California Festivals


Atascadero Tamale Fest

May 6, 2023

ATASCADERO Tamale Festival May 6, 2023, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free admission,
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! 

Contests: Best Tamale Contest, Tamale Eating Contest and the Chihuahua & Pet Costume Contest

Attractions: Inflatables, face painting, balloon animals, fireworks, over 50 vendors, merchandise and crafts, adult beverages, food vendors 

 Sneak Peak of the tamale vendors & Cinco de Mayo First Fridays Celebration May 5, 2023 starting at 5:30 pm in the Downtown.

Best Tamale
Tamale Eating
Chihuahua & Pet Costume Contest & Fashion Show
Dancing Horses
Waffles, adorable mini donkey
Manuel Enrique, riding a dancing horse while singing
Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Sip & Shop Wine Walk
Fireworks at 8 pm over City Hall
Los Danzantes De Santa Maria & El Padrecito's Children's Folklorico Group
Los Danzantes De Santa Maria & El Padrecito's Children's Folklorico Group

Lineup: Dante Marsh & the Vibe Setters, Steppin Out Band, Jungle Fire (TropiFunk Afro-Caribbean and West African rhythms), Mariachi Mexicanisimo, La Marcha Sound, Mariachi Mexicanisimo Band,   Mariachi Mexicanisimo Band

ALHAMBRA: LACC 2nd Annual Tamale Festival December 3, 2022, 12-6 p.m. p.m. at American Legion Post 139. Free The American Legion Los Angeles County Council. Location: American Legion Post 139 24 North Stoneman Avenue Alhambra, CA 91801 Tamale contest open to the public.  Anticipate at least 400 people. Sales commence at 12 Noon till 6 p.m. or sold out. Free admission, CaAmericanLegionLACC/

INDIO: Tamale Festival December 3-4, 2022
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.

LA HABRA: Tamale Festival December 3, 2022, 10 a.m.-10 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

PLACENTIA: Tamale Festival  December 7, 2023, 4-10 p.m. 
Old Town Placentia
Santa Fe & Bradford
Placentia, CA
Free admission,

Event includes live entertainment, sales of fresh tamales and children's visits with Santa. It's a wonderful time to celebrate a favorite comfort, Christmas tradition--tamales!
Recommended Action City Council:
1) Approve the Placita Santa Fe Merchants Association Tamale Festival 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 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 the 100 and 200 Blocks of Santa Fe Avenue and the 200 Block of Bradford Avenue.
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.

OXNARD Tamale Festival November - December 3, 2022, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  

Past: 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!

RIVERSIDE: Tamale Festival September 10, 2022
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.


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