It’s been 40 years since Big Jim Griffith and his friends started up Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY) downtown, a very popular folklife festival which has grown tremendously over these years. Recently on September 12 my husband and I attended a talk at the UA Library Special Collections venue about the history of this festival. There’s a display there with lots of memorabilia (posters, pamphlets, photos, news articles) about the long history & evolution of TMY. This library exhibition continues to January 12, 2014 at 1510 E. University Blvd. (just west of Cherry Ave.)
Poster above created by Julie Ray Creative.
The festival dates/times at El Presidio Park (160 W. Alameda St.) and Jacome Plaza, downtown (in front of Joel D. Valdez Main library, 101 N. Stone).
Friday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, October 12, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
and Sunday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m
In 1974 the first Tucson Meet Yourself festival took place at El Presidio Park, with 2000 people in attendance, 15 clubs sold ethnic foods, 30 performers played music & danced.
Check out the TMY website for updates on schedule events & happenings, www.tucsonmeetyourself.org. “Come for the Food, Stay for the Culture”