• San Gabriel Mission Celebrates 242nd Birthday


    10SAN GABRIEL – The San Gabriel Mission begins its birthday celebration with many festivities at its annual festival always held Friday through Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

    The fiesta will be open on Fri., Aug. 30, from 6 p.m. to midnight, Sat., Aug. 31, from noon to midnight, and Sun., Sept. 1, from noon to midnight.

    On Friday, Aug. 30, the Ringing of the Bells Ceremony will start the fiesta at 6 p.m. at the mission bell wall, followed by the Blessing of the Fiesta Grounds.

    Saturday, Aug. 31, festivities start early with Celebrating Our Heritage Walk or Bike to Los Angeles. Walkers start at 6 a.m. and bikers start at 7 a.m. from Plaza Park next to San Gabriel Mission.  The Children’s and Pet’s Costume Contest will begin at mission’s fiesta stage at 9 a.m., followed by Blessing of the Animals at 10:30 a.m.   Gabrieleno-Tongva indians and re-enactors of history are invited to be in the mission gardens from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Re-enactors invited are Fr. Junipero Serra, Klaus “Adobe Man” Duebbert, a blacksmith, wool spinner, rope maker, Indian potter, soldiers, and other re-enactors.

    That will be followed by the History Reception at 4 p.m. in the mission museum patio that will include honoring persons whom have volunteered to improve the mission buildings, grounds, give guided tours or help in the local historical community.

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