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St. Joseph’s Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration: A Virtual Event

March 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every year that begins at 9:00 am on day 19 of March, repeating until March 19, 2023

Join us virtually for the world-renowned tradition celebrating the annual return of the famous swallows at the historic Mission. We’re sorry we are not able to put together an in-person event and gather due to the ongoing pandemic. The Swallows Day Parade has also been cancelled. We hope that by bringing you St. Joseph’s Day and Return of the Swallow celebration digitally, you are able to celebrate the swallows returning to Capistrano from wherever you are. We are looking forward to celebrating this continued tradition in person with you in the near future.



  • Mission San Juan Capistrano Welcome
  • Mission Basilica School Presentation
  • Mission Basilica School Performances
  • Virtual Lecture about the Swallows of Capistrano: Pre-Register
  • Historic Bell Ringing
  • About the Swallows: A Virtual Tour by Alexander Warner: Pre-Register

In Person (COVID-19 Requirements: Wear a mask properly and practice social distancing)

  • Mission Grounds Open at 9:00 a.m.
  • Official Welcome and Native Prayer
  • Historic Bell Ringing every hour, on the hour from 9:00 a.m. to noon
  • St. Joseph’s Table

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Return of the Swallows Celebration

Grounds will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Purchase general admission tickets to join us in person.

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


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(949) 234-1315


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