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Tucson International Mariachi Festival, 2011


Posted on | April 8, 2011 | 2 Comments

The Tucson International Mariachi Festival, featuring the best mariachi music in the world, comes to town April 26-30, 2011. It’s about my favorite time of year. I love the mariachi festival in part because of the wonderful music and in part because of the way the festival is geared toward teaching young people the musical traditions of the past.

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Tucson International Mariachi Festival

Here at this blog, we tend to focus on inexpensive ways to enjoy Tucson, and we have three reasonably-priced options for you to enjoy the annual International Mariachi Festival:

Thursday, April 28, how about enjoying the Student Showcase? The kids have been studying mariachi and working on their musical skills all week long in various workshops. This is your opportunity to come out and listen to fine and lively mariachi.

Where: Tucson Convention Center Arena, 260 S. Church Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 791-4101
When: Thursday, April 28, 2011, @ 7PM
How much: $10 for adults; Kids 2 and under free. You can buy tickets at the TCC Box office or online at Ticketmaster.

Saturday, April 30 brings two opportunities to enjoy the music:

How about a Mariachi Mass over at St. Augustine Cathedral? The service features folklorico and mariachi music. It’s quite beautiful and joyous. I’d suggest arriving early.

Where: St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 623-6356
When: Saturday, April 30, 2011 @9:00 AM
How much: Free

Later on that day (Saturday), head to Kino Stadium (formerly TEP) to enjoy the annual Fiesta Garibaldi. This is a fine family event. The idea is to re-create Garibaldi Plaza in Mexico City right here in Tucson. It’s a day-long party featuring Mexican food and, of course, mariachi music.

Where: Kino Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way Tucson, AZ 85743 (520) 434-1011
When: Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 10 AM -10 PM
How much: $8/person. Kids 10 and under free. Parking is free.


There is, of course, the main event. I haven’t focused on the signature concert because tickets start at $35. If you have the extra money, this is a great way to enjoy mariachi music, the finest in the world.

Where: Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 791-4101
When: Friday, April 29, 2011 @7:30 PM
How much: Tickets start at $35. You can buy tickets at the TCC Box office or online at Ticketmaster.

If you have any questions about this year’s mariachi festival, call (520) 838-3913.

–Posted by Hortense P. Tightwad

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2 Responses to “Tucson International Mariachi Festival, 2011”

  1. Paul
    October 11th, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    Hi. I just signed up and am looking for the dates for the Mariachi Festival in April 2012. Have the dates been set yet?
    Thanks, Paul

  2. Phooey
    October 11th, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    Hi, Paul.

    As far as I know, the dates have not yet been set. I looked in a couple of places and saw only “April”–which we already both know. Sorry.

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