Rolling Out Changes

Scrumptious San Antonio taco festival rolls into larger downtown location

Scrumptious San Antonio taco fest rolls into larger downtown location

Taco fest couple holding tacos
Taco Fest rolls back into San Antonio in April. Courtesy photo

It may have a new location, but this San Antonio festival is still all about celebrating (and feasting upon) an old favorite. Taco Fest: Music Y Más returns to the Alamo City on Saturday, April 4, for a day of tacos, music, cooking demonstrations, and art and activations. 

Taco Fest brings together 40 of the city's premier taco purveyors, ranging from classic taquerias to buzzy food trucks. Beginning at noon through 11 pm, festivalgoers can sample tacos, take part in cooking demonstrations and special taco-themed activations, catch 20 local and national music acts across three different stages, and view taco-themed art. 

For 2020, the festival is moving from its former home in La Villita to the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus, a move fest organizers say will greatly increase the event's capacity. 

"San Antonio understands that tacos are more than just food," said Taco Fest programmer Jim Mendiola in a release. "They’re a way of life. The culmination of taco mastery, music and culture that exists at Taco Fest is truly something special, and we are thrilled to bring the third annual event to the heart of downtown at UTSA."

The lineup of restaurants will not be revealed for a few more weeks, and those interested in participating can still do so via a link on the Taco Fest website. As for bands, those too have yet to be announced, but a rep says the festival should reveal this year's lineup by mid-February, along with vendors and artists.

Early bird tickets for Taco Fest: Music Y Más are on sale now for $15 through February. VIP is priced at $75 and gives guests access to the VIP Cantina lounge and expanded seating, four vouchers for tacos from participating restaurants, two drink tickets, and access to specialty VIP cocktails. Premium VIP, priced at $100, includes the VIP package, as well as VIP parking on the festival grounds and access to a Don Julio Tequila experience.

Once early bird pricing has finished, tickets increase to $20, $85, and $120, respectively. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to SATX Inner City Development, a local nonprofit that responds to emergency, educational, and recreational needs of the Near Westside neighborhood.