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79th Annual Solvang Danish Days

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Friday, September 18 2015 to Sunday, September 20 2015

California’s Premier Danish Heritage Festival - Bestowing Modern Takes on Danish Traditions

Location: Downtown Solvang

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Solvang Danish Days Parade Application 2015


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

4:00 PM: Free Concert featuring Danish musicians, Manne, performing live at the Solvang Park Gazebo, Mission Drive and First Street.
 
4:00 PM: Chainsaw Carver, George Kenny, will begin carving his wooden creations on Friday afternoon; spectators will be able to view the progress of his work throughout the weekend.
 
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Viking Beer & Wine Garden – Outdoor beer and wine garden; supports the Solvang Danish Days Foundation. Viking Beer & Wine Garden continues on Saturday. (Guests must be 21 years of age or older to enter the Viking Beer & Wine Garden and to purchase alcoholic beverages.)
 
7:30 PM: Torchlight Parade – Free for participants, all ages welcome, candles will be provided. Route begins at Alisal Road and Laurel Avenue, strolling south down Alisal and ending at Solvang Park.
 
8:00 PM: Opening Ceremonies in Solvang Park introducing 2015 Danish Maid, Mia Andersen. Velkommen Street Dance follows with Danish dancers performing to live music.


Buy Danish Days VIP tickets and Aeblskiver Breakfast tickets here​

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Aebleskiver Breakfast on Copenhagen Drive and First Street, just $7.00 per person (with Danish sausage, $8.00). 
 
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Kid’s Korner featuring LEGO® and a supervised Play & Rest Area, in Solvang Park. 
 
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Viking Encampment – Visit the Ravens of Odin, Norse Educational Group, as they bring Viking times to life through historical reenactments. Features a Viking Age Weaponry demo on Saturday. 
 
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Living History Festival at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art (1624 Elverhoy Way; www.elverhoj.org). Free, interactive activities for all ages, plus artisans, craftspeople and storytellers. 
 
11:30 AM: Free Aebleskiver Eating Contest – Corner of Copenhagen Drive and First Street. All ages welcome for this five-minute competition. 
 
2:30 PM: Danish Days Parade – Includes the Solvang Village Band atop the Carlsberg Beer Wagon, floats, equestrians, Village Dancers and more. Line-up starts at 1:30 PM on First Street, between Molle Way and Oak Street; parade begins by turning east on Copenhagen Drive, then north on Alisal Road, west on Mission Drive, south on Fourth Place, east on Copenhagen, south on Second Street, finishes at corner of Oak Street near Solvang City Hall. NO CHARGE to participate in the parade.
 
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Solvang 2nd Century Street Party featuring live music on the Midgaard Pavilion Stage in Parking Lot 2, in downtown Solvang, adjacent to the Viking Beer & Wine Garden. All ages welcome at the party (must be 21 years or older to enter Viking Beer & Wine Garden). Concert is free and open to the public; performers donate their time and talent to the community.
 
5:30 PM – 10:00 PM: Danish Days Dinner Dance – Danish-style barbeque followed by dancing and live music by Area 51. Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Drive. Tickets start at $10.00 per person for the dance portion, only. All proceeds support the Danish Brotherhood. For more information and to buy tickets, visit nbmlumber.com.
 
7:30 PM: “MADS MEN” Fundraising Concert at Solvang Festival Theater – Two-time Grammy Award-winning Danish violinist, Mads Tolling, performs in an outdoor concert entitled “MADS MEN”, celebrating the instrumental hits from the 1960s “MAD MEN” era. This special Solvang performance is a fundraiser for the Atterdag Village of Solvang Auxiliary, with a portion of proceeds from the concert going towards the new skilled nursing rehabilitation wing of Atterdag Village. Solvang Festival Theater, 420 2nd Street. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.atterdagvillageofsolvang.com.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Aebleskiver Breakfast on Copenhagen Drive and First Street, just $7.00 per person (with Danish sausage, $8.00). 
 
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Kid’s Korner featuring LEGO® and a supervised Play & Rest Area, in Solvang Park. 
 
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Viking Encampment – Visit the Ravens of Odin, Norse Educational Group, as they bring Viking times to life through historical reenactments. Features a Viking Age Weaponry demo on Saturday. 
 
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Living History Festival at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art (1624 Elverhoy Way; www.elverhoj.org). Free, interactive activities for all ages, plus artisans, craftspeople and storytellers. 
 
11:30 AM: Free Aebleskiver Eating Contest – Corner of Copenhagen Drive and First Street. All ages welcome for this five-minute competition. 
2:00 PM: Children’s Parade – Begins at Atterdag Square (corner of Atterdag Road and Copenhagen Drive) and meanders down Copenhagen to Solvang Park. All children and families are welcome to join this event; no charge to participate, and costumes are encouraged.
 
2:45 PM: Danish Days Closing Ceremony in Solvang Park. Danish Days Maid Mia Andersen closes the festive weekend; concert featuring Danish musicians, Manne, to follow.


 More information about Solvang Danish Days, including a full history of the event, updated 2015 schedule and details, parade applications and complete contact information, is available at www.SolvangDanishDays.org. Solvang Danish Days is on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/SolvangDanishDays and twitter.com/DanishDays.
 
Questions, media requests for interviews and photos, may be directed to Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or info@stilettomarketing.com.
 

About the Solvang Danish Days Foundation

In early 1995, the Solvang City Council approached Santa Ynez Valley residents from long-established, local Danish families and other interested groups, and recommended setting up a non-profit foundation – Solvang Danish Days Foundation – to formally plan and organize the increasingly popular, annual Danish Days festivities. The original Solvang Danish Days Foundation board members were Ken Andersen, Brenda Anderson, Hans Birkholm, Max Hanberg, Howard Petersen, David Rasmussen and Henry Skytt. The Foundation members meet throughout the year to ready each year’s celebration. Donations and volunteers for the event, are always welcome; please contact the Foundation for more information.

Solvang Danish Days Parade Application 2015

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  • Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20 2015
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  • Monday, September 18 2017 to Wednesday, September 20 2017
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