Every Wednesday Farmers Market
Solvang: Each week local growers come to market their fresh bounty of organic produce, meats, herbs, cheeses, jams, honey, flowers and more. Takes place from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. on First St. between Mission and Copenhagen Dr. Info: 805-962-5354; SBFarmersMarket.org.
Every Wednesday Industry Nights at Terravant
Buellton: Every Wednesday you can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting with winemakers from around the Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Meet, greet, talk and taste with tasting room experts and in some cases, the winemakers themselves. Takes place from 5pm until close at Terravant - The Winery Restaurant, 35 Industrial Way. Info: 805-686-4742; terravant.com.
Every Thursday Blind Tasting Challenge
Solvang: Test your knowledge of varietals and regions during this fun weekly blind tasting that challenges you to match up answers for each wine based on wine type, origin, price and alcohol content. Cost $15/pp. Takes place from 4 - 7 p.m. at Solvang’s Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 1539 Mission Dr. Info: 805-686-9126; wanderingdogwinebar.com.
Monthly Solvang 3rd Wednesday
Solvang: Over 60 unique shops, restaurants, bakeries and tasting rooms offer special sales and discounts all day long on the third Wednesday of every month. (April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20) Info: 805-688-0701; solvangus.com.
Monthly Solvang 3rd Wednesday Beer & Wine Walk
Solvang: Sample two wines at five participating wine and/or beer tasting rooms, explore the enchanting village of Solvang and meet a lot of great people along the way! Cash-only, day-of-event tickets sold at at the Olive House (1661 Mission Dr.), Wandering Dog Wine Bar (1539-C Mission Dr.), and Sort This Out Cellars (1636 Copenhagen Dr.). Takes place from 3 - 7pm on the third Wednesday of every month. (July 20, August 17, September 14) (Must be 21+ to participate) Info: 805-688-0701;solvangus.com.
Monthly Friday Night Winemakers
Los Olivos: Guest winemakers from around the Valley mill about the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe on the last Friday of every month (July 29 with Matt Brady of Jaffurs; August 26 with Larry Schaffer of Tercero; September 30 with Wes Hagen of J. Wilkes) to chat and pour wine during dinner. Chef Chris Joslyn creates fabulous nightly specials to pair with the featured wines. Takes place from 5 - 8pm at the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, 2879 Grand Ave., Los Olivos. FYI: This event always sells out so reserve early. Info: 805-688-7265; losolivoscafe.com.
Monthly Art In The Courtyard
Santa Ynez: Held the second Saturday of the month, (July 9, August 13, September 10) this special art show is a great opportunity to browse and buy wonderful original, handmade objects d’art by local artists and also see some interesting exhibits at the museum. Takes place from 11am - 4pm. in the courtyard of the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Parks-Janeway Carriage House, 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez. Info: 805-688-7889; santaynezmuseum.org.
Monthly Stories By The Stagecoach
Santa Ynez: History comes to life for kids ages 7 - 12 with readings from historical children’s novels, discussions about people and places of the past, related craft projects and an exploration of the museum and library. Takes place from 1 - 4pm on the third Saturday of the month (July 16, August 20, September 17) at the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Parks-Janeway Carriage House, 3596 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Free admission. Info: 805-688-7889; santaynezmuseum.org.
Monthly Third Saturday Stroll
Los Alamos: Los Alamos serves up its own brand of Western hospitality on the third Saturday of every month (July 16, August 20, September 17) with seasonal themes at art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and tasting rooms. Info: 805-344-1900; visitsyv.com/discover-syv/los-alamos.
Now - August 14 Revelations: Culture & The Human Landscape of The Central Coast
Solvang: This extraordinary multi-sensory exhibition expands your perception of art and illuminates the cultures of the Central Coast with engaging portraits, imagery and companion videos of local people. Takes place from 4 - 6pm at the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art, 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang. Info:805-686-1211; Elverhøj.org.
July 4 Parade & Fireworks
Solvang: Celebrate Independence Day with a “Solvang-Style” parade which takes to the streets at 1pm along with a traditional all-day red-white-and-blue festival at Old Mission Santa Ines and a spectacular, grand finale fireworks display at 9pm. Info: 805-688-6144; solvangusa.com.
July 30 Buellton BBQ Bonanza
Buellton: Barbecue Tri-Tip is the main course at this highly anticipated annual event which draws one of the biggest crowds of the year. Lots of other great food, too, along with live music, demonstrations, raffle, chocolate chip cookie baking contest, children’s activities and more. Takes place from 11am until 2pm at River View Park, 151 Sycamore Dr., Buellton. Free admission. Info: 800-324-3800;VisitBuellton.com.
August 3 Veggie Rescue Cookbook Fundraiser
Solvang: Celebrity Chef “Pink” and Courtney Rae DeLongpré of Solvang’s acclaimed Bacon & Brine Restaurant, pull out all the stops during this terrific farm-to-table dinner that benefits Veggie Rescue, an organization that gleans local produce from farms, farmers markets, home gardens and orchards and delivers it to charitable organizations and school lunch programs in Santa Barbara County. Takes place at 6pm, hosted by Bacon & Brine Restaurant, 1618 Copenhagen Dr. at the corner of Second St. Info: 805-350-9154; veggierescue.org.
August 6 In The Vineyard & On The Farm
Los Olivos: Every year, Sam and Shawnda Marmorstein, owners of the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, welcome guests to their family property to share their Bernat wines and Cafe Farm for an evening of delicious local cuisine and great company. The event begins with passed hors d’oeuvres on the lawn in front of the Bernat vines and a tour of the couple’s beautiful organic vineyard and farm. Chef Chris Joslyn of the Los Olivos Wine Merchant & Cafe, also prepares a three-course dinner created from freshly picked Cafe Farm produce and meat from a local ranch. Takes place from 4:30 - 7pm at Bernat Vineyard. FYI: This event sells out every year so be sure to reserve early. Info: 805-390-0442; losolivoscafe.com
August 20 Therapeutic Riding’s Cowboy Ball
Solvang: Support therapeutic riding and have a great time at this special fundraiser that includes great live music as well as a live and silent auction. Takes place from Noon - midnight at 195 Rufugio Road. Info: 805-686-6739.
August 27 Wheels N’ Windmills Car Show
Solvang: Get revved up when over 300 vintage vehicles line the streets of Solvang during this 12th annual charity car show. Takes place throughout Solvang from noon to midnight. Info: 805-688-6112.
September 16 - 18 Solvang Danish Days
Solvang: California’s premier Danish Heritage Festival kicks off on Friday night with a free concert at the Solvang Park Gazebo, Torchlight Parade and Opening Ceremonies in the Park. Both Saturday and Sunday are jam-packed with lots of fun events. Full event schedule on page 14. Info: SolvangDanishDays.org.
October 7 - 10 Celebration of Harvest
Valley-Wide: This four day wine country fall weekend celebrates the highly anticipated arrival of harvest. Events include a Friday night Harvest Dinner, Saturday morning wine seminar and Saturday afternoon Celebration of Harvest Festival at the Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang. Purchase a Vintners Visa to explore up to twelve wineries and tasting rooms, each offering complimentary offerings to Visa holders. Info: celebrationofharvest.com.
Now - July 31 Shrek The Musical
Solvang: Performed by the Pacific Conservatory Theatre, this Tony Award-winning fairy tale brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage. Takes place at the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second St., Solvang. Showtime: 8 p.m. FYI: Enjoy a pre-theater dinner at Actor’s Corner Cafe, Aly’s BY ALEBRU Restaurant or Bacon & Brine which are all just across the street. Info and tickets: 805-928-7731; pcpa.org.
Now - Sept 18 Sunday Jazz & Beyond: In The Garden “Under The Oaks”
Solvang: “Sunday Jazz In The Garden” celebrates its fifth year with an incredible line-up of prolific performers. On July 31, master solo guitarist, Brother Yusef takes to the stage with his own brand of “Fatback Blues” followed by the electro-acoustic group, trioKait on August 7. On August 14, The Robert Hart Project incorporates an eclectic blend of musical genres into a hip, melodic and syncopated style. Virtuoso, Mads Tolling Duo, featuring Colin Hogan - an amazing new voice on the violin, creates a big stir with hooky and refreshing music on August 28. Rounding out the season on September18 is renowned Brazilian vocalist/guitarist, Teka and NewBossa. Gates open at 2:30pm and concerts begin at 3pm at the Solvang Festival Theater, 490 Second St., Solvang. Info and tickets: 805-686-1789; solvangfestivaltheater.org.
Aug 5 - 21 Sense and Sensibility
Solvang: Performed by the Pacific Conservatory Theatre with just the right mix of humor, romance and happy endings, the classic novel comes to life on stage in this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s popular work. Takes place at the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second St., Solvang. Showtime: 6:30pm FYI: Enjoy a pre-theater dinner at Actor’s Corner Cafe, Aly’s BY ALEBRU Restaurant or Bacon & Brine which are all just across the street. Info and tickets: 805-928-7731; pcpa.org.
August 26 - Sept. 11 In The Heights
Solvang: With a gripping story and incredible music and dance performed by the Pacific Conservatory Theatre, this groundbreaking 21st century Tony Award-winning musical is the next chapter in the classic American story. Takes place at the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second St., Solvang. Showtime: 6:30pm. FYI: Enjoy a pre-theater dinner at Actor’s Corner Cafe, Aly’s BY ALEBRU Restaurant or Bacon & Brine which are all just across the street. Info and tickets: 805-928-7731; pcpa.org.
October 12 An Evening With Clint Black
Solvang: Heralded as one of Country Music’s brightest stars, prolific singer-songwriter, Clint Black, brings his astounding talent to Solvang for an unforgettable concert that benefits Solvang Festival Theater. Gates open at 6:30pm; Showtime at 7:30pm. Takes place at the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second St., Solvang. Info and tickets: 805-886-1789; solvangtheaterfestival.org. FYI: Enjoy a pre-theater dinner at Actor’s Corner Cafe, Aly’s BY ALEBRU Restaurant or Bacon & Brine which are all just across the street.