2016 Events

2016 Calendar Brochure


Mission Life Days

Traditional Mission Life

March 19

11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Join the costumed docents and staff for an opportunity to observe and participate in the craft activities that supplied the needs of the mission residents. Demonstrated crafts may include: tortilla making, candle making, soap making, spinning and weaving, carpentry, pottery, and blacksmithing.

Sheep Shearing Mission Life

April 23 
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In addition to the activities listed above watch our sheep get their annual shear and learn about wool production during the mission times with hands on activities for the entire family.

Childrens Mission Life

July 23
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In addition to activities mentioned above, Children's Mission Life will emphasize children's life at the mission, kid friendly activities and dress up.


Village Days

August 27 & November 5 
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Tule Village comes to life as visitors experience the blending of traditional Chumash and Colonial Spanish life ways. Demonstrators help visitors learn a variety of skills such as grinding acorns, basket weaving, building a tule house, making soapstone beads or tule dolls, and playing Chumash games.


Purisima's People Day

March 5, May 7, July 9, & September 10

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Step back in time to 1822. Costumed re-enactors portray the people who call La Purisima Mission home. Visitors may meet Padre Payeras, the Mayordomo, blacksmith, and the women and children completing their daily chores. Feel free to visit with Purisima's People, but remember - its 1822!

Unique to July 11, come celebrate the Harvesting of the Wheat. We will take you from the seed to the loaf.

And on September 12, help celebrate the Harvest, which will include the Stomping of the Grapes on the back patio at 1:40 PM

El Pastor

May 28 and June 11

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Explore La Purisima Mission as costumed docents and staff provide craft demonstrations and conversation.

Mountain Men

August 26 & 27

10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Buckskin clad members of the American Mountain Men share mountain men history and skills. Cooking, hide preparation and tanning, leather working, rope making, and blacksmithing are among the skills that visitors may experience. Equipment will be on display and tall tales will surround the campfire.

Candlelight Tours

October 2016 (Dates to be Announced)

On an escorted walking tour by candlelight, guests travel back in time to the 1820s, moving from scene to scene enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the evening at La Purisima Mission. The scenes are sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous and always entertaining.

Founding Day Remembrance

Founding Day recognizes the day La Purisima Mission was established on December 8, 1787 on the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Details and tickets. Events for this observation are:

Founding Day Mass

December 8 - 12:00 p.m.

Held in the historic main church of La Purisima Mission.

Founding Day Concert

December 8 - 7:00 p.m.

Over 500 luminarias lead the way to an evening of candlelight and music celebrating the anniversary of the founding of La Purisima Mission in 1787. Enjoy a musical performance in the setting of the historic church by candlelight. After the performance, guests are invited to La Sala to enjoy fellowship and refreshments.

Attendance is limited to 6 years or older. Additional information and questions answered at 805 733-3713.

Las Posadas

December 19, 2016 2-4 pm

Join costumed docents as they lead the Las Posadas procession though the mission grounds with songs in Spanish and English. The tradition dates back over 400 years in Mexico and reenacts the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter in Bethlehem.