Event Schedule

Click here to download the full 2019 Solvang Danish Days brochure; select event schedule highlights are posted below.

Friday,
September 20,
2019

Free Concert in Solvang Park
4:00pm

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


Axe Throwing
4:00pm – 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! $5 for 7 throws. Tickets will be sold at the entrance to the Viking Beer & Wine Garden. (Guests must be 7 years of age or older to enjoy.) #throwlikeaViking


Viking Beer & Wine Garden
5:00pm – 9:00pm

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 the 2019 Danish Maid, Gillian Nielsen, and the 2019 Grand Marshals, Ken and Allie Andersen. Velkommen Street Dance follows with Danish dancers performing to live music.

Saturday,
September 21,
2019

Æbleskiver Breakfast
8:30am – 12:30pm

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.


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!


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, plus a Viking Selfie Station! Free. 1624 Elverhoy Way, 805-686-1211 or www.elverhoj.org


Comedy Industries
10:30am

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.


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?! Returning to this year’s Saturday Contest, competitive eater and eating challenge queen, Raina Huang. Saturday Contest will be held in the Midgaard Pavilion in Parking Lot 2, downtown Solvang, adjacent to the Danish Days Viking Beer & Wine Garden. All ages welcome for the Eating Contest.


Viking Beer & Wine Garden
12:00pm – 9:00pm

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.)


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! $5 for 7 throws. Tickets will be sold at the entrance to the Viking Beer & Wine Garden. (Guests must be 7 years of age or older to enjoy.) #throwlikeaViking


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!


Comedy Industries
3:30pm

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.


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. Concerts are free and open to the public!

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

Sunday,
September 22,
2019

Æbleskiver Breakfast
8:30am – 12:30pm

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.


Kid’s Korner
10:00am – 3:00pm

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!


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 – 4:00pm

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art. Artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages, plus a Viking Selfie Station! Free. 1624 Elverhoy Way, 805-686-1211 or www.elverhoj.org


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.)


Free Æbleskiver Eating Contest
11:30am

Who can eat the most aebleskiver in 5 minutes?! Joining this year’s Sunday Contest is competitive eater and eating challenge queen, Raina Huang. Sunday Contest will be held in the Midgaard Pavilion in Parking Lot 2, downtown Solvang, adjacent to the Danish Days Viking Beer & Wine Garden. All ages welcome for the Eating Contest.

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
2:30pm

2019 Danish Days Maid, Gillian Nielsen, closes the festive weekend. The vaudevillian antics of Comedy Industries to follow.