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Mission San Juan Capistrano, with the generous support of the Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation, is proud to present the annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival. This exciting day features live musical performances by mariachi groups from across Southern California and beyond as they compete on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges. 

The Battle of the Mariachis Festival 2021 has been cancelled. We hope to bring mariachi music back to the Mission in 2022. We look forward to welcoming all of our Mariachi fans back to the Mission soon!

Typical highlights of the day include:

• Ringing of the historic bells
• Singing of the National Anthem
• Live Mariachi performances
• Intermission performances
• All Group Finale
• Presentation of Awards
• Food Vendors & more!

Ticket Information

Mission Members

Mission Members receive exclusive access to discounted general admission tickets! In order to make tickets accessible to as many Members as possible, Member tickets are limited! Become a Mission Member today!

Members may purchase discounted general admission tickets according to membership level. 

General Public

General admission tickets to the Battle of the Mariachis Festival include cost of admission into the event and to the Mission for the day. 

Festival Admission*

Mission Members$15
Mission Member Guest (passes not valid)$15
Adults (12-59)$25
Seniors (60+)$25
Mission Member Youth (5+)$9
Youth (5+)$12
Children (4 and younger)FREE

* The following vouchers/promotions/offers are NOT valid for entry to Battle of the Mariachis: Complimentary Admission Guest Passes, Members $5 guest tickets,  CertifiKID, Gold Star, Groupon and Travel Zoo. 

Ticket Policies

Ticket sales are final. Mission San Juan Capistrano is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. It requires immense effort and administration to process ticket orders. We are unable to accommodate refunds or exchanges. Thank you for your understanding.

1) Find someone you know to use and enjoy your tickets – a friend, neighbor or colleague. Sorry, we are unable to maintain a waiting list.

2) Donate your tickets to a charitable organization or fundraising event;

3) Donate your reserved table tickets back to Mission San Juan Capistrano. It will be used for fundraising purposes to support the historic Mission and you may receive a donation receipt to present to your tax preparer. Please donate your table back at least ONE week prior to the event date to allow sufficient time for proper arrangements to be made for use of the table.

Should there be conditions related to weather, rain, emergency or other conditions beyond control of Mission staff that should necessitate cancellation of the event, tickets will not be refunded. Please consider the cost of your tickets a charitable donation in support of Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark #200 and 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization #95-1904079.

Gather friends, family or colleagues and enjoy a beautiful day of live music and great food together at historic Mission San Juan Capistrano by purchasing a reserved table to the Battle of the Mariachis. Whether celebrating Mother’s Day, another special occasion or coming together to experience this unique musical event, your group is sure to share a special and memorable day together. With a reserved table, the cost of the table includes admission for each guest into the event for the day, and a guaranteed, reserved seat. Guests can purchase food at the excellent food vendors onsite or bring personal picnics. Alcohol is NOT permitted at the Battle of the Mariachis Festival. Become a Mission Member to ensure you will receive event information, on-sale notification and opportunity to purchase the day tables go on sale next year! 

Mariachi Groups

The Battle of the Mariachis is a one-of-a-kind performance opportunity for mariachi groups on a professional level stage and before a sold out audience and panel of distinguished judges.

Stay tuned for the Announcement of the Registration date for the 2022 Battle of the Mariachis


Participating Mariachi Groups Categories:
Performance Category I – Elementary / Middle School
Performance Category II – Youth
Performance Category III – Open (Post High School and Up)

Entertainment and Judges


With gratitude to our wonderful Emcee for being a part of past Battle of the Mariachis.

Special Guest Emcee
Melinda Salcido

Food Vendors

Underwriting and Sponsorships

Underwriting and sponsorships available for all events, for more information please contact the Events Department at (949) 234-1317.

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Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Closed early Christmas Eve and Good Friday.
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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