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San Antonio taco festival returns with 30 restaurants, big-name bands, and surprising reunion

San Antonio taco fest returns with restaurants and surprising reunion

Taco Fest Music Y Mas
Taco 'bout a good time. Photo courtesy of Taco Fest Music Y Mas

A few weeks ago, Taco Fest: Music Y Más revealed it is taking over a bigger location for its third year. This week, fans learned why. The festival is returning Saturday, April 4, with dozens of bands, more than 30 taco vendors, and even a rock 'n' roll reunion.

On February 11, the homegrown festival rolled out both the taco vendor and music lineups for 2020, which takes place at the University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus. 

Topping this year's musical bill is Lila Downs, a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, and San Antonio's own Girl in a Coma. Though the indie rockers broke up in 2018, devastating many fans, they're reuniting for this very special hometown performance. 

“This year’s Taco Fest: Music Y Más artist lineup is as exciting, eclectic, and unique as our food lineup, only louder,” said fest programmer Jim Mendiola in a release.

The music begins at noon and takes place across three stages on the campus. Also appearing at Taco Fest 2020 are Santiago Jimenez Jr., El Dusty, Salt Cathedral, The Zeros, El Conjunto Nueva Ola, Eddie & the Valiants, Estereomance, Los Nahuatlatos, Mexican Step Grandfather, Bombasta, Cesar K-Oso, Volcan, Miráme, Tallercito de Son, Los #3 Dinners, DJ Despeinada, Conjunto Heritage Taller, Mariachi Telpocame de Harlandale, and more to be announced at a later date. 

And while a Girl in a Coma reunion is certainly exciting, we must remember that the tacos are the star of this show. This year, the campus will host restaurants ranging from San Antonio favorites to Texas staples.

This year's vendor lineup includes: Aldofo's Cafe, Ay Que Rico, Backwoods BBQ, Barbacoa Express, Cajun Boudain, Carnitas Don Raúl-USA, Catch the Wave, Chela’s Tacos, Cover 3, Don Pablo Restaurant, Down Range Cookin, El Jarrito, Johnny Joes Concessions, La Botánica, Los Cocos Mexican, Seafood and Frutería, Mayitos Mexican Cafe, Mi Frijoles Catering Company, Mi Taquito Arandas Jalisco, Mister Diablo Taco Truck, Pico de Gallo, Puro Taco, Reynas Tacos, Sanchos Cantina, Sangria on the Burg, The Original Donut Shop, The Texan Restaurant, Tomatillos, Torchy's Tacos, Triple T Tacos Tortas Tostadas, Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que, and Viva Villa.

In addition to tacos and music, there is also the más. Beginning at noon through 11 pm, attendees can sample tacos and hear music while also taking part in cooking demonstrations, special taco-themed activations, and taco-themed art. 

General admission tickets for Taco Fest: Music Y Más are on sale now for $15 through February, $20 after. VIP and Premium VIP packages are also available. Children under 10 get in free.