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OVER 1,000 MARIACHI MUSICIANS AND EDUCATORS WILL CONVENE IN
SAN ANTONIO FOR THE 29TH ANNUAL MARIACHI EXTRAVAGANZA
It’s the largest gathering of the most talented mariachi artists in the U.S!
San Antonio, Texas (November 6, 2023)…The Mariachi Extravaganza is a weeklong music festival with more than a dozen events featuring extraordinary performances with talented young artists from throughout the nation. Over 1,000 mariachi musicians will convene in San Antonio November 26 – December 2 to participate in the largest event of its kind.
The Mariachi Extravaganza hosts the largest competitions in the U.S. for competitive mariachi. Competitions include the highly anticipated Mariachi Group and Vocal Competitions and an Original Songwriting Competition. The events feature dozens of performances from top-level, school-based and collegiate mariachi groups and vocalists from Texas, Nevada, California, Utah and Washington State.
The Mariachi Extravaganza offers free events, ticketed events and events that require pre-registration. Events include a mariachi-themed Art Exhibit and reception at the UTSA Southwest Campus, a Mariachi Mass at Our Lady of the Lake University’s Sacred Heart Chapel and the popular Serenata en el Río on the River walk. Fan favorites are the National Vocal Competition and the High School Finals which are held back-to-back on Saturday, December 2 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. Wristbands are required to attend the competitions and can be purchased at the door.
The highlight of the festival is a concert featuring competition winners and one of the most renowned mariachi groups across the globe – Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The 16-piece group has released well over 50 albums since they were founded in 1965 and have performed with numerous symphonies and in mariachi music festivals and concerts throughout the world. Featured vocalist Jonathan Palomar will perform as a guest artist with the award-winning Mariachi Aztlán. Showtime is 7:30 pm on Saturday, December 2 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. Click here for a complete schedule of events and purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com.
The Mariachi Extravaganza was founded in 1995 with a mission to promote higher education and cultural preservation among Hispanic youth. Scholarships, grants and travel and performances opportunities are provided to competition winners with more than $30,000 awarded in 2022. Presenting sponsors of the 29th Annual Mariachi Extravaganza are H.E.B., headquartered in San Antonio, and KHS America Academic Alliance, located in Juliet, Tennessee.