So, will you and your family be able to find your way out of “The Fog” this week? THE best way to celebrate the witchy season is at the 21st annual Solvang Halloween Haunted House & StreetFest happening this Thursday, 10/30/14 and Friday, 10/31/14 from 6:00-9:30pm (kid friendlier version is 6-6:30pm). Where do you ask? At the eerily transformed Solvang Festival Theater at 420 Second Street! Incredibly imaginative Solvang Parks & Recreation staff and community volunteers have done it again– this time creating an abandoned fishing village filled with hazy mist, ghostly lighthouse and creepy survivors. Outside the theater grounds at the StreetFest, check out goodies for purchase from Georgia’s Smokehouse, Good 2 Go, Coffee A La Cart, The Good Life Beer & Wine Garden, plus famous Trunk or Treating (on 10/31/14 only). Your cost for all this safe yet spooky fun is only $10 for adults and $8 for kids ages 13 & under. Get tickets in advance online at www.solvanghauntedhouse.com or at the gate and don’t be late! “The Fog” will envelop Solvang only for two nights this autumn! http://www.solvangusa.com/includes/events/?action=displayDetail&eventid=6841
So you’re strolling down Mission Drive near the corner of Fifth Street and ponder—what’s going on at The Wildling Museum “where art and nature meet”? There’s so much for you to discover in this amazing three-story space; particularly this Saturday, 10/25/14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with free opening day admission to “Beguiled by the Wild-ling: The Art of Charley Harper.” Cincinnati-born artist and ardent nature watcher Charley Harper (1922 – 2007) infused much of his “minimal realism” work with a delightful sense of humor depicting animal forms as abstracted, geometric shapes. Don’t miss the free guided exhibit tour at 1:00 pm, the opportunity to meet live animals featured in his art at 2:00 pm, and hear the stories written by Harper during kids’ story time at 3:00 pm.
Plus, check out the Wildling’s other current exhibitions Painting the Wilderness: John Fery and Contemporaries; Preserving Santa Barbara’s Wild Lands; and Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness.
Did you know the museum is available for private party rentals and meetings; and there’s some really original art and jewelry in the gift shop, too? For all the details, visit http://www.wildlingmuseum.org/
You need some fall frolic in your life and Solvang’s monthly “Third Wednesday” will deliver! Set for Wednesday, October 15, 2014, you can enjoy some special “Fall Frolic Festivities” at the town’s “West End” (the block of Mission Drive aka Highway 246 bounded by 4th Place and 5th Street.) From 5:30-7:30pm check out the free live music in front of Wandering Dog Wine Bar (1539-C Mission Drive); free treats and cider; a doggie costume contest and parade sponsored by Lemos Feed & Pet Supply; free admission to the Wildling Museum; plus regular, monthly Solvang Third Wednesday deals at local merchants including boutiques, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market from 2:30-6:00pm; the popular Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk; and discounts at local hotels. And don’t miss the amazing Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrowfest displays crafted by local businesses, individuals and school organizations, now through November 10! Be sure to vote for your favorite! For more details, visit http://solvangthirdwednesday.com/events/
Are you ready to celebrate the autumn vineyard harvest? Despite this recent warm weather, the grapes and their winemakers are ready! This weekend, October 10-13, 2014, is the 24th annual Celebration of Harvest #COH14 sponsored by the non-profit Santa Barbara Vintners organization. There are so many exciting events and activities, you’ll definitely want to come stay, sip and swirl in Solvang for awhile! For example, the new Santa Barbara Vintners La Paulée dinner on Friday night, 10/10/14 at the Solvang Veterans Hall followed by Saturday morning’s Santa Barbara Wine Seminar featuring six local wine industry panelists. The Festival Grand Tasting will be Saturday afternoon 10/11/14 from 1-4pm at the historic Old Mission Santa Ines; then rock out at the Saturday night concert featuring Toad the Wet Sprocket at Solvang Festival Theater. You can also get a Vintners Visa (a tasting pass to twelve Santa Barbara County tasting rooms over the four-day weekend) plus savor various tasting room open houses and vineyard walks all around the area. For complete details and to get your tickets, visit http://www.celebrationofharvest.com/