During the special June 15 “Midsommer Musik” Solvang Third Wednesday, musicians and bands stationed throughout town will be playing back-to-back sessions, for a stream of day-long entertainment. The Gazebo in Solvang Park will see the first free music performance from 12 to 2 p.m., as blues rock group the Mark Roberts Band, takes the stage.
This will kick off the summer concert series by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce and sponsor Waste Management. The Series, which entails free, live concerts in Solvang Park (Mission Drive and First Street) every Wednesday, June 15 through August 17, 2016, features musicians and bands of varied genres playing to crowds of both locals and tourists, who are invited to picnic in the Park during the family-friendly, evening concert events.
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and fully-outfitted spreads – including their favorite beverages – for the picnic-friendly afternoon concert.
Additional, confirmed artists scheduled to perform on June 15 are Danny & Mama K (blues/soul), playing 2 to 3 p.m. in front of The Book Loft (1680 Mission Drive);
Los Spindleros (folk/Americana), 3 – 4 p.m. at Alisal and Copenhagen;
Dewey Roberts (rock/alt-pop), 4 – 5 p.m. on the Serendipity Shoppe Porch (Atterdag Square, 448 Atterdag Road);
and, Blues Bob (blues), 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Hamlet Square (Copenhagen and Second Street).
Solvang Park will once again serve as a food-focused picnic stop starting at 5 p.m., where guests will enjoy the day’s main concert event classic rock band, The Caverns from 5 – 8 p.m.
The June 15 edition of Solvang Third Wednesday culminates with a Midsommer’s Eve Traditional Danish Fire Ring ceremony – along the lines of a bonfire – at 9 p.m. at the Copenhagen Sausage Garden (1660 Copenhagen Drive), where the fun runs through Midnight with live music by Oddly Straight (classic rock/Americana).
An optimal way for “Midsommer Musik” revelers to catch multiple performers throughout the day, is to embark on the afore-mentioned Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk from 3 – 7 p.m., a monthly, ticketed activity which entails two wine or beer tastings at five venues of participants’ choice, a logo glass, and a map to guide tasters to more than 15 crowd-pleasing Solvang watering holes.
Cash-only Wine & Beer Walk tickets (just $20 per person) may be purchased on Solvang Third Wednesdays at Wandering Dog Wine Bar (1539-C Mission Drive), the Olive House (1661 Mission Drive), and Sort This Out Cellars (1636 Copenhagen Drive).
Online Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk tickets may be purchased in advance, at solvang-wednesday-wine-beer-walk.eventbrite.com.
Third Wednesday guests looking for a DIY activity, may partake in the monthly jewelry-making class at Mie’s Beads from 5 – 7 p.m. at 1539-A Mission Drive. Call 805.686.8804 for more information. Owned by local bead enthusiast, Mie Hartmann.
For those seeking a curated mix of nature and art, the Wildling Museum (1511-B Mission Drive) will offer free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. encouraging visitors to peruse the Museum’s multiple new exhibits and unique gift shop.
As always, Solvang Third Wednesday guests may also take advantage of Third Wednesday deals at some of Solvang’s best hotels, like 20% off of their night’s stay (with a qualifying stay).
Held the third Wednesday of every month, “Solvang Third Wednesday” is a special promotion in partnership with the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, encouraging California 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.
More information about Solvang Third Wednesday, and a complete listing of discount offers and events, is available at www.solvangthirdwednesday.com.
Free brochures are also available at the Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA.