So, will you and your family dare to experience “Fractured Fairytales” this weekend? THE best way to celebrate the witchy season is heading over to the 23rd annual Solvang Halloween Haunted House & StreetFest happening this Saturday,10/29/16 and Monday,10/31/16 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 a dark forest where creatures cast their shadows on fable icons such as Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Goldilocks and more! Outside the theater grounds at the StreetFest, check out goodies for purchase from food trucks plus famous Trunk or Treating (on 10/31/16 only).
Your cost for all this safe yet spooky fun is only $11 for adults and $9 for kids ages 13 & under. Get tickets in advance online here or at the gate and don’t be late! “Fractured Fairytales” will only be in Solvang for two nights this Halloween season! http://www.cityofsolvang.com/310/Haunted-House
Make plans to see the amazing Scarecrowfest displays now through November 7 throughout Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley! There’s over 100 creative ‘crows’ in Solvang alone—and you can vote on your favorites as part of the contest. Scarecrowfest ballots are available at the Solvang Visitors Center (1639 Copenhagen Drive) and feature maps to direct you around town. Place your votes in ballot boxes scattered about the village in six different categories this year: “Best Scarecrow Photo Op,” “Best Use of Recycled Materials,” “Best Use of Business Theme,” “Most Danish,” “Spookiest and “Most Humorous”. Winners will be announced in mid-November.
Meanwhile, remember that 10/19/16 is Solvang Third Wednesday with plenty of deals at local merchants including boutiques of all sorts, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; free admission to the Wildling Museum; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market; and the best way to add some cheer, the popular Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk. Plus, experience Third Wednesday deals at some of Solvang’s best hotels, like 20% off of their night’s stay (with a qualifying stay). For more details on all the happenings, visit http://solvangthirdwednesday.com/events/
Hard to believe that Solvang’s Julefest (Christmas Fest) starts in six weeks! (Say Yule-fest and you’ll sound like a native). Why think about this now? Get in the holiday spirit (so to speak), by marking your calendar and getting tickets for the Solvang Julefest Holiday Wine & Beer Walk. It’s cheer-fully happening this year on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. You can stroll about downtown and sip local vintages at more than a dozen wine and beer tasting rooms offering samplings of adult liquid refreshments! Tickets are only $45 per person for the 2-day passport including a souvenir etched wine glass (you must be 21 years+ naturally). Purchase yours online now!
Time Magazine named Solvang one of the the “Christmas-y towns in America”–see why! For more info on all the other events happening during Solvang Julefest in December including the Community Tree-lighting Ceremony, Julefest Parade and Nativity Pageant, free visits with Santa in Solvang Park plus Shop, Mingle & Jingle retail shopping therapy–visit http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/solvang-julefest/
Be among the first to see Places of the Heart, an art exhibition and sale of 77 images by the multi-talented artists of SCAPE (Southern California Artists Painting for the Environment) at the Wildling Museum “where art and nature meet.” This year’s fall fundraiser for the museum puts the “art” in pARTy on opening night, this Friday, October 7, 2016. Sample the fine wines of Santa Barbara County, explore artful food stations by SBB Gourmet Catering throughout the museum, savor sweet treats in the dessert gallery, while enjoying live music and artist demonstrations. Raffles and wine auctions will add to the fun. Ticket price is only $25 per person in advance or at the door. The selected works showcase the amazing natural features of our region and will be on view through October 23, 2016. (Pictured above is artist Kevin Gleason’s Fennell Blooms at Ellwood).
Located at 1511-B Mission Drive near the corner of Fifth Street—the Wildling Museum of Art & Nature has so much for you to discover year-round in this soaring three-story space. Did you know the museum is available for private party rentals and meetings; plus there’s some really original art and jewelry in the gift shop, too? For more details visit http://www.wildlingmuseum.org