Celebrating Solvang: See Shrek The Musical Here Thru July 31st

You and your family simply must make plans now to see Shrek The Musical here in all its joy at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater. Performed by acclaimed actors of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre), all the beloved characters you know from the Oscar-winning movie are brought to life on stage in this Tony Award-winning adventure: the reluctant hero Shrek, the Donkey, Fiona, a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and more fairy tale misfits–be ready to cheer and be transformed! Performances are Tuesday-Sunday now thru July 31. Tickets are available online at www.pcpa.org or at the Theater box office located at 420 Second Street. On July 20 (Solvang Third Wednesday) adult tickets are 25% off (and be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child pricing—yet remember, kids under 5 are not admitted into the theater.) Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and local attractions. As Shrek would say, “For your information, there’s a lot more to ogres than people think.”

Solvang Hosts FREE Concerts in the Park Every Wednesday Thru 8/17/16


Enjoy FREE concerts in Solvang Park every Wednesday from 5-8pm thru 8/17/16

You know you love hearing live music, especially outdoors in the summertime—and especially when it’s FREE! Make plans now to spend each Wednesday from 5:00-8:00  enjoying free concerts in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) with these fun musicians!


•July 6, Livewire (Rock)
• July 13, Rock Cats Rock (Rockabilly/Rock)
• July 20, Burning James and the Funky Flames (Funk/Soul); plus Solvang Third Wednesday with even more fun & specials around town.
• July 27, Grass Mountain (Folk/Bluegrass)
• August 3, T-Bone Ramblers (Classic Rock)
• August 10, Soul Cats (60’s Rock/Soul/Pop & Big Band)
• August 17, The Mother Corn Shuckers (Bluegrass/Americana/Country) –plus Solvang Third Wednesday with even more fun & specials around town.


 Sponsored by Solvang Third Wednesday and Waste Management, you can pick up picnic ingredients at the adjacent weekly Solvang Farmers Market, or purchase bites at the likes of Big Joe’s Brats and Ranch Guys Catering , or nearby Cecco Ristorante and Cafe Dolce. So bring your blankets, lawn chairs and beverages and say cheers to summer time fun!


Solvang Celebrates USA Independence Day with Fun for the Whole Family!

Celebrate USA Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2016, with fun festivities right here in Solvang!  First up, at 10:00 a.m. in the Solvang Park Gazebo, a free concert by Valley Wind Ensemble. You don’t want to miss the traditional parade at 11:00 a.m. presented by the Solvang Breakfast Rotary Club that steps/strolls/canters/rolls along Mission Drive (Route 246); turns south on Fourth Place, then east along Copenhagen Drive and back to the starting point at Old Mission Santa Ines (1760 Mission Drive). This year’s theme is “Valley Life and Liberty.”   Grand Marshals are brothers Erik and Hans Gregersen, whose grandfather Rev. Jens Gregersen was one of Solvang’s founders in 1911.

SolvangIndependenceDay2009--194From Noon- 2:00 p.m. enjoy the BBQ and Free Concert by the T-Bone Ramblers at Solvang Park sponsored by Solvang Breakfast Rotary Club featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, linguiça and all the fixings for $5-7 combos–with chips and soda or water.

At 2:00 p.m., gates open at Old Mission Santa Ines for the 22nd Annual Solvang Independence Day Festival & Fireworks Show sponsored by Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley . Admission is only $10.00 per adult; and FREE for children ages 7 and under, as well as FREE for active duty military and their immediate family members with ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance  or at the gate on July 4th. The Solvang Independence Day Festival will feature food booths, wine & beer garden, kids’ activities including bounce castle, face-painting and plenty of time to kick-back & relax. All proceeds benefit local charities. Don’t miss the live entertainment on the outdoor stage starting at 5:00 p.m. This year, six 2016 Teen Star finalists will perform: Jillian Garnett, Kaitlyn Chui, Daniel Geiger, Rachel Guron and Jericho Guron.

fireworks-wallpaper-wallpaper-download-17Then at 9:00 p.m.—it’s what we all want to see—an amazing 20-minute fireworks show!



Also at 2:00 p.m., the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and The Jamboree Band will perform at the Old Mission Santa Inés this year (since Solvang Veterans Memorial Building hall is currently under renovation). The concert will feature 100 percent made-in-America music including “What a Wonderful World,” a medley of songs celebrating the West and patriotic, rousing tunes such as “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Happy Wanderer”  under the direction of Chris Bowman. Concert goers who arrive before 2 p.m. may enter for free; after 2:00 p.m., you will be asked to pay admission to the Solvang Independence Day Festival.

Remember, there is free parking in public lots and businesses throughout Solvang year-round. The Solvang Visitors Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at 1630 Copenhagen Drive offering free maps, guides, savings coupons and plenty of information.

Happy 240th Birthday USA!

Celebrate the 4th of July 2016 in Santa Cruz County!

Blog by Rachel Endsley, Visit Santa Cruz County


Happy 4th of July from Santa Cruz County! From fireworks and family fun to parades and pool parties, there are tons of events happening all around the county to celebrate Independence Day. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the top to-dos happening on the 4th:

Scotts Valley 4th of July and Fireworks
Come celebrate July 4th in Scotts Valley! Parade, flyover, fireworks, outrageous BBQ, two live bands, games, petting zoo & much more! The Fireworks show in Scotts Valley is the only sanctioned fireworks show in Santa Cruz County. Advance tickets $6, at the door $8 (4 and under free). Activities and food are not included in price of admission. ATM available onsite.

Parade on Scotts Valley Drive and Activities & Fireworks at Skypark
Scotts Valley, CA
TIME: 3pm Parade | 4pm Food, Music & Games | 9:15pm Fireworks!
For parade application and details, click here.

Boulder Creek 4th of July Parade
This classic Fourth of July parade, set in downtown Boulder Creek, attracts upwards of 10,000 attendees each year. If you are a mountain dweller this is one you won’t want to miss.

Downtown Boulder Creek
Hwy 9 – between Scarborough Lumber and Railroad Avenue
Boulder Creek, CA
TIME: 10am

Aptos 4th of July Celebration
“World’s Shortest Parade.” Pancake breakfast 7:30am, parade at 10am, party in the park with live music, games, arts & crafts 11am-4pm at Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Road.

Soquel Dr. & State Park Dr.
Aptos Village, CA
TIME: 7:30am – 4pm

4th of July Family Fun Events
Bring out the entire family and friends for a fun-filled day of games, live music and an all-American barbecue.

Roaring Camp Railroads
5401 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA

Old-Fashioned Independence Day
Visit Wilder Ranch’s historic cultural preserve and take a step in time 100 years ago as you participate in an early 1900s-style Independence Day celebration including a noon family parade, games, children’s crafts area, live big-band music, living history demonstrations, historic speeches and flag-raising. Food and drink available for sale, or bring a picnic lunch. Day-use parking fee is $10.

Wilder Ranch State Park, Two miles north on Hwy. 1
Santa Cruz, CA
TIME: 11am – 4pm

Spirit of Watsonville 4th of July Parade
The 2016 Spirit of Watsonville hometown parade hits Main Street at 2pm. Expect floats, classic and muscle cars, antique tractors and equipment and equestrians

Downtown Watsonville
Watsonville, CA
TIME: 2pm

Fourth of July Weekend Celebration at Big Basin
Participate in a Talent Show and join the Big Basin 4th of July Parade!

Talent Show Campfire (July 2 at 7pm) – celebrate Independence Day with a campfire, sing-a-long and talent show! If you have a skit, poem, song or a talent you’d like to share, sign up at headquarters in advance. All presentations should be appropriate for all ages. Acts should be only 3-5 minutes in length. Participants need to arrive promptly at 7 p.m. at the historic campfire center. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 pm; program begins at 7:30 pm. Wheelchair, stroller accessible. Good dogs welcome!

Fourth of July Parade (July 4 at 10am) – join the Big Basin 4th of July Parade, led by Uncle Sam, through the Redwoods to the Campfire Center where we will sing songs from the All American Song Book, ending with a salute to the flag and our national anthem. We hope that many campers and visitors will join us for this less than one hour salute to our nation’s birthday. Meet at the Campfire Center.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Located 9 miles outside of Boulder Creek on Hwy 236 at 21600 Big Basin Way.
(831) 338-8883

#ShareSLO Photo of the Week: All Greek To Us

They were dancing in the streets during the San Luis Obispo Greek Festival this past weekend. The 2-day festival included music, dancing lessons and performances by the Cal Poly Greek Student Troupe. And, of course, there were plenty of  gyros and baklava available.



















Thanks for @Leifslo for sharing a video of a Greek dance (this is a screen shot from that) in front of the history center. If you’re in San Luis Obispo for a fun festival, remember to share with the hash tag ShareSLO.