Get ready for some delicious Mexican-inspired food at the Kansas City Taco Festival. This exciting and fun-filled weekend in Kansas City, Missouri, features an incredible selection of delicious and unique tacos as well as all the entertainment you can ask for. There will be margaritas and beer as well as over 75 varieties of tacos served up by 20 of Kansas City's finest restaurants, food trucks and eateries. Besides tacos, you'll get to sample other culturally related food items like Mexican street corn, churros, nachos, tamales, cakes, candy, desserts and more. The tacos are available for $3 each via purchasing a food voucher. There are also ticket packages that cover the price of certain foods.
Each year, the Kansas City Taco Festival partners with a local charity or organization. For 2020, the Taco Festival is partnering with The Trauma Survivors Foundation. You can learn more about this worthwhile cause at The Trauma Survivors Foundation website.
During the festival, there will be live bands and DJs performing a variety of music and playing a variety of playlists. There are typically around 25 - 30 vendors at the annual Kansas City Taco Festival, and the vendors will be listed online when the list is finalized for that year. You can read more about the vendors at the Taco Festival vendor page.
You'll also be able to enjoy features like multiple margarita bars, chili pepper and other eating contests, a giant tequila-sampling expo, a kids' fun zone, bounce houses, face painting and other activities. Guests can watch traditional mariachi bands, ride a mechanical bull, hang out at the giant nacho bar, compete in yard games and access all of the KC Live! areas in the District.
The Kansas City Taco Festival is located at KC Live! at the Power and Light District in Kansas City, Missouri. The Power and Light District is comprised of 14 entertainment venues inside two stories. As the largest rentable venue in Kansas City, it features a 40-foot LED video screen and a large central stage. This location is perfect for banquets, concerts, street festivals, receptions, dine-arounds and more. The energy derived from having a festival in this premier location is a unique experience.
The Kansas City Taco Festival is an annual event that takes place on a two-day weekend in late spring.
For 2020, the dates and times are:
Saturday, May 2: Noon - 2:00 p.m. (VIP only), 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (General Admission, Premium, VIP)
Sunday, May 3: Noon - 2:00 p.m. (VIP only), 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (General Admission, Premium, VIP)
Traveling around Kansas City in an RV is the ideal way to see everything. Whether you utilize a rental RV from RVshare or use your own, you'll experience the convenience of having your own comforts readily available. While the Taco Festival will not have a designated RV park, there are several campgrounds within a 45-minute drive of downtown KC.
Weston Bend State Park - This is a large state park with plenty of wooded areas as well as hiking and biking trails. The park runs parallel with the Missouri River, and there is a scenic, ADA-accessible overlook that gives a wonderful view of the river and several miles into Kansas. You can also walk along the river bluff and see the same view of the river that Lewis and Clark saw. There are several trails in the park, including a 3-mile paved bicycle trail that has secluded picnic areas along it. The park has 37 electric campsites that can accommodate motorhomes, and some sites offer 50-amp hookups. There is a bathhouse with hot showers and a laundry facility.
Worlds of Fun Village - This RV park, which is in the heart of Kansas City, can accommodate all sizes of motorhomes. You can participate in various activities and events that are held periodically, and the park is right next to the Worlds of Fun theme park. There are 82 back-in or pull-through sites with full hookups and 30 or 50 amps.
Campus RV Park - Spread out over 17 acres, this large RV park has paved roads. The management lives on-site, and there are plenty of amenities like showers, a laundry room and a recreation field. The park is located in Independence, and there are many local attractions within walking distance. There are 30 back-in or pull-through RV sites with full hookups and either 30 or 50 amps.
Basswood Resort - This premium RV resort has it all. They offer a wide range of RV sites, including deluxe and premium ones. There is a splash playground, fishing, walking trails and themed weekends. You will enjoy the pizza parlor, pool, game room, handy golf carts and the well-stocked country store. There are 155 back-in and pull-through sites with full hookups and either 30 or 50 amps.
The KC Live! Power and Light District in Kansas City is a thriving and popular tourist destination. As such, there are all types and varieties of lodging available in the area. You can find Airbnb, hotels and bed-and-breakfast inns. There are no RV parks downtown, but you can find many RV parks and campgrounds all around Kansas City and the surrounding areas.
The Kansas City Taco Festival will be held at 13 Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City. From Topeka, you get on I-70 East, take I-670 and then take Grand Boulevard to downtown Kansas City. From St. Louis, you take I-70 West, take I-670 and then take Grand Boulevard into downtown Kansas City. From Wichita, you take I-35 to I-670 and then take Grand Boulevard into Kansas City.
The Power and Light District is a lively area that is open 24/7. Most of the bars and restaurants are open until 3:00 a.m. General parking is available at the KC Live! Garage. This site offers free three-hour parking between 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday with validation from a Power and Light merchant. Parking is $3 after 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday and all day on Saturday and Sunday. There are also parking lots in the area, and you can see the attendant and pay station for details.
General Admission ticket prices are $9.95 for early bird pricing, $14.95 for regular pricing and $19.95 for last-chance pricing. You receive entrance to the festival, the first drink free (beer, margarita, water or soda), access to cash bars and sampling, live bands and DJs, eating contests and more. Kids 10 and under are free with a paying adult.
Premium Admission tickets are $29.95 for early bird pricing, $34.95 for regular pricing and $39.95 for last-chance pricing. You receive everything from general admission plus five taco vouchers, a commemorative gift bag with a bottle of hot sauce, giveaways and more.
VIP Admission tickets are $49.95 for early bird pricing, $54.95 for regular pricing and $59.95 for last-chance pricing. You receive everything from general admission plus two-hour express early entry into the festival from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m., a two-hour drink party package of beer, call drinks, soda and water, a commemorative VIP gift bag with a bottle of hot sauce and a shot glass, five taco vouchers and an exclusive VIP party area with private restrooms and bars.
The Kansas City Taco Festival is a carefully crafted tribute to one of America's favorite foods, served up with skill and style. You can have all the fun and festivities while sampling a wide variety of tacos and margaritas and enjoy a cold brew to wash it all down. After you check out the Taco Festival at KC Live! in downtown Kansas City, you'll want to explore some other attractions in the area. You are sure to have all sorts of occasions for great photographs of your adventures in Kansas City. Share them on RVshare by emailing them to [email protected] You may see your photos on the site's blog and social media channels.
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