SoCal Taco Festival 2023

SoCal Taco Festival 2023

APRIL 29, 2023


It's a day of superb tacos, chihuahuas and music.

Taco t-shirts, white tents, and the warm breeze of San Diego beach wafting the smell of tacos – sounds pretty good to us. At the SoCal Taco Festival, you can try tacos from over 25 of the “finest taco and restaurants” (that are yet to be announced) around San Diego while sipping margaritas cheering on chihuahuas and wrestlers alike. There is no competition for who can eat the most tacos, but you can definitely try to see how many you and your friends can eat. 

There will also be a chihuahua race and beauty competition, pitting against each other some of the cutest – and fastest – dogs that you have ever met. When you’ve absorbed all of the adorableness that you can, check out some action-packed Lucha Libre wrestling, where you will see everything from flying elbows to pile drivers. While music is not the star of the show at this festival, taco-eaters can expect performances from artists like Calibre 50, Kool & The Gang, a group of local and nationally recognized artists. 

The Specs

  • Each general admission ticket costs $60 and is adult-only (21+) 
  • The event will run from 12 pm – 10 pm on Saturday
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What does the ticket include? Entry to the SoCal Taco Festival, with access to all of the events and food vendors is included.

Is there an age limit? This festival is open for those 21 years of age and older.

What’s the best time to arrive? Since this is an open event, feel free to arrive whenever you want between the hours of opening. But once you leave, you cannot re-enter. 

What should I bring? No reason to bring anything other than yourself and your ticket. Food and drinks are provided at the event and there will be several vendors to choose from. If you want to bring a bag, make sure that it follows their clear bag policy

Where is the venue located? It’s at Waterfront Park in San Diego. The address is 1600 Pacific Highway.

What is the parking situation? No outside food or drinks, pets, or children are allowed. Do plan on picnic-ing because no lawn chairs or Umbrellas are allowed either.


BY Monica Manmadkar