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.
St. Joseph’s Day & Return of the Swallows Celebration
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.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thirteenth Annual Battle of the Mariachis
A friendly competition of young mariachi musicians celebrating talent, interpretation and inspiration within one festival. This exciting day features live music performances by mariachi groups from across Southern California and beyond as they compete on stage for cash prizes before a panel of distinguished judges.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.