INDIO, Calif. -

Thousands are expected to head to Indio this weekend for the  22nd annual Indio International Tamale Festival.

Admission into the festival is free. Family-friendly activities, arts and crafts booths and live entertainment are geared for all ages and community interests.  

At least 125,000 people are expected to attend the two-day celebration, which begins with a parade on Saturday morning.  Performances will be featured on four stages.

The festival will take place in Old Town Indio between Highway 111 and Indio Boulevard.

The Festival has been ranked as one of the top 10 "All-American Food Festivals" in the nation by Food Network-TV.  

The traditional competition for best tamale recipe will be held, and there will also be a tamale eating contest.