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Name80th Annual Solvang Danish Days
Address1639 Copenhagen Drive
Solvang, CA 93463
Brief DescriptionA celebration of Danish Heritage
TypeAttraction
CategoryCulture
DescriptionFriday, September 16, 2016- Sunday, September 18, 2016 Friday through Sunday all day events celebrating Danish Heritage.
September 16 - 18, 2016

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

4 PM:
Free Concert featuring Danish musicians, Manne, performing live at the Solvang Park Gazebo, Mission Drive and First Street.

4 PM:
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.

5 - 10 PM:
Viking Beer & Wine Garden – Outdoor beer and wine garden; supports the Solvang Danish Days Foundation. Viking Beer & Wine Garden continues on Saturday. (Guests must be 21 years of age or older to enter the Viking Beer & Wine Garden and to purchase alcoholic beverages.)

7:30 PM:
Torchlight Parade – Free for participants, all ages welcome, candles will be provided. Route begins at Alisal Road and Laurel Avenue, strolling south down Alisal and ending at Solvang Park.

8 PM:
Opening Ceremonies in Solvang Park introducing 2015 Danish Maid, Mia Andersen. 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 17, 2016

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Aebleskiver Breakfast on Copenhagen Drive and First Street, just $7.00 per person (with Danish sausage, $8.00).

10 AM – 4 PM: Kid’s Korner featuring LEGO® and a supervised Play & Rest Area, in Solvang Park.

10 AM – 4 PM: Viking Encampment – Visit the Ravens of Odin, Norse Educational Group, as they bring Viking times to life through historical reenactments. Features a Viking Age Weaponry demo on Saturday.

10 AM – 5 PM: Living History Festival at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art (1624 Elverhoy Way; www.elverhoj.org). Free, interactive activities for all ages, plus artisans, craftspeople and storytellers.

11:30 AM: Free Aebleskiver Eating Contest – Corner of Copenhagen Drive and First Street. All ages welcome for this five-minute competition.

2:30 PM: Danish Days Parade – Includes the Solvang Village Band atop the Carlsberg Beer Wagon, floats, equestrians, Village Dancers and more. Line-up starts at 1:30 PM 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. NO CHARGE to participate in the parade; applications are available at www.SolvangDanishDays.org.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Free Concert; US Air Force Band of the Golden West, “Galaxy” – 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 guests to their 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.

5 – 8 PM: Solvang 2nd Century Street Party featuring Echoswitch, a local 80s hard rock band, performing on the Midgaard Pavilion Stage in Parking Lot 2, in downtown Solvang, adjacent to the 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 donate their time and talent to the community.

5:30 - 10 PM: Danish Days Dinner Dance – Danish-style barbeque followed by dancing and live music by Area 51. Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 1745 Mission Drive. Tickets start at $10.00 per person for the
Phone 1(805) 688-6144
Handicapped AccessibleNo
HoursOpen daily 9 AM - 5 PM
Last Updated8/24/2016
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