San Gabriel Mission will celebrate its 240th birthday with the annual Fiesta on Labor Day Weekend

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

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