October Events in Santa Ynez Valley

SYVBlog-octoberIt’s the first day of October, and you know what that means! Autumn is here, and we have the line-up to prove it. Take a look at some of the best events happening across Santa Ynez Valley this month!

Solvang Farmers Market
October 7 @ 2:30 pm – October 7 @ 6:30 pm
Downtown Solvang

Each week the farmers in the marketplace display a colorful bounty of local-grown agricultural products. Seasonal diversity is available year-round without exception! Join us in downtown Solvang every Wednesday on First Street, between Mission Drive (Highway 246) and Copenhangen Drive. Experience the taste of certified-organic produce while supporting your local growers.

Celebration of Harvest Weekend
October 9 – October 12
Various wineries throughout Santa Barbara County

This popular Columbus Day Weekend festival celebrates the year’s grape harvest bounty across Santa Barbara Country. Throughout the weekend, select wineries host their own events, ranging from winemaker dinners and library tastings, to new wine releases and barrel tastings. A particularly anticipated part of the celebration is when vintners come together to share harvest tales and pour wine at the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang.

Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest
October 9 @ 9:00 am – November 9 @ 10:00 pm
Throughout the Santa Ynez Valley

We’re kicking off the fall season with our Annual SYV Scarecrow Fest and Contest on Friday, October 9, 2015, coinciding with the start of Santa Barbara Wine Country’s “Celebration of Harvest Weekend” event. This month-long festival will run through November 9, 2015, during which time visitors and SYV locals are encouraged to stay, play, and enjoy the scarecrow sights and many scheduled events.

Blind Tasting Thursdays
October 15 @ 4:00 pm – October 15 @ 7:00 pm
Wandering Dog Wine Bar

Test your knowledge of varietals and regions with this unique blind tasting challenge. Participants will try to match up answers with each wine based on type of wine, region where it is from, price point, and alcohol content. $15/person

Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk
October 21 @ 3:00 pm – October 21 @ 7:00 pm
All around the Village of Solvang

Enjoy wine & beer tasting while strolling through the Village of Solvang on the Third Wednesday of every month. Tickets may be purchased the day of (cash only) at Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 1539-C Mission Dr. Tickets are $20 and include a Solvang Third Wednesday logo glass, map, and tasting at five places of your choice.


It’s Halloween time and the 22nd Annual Haunted House and Street Festival is almost here! The Good Life will close at 4pm and move over to 2nd St. to open up the Beer & Wine Garden. All are welcome… come and join us if you DARE!

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