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St. Joseph’s Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration

March 19 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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.

Join us for this historic celebration full of tradition, community, and festivity, on Monday, March 19, 2018 marking the return of our famous swallows to Capistrano and the coming of spring – a time of renewal and rebirth.

This annual celebration includes:

  • Ringing of the historic bells
  • Live mariachi music
  • Community presentations
  • Special Guest Presentation On Cliff Swallows
  • Native American Storytelling
  • Mission Basilica School performances
  • Flamenco dance performances
  • History of St. Joseph’s Day and Swallows Legend

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Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
(949) 234-1300


Unnamed Organizer
(949) 234-1315


Historic Mission Grounds
Free for Members. $12 for Adults, $11 for Seniors, $8 for Children