THE ORIGINAL
ARIZONA TACO FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 2019
SALT RIVER FIELDS
11AM-7PM DAILY!
Join us for 2 days of Love & Tacos where the finest taco artists compete to create the best tacos in Arizona… and have an absolute blast while doing it!
• 2018 INFO •

HOW THE FEST WORKS…

A General Admission ticket provides access to taco-topia. Inside the event, you’ll find about 50 restaurants dishing out $2 tacos and bars and beverage stations serving margaritas, beer, water, and soda. Tokens are used throughout the festival – purchase them to use for tacos, drinks, and other items.

Please tip your bartenders in cash! ATMs will be on-site if needed.

Here’s a little background on the festival: Festival History.

FESTIVAL RULES / GENERAL INFORMATION

  • No dogs allowed (except Chihuahua Beauty Pageant participants and service dogs)
  • No lawn chairs or blankets
  • No wheelchair rental
  • No opened drink containers. One sealed water bottle per person only.
  • ATMs will be on-site
  • Tickets are not transferrable by day.

Quick Quack KID’S ZONE

Kids 12 & under are free to the event. The Kids Zone features 7-10 attractions, and there is a small additional fee for some, varying by activity. Also, various lemonade stands, ice cream vendors, and shaved ice carts will be located around the event. Kid’s Taco Fest t-shirts @ the Taco Merch Booth! Don’t miss the Quick Quack Car Wash giant coloring mural!

CHARITABLE PARTNER

Wings for Warriors

WINGS FOR WARRIORS

Wings for Warriors is a volunteer driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in support of combat wounded military service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to provide necessary tools, insights and resources for wounded veterans, as they go through the recovery process and transition into new realities. Wings for Warriors has provided guidance and counseling to 2,500 wounded warriors, and travel assistance for 300 military families.

(888) 598-4434

VISIT WEBSITE

PARKING

Parking will be free, but limited at Salt River Fields. We highly recommend carpooling or taking alternative transportation to the festival. Come early for free onsite parking or take advantage of additional free parking lots near the festival grounds with a fast and free shuttle service to the festival entrance. Check back 1 week prior to the festival for a detailed parking map and make a plan of action.

DISABLED PARKING

Go directly to Salt River Fields and alert parking attendants upon arrival. This parking fills up fast, so we advise arriving at the festival early.

2018 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lucha Libre Wrestling*
  • Talking Stick Resort VIP Area
  • Main Bar Experiences by Dos Gringos, El Hefe, Wasted Grain and Old Town Gringos
  • Live Music Stage
  • Interactive Photo Booths
  • Hot Chile Pepper Eating Contest
    Presented by › Sonoran Spice
  • Crunchy Taco Eating Contests
    Presented by › Loco Patron

*Shows start about 11:45am and the wrestlers perform for about 20-30 minutes and then take 20 minute breaks – alternating that schedule each day, all day, until sundown.

2018 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Taco Award Presentation
  • People’s Choice Voting at Contest Check-In Booth
  • The Legendary Tequila Expo: (Saturday Tent Hours: 12pm-5pm)
  • Chihuahua Beauty Pageant
  • Margarita Masters Mixology Expo: (Sunday Tent Hours: 12pm-5pm)
  • Quick Quack Kid’s Zone

2018 STAGE SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

Hour Event / Band / Contest
11:00am-12:00pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
12:00pm-1:00pm The Coconauts
1:00pm-1:30pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
1:30pm-2:15pm Grupo La Tribu
2:30pm-3:00pm Sonoran Spice Hot Chili Pepper Eating*
3:00pm-3:15pm Loco Patron Taco Eating Contest*
3:15pm-3:30pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
3:30pm-4:00pm Grupo La Tribu
4:15pm-4:30pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
4:30pm-5:30pm La Llegadora
5:30pm-5:45pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
5:45pm-6:45pm La Llegadora
6:45pm-7:00pm Taco Awards

2018 STAGE SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

Hour Event / Band / Contest
11:00am-11:30am DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
11:30am-12:30pm The Coconauts
12:30pm-1:00pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
1:00pm-2:00pm Mariachi Rodriguez
2:00pm-2:30pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
2:30pm-2:45pm Chihuahua Beauty Pageant
2:45pm-3:00pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
3:00pm-3:15pm Loco Patron Taco Eating Contest*
3:15pm-3:30pm Burrito Eating Contest*
3:30pm-3:45pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
3:45pm-4:45pm Ritmo Latino
4:45pm-5:30pm DJ Sean Derek & Announcements
5:30pm-6:30pm Rhythm Edition
6:30pm-6:45pm Sponsor Announcements
6:45pm-7:00pm Taco Awards

*To enter, head to the contest check-in booth by the main stage upon arrival at the festival and put your name on the list. waiting lists pile up fast, so get there early!