Tucson Meet Yourself: One of Tucson’s most photogenic festivals

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 12-14, 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.

“Think of a festival as a ritual, a time when things shift their normal order–people transgress their comfort zones by eating different foods, dancing on the streets, talking to strangers, seeing what is familiar in a new light. – Dr. Maribel Alvarez, Festival Curator

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 has a slightly new location this year, occupying 4 city blocks and Jacomé Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.

Jacomé Plaza: Food, City of Gastronomy
Pennington St.: Food, Folk Arts
Church Ave.: Food, Yaqui & O’odham Pavillion, Duke’s Car Show
Stone Ave.: Food, Community Matters booths


Friday, October 12 | 11am – 10pm (no performances between 2 and 5pm on Friday, but plenty of food and folk art)
Saturday, October 13 | 11am – 10pm
Sunday, October 14 | 11 am-6pm

See this year’s highlights here.