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San Juan Open Space Foundation Publishes Video Highlighting Reata Park and Event Center

The San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation has published a great high definition video (using aerial drone footage) of the completed and now-open Reata Park and Event Center. We can’t embed the video here, so please go watch it (in full screen) here. There is also a photo gallery here. According to the Open Space [...]

Schedule for Rodeo Week in San Juan Capistrano

Below are more details on the upcoming RMV Rodeo and Rodeo Week in San Juan Capistrano, courtesy of the City:

The following Chamber of Commerce sponsored events will take place the week prior to the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo at the City’s Riding Park. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for ticket information for these events.


Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo Activities Schedule for August

Can you believe that August is here already? Below are some of the events planned at the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo during the month of August:

August 2014

2 CPF: Orange County Fossils 10:00-11:00a 2 August Bat Walk 7:00-9:00p 8 Twilight Tales: Orange County’s Wild West 6:30-8:30p 10 Early Morning Nature Walk 6:00-8:00a 13 [...]

Rodeo Week is Coming August 15-24, 2014

Are you ready for Rodeo Week in San Juan Capistrano? All the information you need about the week’s festivities is below:

El Viaje de Portolá Named Honoree for Mission Preservation Foundation Benefit Gala and Broadway Star David Burnham is Featured Artist

Readers of this blog know that we are big fans of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. From its founding by Father Junipero Serra in 1776, to the tragedy of the Great Stone Church to the iconic annual return of the swallows, our beloved Mission is the heart of Orange County history and a fixture of [...]

South Orange County Needs More Public Equestrian Facilities

This article in the Orange County Register laments the loss of equestrian facilities in Orange County, a trend that is as prevalent in South Orange County as anywhere else. The article estimates that near half of the public horse boarding facilities in the County have closed since 1984, with more closures on the way. For [...]

July 16th is South County Day at the OC Fair

The Orange County Fair opens on July 11th, and will celebrate South County, including San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, and San Clemente, on July 16th. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes specific to your city. In addition, on July 16th, you can receive one free admission per person between noon and 3 PM with a [...]

Save the Date for the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo: August 23-24, 2014

Save the date: August 23-24, 2014 for the return of the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo.

San Juan Summer Nites Concert Schedule

Even if you missed this week’s concert, you still have three more chances to join one of these fun, free events. Below is the remaining schedule for the San Juan Summer Nites summer concert series.

Save the Date: Two Steppin Under the Stars on July 12

Another great local event coming up:

Two Steppin Under the Stars

Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 12th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for music and dancing with the Kelly Boyz on the grass at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park at San Juan Capistrano located at the corner of La Pata/Ortega Hwy. Hosted by [...]