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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:

Christmas at the Mission
Free admission for Members! Ring in the holiday season at Mission San Juan Capistrano! Christmas at the Mission is held in conjuction with the City of San Juan Capistrano’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy real snow sledding, music performances, activities for kids, cider, tamales, holiday shopping and more at this loved occasion at the historic Mission.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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Snow at the Mission!
Free admission for Members!
Experience real snow sledding at the Mission! Bring the family on Sunday, December 3 for sledding and snow play from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Don’t forget your mittens!
Sunday, December 3, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
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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
10:00 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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