“Tucson, Meet Yourself” for 41st time



Coming up Friday, Saturday, Sunday October 10, 11 and 12, the very popular 3 day folklife festival called Tucson Meet Yourself in downtown Tucson.   Performance Schedule and other information online at: www.tucsonmeetyourself.org.

Daily schedule is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Most of the festivities will be at Jacome Plaza outside the Joel D. Valdez main library, and across the street at the Pima County Courthouse courtyard and El Presidio Park.

I attended a celebratory event last Wednesday at the UA Women’s Plaza when the Southwest Folklife Alliance announced their creation & partnership with the UA College of Social and Behavorial Sciences (SBS). Tucson Meet Yourself will be one of the programs of this parent organization Southwest Folklife Alliance, whose overall mission is:

“We build more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage and diversity in the Greater Southwest”. Southwest Folklife Alliance intends to “serve communities throughout the Border region corridor to engage in the documentation, research, economic development and celebration of folklife in the Greater Southwest”.

Enjoy the music, food, family activities and overall cultural folklife of Tucson Meet Yourself in its 41st year.   Tucson indeed is working toward an equitable, diverse  and vibrant community life here in the Southwest Desert of the United States.



  1. Day 3 of TMY. Started off with a Navajo blessing courtesy of the Redhouse Dancers and an eagle dance (with real eagle feathers) & a complicated hoop dance as well. Then listened to some Irish music by Aris, ate some delicious Laotian kebabs (near City Hall stage) and later watched Middle Eastern traditional dancing from Turkey, Egypt & Greece. More today till 6 p.m. Congressman Ron Barber and wife Nancy there at the Moms Demand Action booth (for gun background checks).

  2. Day 2 of TMY: we got there late tonight to watch lively Saguaro Stompers Clog Dance Co. and join in with “Cupid’s Shuffle” dance. Then saw some Philippine bamboo dancing by the Philippine Mabuhay dancers, reminiscent of dancing I used to see as a child in Hawaii. Finally listened to Old Time music with a guitar/banjo/fiddle & bass introduced by Big Jim Griffith on the City Hall stage.
    Thousands of people as usual at this 41st event. More tomorrow for the last of this 3 day festival.

  3. Day 1 of TMY: listened to lively polka music by Bouncing Czechs, then grabbed a jerk chicken/rice/veggies/plaintain lunch at CeeDee’s Jamaican Kitchen booth (just west of Pima County courthouse), back to hear Tom Walbank’s soulful blues on the City hall Stage. Lots of folks already eating & meeting others downtown at El Presidio Park and Jacome Plaza. Two more days of festivities this weekend…

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