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San Gabriel Mission Church and Schools will host their 246th Annual Fiesta celebration over Labor Day weekend from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. The three-day event, on the grounds of the historic Mission, will feature an International Food Court with a wide selection of cultural foods, live entertainment, children’s rides, and a Beer-Wine-Margarita Garden. At Mission High School, the Teen Zone will return again with electrifying music and a really cool vibe.
The Fiesta will kick off at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, with the Proclamation of Fiesta Days in San Gabriel and an inaugural “Blessing of the Grounds.” Live bands, dance groups, and mariachis will perform each evening on the Fiesta Stage. Two weeks before Fiesta, on Saturday, Aug. 19, the Fiesta committee will host the 5th Annual Blessing of The Car on the Mission Elementary and Mission High School playgrounds. Cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles can be entered and displayed, and the show begins with entries arriving at 6 a.m. and finishes with awards at 2 p.m. The show will have entertainment, food, vendors, and giveaways.
The week before Fiesta, on Saturday, Aug. 26, beginning at 5 p.m., the Fiesta will have a Procession of the Ancestors, Blessing Mass, and the Coronation of its Royal Court. A reception at the Mission Museum will take place at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the new Court and the opening of Fiesta Week in San Gabriel.
New for 2017 is a special Grand Prize Drawing: first prize is a 2017 Nissan Versa or $10,000; second prize is $2,000; third prize is $1,000; fourth prize is $500. Tickets are $5 each; a book of 10 tickets is $50. The drawing will take place on the main Fiesta Stage at 11:45 p.m. Sunday. Winners need not be present. Tickets can also be purchased now at the Mission office until sold out.
Pre-sale, discount-priced ride tickets are available at the Mission Office, 428 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel 91776. Pre-sale scrip tickets, which are used for food, beverages, and games, will also be sold so visitors can avoid the ticket booth lines during the weekend. Sponsorship promotional booths and advertising banners are still available. Contact the office at 626-457-3035 for more information.
The event, host to more than 25,000 visitors coming from all over Southern California, is the Mission’s main fundraiser, with proceeds directed toward parish, elementary, and high school needs. Lead event sponsors include Northgate Gonzalez Markets, DC Engineering Group, Pierce Brothers Mortuary, Cabot & Sons Mortuary, Anheuser Busch, Athens Services, and the Pasadena Star News.
The Fiesta is located in the historic Mission District at 427 S. Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel 91776. Admission and parking are free. Friday, Sept. 1, 5:45 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, Sept. 2, 9 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, Sept. 3, noon to midnight. Event details are subject to change.
For more information, reservations, tickets, and schedules, contact the Mission office at 626-457-3035, or visit www.SanGabrielMissionFiesta.org for more information. Like “San Gabriel Mission Fiesta” on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.