28th Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Jun 24th, 4:00pm - 4:00pm
The Midsummer Festival is a Scandinavian tradition that celebrates the summer solstice. Be entertained and educated about Scandinavian traditions and culture with fun and lively dancing, exhibits, kids' activities, and more! Whatever your heritage, join families of Scandinavian descent from across the country who gather at the festival.
The festivities begin Friday with a festival preview and beer garden. On Saturday, the festivities continue with the raising of the Maypole, followed by a Grand March entrance. Costumed representatives from the five Scandinavian countries enter the park carrying the flag of their country, followed by the national anthems. Dancing and live music continue all day with opportunities for the audience to participate in some dances.
Exhibitors will be selling traditional Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and hand-made crafts. The folk-art of decorative painting on wood called rosemaling in Norway, and dalamaling in Sweden, will be well-represented. Other exhibitors will have hand-crafted items such as pottery, fabric, woodworking, jewelry, painting, metal work, photography, glass and more. All the exhibitors will have some Scandinavian inspired or traditional work.
The craft demonstration tent will have a combination of workshops and demonstrations, including hardangar and Swedish huck embroidery, spinning, lace knitting, and children's knitting lessons. At the Lefse Tent one can see demonstrations on how to prepare these famous thin Norwegian potato pancakes.
Admire the Scandinavian automotive industry at the classic Saab and Volvo auto show, where many different models will be on display.
Norway will be well represented by a Viking encampment re-enactment by the Fjellborg Vikings of Colorado. There will be swordsmanship, a Viking ship replica, traditional crafts, and daily life demonstrations at the historically correct encampment.
Fri: 4–8 p.m.
Sat: 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sun: 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.