Celebrate Midsummer in Estes Park
with Song, Dance, & Music

Largest midsummer festival in Colorado
A celebration of the powers of nature and rejuvenation of life

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 27 & 28, 2015

A magical Scandinavian weekend welcoming the summer Solstice
  SCANDINAVIAN MIDSUMMER FESTIVAL

 

What is midsummer?

Scandinavians celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, with a festival of light, flowers, food, and music.   The summer solstice celebration has its roots in pre-Christian practices and is a day when the spirits of nature join the human community to rejoice in the long days of summer.   Midsummer was originally a fertility festival with many customs and rituals associated with nature and with the hope for a good harvest in autumn.

People gather to sing and dance around the festive maypole, women wear flower wreaths on their heads, and some people dress in traditional folk costume.   It is a time to escape to the country to spend a relaxing time in nature - a time to connect with friends and family and exuberantly honor the joys of life.

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When is midsummer?

While the traditional day for Midsummer is June 21, the summer solstice, Estes Park will hold its celebration on the weekend of June 27 and June 28, 2015.   The festival is open from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, and from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday.   Admission is free.

Where is midsummer?

The Festival takes place in Bond Park, in downtown Estes Park at the intersection of Elkhorn (the main street) and MacGregor Ave.

How to get there

Parking Map
What to expect?

This is a wonderful family event with something to interest people of every age.   Entertainment runs continuously throughout the day, with dancing by various folk groups and live Scandinavian music performances.   There will be opportunities to join in and and dance along.   You'll find Scandinavian food and craft vendors, a Viking encampment, a silent auction, and a raffle booth to win round-trip airfare for two to Scandinavia, donated by Icelandair .

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

  Featured Entertainment 2015

 

LINDSBORG SWEDISH FOLKDANSLAG

One of the long-standing traditions of the Estes Park Midsummer Festival, the Lindsborg Dancers, return again with their wonderful dancing and audience leadership.   This group of Swedish folk dancers and musicians is based in Lindsborg, Kansas, a town nicknamed "Little Sweden, USA".

These traditional folk dances come primarily from Sweden, with a few from Denmark, Norway, and Finland.   Most dances are choreographed variations of the polska, waltz, schottis, hambo, polka, and engelska.   They are danced in lines, circles, and couples.   Dances and games for the whole family are a major part of a Swedish Midsummer.   Lindsborg Folkdanslag will lead and teach traditional Swedish "around the maypole" dances, just as you'd find in Sweden today.

Lindsborg Folkdanslag has become a frequent performer at folk festivals and special events - both Swedish and American - throughout Kansas and the region.   In addition to performing here in Estes Park annually, they have danced in nearly every county in Kansas, plus states throughout the Midwest.   They were in Sweden in 1994, the only year they did not come to Estes Park.

COLORADO'S FJELLBORG VIKINGS

In the tradition of educational re-enactors, Fjellborg Vikings presents a Viking tent encampment with demonstrations of various skills including textile arts, blacksmithing, and carpenter work.   Throughout the event our warriers will be giving demonstrations of live combat using sword, axe, spear, and shield.

When you visit them, you will have a truly hands-on experience by studying museum quality reproductions of Viking chests, tools, carvings, weapons, and armor.   Viking age re-enactors will provide insights of the home life, merchant trade routes, and conquests of the greatest expansion of European culture, unequaled until the time of Columbus.

Fjellborg Vikings campsite and warrier competitions provide great family fun and educational experience of historical Scandinavian culture of the classic Viking age.

RON TOMOCIK

Ron Tomocik from Denver is a versatile accordionist who specializes in Icelandic music. He taught Scandinavian music and dance across the country at various events and schools.   He is our strolling minstrel throughout the festival.

MUGGY'S UFF DA BAND

These upbeat musicians from Albuquerque primarily play Scandinavian immigrant music you can dance to.  The origins of their music are from the USA, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.   Their instruments are both traditional, such as the fiddle, and also instruments the immigrants began using after arriving in America, like the banjo, accordion, string bass and guitar.

MIKKO KOSKI

Mikko is a Finnish musician from Denver who has been entertaining folks for 25 years with his storytelling, accordion, guitar, harmonica, and birdhead flute.

THE SWEDISH FOLK DANCE CLUB OF DENVER

The Swedish Folk Dance Club of Denver has enjoyed performing at the Estes Park Midsummer Festival since 2012. This group was formed by Maryann and Bryan Soderberg who previously danced for 25 years in California, before recently moving to Denver. The dance group has kept very busy with performances at IKEA Smorgasbord Dinners, Anthem Ranch, YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch and Ryssby Church. Their performances will include some entertaining traditional set dances as well as easy audience participation "gammal" dances where they will teach the waltz, schottis and polka. The group meets regularly most Wednesday evenings at the Eastridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch. They are excited about the Estes Park Midsummer Festival and always look forward to participating in it.

 

M & M DANCERS

They M & M Dancers are a group of elementary school age singers and dancers, founded and directed by Marcia Green, who have been a part of the music program at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland Colorado for almost twenty years. They lead audience participation in easy folk dances around the maypole, and are especially popular with families and young children.

SCANDINAVIAN FOLK DANCERS OF PHOENIX

The Folkdancers were started by a group of members of the VASA Order of America in the early 1970's. The group's goal is to preserve traditional dances and costumes of Scandinavia. Primarily made-up of Norwegians and Swedes, they wear traditional costumes that are a mixture of original Scandinavian and United States made replicas, and they always present a colorful performance. The dances are from Norway, Sweden, and Iceland, and range from child-like fun movements, to more intricately woven pieces.

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  To Volunteer
 

If you would like to be a volunteer during the festival please contact Sharon at 303-947-7627.

 

  Learn More

 

For information about the Swedish Folk Dance Club of Denver contact:

maryannsoderberg@comcast.net

For information about the Fjellborg Vikings,
click here

For information about Midsummer Festival,
please contact us at:

info@estesmidsummer.com

To make planning your Estes Park trip easy, view the VISITOR'S GUIDE click here

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The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is a cultural outreach program of the Town of Estes Park.