California Tamale Festivals


Tamale festival in California:

ATASCADERO: Tamale Festival January 17-18, 2020, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
For information call (805) 470-3360.
Downtown Atascadero, Entrada Ave Atascadero, CA
Downtown Atascadero and Sunken Gardens are sizzling with excitement as guests buy and taste homemade tamales from a variety of tamale vendors. Best Tamale contest, mariachi bands, dancers and a variety of entertainment including with bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals and plenty of activities for the kids. Rain or shine!

RIVERSIDE: Tamale Festival April 18, 2020, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
White Park
3885 Market Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Food, Live Performances, a Fun Filled Family Day. Presale  This event brought to you by the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation with the goal of Saving the Trujillo Adobe. Highlights of the festival include tamale, food and gift vendors, music, dance, entertainment, children's activities and a historical exhibit on the Trujillo Adobe and La Placita de Los Trujillos.

PERRIS: The Tamale Express Tamale Festival No info 2020 as of 3/5/2020

 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Orange Empire Railway Museum
2201 S A St.
Perris, CA 92570
Call Sonia at (951) 407-0866
FREE community event fundraiser for the Dark Horse Performing Arts Foundation. This event helps raise funds for both local and regional performing arts groups, programs and organizations. We can proudly say that 95% of ALL funds raise are donated back into local and regional programs. This event features mutli-diverse vendors including crafters, well-known name-brand merchandise, and local artists. The festival will also featured are food vendors of various types, food trucks, and a Home Brewer & Craft beer garden, not to mention TAMALES! Local groups have been invited out to perform throughout the day for your enjoyment. 

ESCONDIDO: Tamale Festival November 2, 2019, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
1st Annual Escondido Tamale Festival in San Diego County, CA

LA HABRA: Tamale Festival December 1, 2019, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Euclid Street between La Habra Blvd. & Bridenbecker Ave. as well as in Brio Park and Portola Park
 La Habra, CA
Free admission,
The Recreation Division annual Tamale Festival includes best tamale and best salsa contests. As in past years, dance performances by local studios, tamale and other food vendors, craft and other vendors will all be part of the event. Expected entertainment: Soto | Cindy Shea (of  Mariachi Divas)

INDIO: Tamale Festival December 7-8, 2019
Billed as world's largest tamale fest, enjoy eating tons of tamales as well as listening to bands, seeing a car show and entering contests such as Tamale Eating Contest and Best Tamale Recipe.

OXNARD Tamale Festival December 7, 2019, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Plaza Park

Held in conjunction with the annual Christmas parade, Oxnard has more great tamale shops per capita than most other cities in California. They know tamales and expect the best. Check this one out!

PLACENTIA: Tamale Festival & Las Posadas December 11, 2019, 4-9:30 p.m. 
 Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Recommended Action City Council:
1) Approve the Placita Santa Fe Merchants Association Tamale Festival on December 11, 2019, contingent upon the Merchants Association continuing to work with City Staff to obtain all appropriate permits and insurance, and agreeing to follow all City regulations for the event and to reimburse the City $8,000 for approximately 65 percent of event costs; and authorizing the temporary suspension of regulatory ordinance of the Placentia Municipal Code for the operation of the Tamale Festival on December 11, 2019 on the 100 and 200 Blocks of Santa Fe Avenue and the 200 Block of Bradford Avenue.
$12,300 Estimated General Fund Cost | Offsetting Revenue: $ 8,000 Reimbursement from Placita Santa Fe Merchants
Old Town Placentia
Between the 100 and 200 blocks of Santa Fe Avenue in Old Town (between Bradford and Melrose Avenues)
The Placita Santa Fe Merchants Association annual Tamale Festival, Las Posadas and the Winter Holiday Celebration features a procession re-enacting the travels of Mary and Joseph, live entertainment featuring the famous Mariachi Divas, caroling and fresh and delicious tamales for individual and quantity purchase. Santa Claus is sitting down with kids, who receive a gift and pose for individual pictures.

SIMI VALLEY: Santa's Tamale Festival November 23-24, 2019
Simi Valley Town Center
1555 Simi Town Center Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
$5-10 admission, food & beverages not included
Christmas Celebration with Live Music, seasonal shopping, festive foods, Tamales Galore and drinks to satisfy your holiday spirit.  This is a Family Event Benefiting the Welcome Home Soldier Foundation providing sleeping bags to homeless Veterans.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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