California Festivals


San Juan Capistrano Swallows Day Festival

All events except San Juan Capistrano Mission events are produced by San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association,

Return of the Swallow
March 19, 2024, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
26801 Ortega Hwy
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Taste of San Juan
February 1, 2024, 6-9 p.m.
San Juan Hills Golf Club
San Juan Capistrano, CA


Kids' Pet Parade & Expo
February 24, 2024  | Parade 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Expo 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location: Los Rios Park
31831 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano
(Rain Date is February 25, 2023)
Winners are given the opportunity to be in the Swallows Day Parade. Some past winners have included potato bugs, dogs, ducks and ponies. Bring your completed application with you  or sign you up on the spot! Children and there Pets in the following five categories: Domestic House Pet, Farm/Barn Animal, Bird, Exotic Pet, Best Team Costume. This year the winners of all 5 categories will walk together in the Swallows Day Parade!
El Presidenté Ball
March 9, 2024, 6-10 p.m.
El Adobe de Capistrano
31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
Celebrate San Juan Capistrano's  old west origins at the ball which welcomes colorful characters dressed in Western, Spanish, Mexican or early California attire. Enter the best-dressed contest! Great food and old-fashioned dancing under the stars (weather permitting) to live country-western music.
Fiesta Grandé
March 20, 2024, 6-9 p.m.
Location: Swallows Inn
31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
$50 approx.,
Fiesta de las Golondrinas  brings 25 restaurants, under one roof! Taste of San Juan features all tastes and live music.


Hairiest Man Judging
Fiesta Grande event at Swallows Inn
31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano
There is a $5 entry fee which goes to support the Swallows Day Parade. Sign up and stop shaving!

Other Fiesta Grande events include:

  • Best Existing Mustache
  • Best Existing Beard
  • Best Smooth Puss
  • Best Soiled Dove/Saloon Girl
  • Best Outlaw
  • Best Outlaw Woman
  • Best Prairie Woman
  • Best Belt Buckle
  • Best Western Hat
  • Best Dressed Western Woman
  • Best Dressed Western Man
    Frog Jumping Contest
    March 22, 2024, 4-5 p.m.
    Los Rios Park
    31831 Los Rios St.,
    San Juan Capistrano, CA
    Hoos'Gow Day
    March 22, 2024, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Streets of San Juan Capistrano
    64th Annual Swallows Day Parade
    March 23, 2024, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Grand Marshal for 2023 is Actor Dennis Quaid
    Theme is Back in the Saddle Again!
    Expect lots of horses and some fancy trotting

Mercado Street Faire
March 23, 2024, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
VIP Pavilion is open 9:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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