Festival FAQs

Here are some of our frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to a question you have, please contact us!

How do I get tickets?

That’s easy…click here or anywhere on our site where it says “GET TICKETS!”

What are the benefits of a VIP ticket?

A VIP ticket includes an express festival entry gate, premium viewing area for all of the musical performances, access to private executive restrooms, four (4) alcohol based drink tickets, unlimited soft drinks, unlimited taco bar from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mexican desserts from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., and chips/salsa/snacks throughout the day!

When is the festival?

The 2018 San Diego Taco Festival will be on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 11 AM to 10 PM.

Where is the festival?

Waterfront Park
1600 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA 92101

What is the Clear Bag Policy?

The clear bag policy affects the type and size of the bags permitted into the event — not the items (keys, makeup, combs, phones, wallets, and credit cards) that you would normally bring to an event. Guests can still carry these items in their pockets. Guests will also be allowed to openly carry a blanket or jackets into the event, though they will be subject to search. For the fastest way to enter the event we strongly encourage guests to not bring any type of bags, but if you must, outlined below are the specific types of bags that will be allowed inside the event:

  • One bag that is clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and does not exceed 12” by 6” by 12” or
  • A one-gallon clear plastic storage bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
  • In addition to one of the clear bags noted above, guests may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap.
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection.

Click here to learn more about the Clear Bag Policy.

What are the general festival rules?

All attendees of the San Diego Taco Fest must be at least 21 years old. IDs will be checked upon entrance at the gate where tickets are scanned.

ACTIONS:

  • By entering the event grounds, you expressly assume all risk and danger of personal injury and all other hazards, which include, but are not limited to, property damage arising from or related in any way to the San Diego Taco Festival, whether occurring prior to, during, or after the event
  • Attendees and belongings are subject to search
  • All forms of smoking are strictly prohibited (including but not limited to cigarettes, e-cigs & vapes)
  • By entering the event grounds, you willingly give your permission for the San Diego Taco Festival to capture your image via video and photography for its unrestricted use in all forms of media / marketing
  • Moshing, crowd surfing and stage diving are prohibited
  • Nudity and or exposed body parts is prohibited under California County Code 32.1002

PROHIBITED ITEMS:

  • Infants or toddlers (or anyone else under 21 years old) are not allowed in to the festival
  • Outside food or drink (exception for documented medical needs – must have a doctor’s note with matching ID)
  • Any bags that don’t follow our Clear Bag Policy
  • Cans, coolers, bottles, glass containers, backpacks
  • Drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Professional photo / video cameras
  • Audio recording devices
  • Skateboards, motorized vehicles, bicycles
  • Large chains, spiked jewelry, chain wallets
  • Drones
  • Umbrellas (parasols ok)
  • CamelBaks / bladders
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Weapons or firearms
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Pocket knives
  • Laser pointers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Chalk, markers, sharpies
  • Stickers, flyers, solicitations
  • Pets (guide/service dogs OK)
  • Cleated shoes

The San Diego Taco Festival reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

ITEMS THAT ARE ALLOWED:

  • One sealed bottle of water (16oz or less)
  • Prescribed medication (in container with matching ID to be checked at entry)
  • Cell phones
  • Non-professional cameras
  • Bags/Clutches that follow our Clear Bag Policy
  • Blankets/towels
  • Sunscreen

What can I bring to the festival with me?

ITEMS THAT ARE ALLOWED:

  • One sealed bottle of water (16oz or less)
  • Prescribed medication (in container with matching ID to be checked at entry)
  • Cell phones
  • Non-professional cameras
  • Bags/Clutches that follow our Clear Bag Policy
  • Blankets/towels
  • Sunscreen

What is not allowed at the festival?

PROHIBITED ITEMS:

  • Infants or toddlers (or anyone else under 21 years old) are not allowed in to the festival
  • Outside food or drink (exception for documented medical needs – must have a doctor’s note with matching ID)
  • Any bags that don’t follow our Clear Bag Policy
  • Cans, coolers, bottles, glass containers, backpacks
  • Drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Professional photo / video cameras
  • Audio recording devices
  • Skateboards, motorized vehicles, bicycles
  • Large chains, spiked jewelry, chain wallets
  • Drones
  • Umbrellas (parasols ok)
  • CamelBaks / bladders
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Weapons or firearms
  • Pocket knives
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Laser pointers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Chalk, markers, sharpies
  • Stickers, flyers, solicitations
  • Pets (guide/service dogs OK)
  • Cleated shoes

The San Diego Taco Festival reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason

How many taco vendors will be there?

The 2018 San Diego Taco Fest will feature 30+ of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants. Each will showcase their signature taco creations as well as one additional item from their regular menu. Check out the restaurant row page for the full list of participants.

Are there age restrictions for attendees?

Yes, all ticket holders to the San Diego Taco Fest must be 21 or older. IDs will be checked at the gate to gain entrance to the event.

Can I volunteer to work at the event?

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the form below.

Request Information on Becoming a Volunteer

 

Are tacos and drinks included with my ticket?

General admission tickets do not include food and beverage.

VIP tickets do include food and beverage.

Full details can be found on our ticket page.

Can I leave and come back to the festival?

You will be receiving a wristband when you scan your ticket at the taco fest entry gate on the south side of the event.

As long as you keep that wristband on, you can leave and come back to the festival later to enjoy more tacos, music, and more!

Please note that you will have to go through the security line each time you re-enter the event.

I can’t make the event, can I get a refund?

Sorry, but there are no refunds for tickets bought to the San Diego Taco Fest.

Tickets are transferable though, so we’re sure one of your friends would love to take them off your hands!

 

Who can I talk to about media requests?

All media-related questions (TV, radio, print, blogs, social media, etc.) can be sent to media@sdtacofest.com.

 


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