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Thank you for your interest in hosting a special event at Mission San Juan Capistrano. 

Any event at the Mission is uniquely defined and remembered always.  As special private events at the beautiful historic Mission San Juan Capistrano are greatly limited and mitigated for ensuring its long term protection, care and support. 

Your part in hosting an event here means that you understand the delicate nature of the site, and the unique opportunity and responsibility that comes with hosting your special event here.  Working with our dedicated staff, you will be personally guided through the process in what is viewed as a concierge experience.  Once a contract is executed between all parties, the event planning process will undergo a detailed, white glove process to ensure your event is spectacular and exceeds your expectations as well as your guests’.

Mission San Juan Capistrano, Founded in 1776, is a unique and internationally known Early California mission. As the 7th of nine founded by Saint Serra in his lifetime the setting is historically significant and unparallel with its aged arches and buildings best by lush gardens, koi-filled fountains, and distinct Ruins of the Great Stone Church (c. 1812) and Serra Chapel (c. 1792).

The Mission is ideally located to serve a variety of regions as well as international travelers as it is conveniently located between Los Angeles and San Diego just off the I-5, Interstate 5, Freeway.  It is located about 25 minutes from the John Wayne/Santa Ana Airport and is ideally situated as it is just a few minutes’ walking distance from the City’s historic train depot which serves both Amtrak and the Metrolink which services routes coming from San Diego and Los Angeles.

The historic site is an enclosed enclave or historic oasis and outside of its perimeter walls lies a village-like downtown,  rolling hillsides, and nearby beaches.  Across the street from the Mission walls to its east is the new 4 star, “Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano”, a Mariottt Autograph Collection property which is home to approximately 125 well appointed suites. The area is also home to nearby luxury hotels as Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort and Spa, Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, and more.

Parking in the immediate area is both complimentary and fee based as the site adjoins public and private parking lots. The Mission staff can assist in procuring City permits required for private valet or transport bus services. 

Venue Information

Opportunities and Expectations

The Mission only hosts “after-hours” events that serve as  private social occasions or corporate celebrations. 

Weddings and wedding receptions are prohibited.   

Day time events are no longer hosted due to the limited staffing and the competing nature of being open and addressing the needs of the general admission guests coming from all over the world while hosting a private event that requires special attention.  

As a result, most events are limited to starting after 5:30 pm to ensure the utmost safety of all guests, allowing for transition time between closure to the public and a security inspection prior to the start of any private event.  

Due to the nature of the site also serving as home to two active priests events and their amplification systems are generally asked to be finished by 10:00 pm.

The entire site will allow for the exclusive gathering for up to 400 of your special guests for a private event. 

Keep in mind that usage of the site is generally outdoors and includes the primary spaces of the Front Courtyard and Garden, Sacred Garden and patio, Central Courtyard, Soldiers Barracks and patio, Serra Chapel, and museum rooms of the South Wing and West Wing buildings.   The historic Serra Chapel can remain open for your guests upon request. Guests usually access the site from a private entry located on El Camino Real (East Gate/Serra Chapel) or the Gate House on Old Mission Road.  Those details are managed as part of your concierge event services and planning.

The Soldiers Barracks is the only location on the site that can serve as an indoor covered meeting/gathering space.  The Barracks offers its clients the use of technology with its 15′ x 15′ retractable screen, ceiling mounted digital projector, dimmable chandelier and lighting, surround sound, wi-fi and podium with wireless or handheld microphones. The Barracks comfortably houses 60 or so seated guests, and with the patio area can accommodate up to 120 people that are standing for a reception or meet and greet kind of event.

Other Offerings

To enhance your private event, the Mission offers its clients the chance to rent the self-guided audio tour or arrange for a private guide (at an additional fee).  The Mission can also arrange for guides to be stationed at significant points of interest to provide roaming guests with “station tours”. 

The beautiful Mission Store is usually closed during private events; however, it can stay open after hours as long as there is at least $500 in sales generated or a fee of $500 is provided in the event that the event’s sales fall short.  This fee ensures the payment of associated staff overtime so that the venue can open to the public the very next day on schedule.

Fees and Pricing

Pricing for a private special event at the Mission reflects its uniqueness. As private events are significantly limited, pricing begins at $10,000 and is graduated depending on the season and day of week.  

Weekends are generally not available for a private event, and if approved require a rental fee of more than $20,000 or more. 

Additional festoon lighting in the Mission’s Grand Central Courtyard can be rented for $1,000 per event.  All events come with approval to rent a clear tent in the event of rain, at the client’s expense. 

Finally, private event clients are required to cover for costs and services as:

Catering, security, lighting, sound production, equipment, chairs, stages, tables, restroom attendance, and clean up.  All contracts have insurance requirements as this web page does not provide all details for event planning since each and every event is considered special and unique. 

To follow up with your inquiry and interest to be one of the few clients that get the rare chance to rent the Mission, please fill out the Mission’s official private events interest form. Within one week, our dedicated staff or skilled managers will reach out to you to vet further questions and arrange for a complimentary site visit.

Please do not inquire about wedding receptions or daytime use as they are prohibited. 

Proceeds benefit the care and preservation of the historic landmark and as such fees, timing, and requirements for ensuring its care and protection, are not negotiable.  In the event of a rained out event, the rental fee will be processed as a donation, or the event may be rescheduled depending on availability on the Mission’s calendar.  That new date needs to occur within 12 months or the deposits and funds collected will be considered donations.  The Mission Preservation Foundation appreciates your interest and respect of these guidelines and hopes to host your special event with all of this in mind. 

We thank you for your interest and truly welcome your event.  We look forward to your inquiry and hope that you will book with Mission San Juan Capistrano for a world class experience here at Orange County’s only mission.

Weddings Are Prohibited

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

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.  

• Up to 400 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 400 guests for dinner seating. 

• 25 to 400 guests

• 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

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