Velkommen Rancheros Visitadores!

This Saturday (5/6/17), head into downtown Solvang around 3pm to welcome more than 700 members of the Rancheros Visitadores “visiting ranchers” for their free equestrian parade. You can greet them as they head north along Alisal Road then east on Mission Drive to Old Mission Santa Ines for a gathering and blessing by the padres. Watch these handsome horses, riders and carriages stride by—once again, they will be attired in pink shirts to support the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara at Sansum Clinic to raise money for local breast cancer patients.

Afterward, the Rancheros will canter/trot/gallop 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 87th time to celebrate horsemanship, western heritage and ranching traditions. For all the happenings around town anytime, be sure to visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/

80th Annual Danish Days is This Weekend!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJa, it’s that magical time of year here in Solvang—the charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation is coordinating the 80th Annual Solvang Danish Days from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2016. This amazing activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911. (Hard to believe that was 105 years ago!) This year’s theme is “Think of Something Danish” which won’t be difficult with all the  food, dancing, free music, entertainment and chances to be “VIP Danes for the Weekend.”

13- Danish Days 2008-AebleskiverMakerMeet 2016 Danish Maid Natalya Nielsen (her family members were some of the original settlers). You can enjoy three parades (Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade featuring 2016 Grand Marshals Mike and Martha Nedegaard and Sunday’s Children’s Parade); two aebleskiver breakfasts followed by an aebleskiver eating contest (how many can you eat in 5 minutes?) 

In Solvang Park check out the Kids’ Korner featuring a huge LEGOS ® make-your-own craft tent. You can experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum. Don’t miss any of these festivities! Get all the details and make your hotel reservations now by visiting www.solvangusa.com/events/danish-days/

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Fourth of July Festivities!

SolvangIndependenceDay2009--163Celebrate USA Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2016, with fun festivities right here in Solvang!  First up, at 10:00 a.m. in the Solvang Park Gazebo, a free concert by Valley Wind Ensemble. You don’t want to miss the traditional parade at 11:00 a.m. presented by the Solvang Breakfast Rotary Club that steps/strolls/canters/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 “Valley Life and Liberty.”   Grand Marshals are brothers Erik and Hans Gregersen, whose grandfather Rev. Jens Gregersen was one of Solvang’s founders in 1911.

SolvangIndependenceDay2009--194From Noon- 2:00 p.m. enjoy the BBQ and Free Concert by the T-Bone Ramblers at Solvang Park sponsored by Solvang Breakfast 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 22nd 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  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. This year, six 2016 Teen Star finalists will perform: Jillian Garnett, Kaitlyn Chui, Daniel Geiger, Rachel Guron and Jericho Guron.

fireworks-wallpaper-wallpaper-download-17Then at 9:00 p.m.—it’s what we all want to see—an amazing 20-minute fireworks show!

 

 

Also at 2:00 p.m., the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and The Jamboree Band will perform at the Old Mission Santa Inés this year (since Solvang Veterans Memorial Building hall is currently under renovation). The concert will feature 100 percent made-in-America music including “What a Wonderful World,” a medley of songs celebrating the West and patriotic, rousing tunes such as “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Happy Wanderer”  under the direction of Chris Bowman. Concert goers who arrive before 2 p.m. may enter for free; after 2:00 p.m., you will be asked to pay admission to the Solvang Independence Day Festival.

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 240th Birthday USA!

Julefest er Her! (Christmas Fest is Here!)

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You may have noticed the nip in the air this week yet it feels perfect for the start of 2015 Solvang Julefest! Say Yule-fest and you’ll sound like a native! This Friday (12/4/15) at 5:00 p.m. you and your family are invited to join the festivities as we light the Community Tree in Solvang Park during a free ceremony featuring caroling, live entertainment and dancing ballerinas.  And you & yours need to experience the Julefest Parade this Saturday (12/5/15) at 11:00 a.m. with 300+ participants marching, rolling, trotting and strolling thru downtown Solvang. It starts at the Vets Hall heading west along festively decorated Mission Drive; to Fourth Place then east on Copenhagen Drive back to Alisal Road and the Old Mission.  I’m really looking forward to announcing the Julefest parade again, too!

Plus, there will be free visits with Santa in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street).  When you arrive, it’s first come, first seated with the jolly old elf. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moments! Here’s when: Friday, 12/4/15 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12/5/15 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12/6/15 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; then next weekend on Saturday, 12/12/15 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12/13/15 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

2015-solvang-julefest__sideOther Julefest festivities include the Holiday Wine & Beer Walk (December 12 & 13) as well as the traditional Nativity Pageant (December 12) and Shop, Mingle & Jingle retail specials. Julefest concludes with the Annual Christmas Tree Burn on 1/8/16. All Solvang Julefest events are open to the public with free admission (except Julefest Wine & Beer Walk). For more info, please call 805-688-6144; stop by the Solvang Visitors Center at 1639 Copenhagen Drive (open daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) or visit www.SolvangUSA.com/julefest

 

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

Get Ready for Danish Days Next Month!

Solvang, CaliforniaReady to meet some Vikings? Got an appetite for aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls)? Want to hear Danish music and do street dancing? Make sure you mark your calendar for Friday, 9/18/15 through Sunday, 9/20/15 for the FREE 79th annual Danish Days celebration. Sponsored by the charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation, this activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911. You can enjoy three parades, two aebleskiver breakfasts followed by an aebleskiver eating contest. The 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 plus free concerts and live entertainment all around town. You can experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum. Come be a Dane for the weekend! Don’t miss any of these festivities! You can view all the details and start planning your stay by visiting http://www.solvangusa.com/events/danish-days/

July 4th Parade, BBQ, Festival & Fireworks!

SolvangIndependenceDay2009--189Celebrate USA Independence Day this Saturday, July 4th with some fun festivities right here!  You don’t want to miss the traditional parade that steps/rolls/canters/strolls along Mission & Copenhagen Drives starting from the Old Mission at 11:00 a.m.–presented by the Solvang Breakfast Rotary Club followed by a BBQ at Solvang Park. This year’s theme is “Star Spangled Salute.” At 2:00 p.m., gates open at Old Mission Santa Ines (1760 Mission Drive) for the 21st Annual Solvang Independence Day Festival & Fireworks Show sponsored by Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley. Admission is only $8.00 per adult; and FREE for children ages 5 and under, as well as FREE for active duty military and their immediate family members with ID.

SolvangIndependenceDay2009--203There will be 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 starting at 5:00 p.m. featuring “The Tall Men Group” from Los Angeles plus local Teen Star participants Bear Redell, Olivia Huffman, Kaitlyn Chui, Jacob Greenspan and David Shaeman.fireworks-wallpaper-wallpaper-download-17Then at 9:00 p.m.—it’s what we all want to see—an amazing 20-minute fireworks show! Happy 239th Birthday USA!  For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/