Indio International Tamale Festival


Presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and Flavored by Tabasco Sauce®

The world's largest tamale festival!

December 7th and 8th, 2019

Voted a "Top Ten Food Festival" by the Food Network


Don't miss your chance to meet Mr. Tamale!


The Indio International Tamale Festival


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.

Fun for everyone!


The Indio International Tamale Festival® is loaded with excitement. Visitors delight in scrumptious tamales, endless alternative food options, shopping, and all-day entertainment.


Festival fans like to relax while enjoying a variety of dancing shows including traditional Folklorico dancing and line dancing as well as Cheer Groups.

Visitors can enjoy live music on five stages, new to the Festival… two Community Stages for more opportunities to view local talent!

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