Starting this Sunday, October 1st, you & yours can enjoy a new series of FREE, live jazz concerts in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) for the entire month! Make plans now to spend from Noon-2pm savoring jazz tunes performed on the gazebo stage from Noon-2pm AND browse local arts and crafts booths, too, throughout the park between 10am-2pm. The Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band will open and close this new series of five, free outdoor performances. Sponsored by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, you can pick up refreshments from nearby bakeries and restaurants; bring your blankets, lawn chairs and enjoy the lovely autumn weather! What a relaxing way to savor your Sunday! Here’s the entire schedule! http://www.solvangusa.com/events/jazz-in-the-gazebo/
Are you ready to celebrate autumn’s vineyard harvest? The grapes and their winemakers are really ready! Mark your calendar for September 29-October 1, 2017, for the annual Celebration of Harvest Weekend sponsored by the non-profit Santa Barbara Vintners organization. There are so many exciting winemaker collaborative dinners, tastings and open houses around the area, you’ll definitely want to come stay, sip and swirl in Solvang for awhile!
You can also get a Harvest Experience Passport to taste wine at up to 12 different participating wineries and tasting rooms for $50 per person. Of course, enjoy more than 20 tasting rooms right here in downtown Solvang! For complete details and to get your tickets, click here AND be sure to reserve your hotel room now since lodging fills up quickly! Cheers!
Skål! It’s time to cheer a wonderful time of year here in Solvang—the 81st Annual Solvang Danish Days are this Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17, 2017. This amazing activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911. (Hard to believe that was 106 years ago!) Sponsored by the charity Solvang Danish Days Foundation, this year’s theme is “Think of Something Danish” which won’t be difficult with FREE admission, plus food, entertainment and activities for the whole family! New to Solvang Danish Days this year is a town-wide restaurant promotion; participating Solvang eateries and bars will be “cooking up” special menus and fare.
Meet 2017 Danish Maid Gabrielle Heron (her family members were some of the original settlers). You can enjoy three parades (Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade featuring 2017 Grand Marshal Petit Pfau and Sunday’s Children’s Parade); two aebleskiver breakfasts (Danish pancake spheres) followed by free aebleskiver eating contest (how many can YOU eat in 5 minutes?) In Solvang Park check out the Kids’ Korner featuring a huge LEGOS ® make-your-own craft tent and Viking encampment. Plus, you can experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum.
Don’t miss any of these festivities including NEW free concerts (starting on Friday, 9/15/17 from 4-7pm in Solvang Park with The Ruben Lee Dalton Band then on Saturday, 9/16/17, from 4-7pm at the Midgaard Pavilion Stage (1639 Copenhagen Drive), enjoy Jacob Cole Band and from 7-10pm are The Rincons. And, enjoy a free return performance by Danish-American organist James Welch on the Phelps pipe organ at Bethania Lutheran Church, 603 Atterdag Road on Saturday, 9/16/17 at 1pm. On Sunday, 9/16/17 from 2:45pm-Danish Days Closing Ceremony in Solvang Park with the vaudevillian antics of Comedy Industries and a free live concert featuring Matt Cermanski and Joey Sykes of HONEY RIVER.
Get all the details and make your hotel reservations now by visiting http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/danish-days/
Are you looking for something artistic to experience? Discover The Wildling Museum at 1511-B Mission Drive near the corner of Fifth Street—there’s so much for you to explore in this soaring three-story space, you don’t want to miss it! The Wildling connects people with the wonder of America’s wilderness through great art, nature-related classes, rotating exhibits and special events throughout the year.
This Saturday, 9/9/17 at 1pm, you can enjoy the workshop Exploring Color with Artist Cynthia DeVine, who will share how color shapes our lives, inducing emotions, calling up memories and influences as well as history and development of color theory. You’ll participate in a mandala coloring activity (all supplies included and take home a set of brush markers). Be sure to schedule time to see the current exhibit “Animals: A-Z” (closing on 10/9/17) featuring artists from six countries (Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Bhutan, Russia and USA) with strong local representation as well.
Did you know the Wildling Museum is available for private party rentals and meetings; and there’s some really great original art and jewelry in the gift shop, too? Get your art on!
Twelfth Night is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies filled with a love triangle, mistaken identities and plenty of merriment. First performed on stage circa 1601-2, the themes are just as current in our modern-day world of romantic intrigues. Twelfth Night is now playing Wednesday-Sunday through September 10 at the magical, outdoor Solvang Festival Theater and performed by acclaimed actors of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre). Tickets are available online at www.pcpa.org or at the Theater box office located at 420 Second Street. Be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child pricing (yet remember, kids under age 5 are not admitted into the theater). Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and local attractions. This is the final show of the 2017 PCPA summer season in Solvang, so don’t miss your chance enjoy the stars in the sky and on the stage!
Put your current ride in drive and visit Solvang for the 13th annual Wheels N’ Windmills Car Show this Saturday (8/26/17) from 10am to 4pm downtown along Copenhagen Drive. Are you ready to see some of the finest classic vehicles in California? It’s free for you and your family & friends to come admire a mix of 300 classics (pre-1980) plus vendor booths, live entertainment and giveaways. Take a stroll, chat up the owners (and of course, take time to shop & eat & wine & beer taste, too!) Registration fees support charities. Plus, there is a raffle for a GM Performance V8 crate engine & transmission with proceeds benefitting automotive training programs at Santa Ynez Valley Union, Lompoc and Santa Maria high schools. This car show is an amazing display of mechanical horse-power—that always gets this Detroit Motor City native gal revved up! Vroom Vroom! For more details on all the events happening in Solvang, visit www.solvangusa.com/events/
Make sure you mark your calendar for Friday, 9/15/17 through Sunday, 9/17/17 for the FREE 81st annual Danish Days celebration. Sponsored by the charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation, this amazing activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911. (Hard to believe that was 106 years ago!)
Come be a Dane for the weekend! Want to meet a Viking? Got an appetite for aebleskiver, those delish Danish pancake balls? Want to hear Danish music and do street dancing? You can enjoy three parades ((Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade and Sunday’s Children’s Parade); two aebleskiver breakfasts followed by an aebleskiver eating contest (how many can YOU eat in 5 minutes?) In Solvang Park check out the Kids’ Korner featuring a huge LEGOS ® make-your-own craft tent. There are free concerts and live entertainment all around town. You can experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum. Don’t miss any of these festivities! You can view all the details and start planning your stay by visiting www.solvangusa.com/events/danish-days/