Calistoga Tamale Festival
Celebrate the sizzling sounds of a fabulous band, taste authentic tamales with recipes passed lovingly from one generation to the next, and watch young dancers swirl in their brightly colored skirts as they step in rhythm to folklorico dances at the 2nd Annual Calistoga Tamale Festival.
The public is invited to a free cultural festival that celebrates Cinco de Mayo and the 125 year anniversary of Calistoga with traditional Mexican cuisine, folklorico dancing by the children of La Casa de la Cultura and even tamale making classes. Calistoga's streets come to life with festive music, food, and games in a one day annual event sponsored by Calistoga Family Center, a non-profit organization strengthening the local community by providing individuals and families the tools needed to prosper and succeed.
Whether you live in the area or are visiting, the cultural festival showcases the best of the region through its organizations, products and people in a family friendly atmosphere that includes breaking the piñata, live music, vendors booths with all sorts of foods & beverages, and contests such as the professional and amateur chef "Best Tamales" contest. There will also be raffles for prizes, and an exciting day of fun for all ages.
Other exciting annual events in Calistoga include the Community Christmas Bazaar at the Napa County Fairgrounds, an annual Summer Concert series and Lighted Tractor Parade each Christmas holiday season.