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Tickets to Vintage Food and Wine Festival On Sale Now

The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce’s annual food and wine festival is around the corner, and tickets are on sale now. The annual Vintage Food and Wine Festival will be held at the Mission San Juan Capistrano on October 5, 2013. Tickets are available now at $75 per person. To buy tickets, call the [...]

San Juan Chamber CEO Lauds City’s Pro-Business Efforts

Mark Bodenhamer, the CEO of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, has written an op-ed in the latest edition of the Capistrano Dispatch. In his article, he lauds the City of San Juan Capistrano for its business-friendly posture, particularly in anticipation of the I-5/Ortega interchange project. That article is available here, and below is [...]

Rodeo Week Kick-Off BBQ on August 16

Who else is excited for Rodeo Week? Rodeo Week 2013 is August 16-25. Start it off right with a kick-off BBQ on Friday, August 16, 2013 from 6-9 PM. Hosted by the San Juan Chamber, and located at the historic Hamilton Oaks Winery building, this event looks to be a great way to welcome a [...]

Celebrate the Grand Opening of the New Mission Gift Shop

The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them on Wednesday at the official Grand Opening of the new gift shop at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Wednesday July 31, 2013 at 3 PM. Invitation and detail below:

Vintage Food and Wine Festival at the Mission

Looking for something to do this weekend? Consider attending the 16th annual Vintage food and wine festival at the Mission, sponsored by the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce. Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 6-10 PM. Hope to see you there!

Image courtesy of SJC Chamber of Commerce


Meet the Candidates for San Juan Capistrano City Council; Save the Date for a Candidate Debate

We seem to be in a politics state of mind here this week. In that spirit, we encourage our San Juan Capistrano friends to attend one or both of these opportunities to get to know the candidates for San Juan Capistrano City Council.

Tomorrow, the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidate [...]

Carmageddon Coming to San Juan Capistrano

The Mayans predicted that the world would end in December 2012. South County commuters who rely on the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange may soon believe that the Mayans were right. Carmageddon, in the form of the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange construction project, is coming!

Caltrans has unveiled plans for the new 5/Ortega interchange. Assuming that funding for [...]

Microbrews by the Mission: San Juan Capistrano Pub Crawl Tonight

According to the Capistrano Dispatch:

A new event in San Juan Capistrano aims to promote local downtown businesses through food, music and above all, beer.

Microbrews by the Mission is a new monthly event hosted by the San Juan Chamber of Commerce, starting Wednesday, July 25. All throughout the downtown area, the community is invited [...]