The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza consists of two national competitions, the national group competition and the national vocal competition. These competitions feature hundreds of young mariachi musicians and vocalists in outstanding performances that inspire and impress audiences year after year.
The national group competitions consists of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the following categories: Middle School, High School, College/University.
Participants for the national vocal competition compete in the following categories: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and College/University. First, second and third place winners are selected from each category and one vocal competitor will be named the overall Grand Champion National Vocal Competition winner.
First place winners of the National Mariachi Group Competition categories and the overall National Grand Champion vocalist are invited to perform in concert with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán at the grand finale concert. These same first place winners also are provided with opportunities to represent the finest mariachi talent in the nation in presentations across different parts of the United States.