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Solvang Danish Days

Danish Heritage Festival – Little Denmark! Admission to Solvang Danish Days is free!

September 16-18, 2016

Solvang Danish Days includes three parades, folk dancers and Danish musicians performing around town, plus other feature events on Saturday evening: the Danish Days Dinner Dance, followed by live music and dancing; the Solvang 2nd Century Street Party, featuring live music and much more!

Check back for updates to the 2016 schedule.

Meet our 2016 Danish Maid, Natalya Nielsen! Congrats, Natalya; see you Sept. 16-18 for #Solvang #DanishDays 2016!

2015 Solvang Danish Days - Schedule 

2015 Solvang Danish Days - Map 


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

Free Concert in Solvang Park 4:00pm

Danish musicians, Manne, perform live at the Solvang Park Gazebo, Mission Drive and First Street.

Chainsaw Carver, George Kenny 4:00pm

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.

Viking Beer & Wine Garden 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Enjoy an outdoor beer & wine garden; supports the Solvang Danish Days Foundation. (You must be 21 years of age or older to enter the Viking Beer & Wine Garden and to purchase alcoholic beverages.)

Torchlight Parade 7:30pm

Be a part of the Torchlight Parade! Free, all welcome, candles provided. Beginning on Alisal Road and Laurel Avenue; strolling south down Alisal and ending at the Midgaard Pavilion Stage.

Opening Ceremonies 8:00pm

Opening Ceremonies in Solvang Park introducing 2016 Danish Maid, Natalya Nielsen, and 2016 Grand Marshals (TBA). Velkommen Street Dance follows with Danish dancers performing to live music, and a short story narrated by Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen.


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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

2015 Solvang Danish Days - Schedule 
2015 Solvang Danish Days - Map 

Æbleskiver Breakfast 8:30am – 12:30pmVelkommen til Solvang!

Have an Æbleskiver Breakfast on Copenhagen Drive & First Street, just $7 per person (with Danish sausage, $8).Why wait in line for your Æbleskiver feast?! Buy your Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets in advance, and get to those yummy pancakes, that much faster…
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Old World Artisans Marketplace 9:00am

Demonstrations and artisanal hand-crafted items including Scandinavian arts & crafts, woodworking, papercutting, rosemaling, fabric art, jewelry, pottery, and the ever-popular Danish Sisterhood Booth.

First Street Solvang Merchant Walk 10:00am – 6:00pm

Stroll Solvang’s First Street for a peek at wares from numerous local, unique-to-Solvang merchants, without leaving the main Danish Days festivities. Each shop represented will also offer Danish Days deals in their storefront location.

Kid’s Korner 10:00am – 4:00pm

Snacks, beverages, games and fun in Solvang Park! Featuring LEGOS and the supervised Play & Rest Area.

Viking Encampment 10:00am – 4:00pm

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.

Living History Festival 10:00am – 5:00pm

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art. Artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages.Free. 1624 Elverhoy Way, 805-686-1211 or www.elverhoj.org

Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen 10:30am & 1:00pm

Young and old alike will enjoy listening to hours of tales from Denmark’s favorite author. Saturday readings: 10:30am at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, 1:00pm at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.

Viking Beer & Wine Garden 11:00am – 8:00pm

Enjoy an outdoor beer & wine garden; supports the Solvang Danish Days Foundation. (You must be 21 years of age or older to enter the Viking Beer & Wine Garden and to purchase alcoholic beverages.)

Free Æbleskiver Eating Contest 11:30am

Who can eat the most aebleskiver in 5 minutes?! Corner of Copenhagen Drive & First Street. All ages welcome.

Luce Puppet Company 12:45pm & 3:15pm

Luce Puppet Company will be performing on a colorful, portable puppet stage. Full of fun and fantasy, lots of interaction for kids to exercise their imaginations. Saturday, September 19, 12:45pm @ Hans Christian Andersen Museum; 3:15pm @ Elverhøj Museum of History & Art.

Danish Days Organ Concert 1:00pm

World-renowned concert organist, James Welch, will entertain guests with the “lighter side” of the organ in his Danish Days concert, “Bach’s Lunch: An Organic Smorgasbord”. With lively tunes from across the centuries, folk melodies, and hits from Baroque to Broadway, this year’s concert on the Phelps pipe organ at Bethania Lutheran Church (603 Atterdag Road) will also feature James’ son Nicholas, a pianist and organist protégé.

Danish Days Parade 2:30pm

Catch all of the action including the Solvang Village Band atop the Carlsberg Beer Wagon, floats, equestrians, Village Dancers and more. (Line-up starts at 1:30pm 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.) As always, everyone is invited to join the fun: There is NO CHARGE to participate in the parade;click here to apply!

Solvang 2nd Century Street Party 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Featuring a live band performing on the Midgaard Pavilion Stage in Parking Lot 2, in downtown Solvang, adjacent to the Danish Days 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 are donating their time and talent to the community.

Danish Days Dinner Dance 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Danish-style barbeque followed by dancing and live music; Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Drive. Tickets start at $10 per person, for the dance portion only. All proceeds support the Solvang Danish Days Foundation. For more information and to buy tickets, visit danishdaysdinnerdance.com

 

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

2015 Solvang Danish Days - Schedule 
2015 Solvang Danish Days - Map 

Solvang Danish Days - Danish pastries, cookies and aebleskiver

Æbleskiver Breakfast 8:30am – 12:30pm

Have an Æbleskiver Breakfast on Copenhagen Drive & First Street, just $7 per person (with Danish sausage, $8).Why wait in line for your Æbleskiver feast?! Buy your Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets in advance, and get to those yummy pancakes, that much faster…
BUY TICKETS

Old World Artisans Marketplace 9:00am

Demonstrations and artisanal hand-crafted items including Scandinavian arts & crafts, woodworking, papercutting, rosemaling, fabric art, jewelry, pottery, and the ever-popular Danish Sisterhood Booth.

First Street Solvang Merchant Walk 10:00am – 3:00pm

Stroll Solvang’s First Street for a peek at wares from numerous local, unique-to-Solvang merchants, without leaving the main Danish Days festivities. Each shop represented will also offer Danish Days deals in their storefront location.

Kid’s Korner 10:00am – 4:00pm

Snacks, beverages, games and fun in Solvang Park! Featuring LEGOS and the supervised Play & Rest Area.

Viking Encampment 10:00am – 4:00pm

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.

Living History Festival 10:00am – 4:00pm

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art. Artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages. Free. 1624 Elverhoy Way, 805-686-1211 orwww.elverhoj.org

Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen 11:00am & 12:30pm

Young and old alike will enjoy listening to hours of tales from Denmark’s favorite author. Sunday readings: 11:00am at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, 12:30pm at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.

Free Æbleskiver Eating Contest 11:30am

Who can eat the most aebleskiver in 5 minutes?! Corner of Copenhagen Drive & First Street. All ages welcome.

Luce Puppet Company 12:30pm & 3:30pm

Luce Puppet Company will be performing on a colorful, portable puppet stage. Full of fun and fantasy, lots of interaction for kids to exercise their imaginations. Sunday, September 20, 12:30pm and 3:30pm @ Hans Christian Andersen Museum.

Children’s Parade 2:00pm

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 charming event, no charge, costumes encouraged.

Danish Days Closing Ceremony in Solvang Park 2:45pm

Danish Days Maid Natalya Nielsen closes the festive weekend. Concert featuring Danish musicians, Manne, to follow.

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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.