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Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
(949) 234-1300 www.missionsjc.com

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November 2019

Curiosity Carts

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
Free with paid admission to the Mission

Each educational cart offers close-up learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close. Items include branding irons, spurs, horseshoes, hides, candles, pottery shards and objects used by the Juaneno Indians.

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Koi Fish Feeding

November 19 @ 12:45 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Help us feed our koi fish friends! Visitors may meet us at one of two courtyard fountains to participate in and enjoy this daily activity. Fish food is free for Mission Preservation Society Members and $1.00 for non-members.

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Native American Basket Weaving

November 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
Free with paid admission to the Mission

Experience the art of basket weaving at Mission San Juan Capistrano on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Learn the traditions and capture the culture of basket weaving.

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Garden Tours

November 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
Free with paid admission to the Mission

These half hour tours are conducted by the Mission Gardening Angels every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Guests wishing to tour should meet at the Front Gate.

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Art Walks

November 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

The Mission Art Walk is a docent guided tour highlighting the art collection of rare paintings related to Mission’s history within the Serra Chapel, the Spanish Colonial Room and the Mission Treasures Exhibit. Experience Spanish Colonial and Plein Air paintings as well as learn about Mission San Juan Capistrano’s goal and efforts in the conservation of its collection. www.missionsjc.com/tours/art-walks/ For groups of 15 people or more, please call Group Bookings at (949) 234-1306 to schedule in advance. Pricing is $8 per adult.…

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Panning for Gold

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
$3 – $5

Try your luck at finding the gold in our custom-designed Mission trough. We'll supply the pan and the "gold" – you roll up your sleeves and pan your way to riches! Panning for Gold/Adobe Brick Making/Arrowhead Necklace Bundle: $10.00 per person, $5.00 for members *Crafts may be cancelled due to rain.

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Adobe Brick Making

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
$3 – $5

Join the fun! During this hands-on activity, kids are encouraged to make and build their own adobe brick. Examine the daily lives of Mission Native Americans. Students and adults will delight in the historic fun. Panning for Gold/Adobe Brick Making/Arrowhead Necklace Bundle: $10.00 per person, $5.00 for members *Crafts may be cancelled due to rain.

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Arrowhead Necklace

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
$3 – $5

Join the fun! Craft your own arrowhead necklace while learning about the lifestyle of Mission Native Americans. Students and adults will delight in the historic fun. Panning for Gold/Adobe Brick Making/Arrowhead Necklace Bundle: $10.00 per person, $5.00 for members *Crafts may be cancelled due to rain

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Special 4th Grader Q&A Sessions

November 23 @ 3:30 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
Free with paid admission to the Mission

Offered every Saturday & Sunday at 3:30 p.m. by the Father Serra Statue. Learn all the facts you need to know for your Mission Report.

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Serra Chapel Tour

November 24 @ 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

In honor of Saint Serra’s 300th birthday celebration, the Mission is offering guests the chance to enjoy a private tour of the Serra Chapel, the most historically significant chapel in California, every Sunday. Mission San Juan Capistrano is one of the nine missions Saint Serra founded. It is also the only Californian mission to name a church in Saint Serra’s honor. Saint Serra celebrated mass in the Mission’s newly built adobe church in 1783, just a year before he died. Mission San Juan Capistrano…

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Historic Bell Ringing: Saint Junipero Serra’s Birthday

November 24 @ 12:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Join us for the ringing of the historic bells in honor of Saint Junipero Serra's Birthday. The historic bells ring every year on these dates: · March 19 Feast Day of St. Joseph · July 1 Feast Day of St. Serra · September 11 Patriot’s Day · September 17 Constitution Day · September 23 St. Serra’s Canonization Day · October 23 Feast Day of St. John of Capistrano · November 1 Founder’s Day · November 24 St. Serra’s Birthday ·…

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Closed in Observance of Thanksgiving

November 28
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Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Mission Store are both closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

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December 2019

Capistrano Lights Opening Night

December 7 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
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Join us on Saturday, December 7th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the opening nights of our holiday programming Capistrano Lights. Capistrano Lights is a unique one of a kind holiday experience where history meets holiday. On opening night you will enjoy a reading of the first Christmas, photos with Santa, cookie decoring kits, special performances and much more! Capistrano Lights is a ticketed event, members received pre-sale opportunities and discounted tickets. For more information including pricing and ticket…

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Community Performance: JSerra Catholic High School

December 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Mission San Juan Capistrano welcome J. Serra Acapella to Capistrano Lights! Enhance your visit and join us for a performance from JSerra Catholic High School. The performance will be before the nightly Tree Lighting and Music Program. This event is free with paid admission to the Mission on Monday, December 9, 2019.

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Teacher Appreciation Day

December 14 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
free with proof of teacher id
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“Selfies with Santa” and Holiday Crafts Workshop

December 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on December 15, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on December 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm

One event on December 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm

Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Throughout December weekends, families will have the chance to meet and take "Selfies with Santa" in the historic Sala and participate in the Holiday Crafts Workshop with our community partner AR Workshop. "Selfies with Santa" and Holiday Crafts Workshop are available on the following dates from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Saturday, December 14 Sunday, December 15 Saturday, December 21 Sunday, December 22 "Selfies with Santa" are free for Mission Members or with paid admission to the Mission. Holiday Crafts…

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Community Performance: Mission Basilica School

December 16 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Mission San Juan Capistrano welcome Mission Basilica School to Capistrano Lights! Enhance your visit and join us for an orchestral performance by Mission Basilica Middle School Choir. Led by Renee Bondi. The concert will be before the nightly Tree Lighting and Music Program.

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Homeschool Family Day

December 18 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month for Homeschool Family Day. Discount package includes child admission, audio tour, panning for gold, adobe brick making, koi fish food, Mission Clubhouse ID card and Mission Passport. Must book and purchase 1 week in advance. Groups must also have a minimum of 8 attendees. Please call Group Bookings at (949) 234-1306.

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Community Performance: Mariachi Rosas de Tepeyac

December 19 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Mission San Juan Capistrano welcomes Mariachi Rosas de Tepeyac to Capistrano Lights! Enhance your visit and join us for performance from Mariachi Rosas de Tepeyac. The performance will be before the nightly Tree Lighting and Music Program.

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Closed in Observance of Christmas

December 25
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Mission Store are both closed in observance of Christmas.

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January 2020

New Year’s Day: Grounds Open

January 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States
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March 2020

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

March 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

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 March 19 marking the return of our famous swallows to Capistrano and the…

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July 2020

Historic Bell Ringing: Feast of Saint Junipero Serra

July 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

In honor of the Feast of Saint Junipero Serra, join us for a ringing of the historic bells on July 1 at 12:00 p.m. The historic bells ring every year on these dates: · March 19 Feast Day of St. Joseph · July 1 Feast Day of St. Serra · September 11 Patriot’s Day · September 17 Constitution Day · September 23 St. Serra’s Canonization Day · October 23 Feast Day of St. John of Capistrano · November 1 Founder’s…

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September 2020

Historic Bells Toll for 9/11 Memorial

September 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

The historic bells ring every year on these dates: · March 19 Feast Day of St. Joseph · July 1 Feast Day of St. Serra · September 11 Patriot’s Day · September 17 Constitution Day · September 23 St. Serra’s Canonization Day · October 23 Feast Day of St. John of Capistrano · November 1 Founder’s Day · November 24 St. Serra’s Birthday · December 8 Day of Remembrance, honoring the victims of the 1812 earthquake. And also 7 times…

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Romance of the Mission Benefit Gala

September 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on September 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm

One event on September 16, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Voted One of Orange County’s Best Fetés, Romance of the Mission benefit gala and concert is one of the most magical, romantic events of the year.  Join us for a reception in the Mission’s spectacular front gardens, a concert in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church and a four-course plated dinner in the Central Courtyard. Proceeds benefit Mission preservation.

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Romance of the Mission Benefit Gala

September 11, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

Voted One of Orange County’s Best Fetés, Romance of the Mission benefit gala and concert is one of the most magical, romantic events of the year.  Join us for a reception in the Mission’s spectacular front gardens, a concert in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church and a four-course plated dinner in the Central Courtyard. Proceeds benefit Mission preservation.

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Historic Bell Ringing: Constitution Day

September 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

In honor of Constitution Day, there will be a special ringing of the historic bells at 1:00 pm. The historic bells ring every year on these dates: · March 19 Feast Day of St. Joseph · July 1 Feast Day of St. Serra · September 11 Patriot’s Day · September 17 Constitution Day · September 23 St. Serra’s Canonization Day · October 23 Feast Day of St. John of Capistrano · November 1 Founder’s Day · November 24 St. Serra’s…

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October 2020

Historic Bell Ringing: Feast of St. John of Capistrano

October 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
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The historic bells ring every year on these dates: · March 19 Feast Day of St. Joseph · July 1 Feast Day of St. Serra · September 11 Patriot’s Day · September 17 Constitution Day · September 23 St. Serra’s Canonization Day · October 23 Feast Day of St. John of Capistrano · November 1 Founder’s Day · November 24 St. Serra’s Birthday · December 8 Day of Remembrance, honoring the victims of the 1812 earthquake. And also 7 times…

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November 2020

Historic Bell Ringing: Founder’s Day

November 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
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Mission San Juan Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 United States

In honor of the founding of Mission San Juan Capistrano by Saint Junipero Serra on November 1, 1776, the historic bells will ring at noon on November 1. The historic bells ring every year on these dates: · March 19 Feast Day of St. Joseph · July 1 Feast Day of St. Serra · September 11 Patriot’s Day · September 17 Constitution Day · September 23 St. Serra’s Canonization Day · October 23 Feast Day of St. John of Capistrano…

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