Tucson Meet Yourself: Or sometimes, “Tucson Eat Yourself“, is an annual event founded by Dr. ‘Big’ Jim Griffith. This festival has celebrated the members of our pluralistic community since 1974.
* “Long before the current fascination with food rose to national attention, Tucson Meet Yourself was circulating words like ‘foodways’ and ‘culinary heritage’ among Tucsonans from all walks of life,”
* “The role of food at the festival goes beyond, selling, sampling or satiating cultural curiosity,” she added.“Year after year, nearly all of the food vendors at the Festival say the reason they come is to share their culture.”
* Maribel Alvarez, executive director of the Festival and professor of folklore and anthropology at the University of Arizona.
- If you are driving to the event and are unfamiliar with Downtown Tucson; use GPS by entering either of these addresses: 101 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ , or, 160 W Alameda St, Tucson, AZ.
- If you prefer NOT to drive, we recommend that you park your car at one of the ends of the Tucson Street Car and ride the Sun Link to the event. The exits closest to the festival are “Congress and Church”or “Broadway and Church.”
- Public Transportation (buses) are also a good option to avoid dealing with traffic and parking. The SUN TRAN site has lots of helpful information to ride the bus in Tucson.
- Bicycles are a great way to reach the festival grounds.
- Despite what you may have heard, there is plenty of parking in Downtown Tucson (around 15,000 spaces). Best of all, parking meters are FREE for most of the festival’s duration: after 5PM on Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday. There are 1,200 metered spaces close to the festival(GOOD LUCK, be early).
Beginning in 2017 A new Festival INFORMATION OFFICE from morning to closing. Get a Festival Program and dig a little bit deeper into the background of core artists and offerings each year.
Tucson is a, “UNESCO City of Gastronomy”.
Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival has been celebrating the intersections of food and culture since its inception. With the addition of the, “Kitchen Stadium”, in 2016; complete with bleachers– the festival can claim a primary role in the celebration of food within the Community. The demonstration arenas and cultural heritage performances of the festival are a great way to find out about the unique & wonderful things Tucson has to offer. The Kitchen Stadium offers educational experiences for longer hours on all three days of the festival. This upholds folklorist Jim Griffith’s vision to make food-sharing a vehicle for cross-cultural dialogue. It is additionally a great place to see dancing & art from other cultures.
For more than 40 years a wonderful community of FOLK ARTISTS have gathered to demonstrate, educate and celebrate. The Festival is about building a community that respects traditions, culture, diversity and honors the land and environment unique to the desert borderlands. We have several ongoing partnerships with other organizations in our region dedicated to fostering compassion, integrity, and stewardship of the land and our Southwestern cultural ways. Most of all the festival is an opportunity for our Community to gather together & celebrate US.
So come for the food, come for the music, come to enjoy the beautiful weather, come to learn about your community. Enjoy the creativity of Tucson and your neighbors. Bring a smile and leave the rest to us.