Banda Machos and Nortec: Bostich + Fussible will headline the last night of the 30th annual Indio International Tamale Festival Sunday evening, which will feature traditional dances, a tamale eating contest and more.
The last day of the festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m., according to festival officials. This year, the event was held at Miles Avenue Park, 82524 Miles Ave.
Thursday and Friday featured a holiday market with two musical performances each day, seasonal lighting, mercado shopping, food and attractions. La Santa Cecilia, The Egyptian Lover and Together Pangea headlined Saturday night.
The last of more than 30 musical acts will be presented on two different stages — Fantasy Springs and Viva! Park, according to festival officials. A third stage, Community Stage, will feature a mix of traditional dances, tamale contests, a meet and greet and more.
Sunday will begin with Subsuelo on Fantasy Springs stage at noon followed by performances from DJ Lance Rock and the Agrolites, before the headliners go up starting at 5 p.m. with Nortec: Bostich + Fussible and Banda Machos at 6:30 p.m. to finish up the night.
Viva! Park stage will begin at 12:30 p.m. with J Patron, followed by performances from Ferny Aguilar, Brainstory, Primer, Eddie Zuko and Speak.
Festival-goers can also make their way to the Community Stage to enjoy a tamale eating contest at 1 p.m., a folklorico dance from Sol De Desierto, the Escaramuza Charra Valentinas at 2 p.m. and at 5 p.m., and more.
Last year’s Tamale Fest award winner was Juan Carlos Barajas of Outside The Mesa, who was appointed as culinary director and will oversee the offering of tamales and other regional foods this year.
This year’s festival also features the Artesano Tamaleria to showcase and serve tamales from local households, offering participants an opportunity to take their home recipes into a commercial kitchen and into the mouths of festival-goers.
Admission to the festival is free, but passes for attractions such as carnival rides, the world’s biggest bounce house, luchador wrestling and roller skating will require the purchase of a wristband. More information can be found at www.indiotamalefestival.com/pass-details.