Special Happenings

AIDS QuiltEach year, TMY features unique activities that enhance the educational experience that is a “folklife” festival.

TMY has partnered with the So. AZ AIDS Foundation (SAAF) for the last 5 years to share equipment and footprint to stage AIDSWALK on the Sunday morning of the festival. AIDSWALK culminates at Jacome Library Plaza with the ritual unfolding of NAMES Quilt Panels, also on display throughout the three days of TMY.

Organized and hosted by The Dukes Car Club and sponsored by O’Rilley Chevrolet. The Dukes are the oldest car club in continuous existence with over 30 chapters all over U.S. and abroad. Described once as “butterflies with transmission,” lowrider cars and oldies (pre-1950 Chevrolets) speak to the pride of community. Over 60 cars will be on display (Church Street, off Congress).


In partnership with The Loft Cinema, TMY will show family films on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm. Location: Green lawn area next to the Kitchen Stadium (in Jacome Library Plaza).

  • Showing on Friday night OCT 13The Eagle Huntress(documentary). The amazing story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries. Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe.
  • Showing on Saturday night OCT 14: Moana (Disney animation). A film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.


In 2015, the Southwest Folklife Alliance (parent organization of TMY) launched a Master-Apprentice Award program. The program identifies artists who have achieved a level of mastery in a traditional art form inherent to their community’s identity. These Masters must also demonstrate a commitment to passing on their knowledge to emerging artists. Each artist in these duos –the Master and the Apprentice—receive a cash award to encourage them to continue working together to help strengthen the transmission of community-based traditions in our Southwest region.

The exhibit at TMY 2017 showcases the first 10 awardees of this program. The exhibit aims to honor these men and women by sharing their diverse forms of cultural expression and exquisite art. We honor these artists, their creations, and their ways of life.  Their dedication in passing on traditional knowledge to communities throughout Arizona makes our communities more resilient and hopeful. Visit the exhibit in Jacome Library Plaza, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11am-6pm


Bring your little cowboys and cowgirls to rope a steer
and receive a prize. Ride your bike to the Pavilion and get a free bike bell. Come see the
Pima Community College Men’s Soccer and Football Leagues and get their autographs.
Make your own button with the Pima County Library. The County’s Health Department,
Pima Animal Care Center, Office of Sustainability, Environmental Quality, Natural
Resources Parks and Recreation, Kino Sports Complex and the LOOP will all be there!


On Friday and Saturday nights, young poet performers from the Tucson-based youth-centered arts and community engagement organization Spoken Futures will express “words and dreams, applause and screams” in the Pima County Pavillion (Jacome Library Plaza). 7-9m, Friday and Saturday.