Every year, the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association celebrates the traditions of American folk music in Downtown Tucson. Here, musicians and songwriters from all over the Southwest convene to perform folk, bluegrass, gospel and blues and to teach music workshops. Food and craft stands are everywhere, as are children's programs. The event will include over 100 acts, and takes place on four stages: the Plaza Stage in El Presidio Park, the Courtyard Stage on the Pima County Courthouse lawn, the Museum Stage by the Museum of Art and the Old Town Artisans Stage in the Old Town Artisans Complex courtyard. Admission is free. See website for yearly details.
- Type: Festivals & Fairs
- Venue Description:
In 1775, the Spanish army staked its claim to this land (now the state of Arizona) by building the fortress, or presidio, which would soon become the center of Tucson. Both the Spanish and the fortress are long gone now, and all that's left of the presidio is a plaque reminding visitors of the events hundreds of years ago. It's a park now, used for fiestas and other celebrations, surrounded by tall 1970s style office buildings. There's not much history left here aside from the Pima County Courthouse, but it's still a nice place to rest and enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade.