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Norwegian Seamen’s Church Weekly Barbeques
now-Aug.25, Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Every Sunday throughout July and August, enjoy outdoor barbecues on the roof of the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in New York. Catch up with friends and revel in delicious food! Barbecues take place after the 5 p.m. service. The church is located at 317 E. 52nd St. More info:

Mother: Photography by Judy Olausen
now–Sept. 1
Minneapolis, Minn.
Olausen’s exhibit examines a version of the Eisenhower era mother, eager to please and ready to serve. Each element in the carefully rendered compositions provides both overt and subliminal messages about the complex and often contradictory roles of the American housewife during the 1950a and early 1960s. The exhibit will be held at the Gallery at Norway House, 913 Franklin Ave. There will be a free opening reception on June 21 from 6-8 p.m. More info:

The Vikings Begin
now–Oct 27
Minneapolis, Minn.
This extraordinary exhibition at the American Swedish Institute (ASI) at 2600 Park Ave. features dozens of early Viking artifacts from boat graves, organized by Uppsala University in Sweden and its museum, Gustavianum, which is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Viking and pre-Viking objects. Based on cutting-edge research by Neil Price, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and John Ljungkvist, the exhibition at ASI is the Midwest premiere of a collection that has never been outside of Scandinavia until this year, with many finds that are around 1400 years old. More info:

Vesterheim Heritage Park Guided Tours
now–Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m.
Decorah, Iowa
The 12 historic buildings in Vesterheim’s Heritage Park can be viewed by guided tour from May 1 through Oct. 31. The tours are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. daily and are included with admission price. (Tours occasionally take place at different times. Please confirm tour time with a desk attendant upon your arrival, or call ahead: (563) 382-9681.) These guided tours offer a unique look into the history of each building and the people who used them. The buildings are closed at all other times, but visitors can walk the grounds, view the exterior of the buildings, and learn the story of each building through interpretive signs. More info:

Tattoo: Identity Through Ink
now–April 26, 2020
Decorah, Iowa
Vesterheim Museum, 520 W. Water St., presents Tattoo: Identity Through Ink. The exhibit tells the story of tattoos and the people who have them. It explores the ways individual and group identities are formed, reinforced, and celebrated through tattoos. There is a Scandinavian connection with celebrated artists like Norwegian Johan Frederik Knudsen and Norwegian-American Amund Dietzel, the question of whether or not Vikings had tattoos, and the rise of a whole modern Neo-Nordic style of tattooing. But the exhibition also allows us to explore more deeply the traditions of body ornamentation in other cultures and our connections to them. The exhibit includes large and immersive photos and videos and original art and artifacts from around the world. You’ll have the opportunity to design and draw your own tattoos on silicone arms. There will be a working tattoo studio and at a few certain times during the run, tattoo artists will demonstrate their art live. Temporary tattoos inspired by objects in the collection will be for sale in the Museum Store. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-18, and $8 for seniors 65 and older. Free for museum members. More info:

Peer Gynt – Theater Performances by Impossible Salt
now-Aug. 25, 5 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Twin Cities musical storytellers, Impossible Salt, come to Norway House, 913 E. Franklin St., with an expanded version of a piece created in partnership with the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra (Virginia, Minn.). The company takes its name to heart, compressing Henrik Ibsen’s 7-hour epic philosophical play into one hour. Experience the raucous, mischievous march into a world of laziness and lies, self-centered protagonists, voices in the dark, women who wait, and of course, trolls. While tickets start at $20, Impossible Salt offers an option to pay what you can for their shows. More info & tickets:

Summer Crayfish Party
Aug. 16, 6-9:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join us in the National Nordic Museum’s East Garden for a special Summer Crayfish Party! You will enjoy all the crayfish and traditional fixings you can eat, plus great conversation and lively entertainment. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with an Aquavit reception, with dinner being served at 6:30 pm. Bring your friends and appetite, and get ready to have some drinks, sing some songs, and celebrate the season! Tickets are $100 for members; $120 for non-members. More info and tickets:

Norsk Folkedans Stemne
Aug. 16-18
Poulsbo, Wash.
This year’s featured instructors are from ​Folkedanslaget BUL Tromsø. Both adults and a teen will be coming over. We look forward to learning some dances and music from this part of Norway. Dancers and a musician will also becoming from Bodø. Events will take place at the Sons of Norway Grieg Hall, 18891 Front St. N.E. For more info abount registration, costs, and lodging, visit

All You Can Eat Breakfast
Aug. 17, 8-10 a.m.
Modesto, Calif.
Join the Sons of Norway, Garborg Lodge, for their annual breakfast to be held at Fuddruckers,3848 McHenry Ave. Come join in the fun and raffles and food. Tickets are $10 for all you can eat eggs, bacon, french toast, pancakes, potatoes, coffee, juice and laughter. More info and tickets: call (209)572-0323.

7th Annual Lobster Fest
Aug. 17, 1:30 p.m.
Susquehanna, Penn.
Join the fun at Land of the Vikings, 461 Big Valley Rd. Meal options are lobster, prime rib, or “Surf and Turf*”, and includes corn on the cob, melted butter, potato, salad, rolls, and delicious dessert! Cost is $35 per person for those planning to come only for the afternoon of August 17th. *Each additional lobster or prime rib (Surf & Turf) is $10 per item. For those staying the weekend, there will be a small $15 activity/entertainment fee added to each lobster/prime rib dinner. Expect fun-filled entertainment for the weekend! Dinner reservations are a must! More info: call (570) 461-3500 or email

Festival Service of Installation
Aug. 17, 1:30 p.m.
Sioux City, Iowa
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will install Rev. Lorna Halaas as Bishop of the Western Iowa Synod. The installation will take place at First Lutheran Church, 3939 Cheyenne Blvd.

Craft Workshop: Woodblock Print Tote Bag
Aug. 18, 12 & 1 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Come to Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, to participate in one of two time slots and craft your own woodblock printed tote bag! Joel Henriques will be instructing in collaboration with his exhibit, Design Play, (July 12 – October 31, 2019). Families welcome! Tickets & more info:

Aug. 18, 4 p.m.
Fairfax, Vir.
Join the Sons of Norway, Washington, D.C. lodge for a summer picnic, to be held at Norway House, 3846 Meredith Dr. We will provide a meat course and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Come try your hand at Kubb, the “Viking lawn game.” Great fun for all ages. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. If you’re bringing children please email Youth Director Elspeth Christianson at and include their ages so appropriate activities can be planned. More info:

Waldemar Ager Museum Yardsale
Aug. 22
Eau Claire, Wis.
Yard Sale! Bring donations (books, tools, furniture, Norwegian/Nordic materials, etc.) to the Ager Museum, 514 W. Madison St., on August 10 from 10 – 2 or August 19, from 9 to noon. More info to come later.

Nordic Sól
Aug. 22-25
Seattle, Wash.
You’re invited to National Nordic Museum’s new summer cultural showcase: Nordic Sól! With a cool focus on Arctic vendors, crafts, music, and culture, this collaboration of polar artisans and like-minded local businesses will feature a series of thoughtfully curated events, including an Arctic-themed Pecha Kucha, Friday night concert featuring the Circumpolar Hip Hop Collab, and a Saturday evening Arctic Adventure of modern fashion, traditional foods, and aquavit garden! For kids and families, we will have face painting, Arctic film shorts, traditional Inuit games, a snow machine, STEAM activities, and more throughout the weekend. All events take place at the National Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St. More info:

Viking Festivalen
Aug. 24, 12 p.m.- 12 a.m.
Nisswa, Minn.
A new area event is planned for Nisswa Pioneer Village, 25611 Main St. This exciting event will be family-friendly and designed to be both entertaining and educational. Travel back in time as you walk through an encampment from the Viking Age (700-1066 AD). Professional and local reenactors will demonstrate crafts from the period such as leatherwork, blacksmithing, chain mail making, spring-pole lathe work, open fire cooking, archery, board game construction, jewelry making, and fiber arts such as spinning and weaving. Try your hand at several crafts, play Viking games, learn a dance, and listen to a storyteller. A children’s area will provide kids with hands-on experiences specifically for them. The Vikings will also demonstrate the weapons they used and participate in mock battle. More info:

The Norwegian Crop: Tobacco Raising in Wisconsin
Aug.24, 2-3 p.m.
Stoughton, Wisc.
Long before the days of anti-smoking campaigns, tobacco raising was not only a matter of Norwegian pride in some Wisconsin communities, but also a crop that enabled immigrants to make hard-to-come-by cash and their descendants to thrive or at least survive on the farm. Although Norwegians had no history of raising the crop in their homeland, they became known for their adoption of the crop as their own. Glenn Borreson, whose own family raised tobacco in Trempealeau County for four generations, will be the speaker. The talk is free, and will take place at Livsreise, 277 W. Main St. More info:

The ABBAgraphs Concert
Aug. 24, 7 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Experience The ABBAgraphs from Seattle at thri first performance at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, as they recreate the pop magic of ABBA’s chart-topping, classic pop hits of the ’70s and early ’80s as well as hits of the disco era: Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me, Mamma Mia, Fernando, Waterloo and more! It will be a night to remember. This concert will be outside, weather permitting, and food & beverage will be available for purchase. Feel free to dress for the occasion. The VIP ticket for $60 includes a semi-private meet and greet with the band at 5 p.m., including one shot of premium Swedish aquavi and guaranteed front row seating. The concert begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $35 for non-members and $30 for members. More info:

Norrøna Beach Party
Aug. 31, 1 p.m.
Oxnard, Calif.
Sons of Norway, Norrøna Lodge, will hold a beach party at Brooks Beach House, 1217 Ocean Dr. Bring beverages of your choice along with a salad or dessert to share. Hot dogs, salmon, and clam chowder will be provided. More info: call Charlotte Olson (818)342-5986.

Northern California Kretsstevne
Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Alta, Calif.
Celebrate the 60th anniversary of Camp Norge with District 6 Sons of Norway! Come for the entire weekend or just part. The Saturday night dinner will be one not to be missed! The camp is located at 250 Canyon Mine Rd. More info and reservations:

Scandinavian Fest
Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Budd Lake, N.J.
ScandinavianFest ’19 will be the 35th anniversary of this family fun festival! Join us in the rustic Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Rd., for food, music, dancing, artisan demonstrations, educational talks, crafts, and the annual wife carrying contest! Reenactors, Viking boats and authentic Scandinavian culture abound. Save the date! More info:

Community Garage Sale
Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Susquehanna, Penn.
Come to Land of the Vikings Garage Sale, 461 Big Valley Road. Individuals, crafters, and vendors are welcome to sign up. More info: call Bev (570) 461-3500, or email

40th Scandinavian Day
Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
South Elgin, Ill.
The Festival planning team has been working these past few months to select the entertainment including the ever popular ABBA Salute, selecting beers for our Nordic Beer Tasting and finding vendors to prepare those delicious Scandinavian foods and an assortment of Scandinavian goods for you. We are excited to bring to our 5 Nordic communities, and the Midwest, a vibrant and fun-filled Festival for 2019. Tickets are $10, with children 12 and younger free. The festival will be held at Vasa Park, 35W217 Route 31. More info:

Nordic Ware: The Bundt Cake – Then and Now
Sept. 13-Nov. 3
Minneapolis, Minn.
We want your bundt cake stories!! Whether it was baking with Grandma or baking with a grandchild, surprising a roommate on his or her birthday, or having a favorite pan that you’ve kept for decades that you rarely use but will never discard – you have a Bundt story and we want to read it!vNordic Ware: The Bundt Cake – Then and Now will be the Norway House Gallery Exhibit this fall. As part of the exhibit, we would like to share your stories, about your favorite baking moments with Bundt pans. We will select some of the writers to be interviewed and filmed for an installation in the Gallery at Norway House, 913 E, Franklin Ave.! We are calling everyone. You can be of any age, any level of skill. For more info and to submit your story:

Nordkap Lodge 90th Anniversary “Viking” Dinner Cruise
Sept. 14, 6-9:30 p.m.
Wyandotte, Mich.
Enjoy a relaxing evening on the “MV Portofino” as it cruises up and down on the Detroit River with spectacular views of our beautiful city’s skyline. Tickets are $50 for Sons of Norway members, $60 for non-members. Portofino Restaurant is located at 3455 Biddle Ave. More info:

Traditional Viking Feast and Membership Event with Freya
Sept. 15, 4 p.m.
Santa Rose, Calif.
Join Sons of Norway, Freya Lodge for their Viking feast, to be held at their lodge at 617 W. Ninth St. More info: call (707)579-1080 or email

Fay Wildhagen Performance
Sept. 19, 6 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Acclaimed international singer-songwriter, Fay Wildhagen, will perform at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. Fay’s well-received 2015 debut album, Snow, showcased her poetically vulnerable lyric sensibility, and her affinity for lush melodic indie-pop. The Norwegian artist’s second album, Borders, takes these attributes in new directions as she explores her struggle with health issues and aligns her gorgeously layered melodic touch with the possibilities available to her by keyboards and computers. In addition to Fay as chief composer, producer, and visionary, the album also features contributions from Tobias Fröberg (Ane Brun), Kristoffer Lo (Highasakite), Markus Jägerstedt (Robyn), and Nils Törnqvist (Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Amason). More info:

Photo Journey through Norway
Sept. 20, 7 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Sons of Norway, Bondelandet Lodge will meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St Thomas Rd. Following the Norwegian tradition of hospitality, visitors are welcome, and invited to share in the special dessert table. Steve Solem will share his photos and drone videos from his summer trek through Norway. More info: contact Jeanne (717)793-7428.

Second Annual Kubb Tournament
Sept. 20-22
Susquehanna, Penn.
Sons of Norway Third District is again holding their Kubb tournament, pitting lodge against lodge. No experience is necessary. Classes will be given on Saturday morning. There will be fun activities for families on Friday and Saturday evenings. The fun will take place at Land of Vikings, 461 Big Valley Rd. To make team reservations, call: (570) 461-3500. More info: contact Pete Hanson at

Fårikål – Celebrating Fall Harvest with Mutton and Cabbage
Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn,
Fårikål is a compounded word that literally means “mutton in cabbage”. It was voted as Norway’s national dish in 1970 and re-confirmed as the national dish in 2014. Traditionally served in September, it is related to the harvest of the sheep before winter, as well as final shearing and mating season for the ewes and rams. Sheep and goats are some of the most important animals in pre-historic Scandinavia and were ritualized during the pre-Christian periods. Brought to Scandinavia during the Bronze Age, the honorable sheep is responsible for the success of Viking excursions as one ship sail required the fleece of 700 sheep. Let’s explore this special time of year while eating Fårikål, trying our hand at spinning, pondering the sheep skin tradition, and thinking about the sheep’s heads of Christmas yet to come! Norway House is located at 913 E. Franklin Ave. More info:

Autumn Ski Jump Food Truck Festival
Sept. 21-22
Fox River Grove, Ill.
Join the Norge Ski Club for their annual competition. Admission is $15 and free for children 12 and younger. Purchase tickets early and get a discount! More info:

Vista Viking Festival
Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Vista, Calif.
Come to the 17th annual festival nestled in the rolling hills of Vista where festival visitors can mingle with Vikings and the Norse Gods in this Viking Village and Marketplace. Viking Encampments featured throughout our grounds offer an authentic Living History Viking Village experience, where reenactors practice the daily life activities life of the Norsemen. Blacksmiths, weavers, woodcarvers, tradesmen, and bakers will demonstrate how they are keeping the old ways alive. The Viking Marketplace will be filled with merchants offering Viking wares, and treasures brought back from across the sea. Marketplace food vendors offer a variety of treats from sausages to baked goods. Vegan options are available. Tickets are $15 for adults 21 and older, $10 for ages 13 to 20, $3 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. The festival will take place at Norway Hall, 2006 E. Vista Way. The off-site parking is $5 with free shuttle service. Parking is free with Military ID. Parking lot locations are at Vista High School, One Panther Way, and Guajome Park Academy, 2000 N Santa Fe Ave. More info:

Book Talk: Into the White
Sept. 21, 2 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Join author Christopher P. Heuer at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., where he will discuss his new book Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image. European narratives of the Atlantic New World tell stories of people and things: strange flora, wondrous animals, and sun-drenched populations for Europeans to mythologize or exploit. Yet, between 1500 and 1700, one region upended all of these conventions in travel writing, science, and, most unexpectedly, art: the Arctic. Into the White uses five case studies to probe how the early modern Arctic (as site, myth, and ecology) affected contemporary debates of perception and matter — long before the nineteenth century romanticized the polar landscape. Following the discussion, copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Admission is free. More info:

Nordic Film Course
Mondays Sept. 23- Nov. 18, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
This course, taught by Dr. Birnie of Portland State University, will provide an introduction to the origins and development of Scandinavian film over the past 90 years. The focus will be to acquaint students with the major directors, themes and narrative styles of this broad and rich subject. The course will be hosted by Nordic Northwest and held at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Rd. Registration is $100 for members and $150 for non-members. More info:

Norsk Høstfest
Sept. 25-28, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Minot, N.D.
Come to North America’s largest Scandinavian festival! Five nights and four days of entertainment, heritage, Scandinavian cuisine, shopping, fun, and dances. The festival is held at the N.D. State Fair Center, 2005 E. Burdick Expressway. More info:

Harvest Dinner
Sept. 27
Portland, Ore.
Celebrate the bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables by Broder. Tickets start at $65. More info:

Norwegian Classes
Oct.-Nov., Mondays 7:30-9:15 p.m.
Fargo, N.D.
Sons of Norway, Kringen Lodge #25 is offering language classes, from basic beginner to advanced. More info: contact Roger Reinhart at (701) 371-0425, or email

Concert at Scandinavia House: Mari Boine
Oct. 2, 7:30-9 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
The award-winning Norwegian-Sámi artist Mari Boine joins us with accompanist Georg Buljo for performances of her original compositions. Since her breakthrough 30 years ago with the solo album Gula Gula, Mari has released more than a dozen highly acclaimed albums that combine jazz and rock with the traditional folk music of the Norwegian Sámi, with music sung in a traditional folk style using the yoik voice accompanied by a wide range of instruments. In this event she will be performing works off her recent release See the Woman, which feature a melancholic, spherical pop sound with a sophisticated lyrical concept. The concert will take place at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. Tickets range from $30-$35. More info:

Daughters of Norway Nordic Festival
Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Edgewood, Wash.
Enjoy traditional music, Nordic arts and crafts, and Scandinavian foods at the Nordic Festival held at Mt. View Lutheran Church, 3505 122nd Avenue E. Admission is $2, children 11 and younger are free. More info:

Nordic Nights Auction and Gala
Oct. 5, 5 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Nordic Northwest’s 28th Annual Auction and Gala will be held at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Rd. Tickets are $150 per person. More info:

Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Sons of Norway, Freya Lodge will hold their big event with Scandinavian vendors, A Taste of Norway Lunch, Viking re-enactments by Vikings of Bjørnstad, traditional baked goods, photo booth and much more. The festival will be held at Freya Lodge, 617 W. Ninth St. More info: call (707)579-1080 or email

Nordic International Film Festival
Oct. 16-20
New York, N.Y.
The festival will be held at The Roxy Cinema, located in the cellar level of The Roxy Hotel, 2 6th Ave. More details to come.

Let’s Make Nisse
Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Sons of Norway, Bondelandet Lodge will meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St Thomas Rd. Following the Norwegian tradition of hospitality, visitors are welcome, and invited to share in the special dessert table. Vice President Deb Solem will lead us in making Nisse for everyone present and for a chosen charity effort. There will be a small charge. More info: contact Jeanne (717)793-7428.

Nordic Experience Festival
Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Port Townsend, Wash.
Daughters of Norway Thea Foss will be holding their annual festival at Blue Heron Middle School, 3939 San Juan Ave. The festival will feature vendors, Scandinavian dancing, Bunad/Viking fashion show, food, and food demonstrations. Admission is free. More info: email

California Rosemaling Association Convention
Oct. 24-27
San Diego, Calif.
The annual convention of Norwegian rosemaling painters will be held at Marriott’s Courtyard San Diego Old Town, 2435 Jefferson St. Classes will be held by two Gold Medalist instructors. Registration is $275 for members, $290 for non-members and includes project materials and banquet. Please sign up by Sept. 15. More info: