2018 Living History Events


2018 Calendar Brochure


Mission Life Days


Traditional Mission Life Day

March 17
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 Day

April 21
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.


Hide & Tallow Mission Life Day

May 19
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Learn about the leather and tallow crafts of the Mission with demonstrations and hands-on activities.


Childrens Mission Life Day

July 21
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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


Harvest Mission Life Day

September 15
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Come stomp grapes and thresh wheat at the harvest, and enjoy other traditional Mission activities.


Natural History Day

April 7
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Explore the colors and critters of spring with our Park Rangers at La Purisima.  Learn about the park’s wild inhabitants at the Mammal and Bird station, check out our Scales and Tales Reptile Encounter, and hit the trail for a wildflower / wildlife hike.  Fun for all ages!!!


Junior Rangers

October 21, November 11 & 18, December 2 & 30
10:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Meet at the Visitor Center

Hey kids 7 to 12 years of age join in the fun and be a Junior Ranger! Explore nature, learn about history, hike, craft and play during our one hour ranger lead program.  No sign up or registration required just be 7-12 years old and meet at the visitor center at 10:00 a.m. on the dates listed above.

Village Days

August 25 & November 3 
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Tule Village comes to life as visitors experience the blending of traditional Chumash Indian and Colonial Spanish culture. Visitors engage in activities such as acorn grinding, basket weaving, making soapstone beads and tule dolls, and playing Chumash games.



Mountain Men

March 24, August 24 & 25

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 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

September 22

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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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. Check back in early November for ticket information. 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 lanterns lead the way to an evening of candlelight and music celebrating 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.

Tickets are advance purchase only and are available starting November 1. Additional information and questions answered at (805) 733-3713.

Las Posadas

December 15, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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.