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Indio International Tamale Festival

Indio, California is a popular day trip destination for those traveling to Palm Springs lying only 23 miles to the east and welcoming visitors with its scenic desert beauty. Indio is also home to a diverse cultural population and as a result, has come to be renowned for it’s amazing and dynamic food scene. Those with a passion for pleasing the palate will want to head to Indio December 7th and 8th in 2019 for a chance to experience the Indio International Tamale Festival in all its delicious glory.  


A Celebration of Flavor

Presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, the Indio International Tamale Festival has long been an annual highlight for locals and visitors alike. The festival has roots reaching back to 1992 when Dave Hernandez of the Downtown Indio Merchants Association recognized a brilliant opportunity to highlight and celebrate the many wonderful tamale makers that lived within the city limits. Creating the perfect tamale is no easy task, and the festival soon became an opportunity for tamale makers to additionally celebrate the skill and heritage that stands behind this well-loved food item.

Over 120,000 visitors attend this event making it one of the most popular Indio CA things to do. While it’s free to enter the festival, tamales cost an average of $2.50 per delicious try.  


Beyond Tamales at the Indio International Tamale Festival

While the tamales are by far the biggest draw for the Indio International Tamale Festival, the event is packed with live musical entertainment as well as opportunities to enjoy traditional dance performances. Festival goers won’t want to miss out on a chance to watch Folklorico performed to perfection. The musical lineup is vast, and concerts are held on five large stages with two community stages dedicated to performances by local and up and coming artists.  


Event Directions

100 Civic Center Mall holds the place as the event’s central location with free parking nearby at the Larson Justice Center. Sunlight Transit maps are readily available online for those planning on taking the train in for the day.  


 Be Inspired in Indio

Whether you come for the amazing tamales, music or dancing, a trip to Indio for the International Tamale Festival is sure to be an inspiring experience! Keep the good vibes going when you book a vacation rental with Arrived. We’ll keep you close to the fun in a home that provides the amenities you’ve been waiting for and the luxury you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about Indio CA things to do and to start planning your getaway!

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