Viva Florida 500 Events at Mission San Luis
Archaeological Site Tours
(Every Second Sunday: 11 am–12:30 pm)
Join a Mission San Luis archaeologist on Second Sundays 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.
Blessing of Animals
First Saturday of October
(October 5, 2013: 10 am–3 pm) FREE
Pet owners, animal lovers, and furry, feathered, or other friends are invited to the ninth annual Blessing of Animals. The event features individual pet blessings, activities for children, and animal organization exhibits. There will also be dog agility and Paso Fino horse demonstrations. Children are invited to make wild animal masks to be used during a blessing of our woodland creatures. Mission San Luis is a pet-friendly site, so bring your companions and enjoy the beautiful park setting and living history programs.
Giving Thanks: 17th-Century Apalachee & Spanish Foodways
Saturday after Thanksgiving
(November 30, 2013: 10 am–4 pm)
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
Sunday before the Solstice
(December 15, 2013 / 10 am–8 pm)
Native American Stories, Skills, and Traditions
Enjoy a new holiday tradition by observing the occasion of the “sun standing” at its southernmost position in the sky. While their lives were different than ours, we share the same sky with the Apalachee Indians and Spanish settlers who lived here more than three hundred years ago. Shop for fine crafts from local artisans, join a drum circle, listen to storytellers, view the heavens through powerful telescopes, and more!
17th-Century Military Muster
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.
Chihuahua Parade and Costume Contest
Saturday closest to Cinco de Mayo
(May 3, 2014: 10 am–Noon)
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with your pup at Mission San Luis! All Chihuahuas, Chihuahua wannabes, their companions, and their fans are invited to join the fun at the annual costume contest and "paseo" around the plaza. All breeds are welcome. Costumes are optional but there are prizes awarded in several categories.