What you should know

  • Tamal Day, Saturday April 29, 2023
  • The event will take place at White Park in downtown Riverside
  • The party will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and there will be music, folk dancing, mariachi, and lots of food.

The weather forecast will be hot this weekend and why not take advantage of it with mariachi music, folk dancing and lots of food at the Riverside Tamales Festival.

The tenth annual edition of this great event will take place this Saturday at White Park in the center of the city.

The party that starts at 11 a.m. also includes a Lucha Libre event and a contest for the best tamale.

The big event will feature music from bands such as Eddie Avila & Co., El Santo Golpe, Outlaw Mariachi, Felipe Orozco y Su Banda, Tierra and more.

“Of bands, dancers, musicians and Lucha Libre, this festival is an annual highlight for attendees,” noted the official event page RivTamaleFest.com.

The non-profit Spanish Town Foundation, which organizes the annual event, said there will be dozens of vendors available and a children’s play area.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s tamale sales will be used to support the restoration of the Trujillo Adobe.

The 160-year-old building, recognized by the state as a historic landmark, is located at 3669 W. Center St.

According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the house symbolizes the effort of its original owner, Lorenzo Trujillo, to lead immigrants, mostly Indians, fleeing Spanish persecution to safety, often via the Old Spanish Trail. The house formed the heart of what eventually became the La Placita de los Trujillos community.

Admission for children 12 and under is free, seniors 55 and older, veterans and students (13-17) are $10, and general admission is $20.

For more information about the festival enter here.

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