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Solvang Danish Days

Danish Heritage Festival –- September 20-22, 2019. 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. 20-22 for #SolvangUSA #DanishDays 2019!

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

Review the schedule below from last year each year the schedule is very similar. We will post the 2019 schedule as soon as it is confirmed.

FRIDAY

Free Concert in Solvang Park - 4:00pm

California Danish Maid Solvang

The T-Bone Ramblers perform live in the Solvang Park Gazebo, Mission Drive and First Street.

Danish-Days-Map-2018, each year the map is similar. We will post the 2019 map as soon as it is confirmed.

Axe Throwing - 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Solvang Danish Days will feature an axe throwing arena hosted by the pros at Axehole Vegas. (Public invited to give axe throwing a whirl! You must be 7 years of age or older to enjoy.

Information on tickets, coming soon…) 

 

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 2019 Danish Maid, Gillian Nielsen, and 2019 Grand Marshal. Velkommen Street Dance follows with Danish dancers performing to live music.


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SATURDAY

Tentative Schedule, please check back often for updates. 

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 2018 participants and their respective offers, is detailed here: More Danish Days information

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

Have an Æbleskiver Breakfast on Copenhagen Drive & First Street, just $8 per person (with Danish sausage, $9). 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. 

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, and interactive activities for all ages. Free. 1624 Elverhoy Way, 805-686-1211 or www.elverhoj.org

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.)

Æbleskiver Cooking Demo - 11:00am – 2:00pm

Ever wondered what it takes to make those doughy rounds of goodness? Find out, with a live Æbleskiver Cooking Demo by Carol Paaske, a fourth-generation Solvang Dane. (in front of Solvang Restaurant, 1672 Copenhagen Dr.)

Solvang Food & Photo Tour - 11:00am – 3:00pm

Led by Santa Barbara’s ‘Eat This, Shoot That!‘, discover comfort food eateries and hidden watering holes in Solvang while learning about the Danish lifestyle and history from a local. Tour includes 8 tasting locations, bites and sips – with a professional tour guide – while learning foodie photo tips and tricks using your smartphone’s camera. Tour guests also receive a Solvang Tour Guide Sheet with map and exclusive tour guest discounts! Details will be available soon, at eatthisshootthat.com/tour/solvang-food-photo-tour (Advance ticket purchase is required.)

Free Æbleskiver Eating Contest - 11:30am

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

Axe Throwing - 12:00pm – 9:00pm

You read that, right: this year’s Solvang Danish Days will feature an axe throwing arena hosted by the pros at Axehole Vegas. (Public invited to give axe throwing a whirl! You must be 7 years of age or older to enjoy. Information on tickets, coming soon…) 

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 2019.

FREE Concert Line-Up - 3:00pm – 9:00pm

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.

3:00pm – 6:00pm: Low Down Dudes
6:00pm – 9:00pm: Danish Playboys Revisited {Richard Diaz and Band}

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

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 $8 per person (with Danish sausage, $9). 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. 

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, 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.

Æbleskiver Cooking Demo - 11:00am – 1:00pm

Ever wondered what it takes to make those doughy rounds of goodness? Find out, with a live Æbleskiver Cooking Demo by Carol Paaske, a fourth-generation Solvang Dane. (in front of Solvang Restaurant, 1672 Copenhagen Dr.)

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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
2:30pm

2019 Danish Days Maid Gillian Nielsen 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.