Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Celebrates 25 Years in San Antonio

The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza will celebrate its 25th Anniversary with a world-class show Saturday, Dec. 7, by El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.

The concert is the dramatic finale to the seven-day mariachi festival, which will attract more than a thousand mariachi musicians and includes student workshops, premiere performances and national mariachi group and vocal competitions. The 25th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza will take place Dec. 1-7 at locations around San Antonio. Competition winners have the opportunity of a lifetime, to open for the world-renowned Mexico City-based Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate 25 consecutive years as the largest and longest-running mariachi music festival in Texas and one of the most renowned worldwide,” says Cynthia Muñoz, President of MPR and producer of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. “This is the largest gathering of the most talented mariachi musicians who come from all over the U.S. to showcase their talents,” she says. “We invite everyone to attend this beautiful event and experience the best of the Latino culture.”

MPR is also working with sponsors to continue the mission of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in promoting higher education and cultural preservation among today’s youth, she added.

For the third consecutive year, San Antonio-based Gonzaba Medical Group is the presenting sponsor. The company is one of the largest and most successful local Hispanic-owned businesses. Gonzaba Medical Group, owned by Dr. William Gonzaba, operates seven medical clinics in San Antonio and employs 700 people. Dr. Gonzaba is committed to promoting healthy living and an active lifestyle for individuals and families, and is an important contributor towards supporting quality Latino cultural arts programming in San Antonio.

Additional sponsors include H.E.B. and Valero.

Nearly 10,000 people are expected to attend a dozen events taking place as part of this year’s Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. A complete schedule of events is available here. Mariachi Vargas performs Saturday, December 7 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets,, at the Alamodome Box Office, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices range from $46-$206.

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