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Celebrating 25 Years

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 24th & 25th, 2017
Estes Park, Colorado
Bond Park - Downtown Estes Park

June 24th - June 25th, 2017
Downtown Estes Park, Bond Park

 

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with the raising of the MIDSUMMER POLE, followed by a GRAND MARCH ENTRANCE. Costumed representatives from each of the five Scandinavian countries enter the park carrying the flag of their country, followed by the playing of the national anthems of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland. Dancing and live music continue all day with many opportunities for young and old to participate in ring and open dances.

Visitors can pay homage to this culture by purchasing a Danish or a handmade craft at one of the many ART AND CRAFT BOOTHS. Some exhibitors will be selling traditional Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and traditional art. The folk art of decorative painting on wood, called rosemaling in Norway and dalmaling in Sweden, will be well represented. Other exhibitors will have handcrafted items, such as pottery, fabric, woodworking, jewelry, painting, metal work, photography, glass and more. All the offerings are inspired by the richly cultural region of Scandinavia.

In the CULTURAL TENT children (and adults) can paint a Swedish dala horse, make a flower crown wreath, and watch traditional crafts being demonstrated. One can see demonstrations on how to prepare the famous thin Norwegian potato pancakes at the LEFSE DEMONSTRATION TENT, and can experience the roots of Scandinavian heritage at the FJELBORG VIKING ENCAMPMENT. Their historically correct re-enactment camp will feature swordsmanship, a Viking boat, traditional crafts and daily life displays.   Anyone wearing a traditional or Viking costume to the festival is invited to participate in the highly entertaining FASHION SHOW, held each day.

To complement the ancient Viking history, the festival will also include an ode to more modern Scandinavian technology with a VINTAGE VOLVO AND SAAB AUTO SHOW.   Snapvisor (or Drinking Songs) can be sung in the adults only BEER GARDEN.

To provide support for the festival, there will be a SILENT AUCTION and a RAFFLE.
To watch 2015 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS video, click here

For information about the SWEDISH FOLKDANCE CLUB OF DENVER, click here

For information about the FJELLBORG VIKINGS, click here

For information about the Scandinavian Auto Club SWEDEFLEET, click here

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SCANDINAVIAN FAMILY FUN

OPEN SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Join us in the historic Bond Park, in Downtown Estes Park at the intersection of Elkhorn (the main street) and MacGregor Avenues. Public parking is available.

Saturday, June 24th
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 25th
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

* Friday evening the Beer Garden will be open from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

ACtivities & Shopping

ADMISSION IS FREE

Visitors can pay homage to this culture through the nearly 80 Scandinavian businesses that offer a variety of food, home decor, and traditional handcrafted items,such as pottery, fabric, woodworking, jewelry, painting, metal work, photography, glass and more.

All the offerings are inspired by the richly cultural region of Scandinavia.

Cultural entertainment

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Every good party needs music, dancing, Vikings and beer to celebrate Summer the Scandinavian way. You're invited to the best party around! 

Whether you just come for the raising of the Midsummer Pole orstay through until the last Viking has left the Fjelborg Viking Village, the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will become a tradition.