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The 47th Annual Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY) Folklife Festival looks a little different this year, given COVID-19. But innovation and adaptation are mainstays of shifting traditions and culture. Instead of a three-day single weekend event, TMY 2020 happens throughout the whole month of October, with dozens of online events and a handful of safely distanced, in-person events. Upholding the spirit of festivals past, all programs highlight the uniqueness of the TMY experience and long-lasting relationships with community tradition holders.  The festival has been held each year since 1974 in Downtown Tucson. It was founded by "Big Jim" Griffith, who, in 2011, was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with a prestigious recognition as a National Heritage treasure. 

Organized by the Southwest Folklife Alliance, this year's Tucson Meet Yourself includes food to-go, pre-recorded performances, a folk arts marketplace, and intimate online conversations and demonstrations. The festival kicks off with an organized oldies and lowrider car cruise with The Dukes Car Club. Three weekends of food-to-go allow purchases from favorite vendors representing cuisines from Poland, Cuba, Vietnam, Egypt, among others, as well as O'odham frybread and red chile. Dance and musical performances showcasing the many distinct cultures of the world that now call Tucson and Pima County home - from Bulgarian folk songs to Tango guitar, Flamenco percussion, Old Western swing, Japanese drumming, Yaqui violins, and Apache ceremonial dances - are shared on screen at food pick-ups and online. 

An oldies and lowrider car cruise with the Dukes Car Club will kick off the festival on Oct. 3.  

A drive-in concert with renowned Pascua Yaqui performer Gabriel Ayala will close out the festival on Oct. 30.