For dates, fees, and reservations for events below, please Call 949-493-8444 or email

March and November – Bi-Annual Meetings
General meets are held in March and November and are open to all guests and members. They are held at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center on Del Avion from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Topics are generally of historic interest relating to our area. A report on the Society’s yearly activities is given as well. In March we hold our annual election of Board members. No charge

March – Barbecue at the Swallows’ Day Parade Mercado
Find the Historical Society booth at the Swallows’ Day Parade Mercado for some wonderful tri-tip barbecue sandwiches and beverages. It is located on the El Camino Real parking lot near the Ortega Highway entrance from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

June – Annual Mixer
Every June the Society hosts a membership mixer for its members and guests. No charge. The mixer is held on the O’Neill Museum patio and grounds. Generous amounts of food and beverages are served. A Chinese raffle is also presented with exceptional prizes.

September – The Annual Heritage Barbecue
The annual Heritage barbecue is held at Amantes Campground on Rancho Mission Viejo. There will be the best tri-tip dinner you’ve ever tasted with sides of beans, salad, desert, and soft drinks all for a nominal fee. Reservations are necessary to help ensure food for all.

Spend the day under the oaks with friends and guests reminiscing about long-gone days of yore. Browse through historical photographs of people and locations of San Juan Capistrano. Copies of the photographs are available for a nominal fee through the Historical Society. Books detailing the art, history, and legends of San Juan Capistrano are also available for sale. Enjoy the fun of the Historical Society’s wonderful Chinese Raffle which is loaded with exciting gifts.

October – Ghosts & Legends Tour
Get in the spirit of Halloween by joining the Historical Society Walking Tour Guides on a spooky walking tour of Los Rios Street, the oldest residential neighborhood in California. Be prepared for creepy tales of big black dogs, strange monks who have lost their heads, ghostly tales about a lady in white and other goings on.

Ghost Tours will be on Friday and Saturday night, October 28th & 29th, 2016. Ghost Walk Tours are conducted each night at 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 pm. The cost is $8.00 for adults and $4 for children. Reservations are required (make them as soon as possible – they fill up quick!). The tours start in the front yard at the O’Neill Museum on Los Rios Street. Please arrive 30 minutes before your reservation time so you will have time to sign in, and enjoy some of our sweets and coffee before your tour begins.

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December – Christmas Tour
A Christmas tour of the historic ranch house of Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores on Camp Pendleton. Besides the trip to the old ranch house, there will be a picnic lunch on the base and a tour of another place of historic interest. We will meet at the O’Neill Museum. There is a fee for this tour and reservations are necessary.

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