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San Juan Hotel and Villa Backers Holding Info Session This Friday

Do you have questions about the proposed hotel and townhome development being considered for downtown San Juan Capistrano. Proponents of the development will provide information and answer questions this Friday, August 1st at the Mission Grill (across from the Mission) all day between 8 AM and 8 PM. We’ve discussed the proposed “San Juan Hotel [...]

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.

San Juan Planning Commission Approves “San Juan Hotel & Villas” Project

The OC Register has an article ($) on the San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission’s 3-2 approval of the “other” downtown hotel project: a mixed use development dubbed the “San Juan Hotel & Villas” on a little over 3 acres near the Judge Egan House and the Esslinger Building, and adjacent to Historic Town Center Park. [...]

Planning Commission Delays Vote on Downtown San Juan Hotel Project

The Capistrano Dispatch has an article about the San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission’s decision last week to delay an approval vote on a large development project proposed for downtown San Juan Capistrano adjacent to Historic Town Center Park. The $43 million project would include a 136-room boutique hotel, 33 residential townhomes and 2,700 square feet [...]

There’s Saturday Snow in the Forecast for San Juan

Come out to Historic Town Center Park in downtown San Juan Capistrano this Saturday, December 14th between 10:15 AM and 4 PM for San Juan’s “Winter Wonderland” featuring snow play! More information is available on the flyer below:

Save the Date for San Juan Holiday Events

There are lots of exciting holiday events coming up in and around San Juan Capistrano. Below are details on two fun holiday events, courtesy of the City:

December 7th – Tree Lighting Celebration

Join us for our annual Tree Lighting Celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Historic Town Center Park, 31852 El Camino Real, [...]

San Juan Summer Nites Concert on July 17

San Juan Summer Nites is a great (and free) concert in the park series put on by San Juan Capistrano. The next concert is July 17 at Historic Town Center Park, starting at 6 PM. The remaining two concerts will be held on August 21 and September 18, at the same time and location. For [...]

2013 Swallows Festival Calendar of Events

Tuesday’s Taste of San Juan was the first event put on by San Juan Capistrano’s Fiesta Association in this year’s Swallows Festival lineup. Mark your calendar for the remaining events in 2013′s Fiesta de las Golondrinas:

Kids Pet Parade: 10 AM on February 24 at Zoomars El Presidente Ball: 6:30 PM on March 16 at [...]

Orange County Holiday Calendar

Looking for activities this holiday season? If you want to stay local, the Patch has a calendar of San Juan Capistrano’s holiday events here. The highlight will be the annual Christmas tree-lighting at Historic Town Center Park on December 1st, followed by Christmas festivities on Los Rios Street and at the Mission. And if you [...]