Cheers! Vintners’ Celebration of Harvest is October 9-12th

Solvang, CaliforniaAre you ready to celebrate the autumn vineyard harvest? The grapes and their winemakers are really ready—especially with all this recent warm weather. Mark your calendar for October 9-12, 2015, is the 25th annual Celebration of Harvest 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!

Solvang, CaliforniaThe Festival Grand Tasting will be Saturday afternoon 10/10/15 from 1-4pm at the historic Old Mission Santa Ines right in downtown Solvang. You can also get a Vintners Visa (a tasting pass to twelve 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/

15th Anniversary of The Wildling Museum

wildling-museum-solvang-caYou don’t want to miss the 15th anniversary gala “Some Enchanted Evening” of The Wildling Museum “where art and nature meet” happening this Saturday, 9/26/15 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Celebrate 15 years of inspiration and dedication to conservation of wildlife and natural areas through art. During the evening, you can feast your eyes on fascinating exhibits; shop the silent art auction (15 amazingly diverse artworks including a Bud Bottoms sculpture and an original Wyland painting).

BudBottomsYou’ll get to meet 2015 Wilderness Spirit Award Winner Bud Bottoms, an artist and environmental advocate who also is the creator of the world-famous bronze dolphin sculptures in Santa Barbara and sister cities Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and more. You’ll get to meet 2015 Wilderness Spirit Award Winner Bud Bottoms, an artist and environmental advocate who also is the creator of the world-famous bronze dolphin sculptures in Santa Barbara and sister cities Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and more.

Savor scrumptious food, local wines as well as musical interludes by PCPA performers and jazz pianist Charles Stauffer. Located at 1511-B Mission Drive near the corner of Fifth Street—there’s so much for you to discover in this soaring three-story space. 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 more details and tickets for this benefit evening, visit http://www.wildlingmuseum.org/15th-anniversary-and-award-dinner/

Be a Dane This Weekend! It’s Danish Days!

Mia_Andersen_2015Are you ready to embrace your inner Dane? Meet some Vikings? Got an appetite for aebleskiver? It’s all happening this weekend during the FREE 79th annual Danish Days from Friday, 9/18/15 through Sunday, 9/20/15. Sponsored by the charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation, this activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911. At the opening ceremonies Friday night, meet 2015 Danish Days Maid Mia Andersen (pictured at right).

You can enjoy 3 popular parades (Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade featuring 2015 Grand Marshals Bent & Susy Olsen, and Sunday afternoon Children’s Parade.) 13- Danish Days 2008-AebleskiverMakerThere’s a delicious aebleskiver breakfast followed by an aebleskiver eating contest on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Danish-style Beer & Wine Garden serves Carlsberg, local brews and wines on Friday night and Saturday.

Solvang, CaliforniaThe Ravens of Odin, a professional Viking re-enactment group creates an authentic camp in Solvang Park adjacent to the Kids’ Korner featuring a huge LEGOS ® make-your-own craft tent. Experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum.

New this year is a free concert performance by US Air Force Band of the Golden West “Galaxy” on Saturday, 9/19/15, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Also new is online advance purchases of Saturday and Sunday Aebleskiver Breakfast tickets and the “Dane For A Day” VIP ticket bundle at https://squareup.com/market/solvang-days

Don’t miss any of these festivities! To see the most current, complete schedule of ALL events during the weekend; visit www.SolvangDanishDays.org

Mads Men in Concert

thumbs_madsmen-392-desat-2014_8_24Are you a fan of the hit TV Show Mad Men? Do you dig jazz music and show tunes? Would you enjoy sitting under the stars and listening to a two-time Grammy award winning musician? Then make plans right now to spend Saturday, 9/19/15 at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater savoring the sounds of Mads Tolling and his merry Mads Men in concert. Helmed by Tolling on violin, the quartet also features pianist Colin Hogan, Sam Bevan on bass, and drummer Eric. Their program includes popular TV and movie themes from the 1960s—think “Meet the Flintstones,” “The Pink Panther” to “A Time for Us” and “Georgia on My Mind.” Mads hails from Copenhagen, was educated at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has played festivals around the world. His Grammy Awards were for Best Classical Crossover albums and he was nominated for his third Grammy this year. Mads is kicking off his new international tour right here in California’s Little Denmark. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45 up to $100 VIP passes with pre-concert goodies plus an after-performance meet +greet with Mads & the Mad Men. One of the best parts of this event? A portion of your ticket price is going toward taking care of seniors and building the new Rehabilitation Wing at Atterdag Village of Solvang. To purchase tickets pronto, visit www.atterdagvillageofsolvang.com

Mads Tolling

For Labor Day, Make Hotel Reservations!

Hamlet Inn Solvang guest roomIt’s September already and Solvang (sunny fields in Danish) is filled with activities and events and family fun—especially for this upcoming Labor Day “long weekend.” You know you want to getaway and visit—do some shopping, wine tasting, check out the new restaurants, sample Danish delights and just relax & renew, right? With 16 inns, hotels and resorts to choose from, there’s lodging options for every taste and budget here in California’s Little Denmark. I think that package deals make planning your getaway ever so easy (especially with theater packages that include the amazing PCPA production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Solvang Festival Theater). Check out this link to make it even easier on your wallet! http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/where-to-stay/deals/