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Mission San Juan Capistrano is pleased to offer onsite events for a day of learning and fun for all ages. Plan to visit us in person in the fall when we recognize Indigenous People’s Day and celebrate the history and culture of the local Acjachemen people by ringing the historic bells. Or join us at the Mission in spring when we welcome the world-famous swallows back to Capistrano with special performances, community presentations, lectures and more. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to view livestream events or explore our past digital events in our video collection.

Onsite Events

Indigenous People’s Day – Celebrating the Builders Special Bell Ringing
Tuesday, October 15, 2024
12:00 p.m.

In celebration of the history, sacrifice, and culture of the Acjachemen people and all native people, we invite you to join us at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2024 for a special bell ringing ceremony to honor Indigenous people day.
Free with the price of admission, field trip, or membership

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Day of Remembrance: Bell Tolling Ceremony Honoring the Builders
Sunday, December 8, 2024
10:00 a.m.

In remembrance of the Earthquake of 1812 and the 40 baptized Native Americans who perished as a result of the Great Stone Church’s collapse, the historic bells will toll at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2024. Mission bell ringers toll the bells for each victim who perished while the given Acjachemen and Spanish names of each victim is read in remembrance.
Free with the price of admission, tour, or membership

St. Joseph’s Day: World Famous Return of the Swallows Celebration
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

At Mission San Juan Capistrano, St. Joseph’s Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration is a world-renowned tradition celebrating the annual return of the famous swallows to Capistrano. The day includes a historic bell ringing ceremony, mariachi music, community presentations, Native American storytelling, a presentation by cliff swallow expert Dr. Charles Brown, food, and more.  Visit for more information. 
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Field of Honor Flag Display
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 – Monday, May 27, 2024

In partnership with Homefront America, the Mission is proud to display The Field of Honor®, an American flag display, honoring our military heroes and veterans who served and sacrificed. Join us for the unforgettable flag display in the beautiful historic setting of the Mission.  

Free with the price of admission, tour, or membership, active duty or proof of military service

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Museum Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 9AM - 5PM

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
Closed for Annual Gala on September 13, 2024.
Closed early on Good Friday.
Hours subject to change


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