Annual Events

Here's a look at annual events and festivals happening in and around Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley.


January 17
Solvang Third Wednesday - Special sales, wine walk

January 21 - 27
Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week - 3 course tasting menus $20.18 (excluding tax, tip & beverages)


February 14
Solvang Third Wednesday - Special sales, wine walk

Last weekend in February
Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series


March 10
Solvang Century, Metric & Half Century - A premier cycling event with 100 mile, 62.5 and 50 bike rides.

March 14-18
Taste of Solvang - Foodies will delight in this multi-day celebration featuring a chef's walk, sip & savory, tasting trail, wine walk and more!

March 21
Solvang Third Wednesday - This reoccurring monthly event is tons of fun. Don't miss out on special sales and the wine walk.


April 20 - 23
Santa Barbara Vintners Spring Weekend - Wine enthusiasts attend the Festival Grand Tasting and stay in Solvang!


May 5
Rancheros Visitadores - A local tradition featuring horseman and wagons ride into Solvang to the Mission for a blessing.

May 12
Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon - Runners will earn a delicious glass of wine in this half marathon through beautiful wine country.

May 16
Solvang Third Wednesday - Special sales, wine walk


June 2
Los Olivos Olive & Jazz Festival - Come listen to live jazz and sample chef prepared foods and local wines.

June 9
Old Santa Ynez Days - Bring the whole family to the street fair and parade featuring antiques and arts & crafts.

June 16 - 17
Live Oak Music Festival - Beautiful weather and music from all over the globe - what could be more fun?

June 20
Solvang Third Wednesday - Third Wednesday event featuring FREE concerts, special sales, wine walk and more.

June 24
6th Annual SYV Polo Classic - Hit the polo field for this fundraising event for People Helping People.


July 4
Independence Day Parade, Festival & Fireworks - Celebrate July 4th & Independence Day in Solvang with a parade and fireworks.

July 6 - 23
Lend Me A Tenor The Musical - Musical theater at its finest in Solvang at the PCPA Solvang Festival Theater.

July 19
Solvang Third Wednesday - Special sales, wine walk

July 27 - August 20
Disney's Newsies The Musical - A family-friendly musical showing at the PCPA Solvang Festival Theater.


August 16
Solvang Third Wednesday - Special sales, wine walk

August 24
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Treat yourself to classic Shakespeare in Solvang at the PC PA Solvang Festival Theater.

August 25
Wheels & Windmills Car Show - Car enthusiasts will love this local charity vintage car show.


September 15 - 17
81st Annual Solvang Danish Days - Celebrate Danish heritage and culture with three parades, living history exhibits, aebleskiver breakfast, music, arts & crafts.

September 20
Solvang Third Wednesday - Special sales, wine walk

September 23 - 25
70th Annual Los Alamos Old Days - Local history and heritage will be on view at this parade and festival featuring antiques, art, and music.


October 5 - 9
Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest - If you attend the Festival Grand Tasting, stop over in Solvang at our hotels and restaurants.

October 7 - November 7
Scarecrow Fest - Celebrate the harvest season with this family friendly event!

October 21
Real Men Cook - Don't miss this tasty event featuring 50 chefs, 35 premier vintners and brewers, live music, and an auction.

October 30 - 31
24th Annual Solvang Halloween Haunted House & Street Fair - We do Halloween right in Solvang. Join the fun at the street fair!


November 10 - 11
Queen of Arts Show & Sale - Art lovers will enjoy this show and special sale at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art.

November 10 - 12
Vaquero Show & Sale - Come to the Santa Ynez Historical Museum & Carriage House and take a step back in time at this special event and sale.

November 15
Solvang Third Wednesday - Special sales, wine walk


December 1
Solvang Julefest Tree Lighting - The perfect start to the holiday season! 5PM, Solvang Park

December 2
Solvang Julefest Parade - Spread holiday cheer at this fantastic parade - it's a local favorite! 11 AM

December 1 - 3, 8 - 10
Shop, Mingle, and Jingle - Find the perfect gift plus deals and discounts from local merchants.

December 9 - 10
Holiday Wine & Beer Walk - Visit more than 13 tasting rooms in Solvang.

December 9
Solvang's Community Live Nativity Pageant - Bring your family to this stage presentation at the Solvang Festival Theater

December 20
Solvang Third Wednesday - Special sales, wine walk

Ongoing Events and Exhibits

Wildling Museum of Art & Nature

The Student & The Teacher:
Theodore Waddell & Isabelle Johnson
October 27, 2017 – February 5, 2018
Theodore Waddell, Marini's Mare, 1999

Overview: Aerial Photography of Bill Dewey
October 27, 2017 – January 2018
Bill Dewey, Morro Bay, Permanent Collection, Wildling Museum

The River's Journey: Artists Exploring the Santa Ynez River and Watershed
February 17, 2018 – July 9, 2018
Libby Smith, Waterline, gouache

Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Closed Tuesday

Elverhoj Museum of History & Art

Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Open Wednesday through Sunday

Wine Tasting Winter Pass

October - March

The Summer Pass gives you 14 wine tastings, to be used any time this winter!

Cachuma Lake Winter Cruises

November - February

Winter Wildlife Cruises

Public Cruises for families, friends, singles, groups

Friday, 10 AM - Noon & 2-4 PM; Saturday, 10 AM - Noon & 2-4 PM; Sunday, 10 AM - Noon.

Featured Events




Solvang Julefest Tree Lighting

Julefest sparkles with the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony




Julefest Parade

Julefest Parade, December 2, 11 AM




Julefest Nativity Pageant

Solvang Julefest Nativity Pageant




Julefest Wine & Beer Walk

Julefest Wine & Beer Walk




Taste of Solvang

In its 26th year, Taste of Solvang has become a destination event for food and… More Info


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