The historic San Gabriel Mission will celebrate its 240th birthday with the annual Fiesta on Labor Day Weekend. The Fiesta will begin with the Ringing of the Bells Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday Sept. 2, and the activities will carry on throughout the weekend to Sunday, Sept. 4.
The Fiesta will feature a Blessing of the Fiesta Grounds, Children and Pet’s Costume Contest, Blessing of the Animals, Re-enactments, History Reception, Birthday Cake Celebration, Founders’ Memorial Mass, Royal Court Contest, and more.
The Gabrieleno-Tongva American Indians will join re-enactors of Fr. Junipero Serra, Klaus “Adobe Man” Duebbert, a blacksmith, a wool spinner, soldiers, and others in the mission gardens from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Fiesta will be open Friday from 6 p.m. – midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight. The Mission Museum and gardens will be open free of cost from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. that weekend.
For more information, call the Mission Rectory Office at (626)-457-3035 or visit www.sangabrielmission.net