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Taco festival returns to downtown Columbus for its 5th year

According to the official website, the event is family-friendly and open to all ages. No tickets are required for entry.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The fifth annual Columbus Taco Fest is back at Genoa Park this weekend.

The event, taking place at West Broad Street, offers free admission to all and brings in local taco vendors, live music, activities and more. Festivities kick off at noon on May 20 and will wrap up the following day. 

According to the official website, the event is family-friendly and open to all ages. No tickets are required for entry. 

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Columbus Diaper Coalition, which works to provide diapers to families who have financial difficulties. 

“The Columbus Taco Fest has become a staple of the city’s food scene, and we are thrilled to continue this tradition for another year,” said event organizer Hugo Albornoz. “We are dedicated to providing a festive and inclusive atmosphere for all attendees, while also giving back to the community through our partnership with the Columbus Diaper Coalition. We look forward to welcoming the community to this celebration of the city’s culinary diversity.”

The festival's music lineup is included below:

  • The Labra Brother
  • Shakin' and Stirred
  • The Big Badd
  • School of Rock
  • Waves De Ache
  • The Fabulous Johnson Brothers
  • The Deeptones
  • Jesse Michael Barr & The Midnight Stars
  • The Wet Bandits

Here are the vendors you can expect to see at the festival

Food Vendors

  • Guelaguetza 
  • Avo-rrito
  • Komodo Loco
  • Machete Taqueria 
  • Calibowlnia Road
  • Taqueria Don Polo
  • Ralphies Fish N Chips
  • Taquitos
  • Tortilla
  • The Naughty Lobstah
  • Cazuelas Grill
  • Zapatas Street Food
  • Ruta 40
  • El Tuzo Taco
  • Tacomania
  • El Manantial Latino
  • Taco Nice
  • Holy Taco
  • Taqueria Don Pedro
  • Casa Hacienda
  • J-Pops


  • Havana B Kinds
  • Rubyard
  • Columbus Apparel Co
  • Angry Irishman
  • Baylor Twine
  • The Dude Planters
  • Fetch Boy
  • Boujee Dog Bites
  • Lucha Libre Superstore
  • Underworld Fest
  • APS Clothing
  • Wandersom
  • Jose Madrid Salsa
  • Beyond the Culture
  • Jwstickershop
  • Henna-Fashions

In addition to tons of tacos, event coordinators have put together a puppy dress-up contest. The competition will be held during the festival on May 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

The festival’s sign up sheet says the contest will include three categories: Chihuahuas, and small dogs and big dogs of any breed.

The costumes will be judged for creativity and uniqueness. 

For the full list of rules and for those who are interested in entering their pup, details can be found here.

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