Orange County Transportation Authority

Celebrate the Swallows with FREE Rides on Metrolink

Each year on St. Joseph’s Day, tiny swallows begin to arrive at San Juan Capistrano after winging hundreds of miles from Argentina. To celebrate these world-famous birds and the colorful history of the city, San Juan Capistrano rolls out the largest non-motorized parade in the nation and holds a fabulous street fair with more than 175 vendors. It’s a true California experience that shouldn’t be missed.

This year, the 56th annual Swallows Day Parade and Mercado will be held Saturday, March 22. The parade begins at 11 a.m., but plan to arrive early to avoid the street closures that start at 10 a.m. Before and after the parade, visit the Mercado to eat, drink, and shop.

Freeway construction at the Ortega Highway (74) and the I-5 Interchange may make traffic a hassle. Why not take Metrolink?  All the events are within easy walking distance of the Metrolink station.

Ride Metrolink FREE

Join us for a pre-event celebration at the Tustin Metrolink Station on Saturday, March 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Arrive early and be one of the first 50 visitors and receive a free Metrolink ticket to San Juan Capistrano. Enjoy live music and free food. Bring a non-perishable donation for the Second Harvest Food Bank for a chance to spin the prize wheel. The train for San Juan Capistrano leaves Tustin at 9:46 a.m. For more information, visit

Save With a $10 Weekend Day Pass

Getting to San Juan Capistrano is simple and inexpensive from many places in southern California. For only $10, a Weekend Day Pass provides unlimited travel on Saturday or Sunday wherever Metrolink travels. Just pick up a ticket at the vending machine on the platform at your closest station and get off at San Juan Capistrano.

For more information about the parade and Mercado, call (949)493-1976. For more information about Metrolink ticket information and train schedules,  visit