The 4th annual Tampa Taco Fest returns to Al Lopez park this weekend

You can expect margaritas, live music, cultural presentations, and all the tacos you can eat at this weekend’s festival.

click to enlarge Quesabirria tacos—one of the many types of tacos featured at this weekend's festival. - Tampa Taco Fest / Facebook
Tampa Taco Fest / Facebook
Quesabirria tacos—one of the many types of tacos featured at this weekend's festival.
Get the wet wipes ready because Tampa Taco Fest is back in West Tampa.

Less than a calendar year after 2021's festival, this annual celebration of all things taco returns to Tampa’s Al Lopez Park, at 4810 N Himes Ave.

The 4th annual Tampa Taco Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26. Tickets can be found here, with general admission starting at just $5. VIP tickets run for $50, as it includes three drinks, access to a private bar and seating, as well as two tacos, chips and salsa.

According to the Tampa Taco Fest website, there will also be local vendors slinging their wares, alongside several different taco trucks, restaurants and stands. And as a warning, most of the taco vendors will be cash-only—but there will be multiple ATMs throughout the festival grounds.

Alongside the expected al pastor, carne asada, quesabirria and chicken tacos will be select vegan and vegetarian options— like the featured grilled portobello mushroom taco. Besides tacos, Mexican fare like elote, aguas frescas, churros and horchata will also available for purchase.

Among the dozens of taco vendors participating in this weekend’s festival are Tampa Bay favorites Jimmy Tacos, Los Tacos Mariachis, Los Chapos Tacos and Total Tacos.

There will be various types of margaritas and other alcoholic beverages available for purchase, to drown out the frustration of seeing way too many white people in sombreros.

This is a family and dog-friendly event, with free parking on-site. For more information, visit the Tampa Taco Fest website or Facebook page @tampatacofest.

There's another taco-themed festival headed to Tampa next month—as the slightly questionable Taco and Margarita Festival will take over Raymond James Stadium on March 12. More information on that one can be found on Ticketmaster.


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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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