Solvang Celebrates Arts & Culture Throughout the Year

Solvang celebrates arts & culture with three major events each year: Danish Days, Julefest, and Taste of Solvang.

For a complete calendar of events, visit

September 16-18, 2016: 80th Annual Solvang Danish Days Celebration

Since 1936, California’s “Little Denmark” celebrates its annual Danish Days to honor the establishment of Solvang by Danish-American educators in 1911; and continue preserving the village’s heritage. Danish and USA flags line the streets, residents don colorful costumes, and there is plentiful folk dancing and entertainment—such as the Ravens of Odin, a professional Viking re-enactment group; Hans Christian Andersen story-telling sessions as well as three parades (Friday candlelight; Saturday afternoon traditional and Sunday afternoon children’s).

The Living History program at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art offers demonstrations of lace-making and interactive art for all ages. The Viking Beer Garden serving brews and Danish open-faced sandwiches is a popular gathering place. Authentic restaurants and bakeries feature tasty cuisine. Aebleskiver breakfasts and eating contests round out a weekend of where “everyone can be a Dane!”

Complete Danish Days schedules at and

December 2016: Solvang Annual Julefest Celebration

Solvang, named one of Time Magazine’s “Most Christmas-y Towns in America” sparkles during the annual Julefest (Yule-Fest) Celebration from December 1, 2016 through January 6, 2017. Village streets are decked with thousands of twinkle lights and 150+ retail boutiques, shops, restaurants, bakeries and wine-tasting rooms host open houses and special celebrations throughout the season.

On Friday, December 2, 2016, the community tree-lighting ceremony starts at 5:00 p.m. with dance performances and musical entertainment in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street).

The Julefest Parade is Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. featuring horse-drawn carriages, vintage cars, marching bands and lots of holiday cheer. Other the Julefest Wine & Beer Walk) as well as the traditional Nativity Pageant at Solvang Festival Theater (Saturday evening, December 10); concluding with the Annual Christmas Tree Burn on Friday, January 6, 2017 in the field at Old Mission Santa Ines.

All Solvang Julefest events are open to the public with free admission (except Julefest Holiday Wine & Beer Walk). For more information and ticket purchases, 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

25th Annual Taste of Solvang Food & Wine Festival is March 15-20, 2017

Regional, local and Danish foods, wines and live entertainment celebrate the cultural and agricultural heritage of the area. Beginning Wednesday with the Farmers Market Chef Walk & Talks, Friday evening kicks off the weekend with Sip + Savor reception & live entertainment. Saturday is the Tasting Trail with 30 taste stops downtown. The Wine & Beer Tasting Walk featuring more than a dozen vintners as well as local beer brewers on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon and more to be revealed. For more information, visit The Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1986 to promote the City of Solvang, its Northern European culture, cuisine, arts and attractions of the village known as “California’s Little Denmark.”

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