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Viva Florida Events at Mission San Luis


Archaeological Site Tours
Every First Wednesday at 11:00 am

Join a Mission San Luis archaeologist for a tour of Tallahassee's only National Historic Landmark from an archaeological perspective. Learn how the site was excavated and what was discovered about the Apalachee and Spanish residents from the 17th century.

Caricature depicting the Blessing of the Animals at Mission San Luis.
Blessing of Animals
First Saturday of October
(October 3, 2015: 10 am–3 pm) FREE
2014 Photos
Furry, feathered, or other animal friends are invited to be blessed at our annual event. The Blessing of Animals originated in the 13th century in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who believed that all animals should be treated with dignity and respect. Mission San Luis is a pet-friendly site, so bring your companions and enjoy the beautiful park setting and living history programs year-round.

Traditional food.
Giving Thanks
Saturday after Thanksgiving
(November 28, 2015: 10 am–4 pm)
2012 Recipes
17th-Century Apalachee & Spanish Cooking
See demonstrations of traditional food preparation by historical interpreters in period dress. Visitors can observe outdoor cooking with native and European plants from the site's gardens and fields. There will be demonstrations of meat and fish smoking on the barbacoa as well as activities for children. Learn how people and foods from the New and Old Worlds came together to create a cross-cultural cuisine.

Winter Solstice Celebration at Mission San Luis
Winter Solstice Celebration
Saturday & Sunday, December 12 & 13, 2015 (10 am - 8 pm / 10 am - 4 pm)
Enjoy a day of American Indian culture, music, astronomy, and fun! Join us for fine craft shopping, drumming, flute music, and presentations on history, astronomy, and more. Gaze at the pre-solstice sun, stars, and planets with powerful scopes to observe the occasion of the "sun standing" at its southernmost position.

Share the Love at Mission San Luis
Share the Love
Sunday before Valentine's Day
(Sunday, February 7, 2016 / Noon–4:00 pm)
Celebrating Friends and Followers
Help Mission San Luis celebrate and share the love that its social media followers, members, volunteers, and the community have shown. Come out for Cupid's Archery School, scavenger hunts, valentine-making, a photo booth, and more! "Like" Mission San Luis on Facebook for FREE admission to this event!

Demonstration of reenactors firing blackpoweder muskets at the Mision San Luis' fort, Castillo de San Luis.
17th-Century Military Muster
Second Saturday of March
(March 12, 2016: 10 am–4 pm)
Flickr Muster Photos
Spanish and Apalachee Military Life in La Florida
Come experience colorful pageantry and blackpowder musket and cannon fire at Mission San Luis' fort, Castillo de San Luis. Enjoy the opportunity to learn about the world of Spanish soldiers and Apalachee warriors at Spanish Florida's western capital.

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