In Partnership with the Southern Weekend

Tucson Meet Yourself kicks off this Friday

The streets of downtown Tucson come bustling to life in October with the start of Tucson Meet Yourself.

Visitors can spend hours eating their way through the hundreds of unique food vendors on October 11-13, as they offer a taste of their culture.

Art installations, musicians and performers deliver constant entertainment as well, making the festival one of Tucson’s most photogenic events.

The festival has been held annually in Downtown Tucson, Arizona since 1974. It was founded by University of Arizona folklorist and anthropologist Dr. James “Big Jim” Griffith.

Tucson Meet Yourself’s mission is to build a community that respects traditions, culture, diversity and honors the land and environment unique to the desert borderlands.

The festival occupies 4 city blocks and Jacomé Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.


Jacomé Plaza: Food, Culture Kitchen, AIDS Walk/Quilt, Community Matters
Pennington St.: Community Matters, Folk Arts
Church Ave.: Food, Stage, Car Show
Stone Ave.: Food, Stages, Festival Store


Friday, October 11 | 11am – 10pm (no performances between 2 and 5pm on Friday, but plenty of food and folk art)
Saturday, October 12 | 11am – 10pm
Sunday, October 13 | 11 am-6pm

See this year’s highlights here.