The first Solvang Danish Days since 2019 begins today.
Here’s the schedule.
— 4 to 9 p.m. An ax-throwing arena, hosted by SLO AXE CO. Attendees must be 13 or older; ages 13-17 need to have a parent or guardian present.
— 4 p.m.: Free concert: The Agin Brothers Band.
—5 to 9 p.m: Viking Beer and Wine Garden: Outdoor beer and wine garden, which supports the Solvang Danish Days Foundation.
— 7:30 p.m.: Torchlight Parade beginning at Alisal Road and Laurel Avenue and ending at the Midgaard Pavilion Stage.
—8 p.m.: Opening ceremonies in Solvang Park introducing the 2020, 2021, and 2022 Danish Maids. Velkommen Street Dance follows with Danish dancers performing to live music.
— 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Æbleskiver Breakfast on Copenhagen Drive and First Street, $10 per person (with Danish sausage, $12). Tickets available on-line in advance or at the event entrance (cash only at event entrance).
— 9 a.m.: Old World Artisans Marketplace on First Street.
— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Solvang Danish Days LEGO Building Competition
— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Kid’s Korner in Solvang Park.
— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rune Reader, Tracey Boyer: What do the runes see in your future?
— 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Living History Day at Elverhøj Museum of History and Art, 1624 Elverhoy Way.
— 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Ax throwing
— 11:30 a.m.: Free Æbleskiver Eating Contest in the Midgaard Pavilion in Parking Lot 2. All ages are welcome for this five-minute competition.
Noon to 4 p.m.: Guided Solvang Food and Photo Tour led by Santa Barbara’s Eat This, Shoot That. Tour includes 9 to 10 tastings and foodie locations, bites and sips with a professional tour guide while learning foodie photo tips and tricks using a smartphone’s camera. Details at eatthisshootthat.com/tours/solvang. Advance ticket purchase is required.
Noon to 9 p.m.: Viking Beer and Wine Garden.
— 2:30 p.m.: Danish Days Parade, includes the Solvang Village Band atop the Carlsberg Beer Wagon, floats, equestrians, Village Dancers and more. Line-up starts at 1:30 p.m. on First Street, between Molle Way and Oak Street.
— 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Æbleskiver Breakfast.
— 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Solvang Danish Days LEGO Building Competition. Judging begins at 1p.m., followed by a 2:30 p.m. winner announcement for the best build at Solvang Danish Days closing ceremony in Solvang Park.
— 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Kid’s Korner in Solvang Park.
— 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Rune Reader, Tracey Boyer
— 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Randel McGee as Hans Christian Andersen.
— 2 p.m.: Children’s Parade beginning at Atterdag Square and concluding in Solvang Park. All children and families can join this event; no charge to participate, and costumes are encouraged.
— 2:30 p.m.: Danish Days closing ceremony in Solvang Park.
All events listed here are subject to change or cancellation.