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Mad Caddies Kickoff 25th Anniversary Tour in hometown of Santa Ynez Valley

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The Solvang Fall Festival featured 25 bands on 2 separated stages.

SOLVANG, Calif. - The inaugural Solvang Fall Festival will be a 3-day event featuring 25 bands on 2 stages, a carnival—including a ferris wheel on Copenhagen Drive—craft beer and wine gardens, and plenty of great food and retail vendors!

This will be an event that’s fun for the whole family and free to enter.

The Solvang Fall Fest will also kickoff the 25th Anniversary Tour for local, and world-renowned band, Mad Caddies. The Mad Caddies have sold over 400,000 albums and will be playing a free concert on Saturday, November 16th at Solvang Park at 8 p.m.!

Since their inception, during their days at Santa Ynez High School two decades ago, the Mad Caddies have toured the world countless times delighting fans with their unique blend of reggae, punk, ska and pop, and with their album Dirty Rice the Mad Caddies have proven they’re just as impassioned and energetic as ever. 

Over 20 additional bands including local band favorites Will Ridge, Frank Palmer, Vineyard Byrds, Bear Redell, Soul Cats and The Kicks will be playing at Solvang Park. The Solvang Fall Fest will also feature Santa Barbara based Cornerstone Reggae, DJ Hecktik, New Vibe, Wall of Tom, Dusty Jugs and Lompoc’s own Richie Rey.

As part of this family friendly event, a full carnival and games will take place in the parking lot at Solvang Park and on Copenhagen Drive! You have to get on the Ferris Wheel that will be on Copenhagen Drive! There will be plenty or rides for all ages, and all the great carnival games you love to play!

Several Craft Beer and Wine Gardens will be located throughout Solvang Park, 1st Street and Solvang Park parking lot. Solvang’s own Solvang Brewing Company will be the primary craft beer sponsor and Buellton’s Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. will also be a proud sponsor. Local wineries Lucas and Lewellen, and Casa Cassara will also be featured.

The Schedule will be:

Friday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

On Saturday, November 16th there will be a Tasting Event called Suds at Solvang Park. Over 20 craft breweries and wineries will be on site, and guests can sample from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for just $35. (Tickets available at

Local restaurants and visiting food vendors will have plenty of options for you to enjoy throughout the weekend. We will also have a great selection of street faire vendors on site all weekend.

The Solvang Fall Festival is proud to be supporting the Solvang Arts and Music Foundation. SAM has partnered with Solvang School to establish vibrant Music and Arts Education programs integrated throughout Kindergarten through Grade 8 curriculum providing excellence and breadth in education to Solvang’s students.

The Solvang Fall Festival is proudly produced by En Fuego Events. En Fuego Events just managed the Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley, and the Sideways Fest. They also produce the Buellton Brew Fest, Buellton Wine and Chili Festival and Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festivals, among other local non-profit events along the Central Coast.

Their proud sponsors also include Vacations Inn, The City of Solvang, Santa Ynez Valley Star, and the Santa Barbara Independent.

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