Southern Arizona's diverse folk and ethnic communities are celebrated with performances and demonstrations, food vendors, and more at this family-friendly festival in downtown Tucson. People of all ages come for the food and stay for the culture. 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. Read why this is a best place for Tucson home cooking .