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Baja’s Largest Mariachi Festival Returns to Rosarito This October

Star-studded Oct. 7 Concert Highlights 4-Day Spectacular; Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort Offers Lodging & Event Special Packages

The 8th Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival, which has grown to be Baja’s largest and one of the top such events in the world, returns to Rosarito this October.

All events from music and dance workshops to competitions to the star-studded closing concert starting at 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 7 will again be held at the landmark Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort.

Once again, all profits will go towards the construction and operation of the Rosarito Boys & Girls Club.

Baja’s Largest Mariachi Festival Returns to Rosarito This October

Baja’s largest mariachi festival returns to Rosarito this October.

“We attracted thousands of participants and music lovers last year,” said event organizer Gil Sperry. “We expect more this year. While most come from Mexico and the United States (about 25 percent), historically attendees have come come from other countries as well, including Canada, Holland and Japan.”                                              

Featured in the Saturday night closing concert will be Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, voted the best in the birthplace of mariachi, the Mexican state of Jalisco; and from the U.S. the all-female Mariachi Divas, winners of two Grammys and nominated for nine.

Also performing at Saturday evening’s grand concert will be the Latin Grammy-nominated Trio Ellas and Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista, winners of multiple awards as Best Mariachi at festivals recently held in Albuquerque, NM and San Juan Capistrano, CA.

The Mariachi Divas were headliners at our first festival in 2010. That one-night event attracted a few hundred people, but since then tens of thousands of aficionados have been attracted to the festival and over $200,000 in gross income generated,” according to Rosy Torres, President of the local Boys and Girls Club.

Student music, vocal and folkloric dance workshops will be held throughout the week starting on Oct. 4. “One of the festival’s main goals is to promote instrumental music education in Mexico’s schools, where it has been lacking for decades”, said Mr. Sperry, who is also the author of the “Mariachi for Gringos” series of books.

Both students and professionals will perform at the Grand Opening concert at the 8th Annual Mariachi & Folklorico Festival which will open the festivities on Friday evening October 6th.

A full event schedule plus ticket purchase is available at Tickets offered include all-event ones at $100 to closing concert tickets at $80 (with a $55 VIP upgrade from General Admission available).

The host and sponsoring Rosarito Beach Hotel is offering a Fridays-and-Saturday lodging package that includes an oceanfront room and event tickets for two for $280. Reservations are available by calling 1-800-ROSARITO.                 
“This is one of the premier events for all of Baja,” said hotel director general Hugo Torres, who has supported the festival from its inception in 2010, when he was mayor of Rosarito.

His daughter, Rosy, director of the local Club added that “without the festival and those who have supported it, we could not have made the progress that we have made in serving the children of Rosarito.” is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at



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