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La Habra Tamale Festival

The La Habra Tamale Festival has been a much loved community event for 10 years, with the first event held in 2014. Now an all day event drawing about 10,000 attendees each year, there are multiple stages with live entertainment, food and retail vendors, community info and resources booths, a cantina, a children’s play zone, holiday tree lighting, fireworks show, and plenty of tamales. This is a wonderful city event to kick off the holiday season!

La Habra Tamale Festival

La Habra Tamale Festival

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023
Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Location: Euclid St., between La Habra Blvd. and Bridenbecker Ave.
La Habra Tamale Festival Event Map

Live entertainment and admission is free to La Habra Tamale Festival, as well as many included free activities. Some activities, including many in the Children’s Zone will require a wristband.

Wristbands can be purchased November 1 – November 30 at the discounted rate of $10 each. Price will increase to $15 on December 1 & 2. Purchase wristbands at:

Things To Do At The La Habra Tamale Festival

Free Activities Include:

  • Family Stage Shows
  • Prehistoric Pets Interactive Booth
  • Raptor Events Interactive Booth
  • Water Conservation Edication Booth
  • CMLH Mobi8le Museum
  • CMLH Educational Booths
  • CMLH Family Art Center Activity

Wristband Activities Include:

  • Caterpillar Coaster Ride
  • Basic Game Booths (2nd Ave.)
  • Petting Zoo
  • Balloon Artist
  • Picture with Santa
  • Tamale Making Lessons (while supplies last)

Other Things To Do

  • Camel Rides will be available to purchase for $5 per ride
  • Photos with Santa are available for $5 per photo (closes at 5:30PM)

Northgate Stage at Portola Park

  • 12PM – 2PM: Suave
  • 3PM – 5PM: Grupo Neblina

CR&R Stage at City Hall

  • 10:30AM – 12:30PM: Timba Tumbao

Other Performances By:

  • Corona Dance Studios
  • Tecnica Arte Y Folklore
  • Ballet Folklorico Mi Lindo Mexico

American First Credit Union Stage At Brio Park:

  • 12:30 PM: LHHS JROTC, Armed Ex
  • 1:00 PM: DJ AJ
  • 3:00 PM: Prehistoric Pets
  • 4:15 PM: La Habra Pop Warner Cheer
  • 11AM, 2PM, 5PM: Martin Espino: Sounds of Ancient Mexico, History Of Tamales

Free Shuttle:

A free shuttle will be available to take attendees from off-site parking to the event location and runs 9AM to 9PM, or until the last rider is dropped off. The shuttles run about every 15 minutes and can be picked up at the following locations:

  • La Habra Marketplace: 1431 W Imperial Hwy., La Habra, CA 90631 (Park behind Sprouts)
  • La Bonita Park: 500 Granada Ct., La Habra, CA 90631 (Use Lower Parking Lot)

There is an Uber/Lyft drop off location at 101 W La Habra Blvd., La Habra, CA 90631


  • Park behind Sprouts at the La Habra Marketplace and take the shuttle (see above)
  • Park at La Bonita Park and take the shuttle (see above)
  • La Habra Community Center Parking: 101 W La Habra Blvd.
  • Washington Middle School: 716 E. La Habra Blvd.

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Heidi Deal
Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights. When she's not writing you can find her solo hiking and going on new adventures with her kids and pup.