Solvang Participates in Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks - Plus Art, History, Food & more!

Skip the crowds in Solvang this month, and get great deals at Restaurant Weeks, see Art & History Exhibits and much more.

January and February are great months to visit Solvang! We've got tons of fun events: Restaurant Weeks, History of Solvang, art, books, food, perfume making and more fun for the whole family.

January and February are great months to visit Solvang! We've got tons of fun events: Restaurant Weeks, art and history of Solvang exhibits, books, food, perfume making and more fun for the whole family. 

Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks this January 19 through 31, 2020

Wine Country meets Dine Country - 3 courses for $20.20!

Join us January 19th – 31, 2020 to celebrate Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Weeks. Participating restaurants offer three-course tasting menus for $20.20, excluding tax and tip.

Reservations are highly recommended. In addition to Santa Ynez Valley restaurants, many tasting rooms and wineries are also offering special wine and small bite pairings for $20.20. Hotels are also offering special pricing for your overnight accommodations throughout the two weeks. There are over 19 places to get Restaurant Weeks deals in Solvang alone!

Get more info and menus for all participants here.

Spirit of Solvang Exhibition

Saturdays, Jan 18-Feb 15, 11am-4pm

Historic images tell the story of Solvang from its founding as a Danish American colony through its transformation to a tourist destination. The history of Danish immigration to America is chronicled in displays that originated at the National Museum of Immigration in Ellis Island, NY. The exhibit celebrates Solvang’s early settlers who achieved the American Dream while honoring their Danish heritage and, in so doing, created the town we know today.

Kringle & Crown: Solvang's Baking History

January 25, 3-4pm

Part of the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art's dynamic new exhibition, The Spirit of Solvang: From Danish Roots to California Colony, this event examines Solvang's baking history. Learn about Solvang's rich baking history with local bakery owners Bent Olsen and Carl Birkholm, along with researcher Ann Dittmer. Get more information here.

Hope In the Mail Book Signing with Wendelin Van Draanen

Sunday, January 22 from 2-3pm

Wendelin Van Draanen didn't grow up wanting to be a writer, but thirty books later, she's convinced that writing saved her life.

Wendelin shares what she's learned--about writing, life, and what it takes to live the writing life. This book is packed with practical advice on the craft: about how to create characters and plot a story that's exciting to read. But maybe even more helpful is the insight she provides into the persistence, and perseverance, it takes to live a productive, creative life. And she answers the age-old question Where do you get your ideas? by revealing how events in her own life became the seeds of her best-loved novels. Hope in the Mail is a wildly inspirational read for anyone with a story to share. Get more information here.

Starry Nights: Visions of the Night Sky Reception

February 1, 3-5pm

The expanse of the open night sky has served as source of wonder for artists, poets, and scientists across cultures and millennia. Join us in celebrating the awe-inspiring beauty and mystery of the night as we bring 'Starry Nights: Visions of the Night Sky' to the Wildling Museum this February!
'Starry Nights: Visions of the Night Sky' is on on view February 1 - June 15; opening reception on February 1. Get more information here.

Noontime Concert with Opera Santa Barbara

February 5, 12-1pm

Join the Wildling Museum for a special Noontime Concert in the galleries with Opera Santa Barbara on Wednesday, February 5, 12 - 1 p.m...and it's free!
This concert will feature selections from Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming production of Daniel Catán’s "Il Postino" and will include performances by Opera Santa Barbara’s four Chrisman Studio Artists: Julia Metzler, soprano; Kelly Guerra, mezzo; Chandler Johnson, tenor; and John Allen Nelson, baritone. Get more information here.

Danish Open-Faced Sandwich Making Class

February 5, 6-8pm

Part of the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art's dynamic new exhibition, The Spirit of Solvang: From Danish Roots to California Colony, this event examines some of Solvang's food roots. Spend the evening learning the art of smørrebrød, Denmark's unique sandwich making tradition. Get more information here.

Valentine's Perfume-Making Workshop

February 8, 10am & 2pm

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Join us for a unique natural perfume workshop at the Wildling Museum, led by artisan perfumer and owner of Sol Aromatics, Susan Farber, MFT. Two sessions are offered on Saturday, February 8: morning workshop: 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and afternoon workshop: 2 - 4:30 p.m. Get more information here.

Valentine's Appreciation Night: Lauren Hall

February 14, 5-7pm

Join Rideau Vineyard for an extra special Valentine’s evening Appreciation Night! NBC’s The Voice contestant Lauren Hall will be performing an intimate show on our patio baby grand piano. Our kitchen will be open, serving up our tasty flatbread pizzas and charcuterie plates. We’ll also be offering our annual Valentine’s Wine & Pastry pairing. Get more information here.