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


Portola Expedition Exhibit

mid-February through mid-May 2019

This exhibit will be on display in the Leck House and will feature the Portola Expedition and its importance in California history. Members of the public are invited to attend this free event.


March Bi-Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Along with having our annual election of Board members, we are happy to announce that our Guest Speaker for this meeting will be Alana Jolley who will give a talk about the Portola Expedition. This year is its 250th anniversary, and Alana is very close to the topic as her 7 times great uncles were part of that ride!  

Alana is currently a professor of anthropology at Saddleback College and has written and published a number of ethnographies as well as two children’s anthropology books. Please join us at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center at 7 pm.

General meetings are held in March and November and are open to all guests and members. Special guest speakers entertain audiences as they share stories of historic interest relating to the area. An update on the Society’s activities and accomplishments is presented, and the annual election of Board members is part of the March meeting.

Annual Family Fiesta Day

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The event includes a whaling exhibition, tortilla making, ballet folklorico performances, mariachi performances, crafts and activities for all ages. The program begins at 11 am and is free to the public.

June Annual Society Mixer

Date TBD

Every June, the Society hosts a mixer for its members and guests. The mixer is held on the beautiful O’Neill Museum grounds. Generous amounts of food and beverages are served. Attendees are also invited to take part in a silent auction and raffle for a chance to enjoy exceptional prizes. Admission for members is free. Members’ guests are asked to pay a nominal fee to cover food costs.

September Heritage BBQ

Date TBD

The annual Heritage Barbecue is  the Society’s biggest fundraiser and another wonderful opportunity to enjoy the grounds. Reservations are required to help ensure food for all.

Ghosts & Legends Tours

Dates TBD

Join us for a spooky adventure through the Los Rios Historic District, the oldest residential neighborhood in California. Be prepared to meet the King of San Juan Capistrano and hear creepy tales of a big black dog with red eyes, the elusive lady in white, and other restless spirits that are said to haunt our little town.

Ghost Tours start at the O’Neill Museum on Los Rios Street and will be conducted each night at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30 pm.

November Bi-Annual Meeting

Date TBD

Free event, open to the public with guest speaker.

December Open House

Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Historical Society hosts an open house from 5 pm to 8 pm as part of the City of San Juan Capistrano’s Tree Lighting event. Mrs. Clause delights all with a special Story Time while cookies and hot chocolate are served to warm visitors under twinkling holiday lights.

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