Wine Valley Inn & Cottages
Solvang Events - Santa Ynez Events Calendar
Exploring the breathtaking Santa Ynez Valley has never been easier from Wine Valley Inn & Cottages. With countless Santa Ynez events coloring the Solvang event calendar each and every month, be whisked away on incredible wine-tasting adventures, tour the countryside by bicycle or enjoy a variety of boutique shops and art galleries. Solvang is a refreshingly southern-paced escape for the leisure traveler.
For year-round updates on upcoming Santa Ynez events, visit:
The Solvang & Santa Ynez Calendar of Events
Solvang Annual Christmas Tree Burn at Old Mission Santa Ines
January 6 | Fields of Old Mission Santa Ines
Supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the annual tree burn at Santa Ines Mission is an instructive demo on fire safety where locals are invited to bring their post-holiday Christmas trees for
Santa Ynez Valley Restaurant Week
January 22 – 28 | Various locations
Numerous Santa Ynez Valley restaurants will be serving gourmet three-course tasting menus for a minimal fee. Reservations are highly recommended.
Santa Ynez Valley Wine Fantasy Passport Event
February 11 – 12 | Various wineries
Craft your own wine experience during the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Fantasy Passport Event. For $35 take advantage of a summer pass for one wine tasting a piece at each of 11 associate wineries.
Firestone Vineyard's Valentines Pairing
February 12 | Firestone Vineyard
Indulge in a variety of romantic pairings featuring six hand-selected Firestone wines and Jessica Foster Chocolates. The rustic barrel room of the Firestone Vineyard is a perfect backdrop to this intimate celebration of love.
Valley Wines & Valentines
February 14 | Elverhoj Museum
A delicious evening to spend with someone special, partake in a variety of appetizers, cheeses, fruits, desserts, chocolates and local wines. A silent auction and special Valentine's Day raffle complete the night.
February 14 | Buellton
The Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitor's Bureau have hosted their Oscar Gala for more than 15 years and it has quickly become the town's major fundraiser. Join the Buellton locals for a silent auction, local business Oscar presentations, a Sparkling Crystal giveaway, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and ceremony watching across three big screen TVs.
February 22 – 24 | Solvang
Greyhound owners unite at this annual festival benefiting GREYTLEGS. With silent auctions, shopping, a Poker Run, speakers, and buffet dinners and more, the festival activities are supplemented with the dining and entertainment the Solvang area offers.
Santa Ynez Valley Museum Week
March 3 – 10 | Participating museums
A week of discovery and learning, take advantage of free museum access, on specified date, to seven area museums including Wilding Art Museum and Elverhoj Museum of History and Art. Other events include a live concert and special presentations at numerous museums throughout the week.
Taste of Solvang
March 16 – 18 | Mission Santa Ines & Elverhoj Museum of History & Art
A celebration of Solvang's illustrious heritage, Taste of Solvang features numerous local delicacies, desserts, wines and live entertainment. Typical events include a dessert reception, walking smorgasbord and much more.
Cachuma Lake Trout Derby
April 14 – 15 | Lake Cachuma
Sign up for a day of trout fishing beneath the glowing California sun. Cash rewards total more than $5,200 plus thousands more in merchandise and prizes. You'll find events for all ages including arts, crafts and two-hour wildlife tours around Lake Cachuma.
Vintner's Festival Weekend
April 19-23 | Mission Santa Ines
Wine lovers from all over California travel to Solvang for the annual Santa Barbara Country Vintner's Festival Weekend. The highlight is the Vintner's Festival on April 20, hosted in 2013 at the historic Mission Santa Ines. More than 100 local wineries will share their best pours, expertly paired with dishes prepared by the best restaurants Solvang and Santa Barbara County have to offer. More info and purchase tickets >
St. Mark's-in-the-Valley May Faire
May 7 | Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
Welcome May with the whole family at the St. Mark's-in-the-Valley May Faire. Activities include a May Pole, bounce house and games for the little ones, as well as fine crafts and wares via local artisans, refreshing lunch fare and live musical performances.
SYV Craft Beer Week
May 14 – 20 | Various locations
Held in tandem with American Craft Beer week, craft beer lovers unite over deluxe beer flights, educational classes, dinners and much more.
Chef's Picnic in the Park
May 17 | Solvang Festival Theater
Local celebrity chefs will demo and prepare a delectable gourmet lunch for event attendees. Chef's Picnic in the Park will also feature a silent auction, wine tasting and a variety of entertainment acts.
Buellton Brew Fest
Dates TBA | River View Park Buellton
Take part in the Buellton Brew Fest and join craft beer enthusiasts from around the state in enjoying the finest recipes from notable breweries like Figueroa Mountain, Wandering Dog and Sapporo. Live music, food vendors and more are the perfect finishing touch.
Los Olivos Jazz & Olive Festival
June 9 | Downtown Los Olivos
Take part in a day of world-class jazz performances, 30 olive-themed dishes prepared by top local chefs and the varietals of 25 local wineries. All proceeds benefit a variety of charitable projects sponsored by the Los Olivos Rotary Club.
Old Santa Ynez Day
June 9 | Downtown Santa Ynez
A frontier birthday celebration, the peaceful town of Santa Ynez comes alive with a boisterous parade, food and entertainment, as well as street vendors featuring hand-made arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles and more.
Live Oak Music Festival
June 15 – 17 | Live Oak Camp
A weekend-long camping and music extravaganza, experience amazing acts spanning blue grass, jazz, folk, world music and numerous other genres. Festival goers can browse a variety of craft booths and participate in fireside jam sessions, while the kiddos enjoy a variety of kid-friendly activities like story-telling and a talent show.
June 16 | Fiddlestix
Partake in the varietals of several local winemakers utilizing the matchless Fiddlestix grape to craft their Pinot Noir. These winemakers converge on the classic Fiddlestix barn for tastings, music and food galore.
Wine Country Bike Trek
June 22 | Midland School, Los Olivos
"Pedal for the People" at the Wine Country Bike Trek. This three-day riding event is one of the most popular in Santa Barbara County and covers the Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country. Cyclists can sign up for the full three-day event or a one-day ride.
Central Coaster Car Event
Dates TBA | Buellton
Fashioned after the famed Reno Hot August Nights, join the Buellton Rotary Club and other car enthusiasts for a weekend of old-school hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles, sport cars and antiques. This city-wide affair will also feature a Sunday "Poker Run", adult soap box derby and authentic 50's style diner.
Bacon & Barrels Festival
July19-21 | Bacon & Barrels, Los Olivos
Wine Valley Inn is a proud sponsor of this years Bacon & Barrels festival. Enjoy a plethora of bacon dishes served by some of the finest chefs on the central coast while tasting some of the finest wines Santa Ynez Wine Country has to offer. Learn more at BaconandBarrels.com.
Global Gardens Anniversary Party
July 23 | Global Gardens
Enjoy the best in locally grown, sustainable food and wares as the Global Gardens destination store celebrates its special day. Local wineries and restaurants are on hand to make this annual event a healthy, natural experience for the whole family.
St. Mark's Cellar Classic
July 28 | 2901 Nojoqui Avenue, Los Olivos
A glamorous auction featuring rare, fine wines in the church courtyard, along with wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment.
Los Olivos Quick Draw
August 18 | St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
A race against time as top area artists work to complete a piece of art in just 45 minutes – these pieces are then auctioned off in a silent auction. The Los Olivos Quick Draw also features live music, available lunch and a Friday night preview Wine & Dessert Show.
Old Mission Santa Ines Fiesta
August 19 | Old Mission Santa Ines
A day chock full of music, raffles and delightful fiesta fare, enjoy a variety of musical performances including rock and roll, Latin and country as well as dancers from the Grupo Folklorico de UCLA and the Mission's children's dance group.
Sogno del Fiore: "The Gathering"
August 20 | Sogno del Fiore Vineyard
Benefiting People Helping People and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, enjoy a champagne reception, wine tasting and first-class dinner and dessert buffet prepared by renowned area chefs. All in a gorgeous setting overlooking the Sogno del Fiore vineyard.
September | Santa Ynez Valley
Stay with Wine Valley Inn during Wine Month. Venues across Santa Ynez Valley is hosting tastings, dinners, tours and classes. Visit www.visitthesantaynezvalley.com to learn more.
Walk/Run/Bike for Cancer
September 10 | Santa Ynez Park
Try your hand at a 10k run or walk or take your bike out for a half metric century or full metric century ride to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Post-race participants can indulge in a complimentary luncheon including drink, and complimentary massage.
September 14 – 16 | Solvang, CA
Make time to experience the acclaimed Solvang Danish Days celebration. This three-day event includes authentic food, music, folk dancing and three parades, as well as living history exhibits.
September 17 – 25 | Santa Ynez Valley
Discover all things vintage during the Santa Ynez Valley Vintages Week. From antique and thrift store shopping, to vintage wines and historical landmarks and museums, enjoy a true celebration of days gone by.
Living History Festival at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art
September 17 – 18 | Elverhoj Museum
Designed as a nod to Danish history and culture, the Living History Festival will feature artisans and craftspeople in traditional Danish garb giving demonstrations throughout the weekend in celebration of the first 100 years in Solvang.
Celebration of Harvest Festival
October 13 | Rancho Sisquoc Winery
Experience the food and wine of the Santa Ynez Valley at its very best at the annual Celebration of Harvest Festival. More than 100+ members of the Santa Ynez Wine Country will present their award-winning wines, paired with cuisine from the top caterers and restaurants in Solvang. It's a terrific opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn what Santa Ynez wine is all about.
October 13 | Solvang Festival Theater
Hosted in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, Solvang Faeriefest is a unique gathering of musicians, dancers and artists in a mystical celebration of the fae. Feel free to dress up and enjoy drum circles, dance, face painting and much more.
St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Book Faire
October 13 | St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church
Browse an estimated 20,000 donated books at the St. Mark's-in-the-Valley Book Faire. Books are priced at $2 and inch and all proceeds benefit area libraries along with community and arts programs provided by St. Mark's church.
Grape Stomp & Pick-Up Party *Package Offered*
October 27 | Sevtap Winery Tasting Room (next door to hotel)
Make your mark on the local wine scene by attending this fun Grape Stomp event at Sevtap Winery next door. In addition to stomping your very own wine grapes, you will enjoy fresh barrel tastings, live music and delicious catering. Tickets available in advance through Sevtap Winery. After the party, save 20% on your stay at Wine Valley Inn with our exclusive "Grape Stomp Event Package!"
October 27 | River View Park Buellton
Celebrate all things German at Bruegala Buellton. Revelers enjoy traditional foods, charming beer maidens serving Bavarian brews and live performances featuring the authentic drinking-songs of the area. Of course they'll be serving only the best German brews from local breweries and beyond.
Halloween Haunted House
October 29 - 31 | Solvang Festival Theater
Join the residents of Solvang for a frightful night at the Solvang Festival Theater. October 29th activities include a Halloween Street Fair, and no-gore, no-blood, kid-friendly activities take place from 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. each night.
Nojoqui Falls Fun Run Car Show
November 4 | Solvang
Browse classic cars, trucks, street rods, custom cars and trucks and antique motorcycles at the Nojoqui Falls Fun Run Car Show. Admission is free and other activities include awards, prizes and finger-licking barbecue.
November 12 – 20 | Various locations
Experience Art Week in the Santa Ynez Valley featuring the Santa Ynez Historical Museum Vaquero Show & Sale of Western arts and crafts as well as the Wildling Art Museum's Santa Ynez Valley Artists' Studio Tour.
Trail Ride Competition
November 4 – 6 | Live Oak Camp/Lake Cachuma
Riders ages 10 to 70 will participate in the Lake Cachuma Trail Ride Competition hosted by the Santa Ynez Valley Arabian Horse Association. Boasting expansive views of the Santa Ynez Valley, this trail ride competition includes something for all skill levels.
Santa Ines Mission Mills Olive Picking Day
November 19 | Santa Ines Mission Mills
Locals and visitors come together for this annual event at the Mission Santa Ines National Historic Landmark. Lend a helping hand then enjoy lunch and a guided tour Mission Santa Ines and the grist and fulling mills. Comfy shoes and clothing, hat, sunglasses and gardening gloves are advised.
November 19 | Solvang Festival Theater
A sizzling afternoon of Latin jazz and salsa, report to the Solvang Festival Theater for breezy, outdoor musical performances and tons of food and drink including BBQ, sandwiches, wine, beer, sweets and more.
Los Alamos Holiday Stroll
December 2 | Los Alamos
Holiday cheer comes alive during the Los Alamos Holiday Stroll, a first opportunity for holiday shopping and entertainment. The scent of fresh gingerbread cookies, cake and more fill the air while visitors enjoy hot cider, mulled wine, and select "Two for the Price of One" wine tastings.
Julefest Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade
December 7 | Solvang Park
Usher in the holiday season with a lighting of the community Christmas tree, the arrival of Santa Clause and a lively downtown parade. Three weeks of merriment will feature a variety of activities including a "Holiday Wine About" among downtown tasting rooms, free concerts and more than 100 decorated Christmas trees adorning downtown shops and cafes.
Stay near the best events in Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley at the Wine Valley Inn hotel in Solvang, CA.