2018 Calendar of Events

July

July 1 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People (1-2pm) (held May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2): Presented by Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Award Winning Indigenous Educator and Storyteller. Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 1st Sundays of the month. Jacque will lead a dynamic cultural presentation describing the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, Orange County's first people. Journeys to the Past, is a multi-sensory experience which includes storytelling, games, song, and dance. Visitors will leave with a greater appreciation of native culture and what it means to be "keepers of the earth." Journeys to the Past is an ideal family experience!

July 6 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Asian American Film Series – Every Friday Evening in July (July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27) 7 pm: As part of a continuing series, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation holds film screenings on Friday evening featuring works showcasing the Asian American experience.  The event will be held at the Alhecama Theatre on Friday, July 6, July 13, July 20, and July 27. Admission is free for SBTHP members / $5 suggested donation for non-members. Dinner can be purchased one hour before the screening; reception to follow. Featured Film: Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice (2017, 55 minutes, directed by Holly Yasui & Will Doolittle, Narrated by George Takei) with a Q & A after the screening with the producer and co-director, Holly Yasui.

July 7 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series Soulful Summer Nights – Stars and Stripes Country Night & Kelly Rae Band: Platinum Country Tribute Show 1935-Today (held June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18)  Gates open 5:30 p.m., concert 6:30-9:30 p.m. SOLD OUT with some Lawn Tickets for July 7 available (Lawn Tickets $40 Public, Member $35): Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a fundraising concert series in support of preservation and sustainability of Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark #200 and museum. Music Under the Stars features a top-notch tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the beautiful and historic setting of the Mission. EVENT WEBSITE: www.missionsjc.com/music

July 12 - Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: PopUp Picnics in the Park June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16 (11:30 am-1:30 pm) Free to enter park: Enjoy a relaxing lunch outdoors at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and take in the view of downtown Santa Cruz on Thursdays this summer. A portion of food sales at each Popup Picnic will benefit the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Visitors also are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is open daily Thursday to Monday. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

July 13 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Asian American Film Series – Every Friday Evening in July (July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27) 7 pm: As part of a continuing series, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation holds film screenings on Friday evening featuring works showcasing the Asian American experience. The event will be held at the Alhecama Theatre on Friday, July 6, July 13, July 20, and July 27. Admission is free for SBTHP members / $5 suggested donation for non-members. Dinner can be purchased one hour before the screening; reception to follow. Featured Film: Meditation Park (2017, 1 hour 34 minutes, Directed by Mina Shum)

July 14 - Castro Adobe State Historic Park: Castro Adobe Open House 11am-3pm Free (held May12, June 10, July 14, September 22, October 14, November 17, December 9, August 12 (event August 12 6-9pm)): Help open this new State Park! The Castro Adobe is the first State Historic Park in the Pajaro Valley. Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville, the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley’s first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. All events are themed and free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

July 14 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People April 14, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 (11am-12pm): Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 2nd Saturdays. Learn and participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Acjachemen people! Jacque will lead an hour cultural presentation that includes storytelling, song, dance, and hands-on activities. Each 2nd Saturday adults and children alike can participate in a different activity. Come to one or come to all! Free to Mission Preservation Society Members. Free with Paid Admission. *Activity Supplies Limited: 1 craft/activity per family while supplies last. Activity: Clapper Stick

July 15 - Mission San Buenaventura: San Buenaventura Feast Day – July 15: Our patronal feast day is July 15.  When this feast day falls on a weekday (Monday through Friday) a special Mass is observed at 7:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the Mission Garden.  When the feast day falls on a weekend the Sunday Mass schedule is observed with refreshments served after each Mass in the Mission Gardens.  Check the website calendar as often the feast day is moved to the weekend Masses.

July 19 - Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: PopUp Picnics in the Park June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16 (11:30 am-1:30 pm) Free to enter park: Enjoy a relaxing lunch outdoors at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and take in the view of downtown Santa Cruz on Thursdays this summer. A portion of food sales at each Popup Picnic will benefit the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Visitors also are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is open daily Thursday to Monday. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

July 20 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Asian American Film Series – Every Friday Evening in July (July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27) 7 pm: As part of a continuing series, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation holds film screenings on Friday evening featuring works showcasing the Asian American experience. The event will be held at the Alhecama Theatre on Friday, July 6, July 13, July 20, and July 27. Admission is free for SBTHP members / $5 suggested donation for non-members. Dinner can be purchased one hour before the screening; reception to follow. Featured Film: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016, 1 hour 30 minutes, Directed by Steven James)

July 21 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series Soulful Summer Nights – Tribute to Classic Rock Legends: DSB: The Next Best Thing to Journey & Opening Act: Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac (held June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18)  Gates open 5:30 p.m., concert 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Lawn Tickets $40 Public, Member $35): Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a fundraising concert series in support of preservation and sustainability of Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark #200 and museum. Music Under the Stars features a top-notch tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the beautiful and historic setting of the Mission. EVENT WEBSITE: www.missionsjc.com/music

July 21 - Mission Santa Barbara: Drinks @ Dusk June 14, July 21, August 18 (5:30-7:30 pm) $25 per person, $200 for 10 tickets: Join us for wine, beer, appetizers, and a behind-the-scenes visit this summer. All proceeds benefit the Mission Preservation Fund, for the conservation and preservation of art, artifacts, buildings, and the Historic Cemetery. $25 per person; Group Special $200 for 10 tickets. Purchase tickets in advance at santabarbaramission.org/drinks-at-dusk or call (805) 682-4713. Guests must be 21 and over with valid I.D.

July 26 - Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: PopUp Picnics in the Park June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16 (11:30 am-1:30 pm) Free to enter park: Enjoy a relaxing lunch outdoors at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and take in the view of downtown Santa Cruz on Thursdays this summer. A portion of food sales at each Popup Picnic will benefit the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Visitors also are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is open daily Thursday to Monday. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

July 27 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Asian American Film Series – Every Friday Evening in July (July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27) 7 pm: As part of a continuing series, the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation holds film screenings on Friday evening featuring works showcasing the Asian American experience. The event will be held at the Alhecama Theatre on Friday, July 6, July 13, July 20, and July 27. Featured Films: Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers (2014, 30 minutes, directed by Marissa Aroy) & The Chinese Exclusion Act (2017, 30 minutes, Directed by Ric Burns & Li-Shin Yu) with a Q & A after the screening with Alex S. Fabros Jr.

 

August

August 1 - Mission Santa Barbara: La Fiesta Pequeña August 1 (8pm) Free: As the August sun slowly sets behind the “Queen of the Missions”, experience the Franciscans hospitality as they welcome all to enjoy the official opening of Old Spanish Days Fiesta at this beautiful setting as they have since 1927. La Fiesta Pequeña, “Little Fiesta”, is a colorful, historical program which includes traditional songs and dance from Californios8 Spirit. This event is free to the public. Blankets, chairs or any other items left to reserve seating at Fiesta Pequeña will not be allowed until 8 AM on Wednesday, the morning of the show. Any items before this time will be removed and confiscated by the City Parks Department. Thank you for your compliance.

August 1 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Casa Cantina – August 1-4 (12pm-12am): Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra. Part of the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, locals and visitors alike are invited to relax, sip a cold drink, and celebrate at the home of Fiesta!

August 2 - Mission Santa Barbara: La Misa del Presidente August 2 (10 am): Held on the second day of Fiesta in the morning, the Saint Barbara Parish invites those of all faiths to enjoy High Mass in the main church of Old Mission Santa Barbara. La Misa is held in honor of La Presidente and the Old Spanish Days Board, celebrating both the long-standing relationship between the Old Mission and Old Spanish Days as well as the entire Fiesta community. This Roman Catholic Mass dates back to the first day of Fiesta in 1936 and today is followed by a festive reception in the Mission’s Sacred Garden. This beautiful landmark is located at 2201 Laguna Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. For more information please contact the Santa Barbara Mission at (805) 682-4713.

August 2 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Casa Cantina – August 1-4 (12pm-12am): Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra. Part of the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, locals and visitors alike are invited to relax, sip a cold drink, and celebrate at the home of Fiesta!

August 2 - Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: PopUp Picnics in the Park June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16 (11:30 am-1:30 pm) Free to enter park: Enjoy a relaxing lunch outdoors at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and take in the view of downtown Santa Cruz on Thursdays this summer. A portion of food sales at each Popup Picnic will benefit the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Visitors also are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is open daily Thursday to Monday. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

August 3 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Casa Cantina – August 1-4 (12pm-12am): Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra. Part of the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, locals and visitors alike are invited to relax, sip a cold drink, and celebrate at the home of Fiesta!

August 4 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Casa Cantina – August 1-4 (12pm-12am): Celebrate Fiesta where it all began as Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the Casa Cantina in the courtyard of the historic Casa de la Guerra. Part of the annual Old Spanish Days Fiesta celebration, locals and visitors alike are invited to relax, sip a cold drink, and celebrate at the home of Fiesta!

August 4 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series Soulful Summer Nights – Soundtrack of the ‘50s and ‘60s: Surfin’: The Beach Boys Tribute & Opening Act: Scot Bruce: Tribute to Elvis, The Early Years (held June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18)  Gates open 5:30 p.m., concert 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Lawn Tickets $40 Public, Member $35): Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a fundraising concert series in support of preservation and sustainability of Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark #200 and museum. Music Under the Stars features a top-notch tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the beautiful and historic setting of the Mission. EVENT WEBSITE: www.missionsjc.com/music

August 5 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People (1-2pm) (held May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2): Presented by Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Award Winning Indigenous Educator and Storyteller. Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 1st Sundays of the month. Jacque will lead a dynamic cultural presentation describing the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, Orange County's first people. Journeys to the Past, is a multi-sensory experience which includes storytelling, games, song, and dance. Visitors will leave with a greater appreciation of native culture and what it means to be "keepers of the earth." Journeys to the Past is an ideal family experience!

August 9 - Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: PopUp Picnics in the Park June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16 (11:30 am-1:30 pm) Free to enter park: Enjoy a relaxing lunch outdoors at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and take in the view of downtown Santa Cruz on Thursdays this summer. A portion of food sales at each Popup Picnic will benefit the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Visitors also are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is open daily Thursday to Monday. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

August 11 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People April 14, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 (11am-12pm): Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 2nd Saturdays. Learn and participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Acjachemen people! Jacque will lead an hour cultural presentation that includes storytelling, song, dance, and hands-on activities. Each 2nd Saturday adults and children alike can participate in a different activity. Come to one or come to all! Free to Mission Preservation Society Members. Free with Paid Admission. *Activity Supplies Limited: 1 craft/activity per family while supplies last. Activity: Reed Basket

August 12 - Castro Adobe State Historic Park: Castro Adobe Open House 6-9pm Free (held May12, June 10, July 14, September 22, October 14, November 17, December 9, August 12 (event August 12 6-9pm)): Help open this new State Park! The Castro Adobe is the first State Historic Park in the Pajaro Valley. Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville, the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley’s first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. All events are themed and free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

August 16 - Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: PopUp Picnics in the Park June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16 (11:30 am-1:30 pm) Free to enter park: Enjoy a relaxing lunch outdoors at the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park and take in the view of downtown Santa Cruz on Thursdays this summer. A portion of food sales at each Popup Picnic will benefit the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Visitors also are welcome to bring a sack lunch. The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is open daily Thursday to Monday. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

August 18 - Mission Santa Barbara: Drinks @ Dusk June 14, July 21, August 18 (5:30-7:30 pm) $25 per person, $200 for 10 tickets: Join us for wine, beer, appetizers, and a behind-the-scenes visit this summer. All proceeds benefit the Mission Preservation Fund, for the conservation and preservation of art, artifacts, buildings, and the Historic Cemetery. $25 per person; Group Special $200 for 10 tickets. Purchase tickets in advance at santabarbaramission.org/drinks-at-dusk or call (805) 682-4713. Guests must be 21 and over with valid I.D.

August 18 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series Soulful Summer Nights – Rock & Roll Summer Series Finale: The Fab Four: Ultimate Tribute to the Beatles with “Ed Sullivan” & Opening Act: The Mid Centuries: Fifties Rock & Roll (held June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18)  Gates open 5:30 p.m., concert 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Lawn Tickets $40 Public, Member $35): Music Under the Stars Summer Concert Series is a fundraising concert series in support of preservation and sustainability of Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic California landmark #200 and museum. Music Under the Stars features a top-notch tribute band lineup, celebrating a variety of timeless and nostalgic classics in popular music at the beautiful and historic setting of the Mission. EVENT WEBSITE: www.missionsjc.com/music

 

September

September 2 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People (1-2pm) (held May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2): Presented by Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Award Winning Indigenous Educator and Storyteller. Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 1st Sundays of the month. Jacque will lead a dynamic cultural presentation describing the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, Orange County's first people. Journeys to the Past, is a multi-sensory experience which includes storytelling, games, song, and dance. Visitors will leave with a greater appreciation of native culture and what it means to be "keepers of the earth." Journeys to the Past is an ideal family experience!

September 8 - Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: 6th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival September 8 (11am-5pm) Free entrance to park: The Sixth Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival, held on September 8, 2018 will be an admission-free, family-friendly event that brings together people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and abilities to celebrate Santa Cruz’s history and culture while enjoying the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.  The Festival highlights local and regional youth and adult Mariachi performance artists, home and professional chefs competing in a Mole tasting contest, local food vendors, an eclectic Mexican Mercado, and numerous free children’s arts and craft activities.

September 8 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People April 14, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 (11am-12pm): Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 2nd Saturdays. Learn and participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Acjachemen people! Jacque will lead an hour cultural presentation that includes storytelling, song, dance, and hands-on activities. Each 2nd Saturday adults and children alike can participate in a different activity. Come to one or come to all! Free to Mission Preservation Society Members. Free with Paid Admission. *Activity Supplies Limited: 1 craft/activity per family while supplies last. Activity: Soapstone Arrowheads

September 22 - Castro Adobe State Historic Park: Castro Adobe Open House 6-9pm Free (held May12, June 10, July 14, September 22, October 14, November 17, December 9, August 12 (event August 12 6-9pm)): Help open this new State Park! The Castro Adobe is the first State Historic Park in the Pajaro Valley. Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville, the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley’s first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. All events are themed and free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

September 22 - Mission La Purisima: Candlelight Tours – September 22 (6-9PM) Ticket: $40: Escorted by candlelight, guests travel back in time to the 1820s on a walking tour, moving from scene to scene enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the evening at La Purísima Mission.

 

October

October 6 -Mission La Purisima: Mission Gala & Auction – October 6 (4-7PM) Ticket $50: Enjoy a lovely evening in the Mission garden around the Padre’s fountain while sipping wine, tasting appetizers, and bidding on a bountiful array of gift baskets, handmade items, travel packages and more.

October 7 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People (1-2pm) (held May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2): Presented by Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Award Winning Indigenous Educator and Storyteller. Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 1st Sundays of the month. Jacque will lead a dynamic cultural presentation describing the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, Orange County's first people. Journeys to the Past, is a multi-sensory experience which includes storytelling, games, song, and dance. Visitors will leave with a greater appreciation of native culture and what it means to be "keepers of the earth." Journeys to the Past is an ideal family experience!

October 7 - Mission Soledad: Annual Fiesta October 7 (10AM-3PM): Mission Soledad will celebrate its Annual Fiesta on October 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to get your tickets for the BBQ!

October 7 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Asian American Neighborhood Festival – October 7 (11AM-3PM) Free: The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents the Asian American Neighborhood Festival, an outdoor event celebrating Asian American heritage at El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park.  This free, family-friendly event celebrates the history and culture of the Asian communities that once thrived in and around the Santa Barbara Presidio. Learn about a number of Asian cultures through performances, food, and hands-on activities.

October 13 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People April 14, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 (11am-12pm): Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 2nd Saturdays. Learn and participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Acjachemen people! Jacque will lead an hour cultural presentation that includes storytelling, song, dance, and hands-on activities. Each 2nd Saturday adults and children alike can participate in a different activity. Come to one or come to all! Free to Mission Preservation Society Members. Free with Paid Admission. *Activity Supplies Limited: 1 craft/activity per family while supplies last. Activity: Abalone Necklace

October 14 - Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library: Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library Fundraiser October 14

October 14 - Castro Adobe State Historic Park: Castro Adobe Open House 6-9pm Free (held May12, June 10, July 14, September 22, October 14, November 17, December 9, August 12 (event August 12 6-9pm)): Help open this new State Park! The Castro Adobe is the first State Historic Park in the Pajaro Valley. Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville, the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley’s first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. All events are themed and free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

October 25 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Día de los Muertos Craft Day – October 25 (12PM-3PM) Free: The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents this annual free family craft event in the courtyard of Casa de la Guerra to celebrate the Mexican holiday "Day of the Dead." This program celebrates the history and culture of Santa Barbara's Latino families, bringing together parents and children to create holiday artwork. The participants make decorations such as tissue paper flowers, tin art, sugar skulls and block prints. Traditional Mexican refreshments—pan de muerto and Mexican hot chocolate—are served.

October 27 - Mission San Antonio de Padua: Day of the Dead October 27, 2018 and October 26, 2019 (1 pm) Free: Day of the Dead - All Souls Mass in honor of our Franciscan and Salinan heritage. Music under the direction of John Warren of the New World Baroque Orchestra. Salinan Procession and Sacred Celebration at the Mission cemetery at conclusion of Mass. Reception follows.

 

November

November 3 - Mission San Antonio de Padua: Evening in the Garden November 3, 2018 and November 2, 2019 (4:30-8 pm): Evening in the Garden, our exclusive wine tasting event. Our 2018 event will be limited to 25 couples @ $500/couple for a full Mission experience beginning with appetizers in the Mission museum and moving to a private dining experience with the winemaker and chef. Price includes one-night stay in the retreat center and a continental breakfast Sunday morning. More details to be posted to website as they become available. (4:30 - 8pm)

November 4 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People (1-2pm) (held May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2): Presented by Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Award Winning Indigenous Educator and Storyteller. Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 1st Sundays of the month. Jacque will lead a dynamic cultural presentation describing the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, Orange County's first people. Journeys to the Past, is a multi-sensory experience which includes storytelling, games, song, and dance. Visitors will leave with a greater appreciation of native culture and what it means to be "keepers of the earth." Journeys to the Past is an ideal family experience!

November 10 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People April 14, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 (11am-12pm): Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 2nd Saturdays. Learn and participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Acjachemen people! Jacque will lead an hour cultural presentation that includes storytelling, song, dance, and hands-on activities. Each 2nd Saturday adults and children alike can participate in a different activity. Come to one or come to all! Free to Mission Preservation Society Members. Free with Paid Admission. *Activity Supplies Limited: 1 craft/activity per family while supplies last. Activity: Gourd Bowl

November 11 -  Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Veterans Day Ceremony – November 11 (11 AM) Free: This free public event features a ceremony conducted by members of Los Soldados del Real Presidio de Santa Bárbara to honor armed service veterans, their families, and currently serving military members. Military vehicles from the collection of Rob Gordon will be on display. Veterans attending the ceremony will have the opportunity to speak to the audience and reflect on their service.

November 17 - Castro Adobe State Historic Park: Castro Adobe Open House 6-9pm Free (held May12, June 10, July 14, September 22, October 14, November 17, December 9, August 12 (event August 12 6-9pm)): Help open this new State Park! The Castro Adobe is the first State Historic Park in the Pajaro Valley. Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville, the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley’s first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. All events are themed and free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

November 30 - Mission San Buenaventura: Christmas Tree Lighting – November 30, (5pm): An annual MUST ATTEND family tradition for more than 75 years. The two historic Norfolk Pine Trees (135’+) come alive with festive lights while carolers sing and entertain the 2,500+ cheerful people who gather in front of the Mission, Figueroa Plaza and in Mission Park. Main Street is closed between Ventura Avenue and Palm Street.  The festivities include a (Christmas Village with a variety of booths including food and beverages for the family) in Figueroa Plaza and an array of canned food Christmas trees sponsored by Food Share. The festivities begin at 5:00 PM.  A live Nativity sponsored by Holy Cross School is held on the front steps of the Mission.  At 6:45 PM our Mayor and the Pastor of the Mission welcome Santa Claus.  When Santa lights the trees the magic begins with snow and festive music. Activities for children of all ages are sponsored by the businesses of the Downtown District.  Bring a chair and enjoy the evening.

 

December

December 1 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Christmas at the Mission December 1 (5:30 -8:30 pm) Free Mission Preservation Society Member, Public: $6 Adult, $4 Children. Celebrate the holidays with Mission San Juan Capistrano! Held in conjunction with the City of San Juan Capistrano’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and community-wide holiday celebration, Mission San Juan Capistrano will host Christmas at the Mission on Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy this fun, festive and memorable evening together at the beautiful Mission! EVENT WEBSITE: www.missionsjc.com/christmas

December 1 - Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park: Downtown Santa Cruz Holiday Parade and Tacos on the Terrace December 1 (Parade 10-11:30AM, Tacos on the Terrace 12-2pm) Free: You’re invited to walk with us in the Holiday Parade in downtown Santa Cruz. We will meet downtown (look for our Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks banner) and continue to walk up to the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park for tacos and to shop the Holiday Sale!

December 2 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People (1-2pm) (held May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2): Presented by Jacque Tahuka Nunez, Award Winning Indigenous Educator and Storyteller. Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 1st Sundays of the month. Jacque will lead a dynamic cultural presentation describing the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, Orange County's first people. Journeys to the Past, is a multi-sensory experience which includes storytelling, games, song, and dance. Visitors will leave with a greater appreciation of native culture and what it means to be "keepers of the earth." Journeys to the Past is an ideal family experience!

December 8 - Mission La Purisima: Founding Day Mass – December 8 (12PM) Free with Parking Fee: Held in the historic main church of La Purísima Mission on December 8 at 12 PM

December 8 - Mission La Purisima: Founding Day Concert – December 8 (7PM) Ticket $6: Over 500 luminarias lead the way to an evening of candlelight and music celebrating the anniversary of the founding of La Purísima Mission in 1787. Enjoy a musical performance in the setting of the historic church by candlelight. After the performance, guests are invited to La Sala to enjoy fellowship and refreshments. Attendance is limited to 6 years or older. Ticket information will be available November 1, 2018. Additional information and questions answered at (805) 733-3713.

December 8 - Mission San Juan Capistrano: Journeys to the Past: Celebrating California's First People April 14, June 9, July 14, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 (11am-12pm): Join Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller on 2nd Saturdays. Learn and participate in the rich cultural heritage of the Acjachemen people! Jacque will lead an hour cultural presentation that includes storytelling, song, dance, and hands-on activities. Each 2nd Saturday adults and children alike can participate in a different activity. Come to one or come to all! Free to Mission Preservation Society Members. Free with Paid Admission. *Activity Supplies Limited: 1 craft/activity per family while supplies last. Activity: Reed Basket

December 9 - Castro Adobe State Historic Park: Castro Adobe Open House 6-9pm Free (held May12, June 10, July 14, September 22, October 14, November 17, December 9, August 12 (event August 12 6-9pm)): Help open this new State Park! The Castro Adobe is the first State Historic Park in the Pajaro Valley. Located at 184 Old Adobe Road, Watsonville, the two-story Rancho San Andrés Castro Adobe, built between 1848-49, is one of the finest examples of rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret Pajaro Valley’s first State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. All events are themed and free to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. Parking is limited; please carpool. Leashed dogs are allowed in the parking area only.

December 12 - Mission San Buenaventura: Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12 (5AM, 6PM): Each year we commemorate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Mariachi traditional songs are played at 5:00 AM at O'Brien Hall. Mass begins at 5:30 AM with a menudo breakfast in the Parish Center Auditorium.  At 6:00 PM, in the Mission Church, Aztec dancers pay tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe and a procession is lead on Main Street from Mission San Buenaventura to Palm Street to Junipero Serra Way and O'Brien Hall.  Mass includes a dramatized representation of the apparition at Tepeyac Hill in Mexico.  The evening concludes with pan dulce and hot chocolate in the Parish Center Auditorium.

December 14 - Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: Una Noche de Las Posadas – December 14 (7pm) Free: Una Noche de Las Posadas (The Inns) is the time-honored reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging in Bethlehem as it was once celebrated in Early California and is still observed throughout Latin America. The procession begins at the Presidio chapel and winds over to State Street, through the De la Guerra Plaza, and continues to Casa de la Guerra with the singing of holiday songs in Spanish. After the event, tamales, traditional desserts, and hot chocolate are served.

December 15 - Mission La Purisima: Las Posadas – December 15 (2-4pm) Free with Parking: Based on a tradition that goes back over 400 years in Mexico, Las Posadas re-enacts the journey of Mary and Joseph as they travel from inn to inn on their way to Bethlehem. Join costumed docents as they lead the procession through the Mission. Free with Parking fee.

December 15 - Mission San Jose: Las Posada Celebration December 15-23 (6pm) Free: We gather at 6 pm nightly at the Mission porch and sing religious carols as we process to a local business. A statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is carried by a selected family. When we arrive, the innkeeper turns us away and finally invites us in where they provide light refreshments while we enjoy local musical talent provided by Fremont Cultural Arts council. The final night we process into the mission church for caroling and then outdoors to enjoy breaking a piñata by the children in attendance. Free to all who come.

December 16 - Mission San Jose: Las Posada Celebration December 15-23 (6pm) Free: We gather at 6 pm nightly at the Mission porch and sing religious carols as we process to a local business. A statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is carried by a selected family. When we arrive, the innkeeper turns us away and finally invites us in where they provide light refreshments while we enjoy local musical talent provided by Fremont Cultural Arts council. The final night we process into the mission church for caroling and then outdoors to enjoy breaking a piñata by the children in attendance. Free to all who come.

December 17 - Mission San Jose: Las Posada Celebration December 15-23 (6pm) Free: We gather at 6 pm nightly at the Mission porch and sing religious carols as we process to a local business. A statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is carried by a selected family. When we arrive, the innkeeper turns us away and finally invites us in where they provide light refreshments while we enjoy local musical talent provided by Fremont Cultural Arts council. The final night we process into the mission church for caroling and then outdoors to enjoy breaking a piñata by the children in attendance. Free to all who come.

December 18 - Mission San Jose: Las Posada Celebration December 15-23 (6pm) Free: We gather at 6 pm nightly at the Mission porch and sing religious carols as we process to a local business. A statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is carried by a selected family. When we arrive, the innkeeper turns us away and finally invites us in where they provide light refreshments while we enjoy local musical talent provided by Fremont Cultural Arts council. The final night we process into the mission church for caroling and then outdoors to enjoy breaking a piñata by the children in attendance. Free to all who come.

December 19 -  Mission San Jose: Las Posada Celebration December 15-23 (6pm) Free: We gather at 6 pm nightly at the Mission porch and sing religious carols as we process to a local business. A statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is carried by a selected family. When we arrive, the innkeeper turns us away and finally invites us in where they provide light refreshments while we enjoy local musical talent provided by Fremont Cultural Arts council. The final night we process into the mission church for caroling and then outdoors to enjoy breaking a piñata by the children in attendance. Free to all who come.

December 20 - Mission San Jose: Las Posada Celebration December 15-23 (6pm) Free: We gather at 6 pm nightly at the Mission porch and sing religious carols as we process to a local business. A statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is carried by a selected family. When we arrive, the innkeeper turns us away and finally invites us in where they provide light refreshments while we enjoy local musical talent provided by Fremont Cultural Arts council. The final night we process into the mission church for caroling and then outdoors to enjoy breaking a piñata by the children in attendance. Free to all who come.

December 21 - Mission San Jose: Las Posada Celebration December 15-23 (6pm) Free: We gather at 6 pm nightly at the Mission porch and sing religious carols as we process to a local business. A statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is carried by a selected family. When we arrive, the innkeeper turns us away and finally invites us in where they provide light refreshments while we enjoy local musical talent provided by Fremont Cultural Arts council. The final night we process into the mission church for caroling and then outdoors to enjoy breaking a piñata by the children in attendance. Free to all who come.

December 22 - Mission San Jose: Las Posada Celebration December 15-23 (6pm) Free: We gather at 6 pm nightly at the Mission porch and sing religious carols as we process to a local business. A statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is carried by a selected family. When we arrive, the innkeeper turns us away and finally invites us in where they provide light refreshments while we enjoy local musical talent provided by Fremont Cultural Arts council. The final night we process into the mission church for caroling and then outdoors to enjoy breaking a piñata by the children in attendance. Free to all who come.

December 23 - Mission San Jose: Las Posada Celebration December 15-23 (6pm) Free: We gather at 6 pm nightly at the Mission porch and sing religious carols as we process to a local business. A statue of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus is carried by a selected family. When we arrive, the innkeeper turns us away and finally invites us in where they provide light refreshments while we enjoy local musical talent provided by Fremont Cultural Arts council. The final night we process into the mission church for caroling and then outdoors to enjoy breaking a piñata by the children in attendance. Free to all who come.

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