Fourth of July Festivities Include Parade, BBQ, Free Concert, Festival and Fireworks Show!

Celebrate USA Independence Day next Tuesday, July 4, 2017, with fun festivities right here in Solvang!  You don’t want to miss anything! At 10:00 a.m. enjoy a Free Concert by Santa Ynez Valley Wind Ensemble at Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street). Then, it’s the traditional parade 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 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.

At 2:00 p.m., gates open at Old Mission Santa Ines for the 23rd Annual Solvang Independence Day Festival & Fireworks Show 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 their immediate family members with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Solvang Friendship House or at the gate on July 4th. The Solvang Independence Day Festival will feature 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.—it’s what we all want to see—an 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. Happy Birthday USA!

Time for Popcorn! Free Movies in the Park Start Friday, June 23

If your family is like mine, we think there is something pretty special about watching movies outdoors under the stars! You and your family can do just that again this summer right here! Free Movies in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) are happening starting this Friday, 6/23/17 with Secret Life of Pets. July 7 is Zootopia; July 21 is Moana; August 4 is Star Wars/Rogue One and August 18 is The Jungle Book. All shows are rated G or PG-13. The pre-show begins at 7:30 p.m. and the featured flick starts as soon as darkness allows. So, grab your blankets, low-back lawn chairs and settle in for a great evening! Popcorn and hot chocolate are available for sale for $1 each. For more details, just call the friendly folks at Solvang Parks & Recreation Department at 805-688-PLAY.

Free Concerts in the Park this Summer start June 14th!

You know that “summer” is right around the corner since the days are longer with a lot more sunshine which means more time for outdoor fun! Starting this Wednesday, 6/14/17 and EVERY Wednesday thru 8/16/17—you’ll want to be at Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) for FREE concerts from 5-8pm! The blues/rockers of the Mark Roberts Band will kick-off this year’s sounds. Plus there will be four free bonus concerts on Friday evenings 6/30, 7/14, 7/28 and 8/11, too! For the complete line-up of bands ranging from bluegrass to jazz to good ole rock & roll, check out http://solvang3rdwednesday.com/solvang-summer-concerts/

Remember, Solvang Third Wednesday events continue this summer featuring the Wine & Beer Walk (from 3-7pm), where you can enjoy 2 tastings at 5 places of your choice, for just $20 per person; plus, there an added restaurant deal: select Solvang restaurants feature a special 3-course Solvang 3rd Wednesday menu, for just $25++ per person. As a tie-in to the Solvang Farmers Market, the 3-course menus include ingredients sourced straight from the Market. Participating Solvang merchants offer 3rd Wednesday deals on merchandise. You should definitely consider spending the night with special Solvang Third Wednesday hotel discounts! Cheers to the official arrival of summer in Solvang!

Beauty and the Beast Opens PCPA Summer Season on June 15th

Have you discovered Solvang Festival Theater yet? This 700-seat outdoor venue in the half-round hosts marvelous live concerts, plays, musicals and comedies; and was built by community volunteers in only 58 days in summer 1974. For the 43rd summer in this magical setting, PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) professional performances are presented under the stars featuring acclaimed actors and stunning sets. Highlights of the 2017 PCPA summer season are Beauty and the Beast (June 15-July 2) a musical version based on the classic fairy tale; Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (July 6-23) a tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance; Disney’s Newsies The Musical (July 27-August 20) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway show telling the true story of those who took on the most powerful names in New York; and concluding with Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night (August 24-September 10). Solvang Festival Theater is located at 420 Second Street within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and wine tasting rooms. You should definitely check out PCPA overnight packages as well as dinner specials available to really enjoy your experience. Here are all the details: http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/live-theater-nightlife/