San Antonio taco festival ‘postponed until further notice’ due to coronavirus pandemic, officials say

Taco Fest: Music Y Mas is a family-friendly festival in downtown San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE: Taco Fest Music Y Mas has been postponed until further notice.

“Taco Fest: Music Y Más was scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at The University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus. At this time UTSA expects to implement social distancing policies through April 12, 2020 at a minimum and will not be able to host the festival,” officials said in a press release.

“The festival fully supports UTSA and the City of San Antonio’s decision on erring on the side of caution and will follow its guidelines to help contain this disease,” the press release states.

“We understand the significant concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and respect the request that we encourage social distancing and postpone the third annual Taco Fest: Music Y Más until further notice,” said Taco Fest: Music Y Más Programmer, Jim Mendiola. “The health and safety of our patrons is of the utmost importance, and we look forward to uniting our community to celebrate the love of taco culture, music and more at a later time.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

A festival celebrating all things taco is returning to San Antonio for its third year and early bird tickets are officially on sale.

Taco Fest: Music Y Mas, which will take place April 4, is a family-friendly festival with tacos from ​more than 40 restaurants, taquerias and food trucks.

Each vendor will have at least one $2 taco option and will compete in a variety of categories to see who takes home bragging rights for the best taco.

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Taco Fest is changing locations this year and will take place from noon to 11 p.m. at The University of Texas San Antonio Downtown Campus at 501 West Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

“San Antonio understands that tacos are more than just food,” said Taco Fest programmer Jim Mendiola. “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.”

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More than 20 bands will perform on three stages and the lineup has just been announced:

2020 MUSIC LINEUP

  • Lila Downs
  • Girl in a Coma
  • 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
  • More to be announced

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Early-bird general admission and VIP tickets are on sale now, starting at $15 a piece and there are a limited number of both. Children age 10 and younger get in free.

The VIP experience includes a dedicated cantina with a lounge, an elevated view of the stage, dedicated restrooms, two drink tickets, specialty cocktails and more. Full ticketing information can be found here.

The current list of confirmed taco joints participating in the festival are:

Taco Fest: Music Y Mas is a rain or shine event and all ticket sales are final.

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About the Author:

Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.