Summer music in Solvang Park

Summer Fun in the Santa Ynez Valley

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Wow, it seems like summer just started and it’s already time to think about going back to school. Have no fear – there is still plenty of summer fun here in the Santa Ynez Valley! Our towns of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang will make the last days of summer the best. There is so much to do that you just might want to schedule a weekend getaway in Santa Ynez this August. With wine tasting, summer outdoor activities, and plenty of fun family options, we’re here to help you get the most out of your summer.

Each summer, the Santa Ynez Valley communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, play host to a variety of stage and musical performances, unique celebrations, and one-of-a-kind venues all set amidst the relaxed, classic California wine country backdrop for which the region is known.

Santa Ynez Valley Events for a Perfect Summer Pairing

Wine pairingThis summer, art, live music, theater and food-focused festivals share a common theme in the Santa Ynez Valley. They all pair exquisitely with the region’s bounty of world-class wine.

Head out to the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard in Los Olivos in August to celebrate the birthday weekend of Fess Parker with wine and fun.


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Mark your calendar for these August events in Santa Ynez Valley:

Here are some last-minute summer fun activities you and your family can enjoy during your August vacation to Santa Ynez Valley:

Summer Fess:


Taste wines from a single fantastic vintage, 2009 including Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir, Clone 115 Pinot Noir, Pommard Clone Pinot Noir, Rodney’s Vineyard Syrah and Crockett.


Solvang Festival Theater:

From June through September, the PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre produces and performs a series of plays in the unique 700-seat, Elizabethan-style outdoor Solvang Festival Theater.  Check out the PCPA live musical theater shows at the newly renovated Solvang Theaterfest, plus other live music concerts.

Chumash Casino Resort:

Experience the best local, regional and national musicians and performers in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Annual Wheels ‘n Windmills Car Show:

Wheels 'n'Windmills

Car enthusiasts will love this local charity vintage car show. A new GM Performance Parts V8 engine will be raffled off during the Car Show Awards Ceremony. It ususally happens in the last weekend in August.

Movies in the Park:

Free family entertainment alternating Friday evenings in Solvang and Buellton through August. The fun begins at 7:30; movies begin at dark. Popcorn and hot chocolate for sale,.

Free Live Concerts in Solvang Park:

Wednesday evening Concerts run from 5-8 p.m., and include edible treats for purchase. 

Solvang Danish Days

Solvang Danish DaysIT’S COMING!!! The countdown is on for our annual celebration of Solvang Danish Days from September . Overall admission is free, but individual events require tickets: Saturday and/or Sunday morning Æbleskiver Breakfasts, and the “Dane For A Day” VIP Package. Get your tickets now, while they last!

Events Calendar

For a complete list of events on tap in the Santa Ynez Valley this summer, including a weekly farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts and winemaker dinners as well as an extensive lineup of art exhibits, walks and hands-on classes, go to our events calendar.

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