Sixteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis


Discover Downtown San Juan Capistrano
Getting to San Juan Capistrano
Mariachi Groups
Entertainment & Judges


First Place Elementary / Middle School Category ($1,500)
Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Monaco Middle School, Las Vegas, NV

First Place Youth Category ($1,500)
Mariachi Encendido Del Sol Academy of Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV

First Place Open Category ($1,500)
Mariachi Corazón de Tucson, Tucson, AZ

Second Place Elementary / Middle School Category ($1,000)
Mariachi Los Halcones de Jim Bridger Middle School, North Las Vegas, NV

 Second Place Youth Category ($1,000)
Mariachi Internacional, Las Vegas, NV

 Second Place Open Category ($1,000)
Mariachi de Uclatlán, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

People’s Choice “Shining Star” Award Elementary/Middle School Category ($250)
Alondra Bernal from Marichi Los Gavilanes Middle School

EJ Tracy “Shining Star” Award Youth Category ($250)
Manny Ayala from Mariachi de Uclatlan, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Tom Tracy “Shining Star” Award Open Category ($250)
Deborah Carrillo-Barquero from Mariachi Los Gavilanes de Monaco Middle School, Las Vegas, NV

Mission San Juan Capistrano, with the generous support of the Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation, is proud to present the Sixteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival on Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This 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 and gourmet Mexican food vendors.

Click here to see the 2019 Battle of the Mariachis General Information Flyer

Click here to see photos from the 2019 Fifteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis
Photography courtesy of Val Westover and Tereza Harper of Val Westover Photography

2020 Battle of the Mariachis On Sale Dates  

Individual Tables and General Admission Tickets On Sale to Members: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 – Online Only
Members may purchase individual reserved tables for the Battle of the Mariachis. Tables seat 10 or 6. Available for purchase online beginning January 22nd at 9:00 a.m. (pst)

Individual Tables & Lawn Tickets On Sale to Non-Members: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 – Online Only
Tickets subject to availability! Based upon availability, non-members may purchase tickets online beginning January 29th  at 9:00 a.m. (pst)

PLEASE NOTE: Mission Preservation Society Membership supports preservation of the historic Mission and are granted access to special on sale dates for tickets. However, availability of tables and tickets is not guaranteed. Tickets are limited and will sell out! Purchase early! Thank you for your support of Mission San Juan Capistrano!

Reserved Tables 

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 Preservation Society Member now to ensure you will receive event information, on-sale notification and opportunity to purchase the day tables go on sale next year! JOIN NOW

Check back for 2020 Mariachi Festival Seating Map


General Admission Ticket Information

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

Check back for ticket prices announced in December. 

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

Members may purchase discounted lawn tickets according to membership level:

-Individual Members: Two (2) discounted general admission tickets

-Household Members: Number of discounted general admission tickets equivalent to the membership level (4-8)

-Photography and Restaurant Members: Up to Four (4) discounted general admission tickets

-Supporting Members and above: Eight (8) discounted general admission tickets


– Members may purchase unlimited general admission tickets at full price. If you are planning to attend with a group, encourage a friend to become a Mission Member to receive access to discounted lawn tickets, too!

– Members must have an active membership ID number to make an online purchase during the Members Pre-Sale on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Memberships cannot be purchased along with the tickets. Please join or renew a membership before the on-sale date.  JOIN NOW.

– 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.


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.

Check back for our 2020 Food Vendors!

The Battle of the Mariachis was proud to feature the following local food vendor partners in 2019:

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.

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

Metrolink Deals in San Juan Capistrano

Amtrak Schedules

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.

 Sixteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis Registration opens on January 13th, 2020.
For participation details click here.

Performance Category I – Elementary / Middle School

Performance Category II – Youth

Performance Category III – Open
(Post High School and Up)

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

2019 Emcee

Special Guest Emcee, Melinda Salcido
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2019 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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2019 Sponsors

Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsor for their Generous Support
The Thomas J. and Erma Jean Tracy Family Foundation

 For accommodations for the Battle of the Mariachis:


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

Best Western Capistrano Inn
27174 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-5661

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


Inn at the Mission
San Juan Capistrano


SEAS Productions



Signature Party Rentals

Underwriting and sponsorships available for all events, for more information please contact the Events Department at (949) 234-1316.