Free tamale festival to take place in San Antonio in December

Festival to be held on Dec. 4 at 6750 Highway 87 East

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SAN ANTONIO – ‘Tis the season for tamales, fa la la la la la la la la!

The San Antonio Tamales Festival is back for its third year and it’s expected to be the biggest year yet.

Nearly 30 vendors will be selling food from tamales to tacos at the festival which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 at 6750 Highway 87 East.

Festival organizer Robert Reyes said The Pearl used to put on a tamale festival but stopped several years ago.

“As a former vendor for that event, I was saddened when they stop holding the event,” Reyes said. “So I wanted to pick up the baton.”

Reyes also puts on the Roasted Corn (Elote) Festival, Enchilada Festival and the Tostada-Flautas Festival.

Pop-up vendors will also be at the festival for anyone looking to support local businesses and get some Christmas shopping done.

Performers at the festival include Liz Garcia LaCantante, last year’s winner for SA Magazines Best of City Musician, Grupo Folklorico de Bendicioes, DJ Samurai, mariachi bands and more.

Admission to the festival is free and free parking will also be available.

Here it is everyone! Our layout with eating spaces for our guest!!! Let's Have fun!

Posted by Sa Tamales Fest on Friday, November 12, 2021

San Antonio’s Tamale Festival is a rain or shine event and all eating areas are covered by large canopies in case of rain.

“There is also a VIA bus stop #62963 on route 9bus) #30 for those on public transportation,” said Reyes.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.