In addition to tamales, live local entertainment and farmers-market vendors will be on hand at the Casino del Sol’s AVA on Saturday. The festival is in its 13th year.

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

This family-friendly Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival, now in its 13th year, celebrates the tastes, smells and variation of tamales from the Southwest and Mexico.

It starts at 10 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Casino del Sol’s AVA, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

Admission is free, but groups and individuals selling tamales are being given the opportunity to raise funds.

The festival includes a tamale contest, live local entertainment, food, artis and crafts, and farmers-market vendors. More than 10,000 people attended last year.