Admission is Free!
Saturday and Sunday
December 3-4, 2016
(The 1st full weekend in December every year!)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
The Festival is between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard and fills-in the streets of Miles, Towne, Smurr & Requa.
79 Degrees, Sunny Days
40 Degrees, Cool Evenings
No animals allowed, except certified service animals.
No ice chests or outside beverages allowed
It all started in 1992 with an idea by Dave Hernandez, a member of the Downtown Indio Merchants Association.
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!
Festival’s Guinness World Records:
The World’s largest Tamale-over 1 foot in diameter and 40 feet in length, Dec. 4, 1999. The World’s largest tamale festival-with 120,000 in attendance, Dec. 2-3, 2000.
2014 Tamale Festival Map