California Vaquero History St. Francis Retreat Old San Juan Bautista Mission
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Saturday Celebration!


August 20, 2016 - A Special Day & Evening!

Saturday's Artisan Show & Sale + Horsemen w/Horses Demos!
(Tickets sold at the door, $6)

Doors Open:  9:00am - 5:00pm    Artisan & Exhibitor Show & Sale
(Note:  sorry, no dogs allowed on property)
       Enjoy meeting selected artisans & gear makers, sharing their skills and traditions related to the vaquero techniques of rawhide braiding, silversmithing, weaving, leatherwork. Mingle with histsorians  and iconic vaquero horsemen. Take the opportunity to share the vaquero history experience on the historic "Rancho" grounds where early vaqueros gathered herds of livestock during the Mission and Rancho era 1797  - mid 1800s and into the 1900s.

Throughout the day - listen for the music & singing indoors & outdoors. We have some great talent surprises for you!

Time:  9:00am - 5:00pm     Artisan Show & Sale, Purchase Daily Entry Tickets at the door $6 ea. Also purchase tickets for Chef's Lunch, Beverages, Posters & Raffle when you enter.

Time:  10:45am  Gather outdoors under the oaks for horsemen demos. 

The Vaquero's Legacy Continues...

Time:  11:00am - 11:45am    Horsemen Presentations

(See "Horsemen Expos" on Home Page for Horsemen info)

Time:  12:00noon - 1:00pm    Lunch Time - Enjoy chef-prepared lunch.

The Vaquero's Legacy Continues...

Time:  1:30pm - 2:15pm    Horsemen Presentations

(See "Horsemen Expos" on Home Page for Horsemen info)

Time:  4:45pm   Lower Area Beverage Bar closes.

 Time:  5:00pm   Artisan booths close. Thank you for attending! Show opens again Sunday 9:30am.  Do you have your tickets for Saturday Evening??

Saturday Evening Dinner & Concert!

Purchase tickets in advance, limited seating.

Time:  6:00pm - 8pm  Rancho Dinner & "Trinity Seely Concert"  advance ticket purchase necessary. A special evening in the Friars Dining Hall and upper veranda. You'll dine on a fantastic chef prepared Rancho Dinner (with a little Spanish flair) before gathering to welcome  singer/songwriter Trinity Seely on her first-time visit to the area. You'll enjoy her original lyrics inspired by her love and devotion to family "life on the ranch". She lends support to keeping California's vaquero traditions alive!  It's an evening of great food, good friends and special entertainment! Limited seating available, so act quick, purchase tickets and don't miss out on Saturday Eve at the Rancho!

Evening Concert Tickets $49.  Click on "Tickets" and buy on-line. To purchase by mail, send an email or call. Questions? Contact Event Director at 831.623.1128 or



Event Proceeds Benefit St. Francis Retreat on Historic Rancho San Justo!