San Juan Capistrano Return of the Swallows Celebration on St. Joseph’s Day is Tuesday March 19 2019.
This is a Orange County Family Friendly Event!
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 historic celebration full of tradition, community, and festivity, is celebrated annually on March 19, marking the return of the famous swallows to Capistrano and the coming of spring – a time of renewal and rebirth.
Festival Admission for Adults is $12.00 (ages 12 to 59).
Festival Admission for Seniors is $11.00 (ages 60 and over).
Festival Admission for Children: $8.00 (ages 4 to 11).
Toddlers 3 and under are free.
Highlights For Families with Children
Activities for Kids (West Gate) 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Adobe Brick Making, Panning for Gold and Arrowhead necklace; $5 each or all for $10. For Members: $3 each or all for $5
Mission Clubhouse (Central Courtyard)
An inspired learning experience featuring four hands-on activity stations.
Mission Store (Front Courtyard)
Shop the Mission Store to browse our custom Swallows souvenirs featuring books,
home décor and more. NEW! Follow the Swallow Bird’s Eye “Sticker Tour,” fun for all ages. participants who complete the sticker tour will receive a free prize. Nominal fee
Las Golondrinas (Mexican Food)
3:16 Bakery Shop (Coffee, Pastries, Churros and Cookies)
Swallow’s Nest Cotton Candy (Proceeds support the historic Mission)
Interpretive Station Tours
9:00am: Daily Ringing of the Historic Bells upon Opening of the Mission
In honor of Saint Junípero Serra
9:00am-9:30am: Mariachi Music – Mariachi Tapatio
9:55am-10:00am: Welcome & Introduction Executive Director, Mechelle Lawrence Adams
10:05am-10:10: Ringing of the School Bell & Mission Basilica School Procession
10:10am-10:15am: “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano”
The chart-topping song written by Leon René circa 1930s, performed by Vocalist, Renée Bondi with accompaniment from Mariachi Tapatio
10:15am-1045am: Mariachi Music – Mariachi Tapatio (following song with Renée)
10:15am and 12:00pm*: Ringing of the Historic Bells In Honor of St. Joseph and the Swallows Return
10:15am-11:15am: Mission Basilica School – Traditional songs and dances by students San Juan Elementary School Kindergarteners
12:15pm-12:45pm: Mariachi Tapatio
12:45pm-1:05pm: Duende Flamenco
1:05pm-1:50pm: Journeys to the Past: California Native American Stories & Dances
Presented by Educator and Acjachemen Descendent, Jacque Tahuka Nunez
2:00pm: Lecture on the Swallows – Dr. Charles R. Brown, University of Tulsa. Lecture (45 min.) on the Swallows Nest Reenactment Exhibit plus opportunity for Q&A with the expert.
*Schedule of events subject to change
Mission San Juan Capistrano is located at 26801 Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano