Parades, Baile del Sol, the Carnival, and Charro Days Dances are all put on by Charro Days, Inc. Please click on the button above for information.
Mr. Amigo selection, functions and events are coordinated by the Mr. Amigo Association. Please click on the logo above for more information.
SOMBRERO FESTIVAL DATES & TIMES
THURS. FEB. 27
FRI. FEB. 28
SAT. FEB. 29
CARNIVAL TICKETS (ITEC/AMIGOLAND MALL AREA)
WHO IS MR. AMIGO
WHERE CAN I SEE MR. AMIGO
See the Mr. Amigo Association website for information about functions and events where Mr. Amigo may be appearing and how to obtain tickets.
ADA ACCESSIBILITY AT SOMBRERO FESTIVAL
Accessibility for all patrons is a high priority for Sombrero Festival.
BATHROOMS - We always include handicapped and wheelchair accessible bathrooms in all of our bathroom areas (8th & Madison, 8th & Adams, 7th & Adams).
PARKING - Given that there are no parking lots dedicated to Washington Park, there are no spaces included with the rental of Washington Park to make available for the public. The City of Brownsville owns a lot at the corner of 7th & Madison St. which they typically designate exclusively for handicapped parking.
CONCERT - For the main stage, Sombrero Festival sets up barricades in front of the stage to allow for dedicated space for wheelchair bound patrons and a guest to see the show.
DROPOFF - For those disabled patrons being dropped off at Sombrero Festival, rides can pull into the area at the corner of 7th & Adams St. for the drop-off of disabled patrons. This is right outside of one of our main gates for admission.
ATMs - Sombrero Festival partners with South Texas Vending for on-site ATM machines which are low profile and fully accessible for our wheelchair bound patrons. These are placed throughout the park near ticket booths for convenience.
PARK GROUNDS ADA COMPLIANCE - If you have concerns about accessibility issues related to Washington Park, please contact us at SFCorpMktg@gmail.com. Given that the park is the property of the City of Brownsville, some concerns may be outside the purview of Sombrero Festival, Ltd., but we will happily take them to the city and work together to address them so that your experience at Washington Park every day of the year is a pleasant one.
VIP AT SOMBRERO FESTIVAL
VIP passes/wristbands can be obtained through Business Membership (8 passes ea. day for $2,000), or by becoming a corporate sponsor. VIP Passes at the Business Membership level include VIP B.TNT privileges. For more information see our Business Membership Form and Corporate Sponsor Packet on our FORMS page.
VIP TENT/PLATFORM BY THE MAIN STAGE
The VIP tent by the main stage is not accessible to all Sombrero Festival VIP wristband holders. You must have a VIP M.STG wristband in order to gain admission to this area. This is normally reserved for Corporate Sponsors or Donors starting at the $5,000 level. VIP M.STG wristbands are not available as part of any membership or for purchase by the general public, these are only available through the Sombrero Festival Corporate Marketing team. See the sponsor packet on our FORMS page for additional information.
Sombrero Festival is located in Washington Park. This is a park with no parking lot. Parking is available on all open city streets as it is any other day of the year. Some business and private property owners setup parking lots where patrons can pay to park. Sombrero Festival has no information or affiliation with any of these operations.
PRE-SALE Sombrero Festival Tickets can be purchased online (convenience fees apply), and at the park on Tuesday and Wednesday during Charro Days from 6pm - 9pm. (PRE-SALE TICKET PRICES ARE DISCOUNTED VS. THE GENERAL ADMISSION PRICES WHICH WILL BE CHARGED AT THE GATE ON THE DAYS OF THE FESTIVAL.)
GENERAL ADMISSION at the park - at the park tickets are sold on a CASH ONLY basis at the main gates. Gate 1 is at the corner of E. Adams St. & E. 7th St. and Gate 2 is at the corner of E. Madison St. & E. 7th St.
If you become a member of Sombrero Festival, members receive their admission wristbands in advance of the festival . See Membership Forms for details on our FORMS page.
WRISTBANDS, ENTRY & RE-ENTRY TO PARK
Sombrero Festival offers free admission the first 4 hours each day. Patrons coming in during the free times are welcome to stay all day, even after the free times have ended. Patrons who pay for admission will be issued a wristband which must be worn to gain admission to the park after the free admission time has ended. The wristband must be worn in the way intended by the manufacturer, using the wristband adhesive, must be worn so that it is not so loose that it can be easily slipped off of your hand. If you leave the park, your wristband will get you back in on that same day the wristband is for. IMPORTANT: THE WRISTBAND MUST BE IN GOOD CONDITION TO BE ADMITTED, NO SIGNS OF TEARING, TAMPERING, ETC. A WRISTBAND IN GOOD CONDITION IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE. SOMBRERO FESTIVAL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ENTRY/RE-ENTRY TO ANYONE PRESENTING A WRISTBAND WHICH APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN TAMPERED WITH, WHICH IS NOT ATTACHED AS DESIGNED, WHICH IS BEING WORN TOO LOOSELY, OR WHICH APPEARS TO BE COUNTERFEIT.
ENTRY, SECURITY & SEARCHES
Anyone seeking entry to Sombrero Festival whether during free times or during paid admission times is subject to being searched by Sombrero Festival Security Staff. This includes a search of your person and any property you have with you, e.g. purses, diaper bags, fanny packs, backpacks, tote bags, etc.
PATRONS INTENDING TO BRING ANY TYPE OF BAG WITH THEM ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO USE A CLEAR PLASTIC BAG OR A SEE-THROUGH BAG TO AID IN EXPEDITING THE SEARCH PROCESS.
IF YOU REFUSE TO BE SEARCHED, YOU MAY BE DENIED ENTRY TO SOMBRERO FESTIVAL AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF SOMBRERO FESTIVAL STAFF.
THESE PROCESSES ARE IN PLACE TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THOSE ATTENDING SOMBRERO FESTIVAL EACH YEAR, AND ARE PLANNED IN COORDINATION WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT.
LOST & FOUND
Sombrero Festival Security handles lost & found items. A Security booth can be found on the 8th st. side of the park. Coming from E. Madison & 8th St. it is the first booth after the Big Tent and Cantina, and the booth faces 8th St. After the festival you can contact Valley Wide Security in inquire about lost & found items at: 956-544-4726.
There is no shuttle service associated specifically with Sombrero Festival, however, Brownsville Metro has routes which will bring you to downtown from most points in the city. Some routes may require a transfer. Additionally, some local hotels offer shuttle service to guests at their properties to and from Sombrero Festival. We are very proud to have the Marriott Courtyard as a partner hotel property in Brownsville which offers free shuttle service to guests at their property.
Patrons who intend to consume adult beverages at the event are encouraged to have a designated driver, or to take advantage or taxis or ride sharing services. None of these services are affiliated with Sombrero Festival, Ltd.
Vendors at Sombrero Festival are free to accept cash or electronic forms of payment, at the sole discretion of each individual vendor. Sombrero Festival sells tickets for beverages on a CASH-ONLY basis at ticket booths placed throughout the park. For your convenience, we place ATM machines in close proximity to each of these ticket booths. They are free-standing low profile units, to ensure accessibility.
Washington Park has no dedicated bathroom facilities so Sombrero Festival brings in portable bathroom units, including handicapped and wheelchair accessible units. Bathrooms available for use by the public can be found along 8th St. and near the corner of E. Adams & E. 7th St. The units are serviced daily.
VENDORS & GAME OPERATORS
Anyone wishing to become a vendor or game operator at Sombrero Festival must submit an application for consideration. We allow very limited vendor opportunities for non-food items, and all are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are looking to sell non-food items you should be prepared to send pictures of the merchandise and your setup for consideration by Sombrero Festival, Ltd.
Sombrero Festival works to ensure a variety of food options, and optimum placement of games, rides, and food booths based on the needs of the festival. Placement of any food booth, game, or ride is at the sole discretion of Sombrero Festival, Ltd.
See our FORMS page for the latest Vendor Application
There is one set of bleachers brought in for Sombrero Festival and a very limited number of chairs available under the big tent and around cantinas during the day at Sombrero Festival. There is no assigned or reserved seating for shows, and Sombrero Festival regularly relocates and/or removes chairs prior to headliner performances and at peak times. Patrons are allowed to bring folding chairs with them. Please know most performances, especially on the main stage normally have a standing audience, so visibility will be limited when seated.
Sombrero Festival is a Rain or Shine event. In the event of inclement weather the show will go on. There are no refunds for admission or tickets due to inclement weather.
If ever there is a severe weather situation, Sombrero Festival reserves the right to make adjustments to the schedule as needed to ensure the safety of patrons, volunteers and performers.
BEVERAGES & ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
All beverages sold by Sombrero Festival operated booths only accept tickets. Very few food vendors are allowed to sell beverages for cash.
All servers of alcoholic beverages at Sombrero Festival are TABC certified. Patrons wishing to consume alcoholic beverages should be prepared to show a valid photo id verifying that you are of legal age to purchase alcohol in Texas. Minors will not be served alcoholic beverages. All Servers are authorized to refuse service to any patron who does not have valid proof of legal age and/or to any patron who appears to be intoxicated. The decision to refuse service is at the sole discretion of each TABC certified server in accordance with state law.
AREA ATTRACTIONS, HOTELS, & TRAVEL OPTIONS
For more information about Brownsville, TX, area attractions, hotel and airport information, please see the Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.brownsville.org
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