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
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.
From 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.
Then 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!
Celebrating Solvang: Hans Christian Andersen Free Birthday Party on April 2nd
Are you a fan of fairy tales? April 2nd is the birth date of Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s most famous Danes and father of the modern fairytale—including favorites such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess & The Pea and The Ugly Duckling. Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark on April 2, 1805 and lived until August 4, 1875 — and would have been 210 years old this Thursday!
invited to attend a birthday party in his honor at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum with complimentary kransekage (Danish marzipan cake) from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Thursday, 4/2/15. The Museum is located at 1680 Mission Drive in the cozy second floor above The Book Loft and Solvang Coffee Company. Year-round, you can discover so much more about this fascinating author. This free museum is filled to the rafters with originals and copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, paper cutouts, silhouettes and collages that kids of all ages can enjoy. And just a block away, don’t miss the bronze statue of Andersen in Solvang Park. For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/listings/index.cfm?action=display&listingID=412&menuID=207&hit=1
Celebrating Solvang: Boo! Fall Frolic & Scarecrowfest!
You need some fall frolic in your life and Solvang’s monthly “Third Wednesday” will deliver! Set for Wednesday, October 15, 2014, you can enjoy some special “Fall Frolic Festivities” at the town’s “West End” (the block of Mission Drive aka Highway 246 bounded by 4th Place and 5th Street.) From 5:30-7:30pm check out the free live music in front of Wandering Dog Wine Bar (1539-C Mission Drive); free treats and cider; a doggie costume contest and parade sponsored by Lemos Feed & Pet Supply; free admission to the Wildling Museum; plus regular, monthly Solvang Third Wednesday deals at local merchants including boutiques, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market from 2:30-6:00pm; the popular Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk; and discounts at local hotels. And don’t miss the amazing Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrowfest displays crafted by local businesses, individuals and school organizations, now through November 10! Be sure to vote for your favorite! For more details, visit http://solvangthirdwednesday.com/events/