Indio announced Thursday that it has partnered with experiential agency CUSP to produce the Tamale Festival in December.

The 29th annual festival is slated to return Dec. 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Indio, at 100 Civic Center Mall. The festival was canceled last years as a result of the Covid pandemic.

City officials hope this partnership with Tamale Festival founder Gopi Sangha, who has contributed to production efforts of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, will bring a “fresh creative vision” to the festival from branding to attractions.

“The return of the Indio International Tamale Festival to the center stage of the desert shows our desire to bring world-class events into our local community,” said Indio Mayor Elaine Holmes. “We are excited to take this year’s event to another level.”

The free festival typically attracts nearly 100,000 people to downtown Indio for a weekend of entertainment, food and games.

Festival organizers are currently accepting food, retail and entertainment applications. To apply as a vendor, go to

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