With spangled costumes and romantic flair, mariachi is at the heart of Guadalajara culture. The music, now recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage, rings from local bars, balconies, and plazas in the vibrant city, where modern mariachi music evolved. Here's where to listen to it.
Degollado Theater (Teatro Degollado)
Belén s/n esq. Morelos, Centro Histórico, Guadalajara, Jalisco, CP 44100
Taking a lap of the exterior is highly recommended, but it’s essential to step inside the Teatro Degollado to fully appreciate just how impressive the 19th-century building really is. Travelers can learn more about the magnificent "Divine Comedy" fresco which dominates the interior dome on a guided city tour, ideal for those interested in the wider Mexican muralism movement. Meanwhile, visitors looking for a comprehensive overview of Mexico’s colonial history can also experience this famous Guadalajara theater as part of a multi-day, multi-stop package.
Guadalajara Centro y Tlaquepaque
Dante was an excellent guide. I was fortunate to have a private tour as I was the only one on the tour.
John-USA, Sep 2021
Things to Know Before You Go
Dance enthusiasts shouldn’t miss an elegant ballet performance at the Teatro Degollado.
Teatro Degollado is also a must for music lovers—it regularly hosts the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra.
Concert tickets often sell out fast, so consider booking in advance.
Travelers with mobility issues may find balcony seats tricky to navigate.
How to Get There
Teatro Degollado is centrally located along Avenida Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, in the heart of Guadalajara’s historic center. Find it just off the Plaza de la Liberación and opposite the Guadalajara Cathedral. The closest Tren Ligero stop is Plaza Universidad. If you’re unsure about making your own way there, consider booking a tour which includes guided arrival arrangements.
When to Get There
There’s typically free entry for curious spectators wanting to get a glimpse of the opulent interior between 10am and 2pm, Tuesday through Sunday, at the Teatro Degollado. However, the theater often closes for public holidays. Entrance for shows varies in terms of both timing and price though, so be sure to consult the official website for more details.
Catch a Show at Teatro Degollado
Given the historic and cultural significance of Teatro Degollado, there are a number of institutions which perform there on a regular basis. For an immersive night at the theater, look out for shows by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, as well as the Ballet Folklorico of the University of Guadalajara, and the Guadalajara City Ballet.
- Plaza de Armas
- University of Guadalajara Museum of the Arts (MUSA)
- Templo Expiatorio del Santísimo Sacramento
- Guadalajara Cathedral
- Guadalajara Wax Museum (Museo de Cera de Guadalajara)
- Governor's Palace (Palacio de Gobierno)
- Mariachi Plaza (Plaza de los Mariachis)
- Rotonda de los Jaliscienses Ilustres
- Tequila Sightseeing Trains
- Hospicio Cabañas
- Pantaleón Panduro Museum (Museo Pantaleón Panduro)
- Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan (Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Zapopan)
- Selva Mágica
- Guadalajara Zoo (Zoológico Guadalajara)