Santa Barbara Tamale Festival

National Tamale Day is Saturday, March 23!


...and we're having a party!

Did You Know

National Tamale Day was first
celebrated in Santa Barbara?

On March 23rd

We are sponsoring a tamale festival, so let's have some fun!

You are Invited.

Tamale drawings,  piñatas, tamale rolling demos, henna tattoo artists, a photo booth, fortune telling , and lots of tamales to eat!


When and Where...

Date/Time:  Saturday, March 23rd, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Where:   Leadbetter Beach Picnic Area in Santa Barbara.  (Map)

Buy "Early Bird"  Tickets Here   

Note: We are limiting the festival to 125 attendees so you'll enjoy a comfortable and uncrowded event . When all tickets are sold, it will be announced on this page. Tickets will not be available at the event.

Inclement Weather:  If it rains on festival day,  you may  apply  the cost of your ticket(s) toward the purchase  of tamales  from Santa Barbara Tamales-To-Go.


What to Expect...

Your ticket includes a tamale meal served with with escabeche, esquites, and escamocha side dishes, a choice of beverages, and eligibility to win our tamale drawing held every 30 minutes. You might also win the grand prize-- a catered event for 25 guests at your location featuring our Tamale Party Bike! We also have  activities like  tamale rolling demos, henna tattoo artists, fortune telling, a photo booth, and piñatas scheduled throughout the day.


Order Your Tamales-To-Go!

Chicken verde, chipotle pork, chile & cheese, six vegetable, spicy black bean, and chicken mole, We'll have pre-cooked frozen tamales available for taking home from the festival. Place an online order and pick up at the festival's will call booth.  Order now.

FESTIVAL Activities

Tamale Rolling Demonstrations


Chef Richard Lambert, will be giving tamale rolling demos at 1:00 PM and  3:00 PM.

Photo Booth


Remember the festival with a fun photo!

Get a Henna Tattoo!

Henna, also called Mehndi, is a temporary tattoo that is both safe and fun. It is made of just henna

 Here's your chance to try something exotic and fun! Henna FAQ

Piñatas to Win Tamales


More chances to take home tamales.

Fortune Telling Fun


Get a free reading from psychic Alanna Leavy. Open to the first 15 festival goers who sign up.  

Tamale Drawings


You can never have too many tamales! Win a dozen to take home with a drawing every 30 minutes!