Event Schedule

Click here to download the full 2016 Solvang Danish Days brochure. Partial 2016 schedule is posted, below (all events subject to change).

Friday,
September 16,
2016

Free Concert in Solvang Park
4:00pm

Trio of 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 Midgaard Pavilion introducing 2016 Danish Maid, Natalya Nielsen, and 2016 Grand Marshals, Mike & Martha Nedegaard. Velkommen Street Dance follows with Danish dancers performing to live music, and a short story narrated by Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen.

Saturday,
September 17,
2016

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 – 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. Select merchants at the “Walk”, 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.


Program Change: Viking Encampment

The Ravens of Odin (Norse Educational Group) will not be hosting a Viking Encampment in Solvang Park, this year; instead, please visit the Elverhoj Museum for a special Viking display and discussions (see details, below).


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

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art. Artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages. Special Viking display and discussions with Ravens of Odin Viking reenactment leader. 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 – 10:00pm

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.


Comedy Industries
11:30am

Relax under the trees in Solvang Park, and laugh with “Comedy Industries”; Scott Meltzer and Katrine Spang-Hanssen feature amazing tricks, jokes and lively audience participation.


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; click here to apply!


FREE Concert: US Air Force Band of the Golden West, “Galaxy”
3:30pm – 4:30pm

The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West, “Galaxy”, presents a FREE concert during Danish Days! This family-friendly event will take place on the Midgaard Pavilion Stage in Parking Lot 2, in downtown Solvang, adjacent to the Danish Days Viking Beer & Wine Garden. The sounds of Galaxy will pull you to your feet as they perform a wide variety of musical styles; playing rock, pop, and country hits from the past to today’s Top 40. For more information, visit the USAF Band of the Golden West at: www.bandofthegoldenwest.af.mil/events/index.asp


Free Concert: Trio of Danish Musicians, Manne
3:30pm

Danish trio, Manne, perform live in front of Wandering Dog Wine Bar (1539-C Mission Drive).


Rock ‘n’ Roll Street Party
6:00pm

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

Prime Rib Dinner followed by dancing and live music by Area 51; Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Drive. Dinner & Dancing tickets, $40.00 per person; all proceeds support the Solvang Danish Days Foundation. For more information and to buy tickets, visit danishdaysdinnerdance.com

Sunday,
September 18,
2016

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. Select merchants at the “Walk”, 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.


Program Change: Viking Encampment

The Ravens of Odin (Norse Educational Group) will not be hosting a Viking Encampment in Solvang Park, this year; instead, please visit the Elverhoj Museum for a special Viking display and discussions (see details, below).


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

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art. Artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages. Special Viking display and discussions with Ravens of Odin Viking reenactment leader. Free. 1624 Elverhoy Way, 805-686-1211 or www.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.


Comedy Industries
11:30am

Relax under the trees in Solvang Park, and laugh with “Comedy Industries”; Scott Meltzer and Katrine Spang-Hanssen feature amazing tricks, jokes and lively audience participation.


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. Free concert featuring Danish musicians, Manne, to follow, as well as the vaudevillian antics of “Comedy Industries”.