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.

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