To champion the Hispanic legacy of the Inland Empire’s first settlers by sharing their stories, creating cultural learning opportunities, and leading community efforts to restore and revitalize La Placita de los Trujillo’s, a place of history, learning, entertainment and the arts.

8th Annual Riverside Tamale Festival–Back to Our Roots

From 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.


Welcome H.O.M.E.  Herencia, Orgullo, Memorias, Educacion

If you are new to the Festival, Bienvenidos!  If you’re returning to the Festival–Welcome H.O.M.E.  You are now part of the Riverside Tamale Festival familia!  The tamale is “rooted” in our lives and has been so since  the Aztecs served the Spaniards tamaliis in the 1550’s.  Tamalii means “wrapped food” in the Aztec Nahuatl language.

Herencia (heritage), orgullo (pride), memorias (memories), and educacion (education) will envelop you at the 8th annual Riverside Tamale Festival.  Learn more about the heritage of Lorenzo Trujillo, see the pride in Latino food, art and culture, listen to the memories of family elders, and educate yourself on Riverside’s first settlement, La Placita de los Trujillos.

The Riverside Tamale Festival provides Riverside and area residents an innovative and unique cultural experience showcasing the city’s rich Latino heritage.  The Festival continues to be a vehicle for organizers to journey toward the vision of the restoration and rehabilitation of the Trujillo Adobe, Riverside Landmark #130, Riverside County Landmark #009, a California site of historical significance, and a site of High Potential designated by the National Park Service.   This vision includes not only the restoration of the adobe, but the area surrounding it known as La Placita de los Trujillos,  the agricultural community founded in 1842 by Lorenzo Trujillo.  The Riverside Tamale Festival reaches far beyond the City of Riverside, the Counties of Riverside and San Bernardino attracting tourists from all over Southern California and indeed the Southwest making the Riverside Tamale Festival one of the largest single day events celebrated in the region.