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The 30th Annual Tucson Folk Festival
May 2nd & 3rd, 2015

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Ray Wylie Hubbard

Ronstadt Generations

and Tom Chapin

... will headline the 30th Annual Tucson Folk Festival, May 2nd & 3rd, 2015 at El Presidio Park, The Tucson Museum of Art and La Cocina at Old Town Artisans, all in downtown Tucson.

They will be joined by past local headliners John Coinman, Stefan George, Sabra Faulk, and Kevin Pakulis, members of 2014 headliner Run Boy Run, local favorites Nancy McCallion and Ryanhood, British/American collaboration Maivish and more than 120 artists from Tucson, around Arizona and across the country for two days of free, live acoustic music.

Ray Wylie Hubbard
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 2nd, 9 pm

Google Ray Wylie’s bio on his website and it’s hard not to get the feeling you're jumping from one fast moving freight train to another. In other words, If you’re looking for a linear history of the man and musician, his rise in the industry as a gifted songwriter and story teller, well, this is not the place. Instead you’ll get snippets of stories, songs, and albums of years present and past, and presented in an anything but overly serious stream of consciousness rap that speaks volumes more than anything a well paid PR hack might put together.

Ronstadt Generations
Plaza Stage, Sunday May 3rd, 8 pm

Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family's musical traditions with Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Pete. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material.

New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.

Tom Chapin
Plaza Stage, Saturday May 2nd, 7:00 pm
Children’s Show, Courtyard Stage, Sunday May 3rd, 2:00 pm

In a career that spans five decades, 23 albums and three GRAMMY awards, multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in films, television and radio.

Read more about Tom Chapin and his new children's book The Backwards Birthday Party on our Children’s Show page.

In addition to nationally known headline acts and local favorites, the Tucson Folk Festival showcases over 100 local bands as well as many more from through Arizona and the Southwest and from throughout the country. The Festival offers a Songwriting Competition, Workshops, a Gospel Sing-Along, a Children's Show, a Food Court and an Arts & Crafts market.

FREE to the public since its beginning in 1986, the Festival is held in the first weekend of May, and is one of the loveliest events on the Tucson calendar.

Upcoming Events

TKMA Meetings
2nd Tuesday Of Each Month
6:30 – 8 pm
The Medicine Shoppe
305 S. Euclid Avenue #111

The following events raise funds that help keep the Folk Festival free

Featured Sponsor

Gloo Factory

Folk Festival T-Shirt Supplier

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Official Photographer of the 30th Tucson Folk Festival

C. Elliott

House Photographer of the Historic Rialto Theater

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Photos from 2010 - 2013
by Martha Retallick

Western Sky Communications

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The Festival is held during the first weekend in May.

Friday Night Kickoff Party (Fundraiser) at La Cocina
Saturday Noon - 10:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm


Click Here for Maps, Directions and Parking
Tucson courthouse dome © 2008 Marilyn Stringer
Tucson courthouse dome,
from El Presidio Park
(© 2008 Marilyn Stringer).

The center of Festival activity, including the TKMA Kitchen Store and food & craft vendors, is in El Presidio Park in downtown Tucson. All venues are easy walking distance from the Park. Performances take place on the following stages:

  • Plaza Stage at City Hall
  • Courtyard Stage at the Old Pima County Courthouse
  • Museum Stage at the Tucson Museum of Art
  • Old Town Artisans Stage
This year, we will again feature the Young Artists’ Stage in a special time slot on one of the regular stages. The festival will again include a Ballad Tree, and the Acoustic Showcase which was a great success in 2009, its inaugural year, will also return to the Museum of Art lobby. All venues are within easy walking distance from the corner of Church and Alameda.


Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the all-volunteer
Tucson Kitchen Musicians' Association,
along with generous contributions from sponsors ,
the Tucson Folk Festival has been


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