Tucson, AZ---The Tucson International Mariachi Conference returns for its 42nd year on May 1 for five spectacular days of the best of authentic Mariachi and Folklórico performances, workshops, and celebrations. This Tucson based conference has grown and evolved over the years into a truly world-class event while it continues to fulfill the mission of promoting awareness and traditional values of Mariachi music and Baile Folklórico through education and performance while promoting pride in youth and community.


Mariachi Conference Board member Chantal Ralls is particularly proud of the student workshops offered throughout the festival.  “The folklórico component of the Tucson International Mariachi Conference showcases students from the southwest and around the nation performing vibrant and traditional Mexican folk dances. The folklórico workshops are taught by master instructors where the students get the opportunity to receive instruction on proper technique, footwork, posture, and expression, gaining a deeper appreciation for traditional folklore while honing their dance skills. TIMC is a celebration of culture, music, and dance that brings communities together.” 


Nine finalists in both Mariachi and Folklórico will compete to be winners in their respective categories at the Fiesta Garibaldi on Saturday, May 4.  For Tickets and additional information on workshops and performances visit https://www.tucsonmariachi.org/




Wednesday, May 1, 6pm – El Mariachi Canta – Final Round – at Mercado san Agustin Annex

Vocal competition in three categories (Grades 3 – 8, Grades 9 – 12 and Open Community) will perform in the Garibaldi Showcase  on May 4th .


Thursday, May 2, 6pm -Armando C. Gonzales Student Showcase at the Linda Ronstadt Music Hall

Mariachi and Folklórico groups of six or more students come together from many cities across the southwestern United States to perform, using the music and dance techniques they have learned in the previous days’ workshops.


Friday, May 3 - Espectacular Concert at the Linda Ronstadt Music Hall

The Espectacular Concert is an integral part of the conference featuring the best in entertainment with amazing talent that has energized audiences for decades. José Hernández’ Mariachi Sol de México® highlights the event this year.  Unrivaled and uninhibited, the impact of José Hernández and his Sol de México® on mariachi and all music is undeniable. After forming Mariachi Sol de México® in 1981, José’s charismatic arrangements and first-class musical direction led the group to instant and lasting success: playing in sold out halls from Madison Square Garden to Beijing, China and Pyongyang, North Korea. Known as the world’s premiere Mariachi group. José Hernández has been nominated for a total of fourteen Grammy awards both Latin and American, between both of his groups, he has also been nominated and recognized as producer by the academy.

Saturday, May 4, 10am to 10pm – Fiesta de Garibaldi at Jacome Plaza

The outdoor Fiesta Garibaldi is the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo weekend.  Located downtown in Jacome Plaza, this event is a re-creation of the Plaza Garibaldi experience in Mexico City, the center of gravity of the mariachi and folklórico universe.


Sunday, May 5, 12pm- Mariachi Mass at St Augustine Cathedral

A spiritual and beautiful celebration, this traditional Catholic Mass is a fusion of culture and faith.  The solemn service will be accompanied by local mariachi and folkloric performers and is free and open to all.  The release of white doves will follow the Mass.


About the Tucson International Mariachi Conference

Since 1982, the Tucson International Mariachi Conference, a 501(c)3), has been a leading force in supporting the development of Mariachi and Ballet Folklórico instruction in schools across the United States. The annual conference helps to increase pride and awareness of Mexican American culture, promotes a sense of Achievement, Success, Craftsmanship, Discipline, Pride, and encourages youth to Engage in Education. For additional information, workshop sign up and to purchase tickets visit https://www.tucsonmariachi.org/ .