Santa Ynez Valley Events Combine for Perfect Summer Pairing

This 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.

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.

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. The lineup for the 2016 PCPA at the Solvang Festival Theater, now in its 42nd year, includes The Glass Menagerie, Shrek The Musical, Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and In The Heights.

Photo Courtesy PCPA, Shrek the Musical

Photo Courtesy PCPA, Shrek the Musical

The Solvang Festival Theater also plays host this summer to its annual Jazz in the Garden series, a series of six concerts featuring premier jazz musicians that runs through September.

Below are a few more reasons to explore the Santa Ynez Valley this summer:

June 29 – August 17 –  Solvang Summer Concert Series: Held every Wednesday in conjunction with the Solvang Farmers Market, the Solvang Summer Concert Series presents free, live concerts in Solvang Park from 5-8pm. Food is available for purchase or bring a picnic!

IMG_0349_Credit Tenley Fohl Photography_VisitSYV

Photo by Tenley Fohl Photography

July 31 & August 28 –  Sunday Concert Series: Held the last Sunday of each month, the free Sunday Concert Series features live music and the opportunity to pack a picnic and enjoy a bottle of wine on the grounds of Zaca Mesa Winery.

August 5-7 – Wine & Fire: A three-day showcase of the wine from the Sta. Rita Hills wine-growing region, with seminars, special wine tastings and wood-grilled specialty eats.

August 27 – Wheels ‘N Windmills: More than 300 vintage vehicles line the streets of Solvang at this annual event.

Photo by George Rose

Photo by George Rose

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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