More Free Concerts in Solvang Park This Summer!

You and your family can still enjoy FREE, live concerts in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) this month!  Make plans now to spend the following evenings from 5:00-8:00 p.m. enjoying:

Sponsored by Solvang Third Wednesday and Waste Management, you can pick up picnic ingredients at the adjacent weekly Solvang Farmers Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market, or purchase bites from nearby Cecco Ristorante and Cafe Dolce and so many more! So bring your blanks, lawn chairs and beverages and say cheers to summer time fun!

Tempting Taste of Solvang—Tickets On Sale Now!

Solvang, CaliforniaYou definitely don’t want to miss any of tempting flavors and tantalizing events during the 25th annual Taste of Solvang this year from Wednesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 19, 2017! This popular celebration features a variety of food and beverage experiences featuring Solvang area chefs, bakers, farmers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and artisans showcasing the bounty of the region.

20110517-Solvang_FarmersMarketRemember, there’s the popular Farmers Market Chef Walks on Wednesday, 3/15—this year choose from Chef Pink of Bacon and Brine or Chef Steven Snook of First & Oak; a Learn To Blind Taste Like a Sommelier at Wandering Dog Wine Bar on Thursday, 3/16,; Sip + Savor Opening Night with 25 Santa Ynez Valley chefs, bakers, caterers, winemakers, and brewers on Friday evening 3/17; Tasting Trail with 32+ taste stops around the village on Saturday afternoon 3/18; the popular Beer & Wine Walk on Saturday & Sunday with extended hours. New for 2017 . . . on Saturday evening, there’ll be a Buttonwood Farm Winery Winemaker Dinner at Cecco Ristorante AND on Sunday morning, choose from Sunday Brew Brunch at The Backroom at Valley Brewers or Sunday Brunch at Mad & Vin at The Landsby.

Purchase your Taste of Solvang ticket package OR individual event “ala carte” tickets well in advance since these palate pleasing events are alwaytaste-of-solvang-ca banners sell-outs. (And if you’re looking for a great Valentine’s gift for your special someone–think Taste of Solvang!) Get more delicious details and buy your tix here:

Third Wednesday Holiday Happenings on 12/21/16

IMG_0458Tenley Fohl Photography_S3W-Wine+Beer Walk GlassesYou know you love finding great deals (especially this time of year) so make sure you experience everything that December’s Solvang Third Wednesday (12/21/16), has to offer! There are dozens of holiday shopping and entertainment opportunities including deals at local merchants, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market; Solvang Third Wednesday discounts at local hotels; and the Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk. If you’re looking for some unique presents, consider these! Check out the Wildling Museum’s Gift Shop at 1511-B Mission Drive, as well as featuring FREE admission from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM during Solvang Third Wednesday. Remember, Solvang also boasts free parking EVERYWHERE throughout the village—giving you more time and funds to have fun! Cheers to your holiday discoveries all over the village! And for more events anytime, be sure to visit


SolvangFarmersMarket 7-09Are you planning on being in Solvang during this week of Thanksgiving? Naturally, we’re grateful to have you visit anytime yet remember, on this (and every) Wednesday afternoon from 2:00-6:00 p.m., experience the bounty of the county at the outdoor Farmer’s Market on First Street between Copenhagen and Mission Drives. Savor the fact that you can create an entire meal from this one-block long foodie zone. Check out the seasonal fruits, veggies plus fresh flowers & potted plants that make great gifts.

ShopSmall logoYou’ve probably heard that this Saturday (11/26/16) is “Small Business Saturday” –dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In Solvang, every day is easy to shop as if it’s Small Business Saturday! With more than 150 independent and family owned boutiques, art galleries and antique shops, chain stores are virtually non-existent  here. I so enjoy strolling along the main “shop ‘til you drop zones” of Copenhagen Drive, Mission Drive and Alisal Road.  Where will you do your next session of retail therapy? Here’s some ideas:

Boo! Scarecrowfest is Happening Now!

2012 Solvang Scarecrow Fest #79 Wandering Dog Wine BarMake 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.

IMG_0458Tenley Fohl Photography_S3W-Wine+Beer Walk GlassesMeanwhile, 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


Free Concerts in the Park Every Wednesday This Summer!

IMG_0349Tenley Fohl Photography_S3W-Solvang Park Gazebo Crowd Wide AngleYou know you love hearing live music, especially outdoors in the summertime—and especially when it’s FREE! Make plans now to spend each Wednesday now thru 8/17/16 from 5:00-8:00  enjoying free concerts in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) with these fun musicians!

•July 6, Livewire (Rock)
• July 13, Rock Cats Rock (Rockabilly/Rock)
• July 20, Burning James and the Funky Flames (Funk/Soul); plus Solvang Third Wednesday with even more fun & specials around town.
• July 27, Grass Mountain (Folk/Bluegrass)
• August 3, T-Bone Ramblers (Classic Rock)
• August 10, Soul Cats (60’s Rock/Soul/Pop & Big Band)
• August 17, The Mother Corn Shuckers (Bluegrass/Americana/Country) –plus Solvang Third Wednesday with even more fun & specials around town.

 Sponsored by Solvang Third Wednesday and Waste Management, you can pick up picnic ingredients at the adjacent weekly Solvang Farmers Market, or purchase bites at the likes of Big Joe’s Brats and Ranch Guys Catering , or nearby Cecco Ristorante and Cafe Dolce. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs and beverages and say cheers to summer time fun!


Midsommer Musik Solstice Party is June 15th!

Solvang-third-Wednesday-musikYou can tell that the days are getting longer with more sunshine and time for enjoying more fun! The longest sunny day of 2016 is Monday, June 20—the Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere. Here in Solvang, we’ll be getting the party started early on Wednesday, June 15 during Solvang Third Wednesday’s special Midsommer Musik event full of free music culminating with a traditional mid-summer’s eve Danish fire-ring event from 9pm-Midnight at the new Copenhagen Sausage Garden,1660 Copenhagen Drive with live music by Oddly Straight (classic rock/Americana).

Sponsored by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, there will be FREE music from Noon to Midnight all around town on 6/15/16—from blues, country, soul and rock & roll, plus the always popular Farmers Market from 2-6:30 p.m. and the Wine & Beer Walk from 3:00-7:00 p.m. From 5:00-8:00 p.m, you’ll want to be at Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) where you can picnic, while enjoying the day’s main concert event: classic rock band, The Caverns.

IMG_0349Tenley Fohl Photography_S3W-Solvang Park Gazebo Crowd Wide AngleThe “Midsommer Musik” celebration will mark the “official” start of Solvang’s summer-long outdoor concert series, with free shows scheduled every Wednesday from 5:00 8:00 p.m. through August 17 in Solvang Park (Mission Drive and First Street). And definitely consider spending the night with special Solvang Third Wednesday hotel discounts!  Cheers to the official arrival of summer in Solvang!