Atascadero, CA (December 18)- The City of Atascadero plans to hold its sixth annual Tamale Festival Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 11am - 7 pm. 

At this time of year, the City is usually preparing for the annual Tamale Festival with countywide outreach to numerous local restaurants, caterers and non-profit organizations. In addition, the City also attends the famous International Tamale Festival held in Indio, California in early December to gain new ideas and ways to grow Atascadero’s signature event. With COVID-19, event planning throughout 2020 has changed, and as we head into 2021 with vaccines on the horizon, the City is hopeful that the postponement to May, will allow enough time to be on the road to recovery.  

The event earlier this year had grown to a two-day series, but as we come out of the pandemic, we will scale back to a one-day event with the likelihood to grow it again in future years to come. As we work to bring this event back, we will expand the timeframe to be a little longer for attendees to enjoy the event. While our hope is to bring back as much of the Tamale Festival you have grown to enjoy with the variety of vendors, contests, dancing horses, live music and entertainment, we will see what is possible as we get closer to May.

Do not miss this popular event! Atascadero’s 6th Annual Tamale Festival, Saturday, May 8, 2021 for a fun and exciting occasion for the whole family to attend, especially for anyone who loves tamales! The event is free to attend, 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!

For those interested sponsorship, please give Terrie Banish a call at (805) 470-3490. If you are interested in being a tamale vendor, other food or merchant vendors, applications will be made available January 11th, 2021 at:

Vendor space fills up quickly!

For any other questions, please contact Terrie Banish at 470-3490.