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Return of the Swallows

@ Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mariachi, kids activities, ringing of historic bells


Please join us on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 for St. Joseph’s Day and Return of the Swallows Celebration!

Please join us on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 for St. Joseph’s Day and Return of the Swallows Celebration!


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.


This historic celebration full of tradition, community, and festivity, is celebrated annually on March 19, marking the return of our famous swallows to Capistrano and the coming of spring – a time of renewal and rebirth.


Typical highlights of the day include:


•Ringing of the historic bells

•Live mariachi music

•Community presentations

•Special Guest Presentation On Cliff Swallows by Dr. Charles Brown

•Mission Basilica School performances

•Flamenco dance performance

•History of St. Joseph’s Day and Swallows Legend

Phone: (949) 234-1300

Website: Click to Visit

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 : 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Suitable for: 3+

  • Ages 0 - 3: Free
  • Ages 4 - 11: $8.00
  • Ages 12 and over: $12.00

Note: Prices include admission to the Mission.

Street parking. Plenty of free public parking close to the Mission.

Activity Name Next Occurrence Suitable Ages
03/23/2019 3+

Event dates, times and cost are subject to change without notice. Before heading out, please contact the event organizer to verify the information provided. If you have questions about a particular event, please contact the event organizer directly.

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