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Tucson Folk Festival draws thousands to downtown


TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The sounds of the Tucson Folk Festival can be heard throughout downtown Tucson this weekend. The three-day event is a celebration of folk music and brings together musicians from across the country.

“I started coming when my kids were little. I love musicians. I love writing songs,” said folk music fan Carol Reinhart.

The event is Arizona’s largest free public music festival. This has been going on for almost four decades.

“Folk music is what we can play when the lights go out. It’s acoustic music. It’s music we can adopt from around the world,” said board member Syndenn Sweet. administration of the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association.

In 2020, the festival was canceled due to COVID. In 2021, it was released online. This year, sellers, artists and fans come together.

“It’s wonderful to be back. It’s amazing to see some faces. It’s amazing to see other people enjoying the music,” Sweet said.

Opportunities to perform were scarce at the height of the pandemic, so the musicians are thrilled to be back on stage.

“It’s so awesome. This particular festival is as local as it gets. It’s a great gathering of musicians,” said Tucson Folk Festival performer Heather Hardy.

For Hardy, the festival is just the beginning.

“There are a lot of new venues opening up. There’s a lot of support for music in Tucson. I think it’s going to get better and better,” Hardy said.