Solvang’s 30th Birthday Party + Rancheros Visitadores Ride

Rancheros Visitadores at Old Mission Santa Ines in SolvangYou’ve got choices of so many events happening this weekend—it may be challenging to pick out your faves—so here’s two not to miss! On Friday, 5/1/15, the City of Solvang turns 30 years old and you’re invited to a free aebleskiver breakfast from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street). Yes, Solvang was founded in 1911 yet became a legal California city in 1985—hence the 30th birthday breakfast bash. Come meet the Mayor, city officials and enjoy some of those popular Danish pancake balls!

Then, this Saturday, 5/2/15, starting around 2:00 p.m. on, join us as we welcome more than 500 members of the Rancheros Visitadores “visiting ranchers” for their free equestrian parade north along Alisal Road then east on Mission Drive. Watch these handsome horses, riders and carriages stride by, then head to the Old Mission Santa Ines field to see them blessed by the padres. Afterward, they will head along the Santa Ynez River trail for their week-long trek and encampment nearby. This long-time private men’s membership club is gathering here for the 85th time to celebrate horsemanship, western heritage and ranching traditions. If you’d like to do some horseback riding yourself, check out

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Rancheros Visitadores parade on Alisal Road in Solvang  Rancheros Visitadores gather at Old Mission Santa Ines