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Festival of the Swallows

The City of San Juan Capistrano will hold their annual Festival of Swallows this month. Every March the city celebrates the return of the Swallows to the mission. This miracle of the “Swallows” happens every year on St. Joseph Day, March 19th. They travel 6,000 miles from Argentina in packs to the mission. The city has been celebrating since 1930’s hosting visitors that come from all over the world.

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Festival of the Swallows

Featured Events:

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

Tuesday, March 19
San Juan Capistrano Mission
Price: $12 Adults, $8 Kids

  • 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


The 5th Annual Frog Jumping Contest

Friday, March 22
Mission Grill, 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
4pm-Frogs jump home
Price: Free

Come out and enjoy a family fun evening at the Mission Grill. You can expect Prizes, Music, Frogs and much more!


Hoos’ Gow Day

Friday, March 22
Streets of Downtown San Juan Capistrano

The “Sheriff” and the “Deputies” of the Fiesta Association are dressed in their traditional black and white western garb while they roam the town in search of city slickers. If you’re not wearing western wear, watch out! You might just be roped into the fun! The Deputies will “arrest” anyone not dressed in western attire (and some who are, but just look like they need time in the Hoos’Gow), or any man who is clean-shaven.


61st Annual Swallows Day Parade

Saturday, March 23
Downtown San Juan Capistrano
11am (arrive early since streets close at 10am)

The 61st Annual Swallows Day Parade and Mercado Street Fair will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019. The Parade takes place throughout downtown San Juan Capistrano. The Swallows Day Parade is one of the nation’s largest non-motorized parade. Stay afterwards for the Mercado Street Fair for some good food, music and family activities.


Originally published on March 19, 2019. Last Updated on March 19, 2019 by Pattie Cordova

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