Event Spaces

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

For immediate information and availability, please contact:
Kari Ann Coppess, Private Events Manager (949) 234-1343 or email

Soldiers Barracks Gallery
The Soldiers Barracks Gallery, our only indoor space on the site, is approximately 500 square feet and is rectangular in shape.  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.

Central Courtyard
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.

The Front Courtyard, also sometimes referred to as the Rose Garden, is an additional space which is often combined with rental of the Central Courtyard.  This open area, complete with stone pathways, a koi fountain, the historic Bell Wall, Fr. Junipero Serra Statue, and planters overflowing with seasonally blooming flowers, plants and trees of numerous varieties.  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.  To view site dimensions, click here.

Did you know?

The Mission receives no sustaining support from any governmental agency or religious organization.  A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  All corporate and private event fees are entirely for the preservation of Mission San Juan Capistrano.

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