There are many things to do in the coastal town, which offers three picturesque public golf courses, miles of hiking trails and the best surf swells on the West Coast. Those who would rather hang out on land can visit the city's downtown Avenida Del Mar to explore antique shops and art galleries, buy beach accessories and dine at chic bistros.
San Clemente Micro-Brew Fest
Left Coast Brewing Co., 1245 Puerta Del Sol in beautiful San Clemente
Taste your favorite area Micro Brews at the 4th Annual San Clemente Beer Festival, Presented by Left Coast Brewing Co.
An exciting band will be providing entertainment as you enjoy an array of Micro Brews from all over Southern California. Spark your palette with home-made food provided by various non-profit organizations. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Left Coast Micro-Brew “Tasting Ro om.”
Admission includes (12) 4oz Micro Brew samples.
VIP opening 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Event open to the public at 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Must be 21 to be admitted. Attendance is limited, so get your tickets early!
Fiesta Street Festival
The 60 th Annual San Clemente Fiesta Street Festival is set for Sunday, August 11, 2013 . The Fiesta Street Festival starts at 9:00 a.m. concluding at 7:00 p.m. on Ave. Del Mar in beautiful San Clemente.
The Fiesta Street Festival Presenting Sponsors : Left Coast Brewing Co., San Diego Gas & Electric, The City of San Clemente, The Toll Roads , CR&R Environmental Services, Southern California Edison, Sparkling ICE, San Clemente Villas by the Sea, RBF Consulting - a Company of Michael Baker Corporation and Target.
Contributing Sponsors : Rod's Tree Service, Universal Press, S.C. Rider Supply, South Coast Distributing, San Clemente Journal, Baskin Robbins, Rainbow Sandals, Inc., Stater Bros. Markets, Sun Post News, San Clemente Times, SanClementePatch.com, Costco Wholesale, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, Brother's Flowers & Party Supplies, Three County Insurance Services, Awards ‘N More, Best Western Casablanca Inn, San Clemente Inn, KWAVE, Doctor's Ambulance and the San Clemente High School.
FIESTA STREET FESTIVAL
Non-Profit Food & Games Booths
Thirty-six local nonprofit service organizations participate in the Fiesta Street Festival. The organizations market an array of international food. In addition, they operate game booths for all ages to participate in. By taking part in the Fiesta, these local organizations raise funds that are then sent back into the community for various charitable causes.
The Fiesta presents three stages of continuous entertainment throughout the day. This year's “headline” bands include: Sharp Turn Ahead, Ry Bradley, World Tour-Legends of Rock, Stranger//Danger, Department of Rock and more. The Chamber is proud to highlight the following 2013 Street Festival Bands: Dirty Pints, Monsoons, Joint Committee, Sharp Turn Ahead, Blackberry, Johnny Oskam, Donnie V, Bondservant, New Day, sMALLTIME, Holland Davis, The Raptured and Cloud of Hope.
Additionally, there will be a performance featuring the Boys & Girls Dance Troupe, Solid Hip Hop Dance Crew, San Clemente Dance & Performing Arts Center. Clowns, Jugglers and Face Painters will mingle with the crowd.
Contests and events, for all ages, are planned, including: Hula Hoop Contest, Pie Eating Contest, Baskin Robbins Brain Freeze Ice Cream Eating Contest, Jump Rope, Tortilla Toss, Easter Egg Hunt, Costco Diaper Derby, Piñata Contest , Pickle Eating and Rocket Fizz Soda & Candy Shop Bubble Gum Blowing Contest.
The “Salsa Challenge” is back and hotter that ever! The cities finest salsa makers, restaurants and individuals, will convene to present their Salsa, which will be judged by the public and official judges. Based on the best tasting salsa, awards will be given out for 1 st place Best Individual, 1 st place Best Restaurant, 1 st place Best Decorated Booth Individual, 1 st place Best Decorated Booth Restaurant, 1 st , 2 nd & 3 rd place People's Choice Individual and 1 st , 2 nd & 3 rd place People's Choice Restaurant. Public tasting for this event starts at 10:00 a.m. Winners are announced at 4:00 p.m.
Arts & Craft Exhibit
The Fiesta will feature an arts & craft show. This exhibit showcases hand-crafted and unique merchandise from talented individual from Southern California.
The Fiesta will include a Members Only Business Exposition. What a great venue to market your business, and with a guaranteed audience. There is a nominal fee for the space and tables are provided. This is just another example of your Chamber working to help promote member businesses. This exposition is limited to members only and there will be limited entrants, so sign up soon.
There are many special activities for children of all ages, featuring: Vertical Rush, Euro Castle, Wild Wave Water Slide, Euro Bungee, Boot Camp Challenge, Criss Cross Water Slide, Big Kahuna Dry Slide, Contests, Face Painters, Balloon Art and more.
Classic Car & Motorcycle Show
Auto & Motorcycle buffs will want to visit the Classic Car Show & Motorcycle Show sponsored by S.C. Rider Supply. Vintage cars from all over Southern California and as far away as Arizona enter the Classic Car Show. Trophies are awarded in many categories. Come see the hottest classic cars & bikes in the area.
The U.S. Marines & U.S. Navy will all be displaying vehicles and information. Other exhibits include: Pet Project Foundation, AMP Radio, U.S. Border Patrol, O.C. Sheriff's Department Drug Education, Anaheim Ducks, San Diego Gas & Electric and many more.
Market your business to literally thousands of visitors in just one day, while enjoying the festivities. What a great way to obtain business exposure and promote your product or service.
Sponsoring the Fiesta Street Festival is a tremendous opportunity to develop public awareness of your business and/or service. It also sends a message of your willingness to extend goodwill toward your community. The Chamber would be honored to market your enterprise at this family event.
Fun for Everyone
This is just a taste of what you will find at the 60 th Annual Fiesta Street Festival. There is no admission fee, and free shuttle service will be available from the San Clemente High School, 700 Avenida Pico. To San Clemente High School-Exit Avenida Pico, head East (inland) to 700 Ave. Pico. The shuttle will run from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Sorry….NO DOGS or STYROFOAM allowed at event.
Call the Chamber office for more details at 949-492-1131
San Clemente Seafest
611 Avenida Victoria - Pier Area - San Clemente.
Event Description: The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 26 th Annual San Clemente Seafest on Sunday, October 6, 2013, sponsored by Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar, Southern California Edison, CR&R Environmental Services , The Crab Pot, San Clemente Cove, The City of San Clemente, Minuteman Press, The Warehouse, Usedsurf.com, EDIT, San Onofre Surf Co., Brawner Boards , Costco Wholesale, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop, Wal-Mart and San Clemente High School .
The Seafest features a Chowder Cook-off , Fisherman's Lobster, Business Exposition, Arts & Craft Show, Surf Contest, Children & Teen Contests, Children's Complementary Arts & Crafts, Entertainment and a U.S. Coast Guard Search & Rescue Demo Operation all taking place at the historic San Clemente Pier area.
The Seafest is famous for its Chowder Cook-Off Competition held on the historic San Clemente Pier. Area citizens, restaurants, and businesses contend for the best tasting chowder this side of New England. Visitors arrive from all over the county to sample the many unique variations of Chowder.
Market your business to over 5,000 people and have a great time doing it. The Chowder Cook-Off is a great opportunity for businesses to highlight their goods & services. As a contestant, you have the benefit of displaying your promotional and marketing material to thousands of visitors.
Utilize your decorating skills and create a booth, which reflects your enterprise. By participating in the Cook-Off your company name will be displayed in numerous advertising pieces and as a winner; your business will be listed in the local papers.
Individual Teams and Clubs & Organizations eagerly await the annual Seafest. These folks have favorite recipes, some passed down from generations. Contestants in the “Individual Category” bring their friends and family and make a celebration out of the competition, including decorating their booths to suit their festive style, all to the delight of the attendees.
As a restaurateur, you consider your Chowder to be the best. Showcase your outstanding blend and see where it stakes up again the other area establishments. What a terrific way to market your business. In addition, Seafest guests are sure to visit your restaurant, post event, to enjoy more items on your sumptuous menu.
Restaurant teams are required to cook a minimum of forty gallons of Chowder & Individual teams are required to cook a minimum of twenty-five gallons.
Spectators purchase tickets for tasting prior to and during the event and decide which contestants Chowder they would like to try. There are five tastes per ticket and tickets cost $6.00. Chowder tasting begins at approximately 9:30 a.m. and concludes at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The Chowder is judged on a point basis for overall Best Tasting Chowder. Each team receives a judging cup prior to the judging period. Contestants then bring their Chowder to the judging area by 9:15 a.m.
The Best Decorated Booth award will be determined by our judging panel based on point's awarded for originality of costume and booth decorations.
The People's Choice awards will be judged by individual taster's ballots.
Awards are presented to the winners in each of the following categories:
- Best Chowder Individual 1 st 2 nd 3 rd & 4 th place
- Best Chowder Restaurant 1 st 2 nd 3 rd & 4 th place
- Best Decorated Individual 1 st 2 nd 3 rd & 4 th place
- Best Decorated Restaurant 1 st 2 nd 3 rd & 4 th place
- People's Choice – Individual 1 st 2 nd 3 rd & 4 th place
- People's Choice – Restaurant 1 st 2 nd 3 rd & 4 th place
6 a.m. – No later than 7:00 a.m.___________________ Set-up Cooking Area
9:15 a.m. ___________________________________Contestants Deliver Chowder to Judges
9:30 a.m.____________________________________ Public Tasting Begins
9:30 a.m.____________________________________ Judging Begins
1:00 p.m.____________________________________ People's Choice Voting Ends
3:00 p.m.____________________________________ Winners Announced
Fisherman's Restaurant and Bar will be serving a variety of their culinary delights right on the beach - fresh seafood such as lobster, Oysters on the Half Shell, crab, steamed mussels and clams and much more.
The 16 th annual Surf Contest, sponsored by The Warehouse, Usedsurf.com, EDIT, San Onofre Surf Co., Brawner Boards, is held at the San Clemente Seafest. This exciting event features local amateur surfers-children & teens, competing for 1 st , 2 nd , and 3 rd place awards.
With an audience of over 3,000 people expected to attend, the Seasfest Business Expo is a great opportunity for businesses to highlight their goods and services. The Expo gives companies direct contact with numerous potential new customers in a single day!
This Exposition is one of our many Chamber benefits. You must be a member to participate. Registration cost is $200.00. Space is limited, so sign-up soon and don't be left out of this unique marketing experience.
Market your business to thousands of visitors in just one day, while enjoying the beautiful San Clemente Beach. What a great way to obtain business exposure and promote your product or service.
Arts & Craft Exhibit
The Seafest will feature an arts & craft show. This exhibit showcases only handcrafted merchandise from talented individual from Southern California.
Contests, including prizes for First, Second & Third, will be held for children & teens - Contests: Hula Hoop Contest, Costco Diaper Derby, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Jump Rope and Tortilla Toss Contest.
Children's Complementary Arts & Crafts
The Seafest hosts complimentary arts & crafts for children including Beads to make key chains, necklaces and bracelets; Sticker Art and Face Painting.
Don't miss our premier Pier band "Shot In The Dark" a youth rock band from the All-Star Band Program at West Coast Rock School.
Sponsoring the Seafest is a tremendous opportunity to develop public awareness of your business and/or service. It also sends a message of your willingness to extend goodwill toward your community. The Chamber would be honored to market your enterprise at this family event.
Free Shuttle Parking
Free shuttle parking is available at the San Clemente High School, 700 Ave. Pico from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
For information, call the Chamber office at (949) 492-1131
415 Avenida Granada , San Clemente , CA 92672 / (949) 498-2139
Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens
is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization located in
the spectacular bluff-top Spanish Colonial
Revival estate of the founder of San Clemente.
Serving more than 15,000 adults and youth
annually, Casa Romantica provides a year-
round array of exciting and enriching cultural
and educational programs for all ages, events
for the community and visitors to south Orange
County plus tours of the historic estate and
The mission of Casa Romantica is:
• To serve as a premiere coastal Southern California cultural center to provide education and enjoyment of the arts, music, history, literature, and horticulture, with a focus on offerings for children and youth.
This stunning historic bluff-top estate, overlooking the Pacific ocean, is available for rent for weddings and private events.
Tuesday — Thursday, 11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
San Clemente Farmers Market
Avenida Del Mar and S. Calle Sevilla , San Clemente , CA 92672 (949) 492-6000
Canfield Rd, Palomar Mountain, CA 92060 / 760- 742-2111
About an hour from the city's bright lights, you will find a free, self-guided tour of Palomar Observatory, one of the country's finest. With its 200-inch Hale telescope, this site has been credited with some of the most fascinating astronomical discoveries of last century. A small museum holds photos and videos of these discoveries. Picnic area, hiking trails and great panoramic views of the county are all worth the visit though the winding mountain roads may be a challenge. Special programs are offered during astronomic events, so call for schedules.
104 S Ola Vis, San Clemente, CA 92672 (949) 218-0903
GALLERY 104 aims to be a leader in the presentation and promotion of contemporary visual arts in San Clemente in between San Diego and Los Angeles, CA.
Featuring local, emerging, national and international artists from paintings to sculpture and jewelry and photography. We always make sure acquiring original art is an enjoyable and pleasurable experience with knowledgeable art consultants. We also have the tools to enhance and appraise your current collection.
Join us for our monthly Artist Receptions – drinks, food, & music.
202 Avenida Cabrillo • San Clemente (949) 492-0465
The Cabrillo Playhouse (established in 1966) came from humbel beginnings as the San Clemente Community Theatre originally established in 1953. Each year for over half a century we have worked hard to continue our rich tradition of being a significant cultural asset to South Orange County by providing an outlet for creative community involvement as we endeavor to enrich, educate, excite and entertain artists and audiences through a variety of performing arts in an intimate setting.
The Village Arts Faire represents an interesting spectrum of arts and crafts – jewelry, ceramic, wood, metals, photography, fine art, hand blown & fused glass, handmade children's clothing, home and garden items, and more! Discover this wonderful San Clemente tradition!
The Village Arts Fair is held on the FIRST SUNDAY of every month at 9AM (Except January). and is put on by the Downtown Business Association. Stroll and shop Ave Del Mar where more than 60 vendors will have arts, crafts and other fabulous items.
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Mission San Juan Capistrano has been the home to many people over 230 years of history. Its history consists of memories and stories of its past inhabitants and present visitors. It is a place of historical, cultural, and religious significance, as well as a place of inspiration and education.
The story begins in 1775, when Mission San Juan Capistrano was first founded by Father Lasuen, on October 30th. But just a few weeks after the party of padres and soldiers arrived, they received word of the revolt occurring in San Diego. The founding padres, and soldiers decided to leave San Juan Capistrano, and go back to San Diego to help there. Once things had settled in San Diego, Father Serra personally led a party to re-found Mission San Juan Capistrano on All Saint's Day, November 1, 1776.
Mission San Juan Capistrano, became the seventh of twenty-one missions to be founded in Alta California. Like the previous six missions, San Juan Capistrano was established to expand the territorial boundaries of Spain, and to spread Christianity to the Native peoples of California. Unlike the British colonies on the East Coast of North America, who brought people from their homeland to form colonies, the Spanish believed they could transform the Native peoples into good Spanish citizens. The idea was to make colonial outposts called missions, led by Franciscan padres and Spanish soldiers. The missions would be a center of learning and training of Native peoples. The Spanish government and Catholic Church wanted to convert the people to Christianity, train them in Spanish or European lifestyle, so that the Native peoples would eventually live in towns and pay taxes, like good Spanish citizens.
MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO TOURSVisit Mission San Juan Capistrano historic landmark and museum as your tour destination.
The Mission offers the following tours:
Award Winning Audio Tour for Adults
"Voices of the Mission" (hear the audio tour on-line)
Free with adult and senior admission.
Available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Vietnamese. Features music, history and storytelling about California history and uncovers the Jewel of the missions.
Audio Tour For Children
Saved by the Mission Bell:
A Child's Journey Through California's History
Free with child admission.
Available in English and Spanish. This humorous and imaginative audio tour is designed to engage 4th graders, but appropriate for children of all ages.
Swallows Walk & Talk Tour
New! Beginning Friday, March 1
Daily at 1:00 p.m.
Learn the facts about cliff swallows, view the swallows vocalization experiment and hear the legend of the Swallows of Capistrano.
Serra Chapel Tour
New! Beginning Sunday, March 3
Every Sunday at 11:15 a.m.
In honor of Father Serra's 300th birthday celebration, tour the Serra Chapel, the oldest operating church in California. Father Serra celebrated Mass in this chapel in 1783.
Daily Guided Tour
For individuals wanting to enhance their experience through an interpretive tour. These drop in tours are available Monday through Friday at 11:15 a.m. and do not require an advance reservation. Minimum group size needed to proceed.
NO RESERVATION REQUIRED
Weekend Guided Tour
For individuals wanting to enhance their experience through an interpretive tour. These drop in tours are Saturdays at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:15 p.m. and do not require an advance reservation. Minimum group size needed to proceed.
NO RESERVATION REQUIRED
Dine and Tour Package
Specifically designed for tour companies and group tours to experience two great historic venues at a discounted rate.
BY RESERVATION ONLY
Docent Guided Tour
Docent guided tours truly enhance your experience at the Mission, our docents dressed in their historic attire do a wonderful job of hosting you through the 10 acres of museum rooms, exhibits, gardens, fountains and more. These tours are offered daily. Availability is limited, book in advance.
BY RESERVATION ONLY
Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. and at 10:45 a.m.
Self Guided Group Tour
The advantage of booking a self-guided group tour is a discount to adult admission, a cost savings of up to $2 per person. BY RESERVATION ONLY
Executive Director Tour
A chance to take a small group tour with the Mission's Executive Director and learn about the details "Behind the Scene" at the Mission. These tours are offered every first Thursday of the month. Advance reservation is required.
BY RESERVATION ONLY
The Mission averages group sizes for students of 20-25 in addition to teachers and chaperones. We hope you enjoy your minimum one hour tour. Group size is subject to change based upon availability of the volunteer docents.
Book a group tour today! Call (949) 234-1306
General Admission Prices
Adults: $9 (includes free audio tour)
Seniors (60+): $8 (includes free audio tour)
Children (4 to 11 years): $6 (includes free audio tour)
Children under 3 years: Free
Driving Directions From The North
From the Los Angeles area take the 5 South to the second San Juan Capistrano exit, which is Ortega Highway. Turn right off the freeway onto Ortega Highway. The Mission is straight ahead 2 ½ blocks on the right.
Driving Directions From The South
From the San Diego area take the 5 North to the second San Juan Capistrano exit, which is Ortega Highway. Turn left off the freeway onto Ortega Highway. The Mission is straight ahead 2 ½ blocks on the right.
From the San Bernardino Area
Take the 215 South to the 91 West to the 55 South to the 5 South. Take the second San Juan Capistrano exit, which is Ortega Highway. Turn right off the freeway onto Ortega Highway. The Mission is straight ahead 2 ½ blocks on the right.
From the 15 South
Take it to the 91 West to the 55 South to the 5 South. Take the second San Juan Capistrano exit, which is Ortega Highway. Turn right off the freeway onto Ortega Highway. The Mission is straight ahead 2 ½ blocks on the right.
There is plenty of free public parking available surrounding the Mission. Most visible lots are at the intersection of Ortega Highway and El Camino Real, both are on the north and south side of Ortega Highway and El Camino Real.