Viva El Mariachi Fueled by Chevron: 2024 Youth Mariachi Competition

Viva El Mariachi Fueled by Chevron: 2024 Youth Mariachi Competition

For 170 years, the California State Fair has been the one constant setting for celebrating and showcasing the “Best of California.”

The California State Fair seeks to continue that legacy by highlighting the contributions of groups and individuals who have helped shape the heritage of California. This year’s CA State Fair, from July 12 – 28, will celebrate the rich tradition of mariachi music that has helped weave the social and cultural tapestry of California.

The recent revival of mariachi in California’s schools ensures that it will continue to grow and to touch the people of this state and beyond. Consequently, the CA State Fair is seeking to bring the best young mariachis from throughout the state to compete for the title of “The Best” of California!

2024 Participating Counties:

  • Fresno County
  • Orange County
  • San Benito County
  • Santa Clara County
  • San Diego County
  • San Joaquin County
  • Santa Rosa County
  • Yuba County

Invited teams will have the opportunity to compete against counties from around the state and enjoy performances by Pablo Montero, Mariachi Los Camperos, and Gabriela Sepulveda with Mariachi Oro all during the same day, Sunday, July 21. All teams will showcase their talents in front of viewers from around the state and competing for cash prizes by finishing in the top 3 places.

2019 winners were:

2019 – 1st place & $5,000 prize – Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando (Los Angeles County)

2019 – 2nd place & $3,000 prize – Mariachi Chavez Juvenil (San Joaquin County)

2019 – 3rd place & $2,000 prize – Mariachi Academy of Music Los Toritos (Santa Clara)


2019 Mariachi Competition was funded in part by Visit Sacramento through funds generated by the Sacramento Tourism Marketing District.

View photos: 2019 Youth Mariachi Competition

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