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8th Annual Tamale Festival - Happening RAIN OR SHINE!

May 4, 2024

11am - 7pm



The City of Atascadero is pleased to announce the


8th Annual Tamale Festival





WINNERS OF THE 2024 Festival: 




Best Overall Tamale - Award Winning Tamales


Traditional Tamale Winners:

1st Place - Award Winning Tamales

2nd Place - Super Tamales

3rd Place - La Luz del Mundo, Paso Robles


Gourmet Tamale Winners:

1st Place - La Luz del Mundo, Visalia

2nd Place - La Luz del Mundo, Oxnard

3rd Place – Beth’s Tamales




Winners (12 & over):

1st Place – AJ Fragoso

2nd Place – Justin Turner


Winners (11 & under):

1st Place – Roman Leon

2nd Place – Gabby Castaneda




1st Place ~ Best Overall: Phoebe, Owner Vikky Mullin

2nd Place ~ Best Costume: Maude, Owner, Ryan Duclos

3rd Place ~ Best Lookalike: Pepper & Owner, Liam Shutt

Honorable Mention ~ Gidget, Owner Carla Garcia


If you missed the event this year, 


SAVE THE DATE: May 2nd & 3rd, 2025! 


THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors! Gold Sponsors: Avila Traffic Safety, & Kirk Consulting; Silver sponsors: A.M. Sun Solar, Springhill Suites by Marriott, Waste Management; Bronze Sponsors: 5 Star Rain Gutters, Planet Fitness Atascadero, and T-Mobile.  All proceeds from the Tamale Festival’s adult beverage sales on Saturday will benefit the Friends of the Charles Paddock Zoo!


Enjoy over 100 vendors from tamales to a wide variety of food beyond tamales to appease everyone’s palette and appetite! If you are thirsty, there will be margaritas, craft beer, wine, and cider. Plus a variety of merchandise vendors.


Out of the 100-plus vendors, thirty are tamale vendors from across California offering a variety of tamales for purchase from gourmet to traditional to sweet tamales.  Entertainment will include your favorite Emcee, Francisco Ramirez along with Medina Light Show Designs, plus a wide variety of music from Voces Tapatias Mariachi, Mariachi Mexicanisimo, Ranchero Artist Manuel Enrique & his horse, the Famous Dancing Horses, and two Folklorico Dance groups our of Paso Robles, Paso A Pasito Group and Paso Balle Folklorico!


Live music will be featured across the Downtown with Dante’ Marsh and the Vibe Setters, La Marcha Sound, Steppin’ Out Band, and Brass Mash! Enjoy bounce houses, Zorb Balls, obstacle courses, and bungee jumps from Bubble Fun 101, face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth with “Waffles” the miniature donkey, and plenty of fun for all ages!


The “Best Tamale Contest” will be in the works, where the tamale vendors showcase their outstanding work to our celebrity judges to decide the “best” tamale. Winning tamale vendors will be announced between 12-12:30 pm!


Two popular contests not to miss, the “Chihuahua & Pet Costume Contest” at 2 pm, and the “Tamale Eating Contest” at 3 pm - both on the steps of City Hall!  Registration will be available at the Information booth for a nominal registration fee! Pets of all kinds can enter the Chihuahua & Pet Costume Contest, as long as they are in costume! 


Tamale Festival Event Line-up 

City Hall Stage:

     Winners of the Best Tamale Contest Announced & & Photo ops at their booths

     Horses available for viewing & photo ops

     Waffles, the Miniature Donkey, available for photos from 12 - 2 pm at the West Mall side of City Hall! 

Lewis Stage (on Entrada Ave. at Palma Ave.)


DO NOT MISS this popular event! Atascadero’s Annual Tamale Festival will be a fun and exciting occasion for the whole family, especially for anyone who loves tamales! The event is free to attend and enjoy the entertainment, but don’t forget to bring your wallet 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!




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