Event Schedule

Click here to download the full 2016 Solvang Danish Days brochure. Partial and preliminary 2017 schedule is posted, below (all events subject to change).

Friday,
September 15,
2017

Free Concert in Solvang Park
4:00pm

Live performance at the Solvang Park Gazebo, Mission Drive and First Street (band/musicians TBA).


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 2017 Danish Maid, Gabrielle Heron, and the 2017 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.

Saturday,
September 16,
2017

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.


Viking Encampment
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Ravens of Odin (Norse Educational Group) host a Viking Encampment in Solvang Park. Historical reenactments bring Viking times to life!


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; click here to apply!


FREE Concert Line-Up
5:00pm – 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. Concerts are free and open to the public. Bands and set times, TBA.

Sunday,
September 17,
2017

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.


Viking Encampment
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Ravens of Odin (Norse Educational Group) host a Viking Encampment in Solvang Park. Historical reenactments 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


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.


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 Gabrielle Heron closes the festive weekend. Free concert to follow (band TBA), as well as the vaudevillian antics of “Comedy Industries”.