Mexican Heritage Plaza Announces the
15th Annual "Quinceañera"
San José International Mariachi Festival
October 3-8, 2006
Mexican Heritage Plaza's "Quinceañera"
San José International Mariachi Festival, Concerts & Conference
October 3-8, 2006
San José, CA
On Monday, May 22, 2006, San José's Mexican Heritage Plaza, the largest
multi-cultural arts center for Latinos on the West Coast, announced
major changes and exciting news for its legendary Mariachi Festival-the
largest Mariachi Festival in California and the 2nd largest Mariachi
Festival in the United States. Major announcements included:
After years of holding the festival in mid-July, it was announced that
for 2006 the dates would be changed to October 3-8. This date change is
experimental but could become permanent if attendance improves and
sponsors are happy. There were several reasons for the date change
1) Avoiding competition with the FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament and
the San José Grand Prix
2) More temperate weather-the temperature for last year's outdoor
festival topped 103 degrees and affected the turnout.
3) September & October are Hispanic Heritage months
4) Juan Gabriel was not available in July
GALA CONCERT HEADLINERS:
Juan Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt---together for the first time---will
perform a traditional Mariachi concert in a magical night of artistry,
heritage and entertainment at San José's HP Pavilion.
Linda Ronstadt returns to the San José International Mariachi Festival
following last year's acclaimed, sold out performance and will be
accompanied, again this year, by the renowned Mariachi Cobre and San José's
home town mariachi allstars---Mariachi Azteca.
New for 2006, and expected to attract a younger, more contemporary
audience, is "Mostly Mariachi"---a concert featuring Latin rock and pop
artists whose roots are in Mariachi but whose music crosses the
generational and cultural divide. Artists, venue and ticket sales will be
announced as soon as possible.
FERIA DEL MARIACHI CHANGE OF VENUE:
Feria del Mariachi---a free, outdoor, community festival for the whole
family---will take place, for the first time, at History Park, located
at Kelley Park on Senter Road, in San José.
Feria del Mariachi will feature two entertainment stages, food booths,
crafts, games and art activities for kids on 14-acres of beautifully
landscaped grounds in a charming, historic town setting with paved
streets and running trolleys. For directions to History Park, visit
The Mexican Heritage Plaza relies on earned revenue and contributed
income to support its educational programs and operations. Revenue from
the Mariachi Festival directly supports the Plaza's mariachi and
folkloric programs, which provide leading edge, innovative curriculum and
instruction to underserved and low-income students throughout schools in San
Jose and through the Festival's master classes.
Arts education is a critical component of a fully integrated
educational curriculum. It has been proven that a complete education in the arts
and humanities helps students think creatively, communicate effectively
and work collaboratively in today's fast-paced, technologically
advanced global economy. The Plaza's educational programs will be expanded to
reach more students with increased funding from Festival revenues.
Mariachi Festival Highlights:
Tuesday-Friday, October 3-6
Education Workshops: Mariachi Music and Dance
San José McEnery Convention Center
180 W. San Carlos Street, Downtown San José, CA
More than 400 students from all over the U.S. will at