We have everything you need to have fun, meet new people, and maybe even learn something new. Come experience our heritage and celebrate Midsummer the Scandinavian way.
Every good party needs
music, dancing, Vikings and beer...
Saturday, June 24
10:00 Raising the Midsummer Pole & Opening Ceremony
10:30 Swedish Folk Dancers of Denver & Ring Dances
11:00 Muggy's Uff Da Band (Open Dancing)
11:30 Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers
12:00 Fjellborg Vikings Combat
12:15 M & M Dancers (Dancing for Children)
12:30 Decorah Nordic Dancers
1:00 Fjellborg Vikings Combat
1:15 M & M Dancers (Dancing for Children)
1:30 Hjorleifur & Rannveig, With Love from Iceland
2:00 Scandinavian Fashion Show
2:30 Swedish Folk Dancers of Denver & Ring Dances
3:00 Muggy's Uff Da Band
3:30 Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers
4:00 Hjorleifur & Rannveig, With Love from Iceland
4:30 Decorah Nordic Dancers
Sunday, June 25
10:00 Church Service
10:45 Muggy's Uff Da Band (Open Dancing)
11:15 Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers
11:45 Fjellborg Vikings Combat
12:00 Deborah Nordic Dancers
12:30 Hjorleifur & Rannveig, With Love from Iceland
1:00 Fjellborg Vikings Combat
1:15 Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers
1:45 Scandinavian Fashion Show
2:15 Deborah Nordic Dancers
2:45 Muggy's Uff Da Band (Open Dancing)
3:15 Denver Swedish Folkdancers & Ring Dances
3:45 Everyone join Closing Dances and Grand March
4:00 Raffle Drawing
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, blacksmith, 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 warrior competitions provide great family fun and educational experience of historical Scandinavian culture of the classic Viking age.
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, both traditional and more contemporary.
DECORAH NORDIC DANCERS
This unique group of energetic young folk dancers from Decorah Iowa was founded in 1966 to dance at Decorah's annual summer Nordic Fest. The Senior Dancers who will be performing here consist of twelfth graders who have been dancing together since third grade and are accompanied by the Nordic Dancers Orchestra. Previous groups of their dancers and musicians have performed throughout the United States and in Norway.
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.
LINDSBORG SWEDISH FOLK DANCERS
The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers are a group of high school dancers and musicians from Lindsborg, Iowa, dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of traditional Swedish folk dance and music. Through performances at local festivals and celebrations and on tour throughout the United States and Scandinavia, they seek to preserve their community's Swedish heritage, and encourage the continued recognition and observation of Swedish customs and folklore. In 2013 the organization celebrated its 50th year as a one-of-a-kind cultural icon.
SCANDINAVIAN FOLK DANCERS OF PHOENIX
The folk dancers 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.
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. This summer they will be helping teach some of the dances. 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.