12th Annual Mexican Baseball Fiesta returns to Tucson, Contacto Norte band to perform

The Vamos A Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta is back in Tucson for the 12th year at the Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on from Thursday to Sunday.

The Fiesta, presented by Visit Tucson, AT&T, Vantage West, and Modelo, will include a fireworks show between games of the doubleheader on Friday.

The Arizona Wildcats will be involved with teams from the Liga Arco Mexicana del Pacifico’s (Mexican Winter Baseball League) version of “Spring Training,” including the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Aguilas de Mexicali, and the Mayos de Navojoa.

Some notes on the Naranjeros:

— C Cesar Salazar, formerly of Sahuaro and Arizona who played mostly with the Houston Astros’ Triple-A affiliate Sugar Land (Texas), is listed on the active roster but will not be in Tucson because he is on the Astros’ taxi squad during the postseason.

— 1B Alfonso Rivas, a former Arizona standout who played most of the second half of the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, will arrive in Tucson on Sunday to join Hermosillo’s bus ride back home to start winter baseball.

— INF Alex Robles (Tucson High grad), RHP Jose Samayoa (Catalina) and Kenneth Sigman (Tucson) are returning players on Hermosillo’s roster.

 The Contacto Norte band, a popular norteño group from Hermosillo, Sonora, will headline the concert after Sunday’s game to wrap up the Mexican Baseball Fiesta at Kino. They recently performed successfully at the Mexican Heritage Night with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in August.

Tickets are on sale online for all games in Tucson at www.MexicanBaseballFiesta.com or in person at the ticket office at Kino Stadium. Ticket prices are box seats $25, adult general admission tickets $20, and tickets for children 6-16 and seniors are $10, under 6 are free.

2023 Music Lineup presented by La Chingada

La Picoza Tecno Banda all four nights to start the night

  • Thursday – Ricardo Poblete con Banda Membrillera
  • Friday – Hanzel Martinez
  • Saturday – La Brazza Nortena, others are Betillo Guerrero, Freddy Vega Jr, Julian Mercado
  • Sunday – El Tukaz will open followed by Contacto Norte



Obregon vs Navojoa 5:05 p.m.

Hermosillo vs Arizona Wildcats, follows first game


Navojoa vs Mexicali 5:05 p.m.

Hermosillo vs Obregon, follows first game

Fireworks between games


Mexicali vs Navojoa, 5:05 p.m.

Hermosillo vs Obregon, follows first game


Obregon vs Mexicali, 2:30 p.m.

Navojoa vs. Hermosillo, follows first game

Contacto Norte performs following the game

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