With the holiday season in full swing, San Antonians will be wise to save the date for this year’s La Gran Tamalada. Put on by Cariño Cortez (of La Familia Cortez that runs Mi Tierra, Pico de Gallo, La Margarita and Viva Villa) and the folks at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the annual festival is its biggest offering to date.

Along with the Cortez family, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and his family will kick off the event at 11:30 a.m. with a tamalada demonstration and skit. There will be demonstrations every 30 minutes, so attendees can learn from the tamal pros and even take some home.

Abuelas leading the demonstrations will teach everything you need to know about the ingredients while serving up the inside scoop about different methods. There will also be a special area for kids, courtesy of the San Antonio Public Library.

Activities will include bilingual storytime, library lotería, tamal education, crafts and a photo op with Pancho Claus.

When: Saturday December 8 | 11 am – 7 pm

Where: Market Square | 514 W. Commerce St.

How Much: This event is FREE to the public