All participants must register via this online application no later than March 29, 2023.  There is a limited number of participation slots available.  The SoCAL Taco Fest reserves the right to close the application process at any time.

Complimentary Tickets

Confirmation of your participation in either or both of the competitions comes with (2) two complimentary general admission tickets ($120 value) per registered dog. Tickets will be emailed 1-2 weeks prior to the Event date.

Eligibility for the Chihuahua Races Recap

  • Chihuahua and Chihuahua-mix-breed dogs are eligible to race.

    Your dog must have some resemblance to a Chihuahua.   If in doubt, please 

submit a photo for approval.

  • There are two weight classes: Under 7 pounds and 7 pounds to 12 

pounds.  Dogs over 12 pounds are not eligible to participate.

  • Dogs must be non aggressive toward humans and other dogs. Dogs showing 

    aggression will be disqualified

  • All dogs must have current vaccinations as required by the City of 

San Diego.

  • Owner and helper must be 21 years of age or older.

THE RACE – Saturday, April 29, 2023

Races will run in heats based on weight. 

2:30 p.m. Race #1 7 to 12lbs

4:30 p.m. Race #2 7lbs and under

You must be on site and ready to go no later than 45 minutes prior to your race time.

Race Times are Subject to Change.


  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times (except during race).
  • Owners must clean up after their dogs.
  • Two people must be available during the race heat; one at the race start 

      and one at the finish line.

  • Owners/participants may use a toy or treat to entice the dog, but must 

stay at each end until the dog comes to the owner/participant. The toy or treat may not be thrown or tossed.

  • Owners/participants may not run alongside the dog.
  • Dogs must completely cross the finish line, within the boundaries, without 

being grabbed. If the dog is touched by the handler before completely crossing the finish line, the dog will be disqualified. The SoCAL Taco Fest and Race Judges reserve the right to disqualify any dog/owner/participant if they determine that the rules have been broken.

  • The Race Judges will conduct a series of race heats to narrow down the field

    to the top six dogs. The number of heats will depend on the number of


  • In all races, the dog to cross the finish line first will be deemed the 

winner. Races will continue to take place until there is a clear winner as 

agreed to by Race Judges. JUDGES’ DECISION ARE FINAL.

  • By participating in the Event, owners/participants agree to be bound by 

decisions of SoCAL Taco Fest and the Race Judges.

  • Dogs showing aggression will be disqualified immediately.
  • Unsportsmanlike, disruptive, annoying, harassing, or threatening 

behavior is prohibited and terms for disqualification.

  • The Race Judges will interpret these rules and resolve any disputes, 

    conflicting claims, or ambiguities concerning the rules of the Event, and 

the Race Judges’ decisions concerning such disputes shall be final.

  • If the conduct or outcome of the Race is affected by human error, any 

mechanical malfunctions or failures of any kind, intentional interference, or any event beyond the control of the Event representatives, the SoCAL Taco Fest reserves the right to terminate the Event, or make such other decisions regarding the administration or outcome as the SoCAL Taco Fest deems appropriate.

  • Competitors will not receive any form of compensation for participating in 

the Event.

  • Competitors are not guaranteed a prize 
  • All decisions made by the SoCAL Taco Fest are final. 
  • The SoCAL Taco Fest may waive any of these rules at its sole discretion.

THE BEAUTY PAGEANT – Saturday, April 29, 2023 

6:15pm start time for the Pageant

Eligibility for the Beauty Pageant 

  • Chihuahua and Chihuahua-mix-breed dogs are eligible to compete.
  • There are no weight classes in the Beauty Pageant Competition.
  • Dogs must be non aggressive toward humans and other dogs.

    Dogs showing aggression will be disqualified.

  • All dogs must have current vaccinations as required by the City of San Diego.
  • Owner and helper must be age 21 or older. No one under 21 is permitted in the event.


There are no restrictions as to how you would like to dress your Chihuahua for the Beauty Pageant.  However, you may only utilize one costume.  Wardrobe changes are not permitted.

The Beauty Pageant will take place at: 6:15p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2023.

Exact time is subject to change.

The winner will be determined by crowd applause.  The dog with the most applause, as determined by the Beauty Pageant Judge, will be deemed the winner.

The winning dogs from both the Races and the Beauty Pageant will win an award and a prize package.  

Logistical Information for both competitions

All logistical information for participating on the day of the Event will be sent to you 1-2 weeks prior to the festival.


SoCAL Taco Fest 

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego CA 92101

21+ to attend

Doors: 12 p.m.

Close:  10 p.m.

Parking is on your own.

For questions please contact:

Christine –

Liability Waiver

By participating in the Chihuahua Races and/or Beauty Pageant (the Event) with my pet, I agree to waive any and all claims for damages, for death, personal injury, loss of property or property damage that I or my pet may sustain as a result of my participation in the Event and/or the use of any prize, and any damages or losses arising from the implementation of carrying out of the 

Event or any participant’s failure to win the Event or receive the prize, and release the SoCAL Taco Fest & Waterfront Park/San Diego County, their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability arising out of or connected in any way with my participation in the Event, even though that liability may arise out of an unintentional act, omission, negligence, or carelessness on the part of the persons or entities mentioned above. I assume full responsibility for the behavior and care of my dog through this event and cannot hold any person(s) associated or not associated with the Event, SoCAL Taco Fest and Waterfront Park/San Diego County liable for any injury incurred through the actions of my dog or another participant’s dog in the event. I certify that all vaccinations are current and my pet is free from any contagious diseases, is in good physical condition and is not aggressive to people or other animals. To the best of my knowledge, the dog participating in the Event is a Chihuahua or Chihuahua mix breed. I will take good care of my dog based upon established standards of animal care. I understand that the Event is for entertainment only. I, by electronic signature on the next page, hereby understand and agree that SoCAL Taco Fest and Waterfront Park reserve the right, without compensation, to photograph or videotape me and/or my dog during the sponsored Event for the unrestricted use of all names, likenesses and images  in any and all forms of media (print, video, and/or digital), for the purpose of any future promotional or advertising mediums.