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Solvang Danish Days

Danish Heritage Festival –- September 14 - 16, 2018. Little Denmark! Admission to Solvang Danish Days is free! Solvang Danish Days includes three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians performing around town, plus other feature events like the Aebleskiver Breakfasts, Viking Encampment, free Saturday evening rock concert line-up, and much more!

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See you Sept. 14-16 for #SolvangUSA #DanishDays 2018!

Tentative Schedule, please check back often for updates. 
Solvang Danish Days Map 2017

Review the Solvang Danish Days Schedule 2017, each year the schedule is very similar. We will post the 2018 schedule as soon as it is confirmed.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

Free Concert in Solvang Park - 4:00pm

California Danish Maid Solvang

The Rincons performs live in the Solvang Park Gazebo, Mission Drive and First Street.

Solvang Danish Days Map 2017, each year the map is similar. We will post the 2018 map as soon as it is confirmed.

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.)

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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 at the Midgaard Pavilion introducing 2018 Danish Maid, Christiana Heron, and 2018 Grand Marshal. 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 15, 2018

Tentative Schedule, please check back often for updates. 

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.

ALL DAY:

A town-wide restaurant promotion; participating Solvang eateries and bars will be “cooking up” something special just for Danish Days weekend. Participating businesses will continue to be updated on-line, on the Solvang Danish Days web site. A partial sampling of 2017 participants and their respective offers, is detailed here: More Danish Days information

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  - 10:00 am - 4 pm

The Ravens of Odin (Norse Educational Group) host a Viking Encampment in Solvang Park, this year. HIstorical re-enactments bring Viking times to life!

Rune Reader, Tracey Boyer - 10:00am – 4:00pm

What do the Runes see in your future? Find out, during this year’s Danish Days! Genuine rune reader, right in Solvang Park near the Viking Encampment. FREE for your entertainment, so step up and ask the rune stones about your fate.

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 – 10:30pm

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.

Danish Days Organ Concert - 1:00pm

World-renowned concert organist, James Welch, is “Bach” to entertain guests with the “lighter side” of the organ, in his Danish Days concert featuring a mix of lively tunes from across the centuries, folk melodies, and hits from Baroque to Broadway. Don’t miss this year’s concert on the Phelps pipe organ at Bethania Lutheran Church, 603 Atterdag Road (suggested $5.00 donation for concert).

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; download the Danish-Days-Parade-application-2018.

FREE Concert Line-Up - 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Featuring a line-up of live bands 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; must be 21 years or older to enter Viking Beer & Wine Garden.

4:00pm – 7:00pm: Danish Playboys Revisited {Richard Diaz and Band}
7:00pm – 10:00pm: T-Bone Ramblers

Concerts are free and open to the public!

A partial sampling of participants and their respective offers, is detailed here: More Danish Days information

 

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018

Tentative Schedule, please check back often for updates. 

 

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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…
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.

ALL DAY:

A town-wide restaurant promotion; participating Solvang eateries and bars will be “cooking up” something special just for Danish Days weekend. Participating businesses will continue to be updated on-line, on the Solvang Danish Days web site. A partial sampling of 2017 participants and their respective offers, is detailed here: More Danish Days information. A partial sampling of participants and their respective offers, is detailed here: More Danish Days information

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  - 10:00 am - 4 pm

The Ravens of Odin (Norse Educational Group) host a Viking Encampment in Solvang Park, this year. HIstorical re-enactments bring Viking times to life!

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 or www.elverhoj.org

Rune Reader, Tracey Boyer - 10:00am – 4:00pm

What do the Runes see in your future? Find out, during this year’s Danish Days! Genuine rune reader, right in Solvang Park near the Viking Encampment. FREE for your entertainment, so step up and ask the rune stones about your fate.

Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen - 11:00am & 1:00pm

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, 1:00pm at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.danish culture solvang

Free Æbleskiver Eating Contest - 11:30am

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

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 Christiana Heron closes the festive weekend. 

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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, about possibly 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.