Danish Days Celebration

The 81st Annual Celebration of Solvang Danish Days is almost here, and we couldn’t be more excited! We really look forward to this annual celebration of all things Danish here in the Santa Ynez Valley. Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang gear up royally to celebrate and welcome visitors. There is so much to do during Danish Days that you will definitely want to plan a weekend getaway in Santa Ynez Valley just to be sure you don’t miss out on anything.

California’s Premier Danish Heritage Festival, Danish Days, returns this year from September 15-17, 2017. While overall admission is free, some individual events require tickets so be sure to check their official Danish Days website and get in on the best activities now!

Danish Days honors the 1911 establishment of Solvang by Danish-Americans. The celebration melds modern Danish practices with traditional ways, yet still exemplifies everything Danish. The weekend’s numerous offerings range from fan-favorite food events surrounding Aebleskiver, the iconic Danish pastry rounds, to a Danish-style Viking Beer and Wine Garden serving the famous Danish import, Carlsberg Beer, alongside local brews and wines. Kids will get a kick out of the Viking encampment in Solvang Park, or take them to an interactive history lesson at the Elverhoj Museum. There will also be plenty of free rock concerts, three parades, Danish folk dancers, chainsaw wood-carving demonstrations and an Old World artisanal crafts marketplace.

What’s an Æbleskiver you ask? These are traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Somewhat similar in texture to American pancakes crossed with a popover, Æbleskivers are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover. They are mouth-watering, especially when topped with powdered sugar and raspberry jam.

If you just can’t get your fill of delicious Danish food, participating restaurants in Solvang will also be “cooking up” something special just for Danish Days weekend, so be sure to come hungry! They might be serving Medisterpølse, a Danish specialty food consisting of a thick, spicy sausage made of minced pork, stuffed into casings. The word “Medisterpølse” was first used in a Swedish housekeeping book from the early 16th century. It is made in one long piece and then cut up into sections before serving. In contrast to many other types of sausage, it is cooked or fried for the first time during the final preparation. The spices generally used are allspice, cloves, salt and pepper.

Tons of Danish Fun in the Santa Ynez ValleyDanish Days Solvang Vacation

Here are just of the few of the Danish Days activities you and your family can enjoy during your September visit to Santa Ynez Valley:

Friday, September 15:

  • 4:00pm: Free Concert in Solvang Park featuring The Ruben Lee Dalton Band
  • 4:00pm: Chainsaw Carver, George Kenny
  • 5:00-10:00pm: Viking Beer & Wine Garden
  • 7:30pm: Torchlight Parade
  • 8:00pm: Opening Ceremonies introducing the 2017 Danish Maid

Saturday, September 16:

  • 8:30am-12:30pm: Æbleskiver Breakfast – We recommend that you get your tickets in advance!
  • 9:00am: Old World Artisans Marketplace
  • 10:00am-6:00pm: First Street Solvang Merchant Walk
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Kid’s Korner
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Viking Encampment
  • 10:00am-5:00pm: Living History Festival at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art featuring artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages. Free.
  • 10:30am & 1:00pm: Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen
  • 11:00am-10:30pm: Viking Beer & Wine Garden
  • 11:30am: Æbleskiver Eating Contest
  • 1:00pm: Danish Days Organ Concert featuring world-renowned concert organist, James Welch
  • 2:30pm: Famous Danish Days Parade
  • 5:00-10:00pm: Free concerts with live bands on the Midgaard Pavilion Stage, adjacent to the Danish Days Viking Beer & Wine Garden. All ages welcome at the concerts, but attendees must be 21 years or older to enter Viking Beer & Wine Garden. The Rincons play from 7-10pm.

Sunday, September 17:

  • 8:30am-12:30pm: Æbleskiver Breakfast – if you missed it Saturday, this is your last chance!
  • 9:00am: Old World Artisans Marketplace
  • 10:00am-3:00pm: First Street Solvang Merchant Walk
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Kid’s Korner
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Viking Encampment
  • 10:00am-4:00pm: Living History Festival at the Elverhoj Museum of History & Art featuring artisans, craftspeople, storytellers and interactive activities for all ages. Free.
  • 11:00am & 12:30pm: Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen
  • 11:30am: Free Æbleskiver Eating Contest
  • 2:00pm: Children’s Parade
  • 2:45pm: Danish Days Closing Ceremony and Free Concert in Solvang Park, featuring Matt Cermanski and Joey Sykes of HONEY RIVER

You Don’t Have to Pick and Choose with the “Dane For A Day” VIP Package

Make sure you live like Vikings and take it all in with this fun-filled package that includes:

  • Two (2) Æbleskiver Breakfast tickets (good for either Saturday or Sunday)
  • Two (2) Beer or Soda tickets, to be used at the Viking Beer Garden (good for Friday evening and Saturday day only). Must be 21 years of age or older to use tickets for alcoholic beverages.
  • Two (2) Viking Burger tickets, to be used at the Viking Beer Garden (good for Friday evening and Saturday day only)
  • One (1) Book (10 tickets) for the “Win a Trip to Denmark” raffle. Try for your chance to win a trip for two to Denmark! Tickets may also be purchased separately for $1 each. Proceeds benefit the Solvang Danish Days Foundation.
  • Two (2) Official Solvang Danish Days 2017 buttons
  • One (1) Solvang Danish Days Foundation Magazine

VIP Package Cost is only $55.00 plus an on-line processing fee.

Why not stay a whole week in the Santa Ynez Valley? Stop by VisitSYV.com first for complete travel planning information, and get to know our little piece of Danish heaven!

Come Visit Santa Ynez Valley in September – Velkommen!  

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