Bi-Centennial Fiesta at Old Mission San Juan Bautista
- When: Sunday, June 24, 2012, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Where: Mission San Juan Bautista, San Juan Bautista
- Cost: Free
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Outdoor, Community
On June 24, 1812, Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuén dedicated the church at Mission San Juan Bautista to its patron saint, St. John the Baptist. Two hundred years later the church—despite its proximity to the San Andreas Fault—still stands, and that is something to celebrate (and keep praying for). In honor of the bi-centennial, the Mission is throwing a multicultural fiesta acknowledging Native American, Mexican, Spanish and Franciscan settlers' influence on the Central California area with a procession led by Azteca dancers through the homey downtown to the olive grove. Games, displays, raffles and traditional and contemporary Mexican music and dancing give the magnetic (and tiny) town twice as much charming culture as normal. [AZ]
11am-5pm. Old Mission San Juan Bautista, 406 Second St., San Juan Bautista. Free admission and entertainment; additional cost for food and games. 408-500-8353, www.oldmissionsjb.org.