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The Mission setting is idyllic with lush gardens, koi-filled fountains, museum rooms, original 18th century adobe buildings and the Ruins of the Great Stone Church. Conveniently located half way between Los Angeles and San Diego, close to the freeway, minutes from the airport and walking distance from the train depot. View brochure.

Venue Information

Hosting daytime seminars, evening events, and dazzling social affairs, the Mission has become an exciting venue for corporations worldwide. Capable of accommodating intimate groups of 50, galas for 800, or receptions and concerts accommodating up to 1000, offering 10 + acres that convey the ambiance of old world hospitality.

Make your event sparkle and shine by hosting it at the “Jewel of the Missions.” Create a “wow” factor as guests stroll beneath lighted archways and grand palms and jacaranda trees. Imagine enjoying your own private show: flamenco, mariachi or any fiesta you desire. It is a gift to each one of your guests to have the opportunity to experience this peaceful and idyllic setting, all within easy access to the 5 freeway and train station.

The charming adobe Soldiers Barracks Gallery with attached private patio is the perfect space for a daytime or evening event. This 500 sq. foot space is perfect for small corporate meetings or special events. This gallery offers the perfect blend of historic ambiance and modern technology, equipped with 15′ x 15′ retractable screen, ceiling mounted digital projector, dimmable chandelier and lighting, surround sound, wi-fi and podium with microphones. To enhance your guests’ experience and create long-lasting memories, you may choose to add special tours and group activities full of historic inspiration.

For your evening event, our Front and Central Courtyards can accommodate up to 800 seated guests or 1000 guests for cocktails. Wrapped around our lovely Spanish style fountain and Koi pond, amongst the roses and surrounded by warm adobe buildings, your guests will be awe struck at the beauty of an evening spent at the Mission.

The average starting price for hosting a private evening event at Mission San Juan Capistrano is $10,000.


Weddings and Wedding Receptions are not permitted at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and bridal showers are allowed at the Mission. No wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions or day of wedding dinners are allowed. Sign up for your wedding and gift registry at the Mission Store. Featuring home decor, faith inspired, jewelry and more! Learn more.

Interested in hosting a wedding ceremony at the Mission Basilica? For more information, click here.

Event Spaces

Host Your Next Event at Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano California Landmark #200

Offering a beautiful and uniquely historic setting for both corporate and private gatherings, Mission San Juan Capistrano’s spaces may by customized depending on the occasion and size of the event.

The Front Courtyard

This gorgeous open area is complete with stone pathways, a koi filled fountain, historic architecture and vibrant gardens anchored by the Mission’s iconic campanario or bell wall.  This space is the first area many private guests encounter as they enter the historic Mission grounds through the private event entrance off of El Camino Real and follow the pathway around the back of the ruins of the Great Stone Church.  Therefore, it is most often used for tray passed drinks and hors d’oeuvres receptions as well as trios or duos of musicians, high cocktail tables and portable bars.  

CAPACITY* May change due to COVID-19
• Up to 450 guests for dinner seating 

• Blooming rose gardens
• Outdoor atmosphere ideal for evening 
• The iconic Bell Wall or “Campanario”
• Nearby restrooms and gathering spaces (Sala and Soldiers Barracks)

• Receptions (excluding weddings) or private corporate events
• Social affairs
• Cocktail parties and corporate mixers

Central Courtyard

Historically known as the plaza, this Spanish style courtyard is enclosed by historic buildings and 18th century archways. The Central Courtyard outdoor space is a grassy quadrangle surrounded by approximately 64 adobe arches which frame the exterior corridors.  Each quadrant is dotted with palm trees, jacarandas and pepper trees and is surrounded by smooth pathways and planters abundant with meticulously groomed gardens full of fragrant rose bushes, blooming native plants and colorful California poppies.  The central focal point of this beautiful historic space is the water garden and koi-filled fountain full of water lilies.

Each quadrant varies slightly in size and shape due to the position of the trees within it.  Depending on table size and shape, buffet and stage placement, each quad can comfortably accommodate from 20 to 30 tables for a total guest count of 800 guests for dinner seating and 1,200 for standing receptions.  DInner tables may also be placed one per each adobe arch on the perimeter of the quadrangle, which can accommodate an additional 500 guests comfortably at 60” rounds.

CAPACITY* May change due to COVID-19
• 25 to 500 guests
• Additional 500 guests when using the corridors 

• Outdoor atmosphere ideal for evening with nearby load in 
• Multiple floor plan options
• Plentiful restrooms and covered walkways
• Adjacent to Serra Chapel with its own entry

• Receptions (excluding weddings) or private corporate events
• Rehearsal dinners
• Cocktail parties and corporate mixers

The Soldiers Barracks Gallery

The historic Soldiers Barracks Gallery is an ideal space for exclusive daytime or evening events. This charming adobe building, with a private patio, is most suitable for smaller meetings, private dinners, lunches or special occasion brunches.  This room can accommodate up to 75 guests for a sit down meal without any additional tables or equipment set-up in the interior.  Luncheons or dinners with a buffet set up, room for a speakers’ podium or presentations, etc. should plan on accommodating closer to 60 guests at round tables.

Meetings and events with theater-style seating can accommodate up to 75-100 chairs inside, and meetings utilizing a U-shaped banquet table or hollow square set-up can accommodate approximately 36 people.  Standing receptions, cocktail parties and mixers utilizing the outdoor patio as well as the gallery itself can accommodate a maximum of 125 guests during the evening hours.

• 60 guests for meal seating + presentation
• 75-100 guests for theatre style seating
• 125 guests for gallery + outdoor patio

• Up-to-date retractable screen and digital projector
• Dimmable chandelier and lighting
• Podium with microphones
• Patio suitable for kitchen setup
• Flexible layouts permitted

• Receptions (excluding weddings) or corporate dinners
• Private corporate events
• Retreats, working lectures or webinars

Corporate Event Partners

Destination Concepts Inc.
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Hosts Destination Services – Southern California
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Coastal Catering Inc.

Personal Shopper Experience

For a $25 reservation fee, enjoy a personal shopping experience at the Mission Store via Zoom or FaceTime. Our staff will walk you throughout the Store and help you to shop virtually. Please email to set up an appointment. The $25 reservation fee for this special service will be applied to your total purchase of more than $40. For additional questions and to set up an appointment, please contact or call (949) 234-1318.

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Museum Hours

Tuesday - Sunday, 9AM - 5PM

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Closed for Annual Gala on September 22, 2023.
Closed early Christmas Eve and Good Friday.
Hours subject to change


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