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Atascadero's 7th Annual Tamale Festival!

January 14, 2023

11am - 7pm

The City of Atascadero is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Atascadero Tamale Festival! This event is happening on Saturday! 


Expect a variety of tamale vendors from across California offering many different tamales available to take home or enjoy at the event or both! From gourmet to traditional to sweet tamales, there will be many choices!


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Entertainment will include your favorite Emcee, Francisco Ramirez along with Medina Light Show Designs, plus a wide variety of music from the Mariachi Voces Tapatias, soloist Manuel Enrique & his horse, the Famous Dancing Horses, and the Folklorico El Padrecito Dancers from Guadalupe! Live music by the Los Gatos Locos Band, Steppin’ Out Band, Brass Mash & Outlaw Mariachi! A variety of inflatable and interactive attractions, face painting, balloon animals, fireworks, and plenty of fun for all ages!


Over 50 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!


Contests are also back with the very popular “Best Tamale Contest” where the tamale vendors can showcase their outstanding work to our local celebrity judges to decide the “best” tamale. Plus the Tamale Eating Contest and the Chihuahua & Pet Costume Contest will be available for those who would like to participate!


We would not be able to put on events like this one without the support of our sponsors! THANK YOU to our Presenting Sponsors: Golden 1 Credit Union, SLO County Supervisor Debbie Arnold & Waste Management; Supporting Sponsors: AM Sun Solar, Coastal Communities Physician Network (CCPN) & Mechanics Bank; Individual Sponsor: Idlers Home! 


Event is located in Downtown Atascadero & the Sunken Gardens. Main address is 6500 Palma Ave., Atascadero! 


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11 am - 2:15 pm: Register for the Tamale Eating Contest & Pet Costume Contest at the Info. Booth at the event! 


For any other questions regarding the Annual Tamale Festival, Call (805) 470-3490 or email:



Vendor information is now closed (1/3/22):

Tamale Vendor Form 

Food Vendor Form

Adult Beverage Vendor Form

Merchandise Vendor Form 



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