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

Travelers with a passion for California history should add Mission San Juan Capistrano to their bucket lists this March. An official California Historic Landmark founded in 1776, the Mission is gearing up for their annual St. Joseph’s Day and The Return of the Swallows Celebration, marking a decades-old tradition dating back to the 1920s.

The tale of the Swallows of Capistrano has brought both global renown and beloved traditions to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, culminating in an annual celebration each year on March 19. Event-day festivities include a lineup of local school performances, live mariachi music, tasty treats, multiple museum exhibits, new audio tours and more, with a special guest presentation by Dr. Charles R. Brown from the University of Tulsa, who has partnered with the Mission on their Return of the Swallows Program.

Where: 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

When: March 19, 2018 from 9am-3pm

Admission: Free to Mission Preservation Society Members; Non-members: $12 for Adults and $11 for Seniors; $8 for Children (ages 4-11); and children ages 3 and under are admitted free. Discounted admission rates on event day for Veterans and Military with ID: $11 for Adults and $10 for Seniors

More info: Call (949) 234-1317 or visit; to view the schedule of events and the Legend of the Swallows story, click here.

Photos courtesy of the Mission San Juan Capistrano

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