Danish Days is Only a Month Away!

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/

 

More Free Concerts in Solvang Park This Summer!

You and your family can still enjoy FREE, live concerts in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) this month!  Make plans now to spend the following evenings from 5:00-8:00 p.m. enjoying:

Sponsored by Solvang Third Wednesday and Waste Management, you can pick up picnic ingredients at the adjacent weekly Solvang Farmers Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, or purchase bites from nearby Cecco Ristorante and Cafe Dolce and so many more! So bring your blanks, lawn chairs and beverages and say cheers to summer time fun!

Swing to Jazz & Beyond in the Garden

Live music just sounds even better outdoors, don’t you think? If you’d enjoy some live, Sunday afternoon entertainment this summer, make plans to attend the  “Jazz & Beyond in the Garden” series of concerts at Solvang Festival Theater, located at 420 Second Street. You can relax under the oaks and listen to outstanding musicians. Wine, other beverages and fruit & cheese plates are available for purchase before the concert and during intermission.

On  Sunday (8/13/17), savor the hip, melodic and syncopated sounds of The Robert Hart Project. Robert is a genre-bending vocalist, saxophonist, pianist, flautist, bassist, composer, engineer and producer. On Sunday, 8/27/17, experience Café Odessa, a potent mixture of traditional jazz, classical, folk, Eastern European and Dixieland. Buy tickets online for only $30 per person or at the gate (opens at 2:30 p.m., and concerts begin at 3:00 p.m.) For complete details on more summer events in Solvang, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/

Disney’s Newsies The Musical Opens in Solvang on 7/27!

You have to admit, there is something magical about live theater under the stars! PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) performances in Solvang Festival Theater are wonderful ways to spend summer evenings here. So far this season, we’ve enjoyed Beauty and The Beast and Lend Me a Tenor The Musical. Starting this Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, August 20, 2017, experience the stirring music, amazing heart and stunning choreography of Disney’s Newsies The Musical. The show is based on the history-making 1899 newsboy strike that shook up New York publishers William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. You can get your tickets at the Festival Theater box office located at 420 Second Street or online at www.pcpa.org

Read all about this deal—order Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday tickets and use Coupon Code $5OFF17 to save $5 off EACH adult ticket at check out online. On Solvang Third Wednesday (8/16/17) adult tickets are 25% off (and be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child ticket pricing—do remember, kids under 5 are not admitted into the theater.) Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants, wine bars and local attractions. Come experience how the remarkable strength that comes from standing together – one for all and all for one is powerful– no matter what decade!

Summer Time IS Ice Cream Time!

With this warm, sunny weather we’re having, if you’re like me and my family, thoughts turn to the classic summer treat—ice cream! I think you’ll agree that Solvang has more ice cream shops and restaurants per capita offering this cool delight than almost any other town our size. Fortunately, with so many places to indulge here, I recommend you stroll around and do some taste testing, then let us know your favorites—are you more of a traditional vanilla or chocolate fan or a cookies & cream or rainbow sherbet aficionado? And let’s not forget frozen yogurts and gelato, too! It’s all here within a few short blocks! Yummy delights can be found at Solvang Trolley Ice Cream Parlor, Old Danish Food Farm, Kate’s Yogurt, Ingeborg’s Chocolates & Ice Cream Parlor and Café Dolce just to name a few. For details on all your delicious options, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/dining/

 

PCPA Presents “Lend Me A Tenor The Musical”– a romantic comedy!

Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, a Tony-nominated musical comedy, may be a case of romantic mistaken identities, yet you don’t want to make a mistake and miss this performance under the stars in downtown Solvang! Here’s the set-up: the year is 1934 and opera star Tito Merelli is about to revive one of his great triumphs for the 10-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito becomes incapacitated, a suitable replacement must be found and mayhem ensues, yet the show must go on! Lend Me A Tenor The Musical is now playing Tuesday-Sunday through July 23, 2017, at the magical, outdoor Solvang Festival Theater 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. On 7/19/17,  (Solvang 3rd Wednesday) adult tickets are 25% off (and be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child pricing—yet remember, kids under 5 are not admitted into the theater.) Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and local attractions. For a tantalizing taste of the show, check out this video!

Happy 241st Birthday Today, USA! Solvang REALLY Celebrates!

There are so many ways to celebrate today with fun festivities right here in Solvang!  At 10:00 a.m. enjoy a Free Concert by Santa Ynez Valley Wind Ensemble at Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street). Then, the traditional parade starts at 11:00 a.m. presented by the Solvang Rotary Club that rolls along Mission Drive (Route 246); turns south on Fourth Place, then east along Copenhagen Drive and back to the starting point at Old Mission Santa Ines (1760 Mission Drive). This year’s theme is “American Heroes.”  2017 Parade Grand Marshal is a Solvang hero, Jim Kunkle, Sr., a highly decorated World War II US pilot who is a life member of the Legion of Honor, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy near Aachen, Germany, on Sept. 16, 1944. He also received the Air Medal of Honor as well as a Purple Heart. From Noon- 2:00 p.m. enjoy the BBQ and Free Concert by the T-Bone Ramblers at Solvang Park sponsored by Solvang Rotary Club featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, linguiça and all the fixings for $5-7 combos–with chips and soda or water.

From 2:00-3:00 p.m. enjoy a free concert by Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and local musicians under the direction of Dr. Michael Elgin in Old Mission Santa Inés chapel (1760 Mission Drive) featuring Americana, traditional & patriotic music.

At 2:00 p.m., gates open at Old Mission Santa Ines for the 23rd Annual Solvang Independence Day Festival & Fireworks Show through 9:30 p.m. sponsored by Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley . Admission is only $10.00 per adult; and FREE for children ages 7 and under, as well as FREE for active duty military and immediate family members with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. The Solvang Independence Day Festival has food booths, wine & beer garden, kids’ activities including bounce castle, face-painting and plenty of time to kick-back & relax. All proceeds benefit local charities. Don’t miss the live entertainment on the outdoor stage starting at 5:00 p.m. Then at 9:00 p.m.—the amazing 20-minute fireworks show!

 Remember, there is free parking in public lots and businesses throughout Solvang year-round. The Solvang Visitors Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at 1630 Copenhagen Drive offering free maps, guides, savings coupons and plenty of information. Wishing you and yours a joyful celebration here in Solvang!