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6th Annual Tamale Festival

The City of Atascadero is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Tamale Festival to be held over two days in the Downtown, January 15th & 16th, 2021!

This will include a Grand Opening Party to kick off on Friday evening, January 15th from 5:30-9pm at Historic City Hall and the Sunken Gardens! Plus over 20 Tamale Vendors will be on site as well as a variety of obstacle courses and bounce houses for the kids! Free to attend!

The fun will continue into Saturday, January 16th from 11 am to 5 pm with the full Tamale Festival experience! Expect over 30 tamale vendors from across California offering a variety of tamales for purchase from gourmet to traditional to sweet tamales.  Entertainment on Saturday will include your favorite Emcee, Medina Light Show Designs, a wide variety of music from the Mariachi Voces Tapatias, Los Gatos Locos band and the Steppin’ Out band, plus Ranchero Artist Manuel Enrique and the Famous Dancing Horses! The festival will also include bounce houses, Zorb Balls, bungee jumps plus face painting, balloon animals and plenty of fun for all ages! A couple contests to enjoy too with the very popular “Judges Favorite Best Tamale Contest” – find out who wins the Best Tamale! The “Tamale Eating Contest” and the Chihuahua & Pet Costume Contest along with “Pinata Breaking” for kids 11 & under!

Close to 80 vendors will be on display offering everything from merchandise and crafts to adult beverages to a wide variety of food vendors beyond tamales to appease everyone’s palette and appetite!


Friday, January 15th

Event time: 5:30 pm – 9 pm

Over 20 Tamale Vendors plus Obstacle Courses, Bungee Jumps and Bounce Houses!

          Saturday, January 16th

          Event time: 11 am – 5 pm

          Over 85 Vendors – among them 30 Tamale Vendors plus Obstacle Courses, Bungee Jumps and Bounce Houses! 

DO NOT MISS this popular event! Atascadero’s 6th Annual Tamale Festival, January 15 & 16, will be a fun and exciting occasion for the whole family to attend, especially for anyone who loves tamales! The event is free to attend and enjoy the entertainment, but don’t forget to bring your wallet in order to purchase delicious food, activities and merchandise; AND be sure to place your orders from your favorite tamale vendor(s) to stock up, as tamales freeze well too!


If you would like to be a vendor for the 6th Annual Tamale Festival please download and complete the appropriate vendor form below.  The registration deadline is December 28, 2020.

Hourly Schedule

Friday | January 15

5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Grand Opening Party
Over 20 Tamale Vendors plus Obstacle Courses, Bungee Jumps and Bounce Houses!

Saturday | January 16

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tamale Festival
Over 85 Vendors - among them 30 Tamale Vendors plus Obstacle Courses, Bungee Jumps and Bounce Houses! Official Schedule TBA


Jan 15 - 16 2021


Free to Attend | Tamales, Food, & Drink for Purchase

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6505 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422
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