Annual Battle of the Mariachis


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Check back soon for updates on the 2019 Fifteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis!

Mission San Juan Capistrano, with the generous support of the Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation, was proud to present the Fourteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The exciting day featured live music performances by mariachi groups from across Southern California and beyond as they competed on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges. Festival highlights also included: ringing of the historic Mission bells, a special performance of the National Anthem, a marionette show by Franklin Haynes Marionettes and gourmet Mexican food vendors.

Click here to see the 2018 Battle of the Mariachis Event Program

Click here to see Battle of the Mariachis Festival 2018 General Information

Click here to see photos from the Fourteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis
Photography courtesy of Val Westover and Tereza Harper Photography.

Reserved Tables – Check back soon for 2019 Information and On Sale Dates

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.

Read more information here about Reserved Tables at the Battle of the Mariachis Festival.

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2018 Table Prices and Locations (Click on the map below)

Ticket Information – Check back soon for 2019 Information and On Sale Dates

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

General admission tickets do NOT include reserved seating. There is open seating provided throughout the Mission for General Admission ticket holders. Individual seats are available on a first come, first served. Early arrival is recommended to get a seat.

In order to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests, tickets are limited and will not exceed Mission capacity. Once tickets are sold out, the Mission will be closed for regular admission and only event ticket holders are permitted entry.

For maintaining a safe and accessible environment, outside chairs of any kind are NOT permitted.

Read full information here about Attending the Battle of the Mariachis Festival.



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.

We recommend:
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. Ticket purchasers may receive a donation receipt for the amount of their ticket purchase, less the applicable portion of the event expenses, that they may present to their tax preparer.

Food Vendors

Our Fourteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis was proud to feature the following local food vendor partners:


El Campeon
Tacos, aguas frescas and fresh fruit


Las Golondrinas Mexican Food
Mexican Food

3:16 Bakery
Beverages and sweets

Guests were encouraged to take advantage of these food vendors serving onsite at the event. Outside food, small cooler bags and small carrying coolers were also permissible. For safety and accessibility, large coolers and rolling coolers are NOT permitted.

Please be aware: ALCOHOL IS PROHIBITED from being brought into, sold or consumed at the Battle of the Mariachis Festival. In order to maintain a safe and family-friendly environment for this special event held at a historic and religious landmark, alcohol is NOT permitted.


Discover Downtown San Juan Capistrano

The Battle of the Mariachis Festival ends around 4:00 p.m. Enjoy the evening or stay for the weekend in historic San Juan Capistrano!

For dining, accommodations, and exploring in San Juan Capistrano before or after the Battle of the Mariachis Festival, check out our all our recommended destinations to dine, shop, stay and discover in the historic downtown. Learn more.

Click the link to download a San Juan Capistrano Downtown 2018 Map and Guide or be sure to pick up your own map upon your visit to the Mission.

Getting to San Juan Capistrano

Take the train to San Juan Capistrano for the Battle of the Mariachis Festival! The train is a perfect way to arrive with ease and convenience to enjoy the day in San Juan Capistrano! The train station is located just two blocks from Mission San Juan Capistrano. Click the links to plan your trip.

Metrolink Schedules

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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.

Check back soon for registration details for our 2019 Fifteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis!

For all the participation details click here.



2018 Competing Mariachi Groups 

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Performances Part I – Youth Category (schedule and order of competition subject to change)

11:15 – 11:30   Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Michoacana (Costa Mesa, CA)

11:30 – 11:45   Mariachi Los Santos (Santa Ana, CA)

11:45 – 12:00   Mariachi Los Halcones de Jim Bridger Middle School (Las Vegas, NV) 

12:00 – 12:15   Compton Junior High School Mariachi (Bakersfield, CA)

12:15 – 12:30   Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Monaco Middle School (Las Vegas, NV)


Performances Part II – Youth Category continued (schedule and order of competition subject to change)

1:15 – 1:30       Mariachi Corazón de Tucson (Tucson, AZ)

1:30 – 1:45       Mariachi Real de la Viña (Delano, CA)

1:45 – 2:00       Mariachi Embajadores Del Valle (Delano, CA)


Performances Part III – Open Category (schedule and order of competition subject to change)

2:15 – 2:30       Mariachi Mestizo (Delano, CA)

2:30 –2:45        Mariachi Cielo Azul (Oxnard, CA)

2:45 –3:00        Mariachi Herencia (Corona, CA)

3:00 –3:15        Mariachi Voces de Jalisco (Fontana, CA)

3:15 –3:30        Mariachi de Uclatlán (University of California, Los Angeles, CA)

To view a list of award recipients from the Fourteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival, CLICK HERE.

To view photos from the Fourteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival, CLICK HERE.

2018 Entertainment

Special Guest Emcee, Melinda Salcido
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Ballet Folklorico de San Juan Capistrano


Franklin Haynes Marionettes presents
“Las Marionetas en Desfile” at 1:00 p.m.

2018 Distinguished Judges Panel


Judge, Lauryn Salazar
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Judge, Margarita Chavez
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Judge, Maricela Martinez
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Judge, Tizoc Ceballos
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Judge, Juan Mendoza
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Judge, Jeff Nevin
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2018 Sponsors

Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsor for their Generous Support

The Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation

 Thank You to Our Event Partners for Their Generous Gift-In-Kind Support

For accommodations for the Battle of the Mariachis:

Residence Inn

Residence Inn San Juan Capistrano
33711 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 443-3600
Click here for Rates


Farmers & Merchants Bank
Farmers & Merchants Bank


 Shine Lighting
Shine Lighting


Sierra Springs Water Company
Sierra Springs Water Company


Signature Party Rentals
Signature Party Rentals

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