Come for the food and stay for the culture! Local residents gather to showcase homemade recipes, artisan crafts, live music and dance, tricked-out cars, all kinds of demonstrations and performances in a celebration of Southern Arizona's diverse folk and ethnic communities at this family-friendly festival in downtown Tucson. 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 .