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Announcing Taco Madness Live! ~ May 5th, 2018

3:09 PM PDT on April 24, 2018

    [dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]e are extremely excited to announce that Taco Madness will be back at La Plaza on Cinco de Mayo in 2018!

    We've been working hard behind the scenes with our partners to create a bigger and better event with more food, more drinks, more beer, and more fun for all of our guests. There will be tons of new features but of course, the core of our event is and always will be having the best tacos in Los Angeles all in one spot, representing the best that our city has to offer.

    It’s all going down on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 5pm to midnight. The free, 21+ event is proud to celebrate the taco lifestyle in L.A. It will feature the best micheladas from I Love Micheladas and your favorite taco carts, trucks, and award-winning chefs. This year’s festival continues to offer over a curated selection of tacos from dozens of the city’s top taqueros. Not to mention craft beer from L.A.’s own Boomtown, Indie Brewing, and Wiretap, craft cocktail bars from Jägermeister and premium cocktails from Partida Tequila and Johnny Walker.

    This year's event will feature a brand new $25 VIP hour, which includes early admission exclusively for VIP attendees to enjoy a full hour from 5-6 pm to shop the best tacos, cocktails, and micheladas with no crowds! Special VIP swag bag limited to the first 100 VIP guests, so get your VIP tickets now before they sell out.

    General admission is free and starts at 6 pm, no tickets are needed. Taco Madness is a 21+ event and I.D.’s will be verified at the door.

    THE FOOD LINEUP!


    The night’s extensive vendor lineup includes many of the best tacos in Los Angeles: Leo’s Tacos with their signature flaming trompo, Mariscos Jalisco, Chichen Itza, Sonoratown, Guerrilla Tacos, Carnitas El Momo, Taquería La Venganza, Horchatería Río Luna, Burritos La Palma, Ramona’s, Churro Boss, Balam, and many more.

    The Music Lineup!

    Live Entertainment by resident DJ team Metralleta de Oro, along with legendary hip-hop DJ J. Rocc (Beat Junkies, Stones Throw), along with Que Madre (Chulita Vinyl Club, Noche Romántica), Sleepwalk (Chulita Vinyl Club), and Ganas (Mas Exitos, Dublab).

    Live Art will be created by Mykerios and The Love Crew.

    Xbox will present an exclusive gaming lounge complete with couches, Xbox One X consoles, and some of their latest and greatest games from the Xbox Game Pass library. They’ll also be hosting a special guacamole battle between rival top taco chefs Wes Avila and Raul Medina, and a selection of food and drink. Everyone who swings by to visit the lounge will also receive one month of Xbox Game Pass, for free!

    Get your insta prints from AT&T’s photo booths for everyone, and look for special giveaways and more!

    Ramona’s is holding a look-alike contest with a cash prize of $250 for whoever can best don theRamona’s hat and pose as the iconic Southern California brand’s logo. Contenders will need to post their pic on Instagram, and then visit Ramona’s booth at the event for a chance to win! Ramona’s will also be a vendor at the event, serving the delicious, unapologetically Mexican-American food they are famous for.

    Jägermeister will be serving a unique Jäger-horchata cocktail that's a must-try-- the flavor combination is both surprising and delicious.

    Tequila Partida will be serving up delicious margaritas, both at their own bar and at the main bar.

    The first 100 VIP Ticket Holders can expect a swag bag from our sponsors and participating restaurants along with early admission for a full hour before the crowds.

    Thank You to our Event Sponsors: Xbox, AT&T, Ramona’s, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Boomtown Brewery, WireTap Brewery, Indie Brewery, Partida Tequila, Johnnie Walker, and Jägermeister.

    Location + Parking

    Downtown LA at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes: 501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Parking will be available at several (city owned) lots in the area surrounding LA Plaza.

    We highly recommend using Uber or lyft and save yourself the parking hassle!

    Also, Go Metro! Take Metro to Union Station (5 min. walk to LA Plaza).

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