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27th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza National Vocal Competition

December 4, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

The 27th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is a weeklong mariachi music festival that serves host to the largest and longest-running mariachi vocal competition in the world. Widely considered as the toughest national mariachi competition to take place anywhere, these competitions are often referred to as the Super Bowl of Mariachi Music where the best mariachi vocalists in the nation go head-to-head for a chance to open for the world-renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán in concert.
Singers take command of the stage as they delight audience members with their flawless vocals and song interpretations all while looking pristine capturing the eyes of many in their traditional mariachi trajes. Emotions run high as competitors put their all into their performances onstage for prizes that include travel opportunities to perform across the nation and grants. This is the only NATIONAL MARIACHI VOCAL COMPETITION in the world where singers compete in one of three categories: Elementary/Middle School, High School or College/University levels. It’s the largest gathering of the most talented young mariachi artists in the nation at the top of their game as a result of countless hours of practice, planning and preparation.

First, second and third place winners are selected by members of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán during the competitions held at the Lila Cockrell Theatre on Saturday, December 4th with one lucky performer being selected as GRAND CHAMPION to open for Mariachi Vargas at their grand finale concert.

Wristbands are required to attend this unique family-oriented cultural event held as part of the 27th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. Wristbands may be purchased online until November 27th at or at the door on the day of competition. This wristband grants access to the National Mariachi Group Competition on December 4th and the National Vocal Competition and High School Group Finals on December 3rd.

The 27th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is presented by Cano Health with additional support from H-E-B, KHS Music and TPR (Texas Public Radio).