ARIZONA TACO FESTIVAL
9 & 10, 2022
AT TALKING STICK
If you Love Tacos and “Who Doesn’t Love Tacos™”, then we have the place for you: the Arizona Taco Festival. Eleven years ago, The Arizona Taco Festival created the first ever taco festival in the WORLD. Yepp — that’s right. And thanks to everyone’s love of tacos, we keep growing each year and elevating the taco fest experience for our guests like never before.
STUFF TO DO!
Our famous Tequila Expo features over 100 tequilas for guests to sample. Everything from tequila, sotol, bacanora, mezcal and more will be found.
TACO GORDO TACO EATING CONTEST
This speed contest tests just how much of a taco devourer contestants are. 10 people on stage in an all out taco pigout to see how many tacos they can put down.
DAY OF THE DEAD WEDDING
Couples enter to win our full day of the dead wedding package. The lucky couple gets hitched onstage and then celebrate with their wedding party in a private cabaña.
LUCHA LIBRE ARENA
These masked wrestlers entertain the crowd with their dramatic wrestling skills, while defying gravity, as they leap across the ring.
HOLY HOT SAUCE TENT
Guests get to try the most eclectic and fearsome hot sauces, curated by vic clinco, the owner of the largest private collection of hot sauces in the country.
MUSIC & DJ’s
All the live music, DJ’s, dancers, wedding, crazy contests and of course our awards ceremony, will go down from here. Get your seat!
CHIHUAHUA BEAUTY PAGEANT
This iconic contest is a real crowd-pleaser. 20+ chihuahuas strut their stuff on stage, dressed in the most outrageous outfits from their zany owners.
HOT CHILI PEPPER EATING CONTEST
So you think you’re so hot? Contestants eat their way through 5 rounds of increasingly hotter peppers until one fire-proof palette.
…and much more!
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What can I expect at this year’s Arizona Taco Festival?
You can expect 2 days of peace, love and…TACOS! GA tickets are $14 and get you into a taco-topia featuring more than 50 taco makers serving delicious $3 tacos all weekend long. We’ll have multiple party bars with DJs, good vibes and cold margaritas!
What time does the festival start?
The festival kicks off at 11 AM each day! We party ‘til 7 PM so get your party pants on!
How do I get tickets?
Simple, click on the “Buy Tickets” banner on the right side of this website to select the type of tickets you want and which day.
What does a VIP Ticket get me?
You’re a very special person and a VIP ticket includes your own lounge with plenty of shade to sit, relax and digest; five (5) alcoholic beverages; one (1) water or soda; and private air-conditioned men’s and women’s restrooms with hand-washing stations. Oh, and you’ll get a Tequila Passport for being awesome!
What is a Tequila Passport and what does it get me?
The Tequila Passport is a unique opportunity to taste different brands and varieties of tequila. You’ll get a special wristband which delivers you ten (10) ½ oz. samples from various brands featured throughout the festival! Tequila Passports must be purchased in conjunction with a GA or VIP ticket. Tequila Passports will sell out so hurry and purchase online!
What else is there to do at this year’s Arizona Taco Festival?
Well, there will be the Taco Gordo Taco Eating Contest; Hot Chile Pepper Eating Contest; Luche Libre performances daily; a Chihuahua Beauty Pageant; the Holy Hot Sauce Tent; plenty of bars with cold drinks; music & DJs to enjoy; cool festival merchandise and more!
What should I bring to the festival?
A small bag/purse, sunscreen, credit/debit card, and those party pants!
What does “CASHLESS” mean?
We’re getting away from tokens and cash/ATM’s so each vendor will have a cashless payment system to speed up the process and get you your delicious tacos faster!
What does parking for the festival look like?
If you want to drive (we recommend an Uber or Lyft), there are multiple parking lots adjacent to the festival. It fills up quickly, so we also have a shuttle system in place that picks up and drops off at The Pavilions Shopping Center just south of Salt River Fields. See our Parking page for more info!
Since cannabis is now legal, can I use it at Arizona Taco Festival?
Sorry but NO señor! Cannabis or cannabis related products aren’t allowed inside the Arizona Taco Festival or on site at Salt River Fields.
Will there be vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free tacos available?
A wide variety of Taco Makers are featured at Arizona Taco Festival, and they offer all kinds of tacos, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free tacos. We’ll be sure to point out who has them and where you can find them!
Will there be a Lost & Found where I can look for my missing stuff?
Yes. There will be a Lost & Found located at the security tent. Just ask a staff member where it is and how to find the tent.
Can I get water on site? How much will it cost? Are there any free water refills?
Bottled water will be sold at numerous vendor locations and bars throughout the festival. Unfortunately, we won’t have free water refill stations inside the festival. You are welcome to bring 2 unopened water bottles per person.
Will there be a medical tent on site?
Yes, we will have a medical tent, EMS staff and an ambulance on site to help with anything that comes up. It will be marked on the festival map on this website and at the festival. Be safe out there! Ten cuidado!
What items are allowed or not allowed to be brought into the festival?
Check out this list of restricted items click here.