News on the Central Coast

Solvang Danish Days

August 28, 2017

California’s premier Danish heritage festival, “Solvang Danish Days” (www.solvangdanishdays.org), returns in 2017 to celebrate its 81st anniversary with an event weekend line-up set for Friday through Sunday, September 15 through 17, 2017. Solvang Danish Days 2017 will once again provide attendees with a total Danish immersion experience, while helping to preserve Solvang’s authentic Danish heritage, and will offer a “Dane For A Day” ticket bundle package for guests looking to “live like Vikings” throughout the event weekend.

Solvang Danish Days, which honors the 1911 establishment of Solvang by Danish-Americans, continues to expand upon its varied activities, melding more modern Danish practices with traditional ways, yet still exemplifying everything Danish. The weekend’s numerous offerings, encompassing activities for all ages, range from fan-favorite food events surrounding Aebleskiver, the iconic Danish pastry rounds; to a Danish-style beer and wine garden serving Danish import, Carlsberg beer, alongside local brews and wines; to a Viking encampment in Solvang Park; to interactive history lessons at the Elverhoj Museum; to three afternoons and evenings of free, live rock concerts; to chainsaw wood-carving demonstrations and an Old World artisanal crafts marketplace.

Admission to Solvang Danish Days is free, and entertainment options abound during the weekend with three parades, Danish folk dancers and musicians performing in spots scattered about the town. Solvang Danish Days also aims to please the next generation of Danish Days fans with multiple pass-times, including story-telling sessions with Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen, and a “Kid’s Korner” in Solvang Park featuring LEGO®.

New to Solvang Danish Days this year, is a town-wide restaurant promotion; participating Solvang restaurants and bars will be “cooking up” something special just for Danish Days weekend, further details TBA.

Solvang Danish Days is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at facebook.com/SolvangDanishDays and @DanishDays.


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