On July 16, Solvang’s “Third Wednesday” involves music, food, and entertainment for the whole family.
The town celebrates summer in style with a musical cake walk in Solvang Park from 4:30-5 p.m., organized by the Santa Ynez Valley High School cheer squad. Fans of musical chairs can put their skills to the test in hopes of winning a sweet treat from one of Solvang’s local bakeries.
From 5-8 p.m., local classic rock band Mojo performs in Solvang Park following the cake walk. Bring out the picnic blankets and relax to mash-ups of favorite blues, rock, and even reggae tunes. For those not wanting to schlep food around, Cecco Ristorante will be selling its famous pizzas.
Make time for the Wine & Beer Walk from 3-7 p.m. and pick five establishments to taste from. Venues include: Wandering Dog Wine Bar; Sort It Out Cellars; The Good Life, Craft Beer & Wine Cellar; Carivintâs Winery’s Tasting Room; Randy’s Taproom; the Olive House; Casa Cassara Winery & Vineyard’s Tasting Room; Dascomb Cellars; Lions Peak Vineyard’s Tasting Room; Solvang Brewing Company; Viking Garden Cellars; the Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards and Toccata Tasting Rooms; Cali Love Wine; and more. Tickets can be purchased at firststreettickets.com.
Theatre goers will be pleased to hear that PCPA Theaterfest is offering a 50% discount on tickets for the performance of Forever Plaid at the Solvang Festival Theater. Tickets can be purchased at the box office at 420 2nd St. or by calling 805/922-8313.
For guests looking for more hands-on fun, a jewelry-making class at Kandra’s Beads (1539-A Mission Dr.) will take place from 5-7 p.m.
For those wanting to add more culture to their lives, visitors can check out the latest exhibits at the Wildling Museum (1511-B Mission Dr.) by taking advantage of free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
And finally, The Artistic Pony Studio (446 First St.) is partnering with Diane Curriden of Valley Alternative Healing for a Solvang Third Wednesday “Pony Trek”. Meet at The Artistic Pony at 6:30 p.m., where Curriden will give the group tips on stretching and exercise, before leading guests on a free guided walk, including bottled water. Children and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome; comfortable shoes are recommended. Call 805/686-9899 to make reservations.
Solvang Third Wednesday is a special promotion in partnership with the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, encouraging central coast visitors and locals to “Shop. Eat. Play.” More than 60 shops, restaurants, wine tasting rooms, activities and professional offices offer special sales and discounts all day.
For more information about Solvang Third Wednesday, and a complete listing of discount offers and events, visit solvangthirdwednesday.com.