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Special Events

Events at Mission San Luis

Except as indicated, admission to all events has the same fee as regular admission.
(Adults: $5; Seniors 65+: $3; Children 6-17: $2; Children under 6, Members & Active Duty Military: FREE.)

Traditional food.
Giving Thanks
Sunday before Thanksgiving
(November 20, 2016: 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
(Postponed. Date to be announced.)
2015 Solstice Event Photos

Southeastern Indian Culture & Heritage
We are proud of the legacy of the popular Winter Solstice Celebration and now we are reimagining the event into the Southeast’s preeminent experience honoring its regional Native Peoples! Stay tuned for updates on this exciting transformation.


Share the Love at Mission San Luis
Share the Love
Sunday before Valentine's Day
(Sunday, February 12, 2017 / Noon–4 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, living history love stories, a photo booth, a bake sale, hot chocolate, 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 11, 2017 / 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.


Caricature depicting the Blessing of the Animals at Mission San Luis.
Blessing of Animals
First Saturday of October
(October 7, 2017: 10 am–3 pm) FREE
2016 Photos | 2016 Blessing FB Event

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.