October 2020

Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival “Reframed”

Food. Music. Dance. Folk Arts. Safely distanced or Online.

Thank you, friends and fans, for taking a leap with us for this year’s festival. We so appreciate you tuning in virtually and attending our outdoor events in support of culture and heritage in Tucson and beyond. Here’s just a little snapshot of what we made happen together:

  • Tucson “Eat” Yourself visitors (over three weekends): ~4,000 visitors
  • TMY/Dukes’ Car Club Low-rider Car Cruise: 136 cars
  • TMY Drive-in Concert (over two shows): 100 cars
  • Folks Arts Marketplace online visitors: 1,484
  • Folks Arts Marketplace items sold: 47
  • Folks Arts Marketplace artists featured and supported: 9
  • TMY web site visitors in October: 27,000
  • TMY web site page views in October: 97,000
  • Hours of TMY programming viewed online: 1900
  • Total views of TMY video content: 11,000
  • Total artists paid to present/perform via TMY Virtual and recorded performances: 45


Saturday, October 3 | 5 pm 

Watch or join a 19-mile low rider car cruise through Tucson with the Dukes Car Club in celebration of mobility, ease, independence, and camaraderie.


Friday Evenings in October

Video projections of traditional dancers and manual artists doing what they do best — moving and making — writ-large on public walls around Tucson.


Friday, October 30 | 6:30 & 8pm

Renowned Pascua Yaqui performer Gabriel Ayala closes the 2020 festival with an on-screen drive-in concert. OPENING ACT: Yellow Bird Indian Dancers

and pascua yaqui development corporation

All of October

Live online conversations, demonstrations, and performances with folk artists, musicians, dancers, cooks and others keeping the many cultures and heritages alive in Tucson. Broadcast live here and on Facebook & YouTube.


October 10-11
October 17-18
October 24-25
11 am – 5 pm

Over 15 food vendors offer food-to-go at three Tucson heritage sites. Musical performances on large LED screens from long-time TMY performers while you wait remind you of the unique cultural strength and diversity of our community. 

all of October

A pilot online marketplace featuring works for sale by 9 TMY folk artists. As select folk artists share expressions of material culture, you can support their livelihood in these uncertain economic times. 

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