Celebrating Midsommar in the Pacific Northwest!

Midsommar is a community celebration of the summer solstice that is especially popular in Scandinavia. An ancient holiday rooted in paganism, it was originally celebrated as a fertility festival, comprising the practice of rituals associated with nature with the hope for a good harvest the following autumn.

Midsommarfest, as presented by Skandia Folkdance Society, is a traditional Swedish celebration of the summer solstice, recreated in as authentic a manner as possible, complete with the 2:30 p.m. raising of a garlanded Midsommar pole, a serpentine dance around the pole, and hundreds of costumed musicians and dancers – traditions practiced in Sweden for centuries. Over the years since the 1959 inception of Skandia Midsommarfest, the festival has expand to include contributions from all the Nordic and Baltic countries so that the rich cultural diversity of all those lands can be experienced by Skandia Midsommarfest attendees.

MIDSOMMARFEST: SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
St. Edward State Park, Kenmore, Washington
Admission:  FREE, donations welcome

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MIDSOMMAR EVENTS


June 30 @ 11:00 am

Skandia's Midsommarfest

St Edward St Park
This day-long traditional Scandinavian celebration features music and dance performances, kids’ activities (including raising a kid-sized pole), flower crowns, craft and food booths, a special costume ...

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FEATURED EVENTS


June 28 @ 12:00 pm

Kafe & Happy Hour at the Swedish Club

The Swedish Club
The Swedish Club hosts a lunch kafe and a fun-filled happy hour every Friday! Enjoy live music, a full bar, priceless views and authentic Swedish food. Kafe lunch on Fridays begins at noon and includes ...

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June 30 @ 11:00 am

Skandia's Midsommarfest

St Edward St Park
This day-long traditional Scandinavian celebration features music and dance performances, kids’ activities (including raising a kid-sized pole), flower crowns, craft and food booths, a special costume ...

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July 4 @ 7:00 pm

Fourth of July at the Swedish Club

Swedish Club
Absolutely the best spot in Seattle for watching fireworks. Barbecue dinner by Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ. Kids' program and film. Folkdancing! Trivia! Fun for all ages. Bring your friends. Free parking ...

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July 5 @ 12:00 pm

Kafe & Happy Hour at the Swedish Club

The Swedish Club
The Swedish Club hosts a lunch kafe and a fun-filled happy hour every Friday! Enjoy live music, a full bar, priceless views and authentic Swedish food. Kafe lunch on Fridays begins at noon and includes ...

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July 8 - July 12

Nordic Museum Kids Summer Camp

Nordic Museum
Registration is now open for Summer Camp! The Nordic Museum is offering two sessions of camp this year. Session 1 – Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 9am-3pm Museums 101 Have you ever ...

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July 11 @ 7:00 pm

Dance, Drink and Studio 54

Nordic Museum
The hustle ruled the dance floor in the 70s when Studio 54 ruled New York! Come and learn the hustle with dance instructor Monique Hrouda from DanceSport International in Seattle and enjoy a drink and ...

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July 12 @ 12:00 pm

Kafe & Happy Hour at the Swedish Club

The Swedish Club
The Swedish Club hosts a lunch kafe and a fun-filled happy hour every Friday! Enjoy live music, a full bar, priceless views and authentic Swedish food. Kafe lunch on Fridays begins at noon and includes ...

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July 18 @ 6:00 pm

Brewing Traditional Nordic Farmhouse Beers

Nordic Museum
Join Mika Laitinen, author of Viking Age Brew, and Jereme Zimmerman, author of Make Mead Like a Viking and Brew Beer Like a Yeti for a discussion on the history, tradition, and technique of brewing Nordic ...

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November 2 @ 6:00 pm
Skandia 65th Anniversary Ball

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