The Indio International Tamale Festival is held the first weekend of December. This year’s dates are December 2-3, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Indio. Admission is free to all in attendance, and there will be plenty of parking available at the festival.
A Southern California holiday tradition since 1992, the Indio International Tamale Festival features every kind of tamale you can imagine, along with a carnival and other children’s activities, car shows, an art show and a beer garden. Live music will be featured continuously on multiple stages, along with Mexican Folklorico Dancing, so bring the entire family out to celebrate!
The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hard working tamale makers have created the festival’s tremendous success.Recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation!