California Festivals


Battle of the Mariachis Capistrano



Mission San Juan Capistrano
Central Courtyard
26801 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
$ admission,

This annual sell-out event offers a full day of mariachi entertainment from Southern California mariachi groups and possibly more from the surrounding states such as Nevada.  Live musical entertainment and great food create a festive atmosphere and the historic mission. Mariachi performers compete for cash prizes before a panel of judges. In the past there has been the ringing of the historic Mission bells, a special performance of the National Anthem, folkloric performances and other activities for all ages.

Past Entertainment

Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Michoacana (Costa Mesa, CA)
Mariachi Los Santos (Santa Ana, CA)
Mariachi Los Halcones de Jim Bridger Middle School (Las Vegas, NV)
Compton Junior High School Mariachi (Bakersfield, CA)
Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Monaco Middle School (Las Vegas, NV)
Mariachi Corazón de Tucson 
Mariachi Real de la Viña (Delano, CA)
Mariachi Embajadores Del Valle (Delano, CA)
Mariachi Mestizo (Delano, CA)
Mariachi Cielo Azul (Oxnard, CA)
Mariachi Herencia (Corona, CA)
Mariachi Voces de Jalisco (Fontana, CA)
Mariachi de Uclatlán (University of California, Los Angeles, CA)

Mariachi performances, which include competition in both the "youth" and "open" categories, begin at 11:15 a.m.

Besides crowning the Mariachi winners as decided upon by the judges, there will be another award presented: The People's Choice Award.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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