After four years, the Mariachi Festival De Sacramento is moving to a new location.
The festival – a yearly happening since 2013 – will break in a new location Saturday at E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts on N Street. The festival was previously held at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake.
Performances will occur on two stages: Plaza Garibaldi and Plaza Guadalajara. Performers include Trio Ellas, a Latin Grammy nominated, all female trio, and local performers Los Gallos, Mariachi Puente from Woodland, and Dinorah. Ballet Folklorico Nube De Oro and Folklorico Aztlan De Sacramento will also be at the festival.
The plazas are designed to “kind of mimicking or resembling the plazas from a lot of the towns and cities that you find in Mexico,” said Miguel Castillo, one of the festival organizers.
To help create the environment will be Colombia Viva, a traditional Colombian dance group; Kapulli Itzkuauhti, Aztec dancers; and Mistura Brasileira, Brazilian dance.
The sounds of mariachi music won’t be the only ones attendees hear.
“And of course, you know, a little bit of DJ music for those that want to shake your booty for a while and stuff like that,” Castillo said.
Food offerings will include focus on traditional fare, including tacos and Mexican-style fruits. And while the eating options includes things like barbecue, “for the most part, we want people to feel like they are in Mexico at one of the plazas enjoying what the tradition of Mexico is,” Castillo said.
Castillo believes the festival also can help counter negative impressions about the culture he attributes to the current political climate.
“We’re not rapists, we’re not criminals, we’re not drug addicts, we’re not all bad,” Castillo said. “We’re business people, we are fun people, we’re caring people, we’re loving people, and we love to embrace our culture, you know, and the traditions, and we want to share that with everybody so that people can see who really we are.”
Mariachi Festival De Sacramento
When: August 12, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts, 2420 N St.
Cost: $30 GA, $65 VIP, free for children 12 and under.