Special Events

The Mission welcomes the public onto its grounds throughout the year to enjoy a number of unique and wholesome experiences through its signature events.

These celebrations include the world famous annual St. Joseph’s Day & Return of the Swallows Celebration, the Battle of the Mariachis Festival, the Music Under the Stars summer concert series, the annual Romance of the Mission benefit gala, and Christmas at the Mission. They have become much anticipated traditions here at Orange County’s only mission, giving visitors a chance to celebrate both the past and the present.

Upcoming Events:

St. Joseph’s Day & Return of the Swallows Celebration
Free admission for Members! 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. This tradition was started by Father O’Sullivan in the 1920’s at Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark and home of the swallows, and is carried each year on March 19th.
Monday, March 19, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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Fourteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis
One of the most highly-anticipated Mariachi events on the West Coast, showcasing the talent, interpretation and inspiration of young mariachi musicians.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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