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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.)

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

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.


Winter Solstice Celebration at Mission San Luis
Winter Solstice Celebration
Saturday and Sunday before the Solstice
(December 16, 2017: 10 am - 8 pm and
December 17, 2017: 10 am - 4 pm)
2017 Solstice FB Event
2015 Solstice Event Photos

Southeastern Native American 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.


Demonstration of reenactors firing blackpoweder muskets at the Mision San Luis' fort, Castillo de San Luis.
17th-Century Military Muster
(Saturday, March 10, 2018 / 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.