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LEGO Bricks: A Celebration!
now-Aug. 4
New York, N.Y.
This summer marks the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick. To celebrate, the American Scandinavian Foundation presents an exhibition at the Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenuem honoring the legendary brick as a leader in learning. The exhibition features sculptures, mosaics, and an interactive play zone. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/event/exhibitions/?mc_cid=cf7de37c5e&mc_eid=d7b356b8b1.

Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen
now-Sept. 23
Decorah, Iowa
Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Join us as we look for answers to that question in this exciting new exhibit that explores emigration through first person accounts, family histories, and the stunning black and white photography of Knud Knudsen. His work vividly shows why the ever-present threat of rock slides and avalanches, lack of arable land, lack of economic opportunity, and savage beauty of life on the fjord led to some of the highest rates of emigration per capita in Norway. This exhibit features 30 large-format photographs. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibitions/special/knudsen.

Spoons: Carving. Community.
now-Nov. 4
Decorah, Iowa
Humans have been carving spoons for millennia, but spoon carving has really exploded in popularity in the last 10 years. Vesterheim’s exhibition Spoons: Carving. Community. captures the spirit of this recent movement, showcasing historic and modern examples of spoons carved in wood and horn. Visit the exhibition for hands-on interactives, recorded interviews, short videos, and a “carving studio.” The exhibition focuses on the form, function, and design of spoons; on the traditions and folklore surrounding Norwegian spoons; and on contemporary and historic artists. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibitions/special/spoons.

Northern Exposure: Contemporary Nordic Arts Revealed
now-Sept. 16
Seattle, Wash.
This first visiting exhibit at the new Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., has been organized in cooperation with The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and lenders from institutions and private collections throughout the Nordic region. It represents a survey of contemporary arts form Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and Åland. The featured artworks have been selected to define contemporary Nordic art, and has been made possible with the support from the the five Nordic embassies. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/exhibitions/northernexposure.

Nordlandslag Stevne
June 20-22
Fargo, N.D.
Join the Nordlandslag for their annual Stevne at the Fargo Ramada Inn, 3333 13th Street S. This year’s featured speaker is Lynn Klamrast, a crew member of the Hjem Komst, who will share stories about his epic journey. Other activities include genealogy sessions, the annual meeting, and a festive banquet, followed by karaoke. For room rates and reservations, call (701) 235-3333. More info: call (320) 567-2229, email judithomalley@fedteldirect.net, or visit www.fellesraad.com/nordlandslag.htm.

Vestlandslag/Valdres Samband 2018 Stevne
June 20-23
Alexandria, Minn.
Bring your children to celebrate and participate in your heritage at our Stevne at the Holiday Inn, 5637 MN-29. There will be speakers on Norwegians in America; the original Runestone; genealogy; silent auction; vendors of Norse-related items; Hardanger workshop; and Barneborgen, the children’s program. Friday evening festivities include a Bunad parade, banquet and entertainment. June 20 is dedicated to genealogy at the Douglas County Historical Society. More info: visit www.valdressamband.org, or call (507) 824-2297.

From Day to Day: Odd Nansen’s WW II Diary
June 21, 7-8 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Writer Timothy Boyce will lecture on the secret WW II diary of Odd Nansen at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. Odd Nansen was a political prisoner and the son of Norwegian explorer and humanitarian Fridtjof Nansen. Boyce has presented all over the country with this amazing story, spreading awareness and sharing one of the few translated documents to come out of European concentration camps. Hear him present on his critically acclaimed translation. ​Tickets are $5 for NNW members and $10 for non-members. More info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/0621181.

Sangerfest 2018
June 21-23
Poulsbo, Wash.
Enjoy the singers of the Pacific Coast Norwegian Singers Association at a weekend of music in historic Poulsbo and celebrate Midsummer on the shore of fjord-like Liberty Bay. The concert will be held at the Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, 15347 Suquamish Way N.E. Tickets are $15 for kids and $20 for adults. More info: www.pcnsa.org/events/sangerfest-2018.

Annual Ice Cream Social
June 22, 2 p.m.
Newton, Mass.
Come to the Scandinavian Cultural Center at 206 Waltham St. for an old-fashioned ice cream social with good friends. More info: call (617) 527-6566.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 22-24
Estes Park, Colo.
Join this three-day family event at Bond Park at E. Elkhorn & MacGregor. Experience Scandinavian music, dance, crafts, and food vendors, including the Fjellborg Viking re-enactors and encampment, a lefse demonstration, beer garden, and silent auction. On Saturday at 10 a.m. the Midsummer pole will be raised, followed by the Parade of Flags, and opening ceremonies, as live entertainment continues throughout the weekend. This event is free for all ages and is wheelchair accessible with adjacent parking. More info and event schedule: www.estesmidsummer.com or www.facebook.com/EstesMidsummerFestival, or email director@scandinavianallianceofcolorado.org.

Midsummer 2018
June 23, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. & June 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Burnaby, B.C.
Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Scandinavian Community Centre at 6540 Thomas St. Saturday features onstage entertainment, the Market Place, children’s games, a Viking Village, raising the May Pole, cultural displays, and Scandinavian food. Sunday also includes a pancake breakfast and the famous wife-carrying contest. More info: www.scandinaviancentre.org/scandinavian-centre/midsummer-festival-6/11548.

Family Midsummer Celebration
June 23, 1-3 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Come to the Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., to celebrate the longest day of the year by listening to live music, making flower wreathes, and decorating the maypole. The event is best for families with kids ages 5-10, and pre-registration is required. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/family-midsummer-celebration-2018.

Scandinavian Music Festival 2018
June 24, 2-3:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
The New York Scandia Symphony has performed for 14 years and will do so again this year with a free concert on the Billings Lawn in Fort Tyron Park (Riverside Drive to Broadway). The String Orchestra will perform works by Frank Foerster, Jean Sibelius, Ture Rangström, and Knudage Riisager. Bring a blanket and enjoy performances from various guests artists set against the Hudson River. More info: www.facebook.com/events/101095770725113.

Skandia Midsommarfest
June 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kenmore, Wash.
Come to Saint Edwards Park at 14445 Juanita Drive to celebrate with the Skandia Folkdance Society with traditional music performed by some of the Northwest’s best folk musicians in full costume, with dancing around the maypole. Nordic crafts, food, and children’s activities will be offered throughout the day. Admission is free and open to the public , with donations gratefully accepted. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or volunteering, please call (425) 954-5262. More info: www.sites.google.com/view/skandiamidsommar.

Sons of Norway District 5 Convention
June 25-27
Westby, Wis.
Join the lodges of “Friendly Fifth” states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee for their annual convention, featuring guest speakers, cultural classes, genealogy sessions, and sightseeing. More costs and more info, visit www.sonsofnorway5.com/conventions/registration.php, call Shirley Schoenfeld at (608) 526-6596, or email SASKA@aol.com.

Annual Scottish Night
June 28, 6-9 p.m.
San Francisco, Calif.
Celebrate the wonders and culture of Norway and Scotland with “aquavit & single malt” at the Norwegian Club of San Francisco at 1900 Fell St. Rob Everett from the Caledonian Club promises to bring “haggis, scotch, and bagpipers,” and Chef Pelle will be serving slow-roasted prime rib. Dinner tickets are $40 for members of the Norwegian Club and the Caledonian Club. Registration and more info: www.norwegianclub.org/event-2749783.

Midsommar Dinner
June 29, 6:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Kick off the summer at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, with Broder Söder! Enjoy an al fresco buffet dinner featuring seasonal produce, Oregon strawberries, and Scandinavian delicacies. Tickets are $50 and are non-refendable. Reservations and more info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/0629181.

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and SKRUK Performance
July 2, 7 p.m.
Oakland, Calif.
The Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will join SKRUK, an award-winning Norwegian choir, on a West Coast tour. They will stop at the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway, for a performance both as individual and combined choirs. The cost is $20. Tickets and more info: www.oigc.org/oigcskruk.

2018 Nordic Heritage Night with the Portland Thorns FC
July 6, 8 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Join the Portland Thorns for a night of soccer at Providence Park when the Thorns take on the Utah Royals for the 1st annual Nordic Heritage Night at Providence Park Stadium, 1844 S.W. Morrison St. Nordic Northwest will have a section in the stadium, and a portion of the proceeds from tickets purchased will go back to the organization. Tickets and more info: www.fevo.com/edp/2018-NORDIC-HERITAGE-NIGHT-WITH-THE-PORTLAND-THORNS-FC-sQ1rQPH0?referrer_hash=QePY9Bvx.

Bjørnetann Language & Cultural Camp
July 5-8
Red Lodge, Mo.
Sons of Norway District 4 Camp Bjørnetann is in its 16th year at the Lions Club Camp on Lake Fork Road. Featured are traditional Norwegian crafts, Norwegian food, Norwegian songs, and the opportunity to learn new skills, and many other fun cultural activities. The 2018 theme is “Viking Games–Training for Raiding,” and games include kubb and Hnefatafl, a Viking board game, Nordic card games including Gnav and Mattis. Fees are $125 for all youth ages 6-18, $150 for adult SoN members, and $250 for non-members, which includes a membership fee. Some scholarships are available. Registration and more info: visit www. members.sofn.com/Events/public/show/2177, email bjornetann.l.c.camp@gmail.com, or call (406) 465-2094.

Border Fest
July 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Blaine, Wash.
Join the Sons of Norway Districts 2 and 7 for their annual Norway Border Festival Picnic at the Peace Arch Park, 19 A St. Horsehoes start at 10 a.m., followed by lunch at noon, coffee provided. Bring a lunch for yourself, utensils, beverages other than coffee, and a dessert to share with all lodges. The official program begins at 1:00 and includes: flag salute and national anthems; drawings; royalty contest; and entertainment. You may want to bring a lawn chair, sun glasses, hat, and umbrella. The Washington State Parks Dept charges $10.00 for parking for one day or requires a Discover Pass ($30.00) to use the parking lot. Handicapped parking is free. More info: Elaine Grasdock at viking1kg@gmail.com or (360) 734-7753, Susan Strang atstrangb@telus.net or (604) 291-1664, or visit www.facebook.com/events/932380736943315.

The Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg: Norge!
July 8, 4-6 p.m.
Bellevue, Wash.
In collaboration with the Northwest Edvard Grieg Society, Resonance at SOMA Towers, 288 106th Ave. N.E., Suite 203, presents the second installment of the Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg series includes award winning baritone Alan Dunbar and returning from Norway, stellar pianist Knut Erik Jensen. This concert will highlight Grieg’s songs to his homeland, songs of nature, Norwegians, and National Romanticism at its most dramatic. Tickets and more info: www.resonance.events/event/edvard-grieg-2-norge.

The Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg: Norge!
July 10, 7:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Come to Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road, to hear continuing performances of the complete songs of Edvard Grieg, The Northwest Edvard Grieg Society presents Alan Dunbar, baritone, and Knut Erik Jensen, piano, as they explore Grieg’s songs exemplifying Norwegian National Romanticism and patriotism through his music and poetry of Paulson, Bjørnson and others. Alan and Knut Erik will perform the epic “Mountain Thrall” (Bergtekne) as well as songs about the moheerland, elections, Norwegian heroes and common folk, and the love for the Norwegian land and people. Enjoy an evening of Grieg’s seldom heard works as well as incredibly dramatic songs by two specialists of Norwegian song repertoire. Tickets are $20 for NNW members, $25 for non-members. More info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/0710181.

Norwegian Fish Club Barge Gathering
July 14
Vista, Calif.
Join Norway Hall’s Norwegian fish Club Odin to combine food, language, and culture in an evening of fun aboard a barge. Come connect with others and enjoy fish and aquavit in the company of other Norway enthusiasts. Location and time TBD. More info: www.norwayhall.com/norwegian-fish-club-odin.html.

Run Like a Viking 5k
July 14, 9 a.m.
Seattle, Wash.
The Run Like a Viking 5k will kick off 35th Annual Viking Days celebration at the Nordic Museum at 2655 N.W. Market St. Runners are encouraged to don their Norse seafaring attire for the first-ever Run Like a Viking 5K at the new Nordic Museum. Gun time for the race is 9 a.m., and runners will be chip-timed. Four-legged friends welcome! Prizes will be awarded on race day for best costume, overall winners (male & female), and top age-group winner for both male and female. Advance registration costs are $35 per runner, and race day registration is available for $40. Register at www.runsignup.com/Race/WA/Seattle/RunLikeaViking5KRunWalk. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/events/runlikeaviking.

Treasure Sale
July 14-15
Seattle
To celebrate the Ballard community’s annual Seafood Fest, Leif Erikson Lodge is having a treaure sale at their hall at 2245 N.W. 57th St. Find unusual retro items: books, glassware, framed art, and unique Scandinavian pieces for your home, cabin, or someone just starting out in a new apartment. Limited parking will be availale in the garage for shoppers. More info: call (206) 783-1274 or visit www.leiferiksonlodge.org.

Viking Days
July 14-15
Seattle, Wash.
Come to the Nordic Museum at 2655 N.W. Market St. for a free outdoor family-friendly festival featuring delicious Swedish pancakes, traditional entertainment, a Viking encampment, kids’ activities, and much more. For more info and the schedule of activities, visit www.nordicmuseum.org/vikingdays.

Annual Skjold Picnic
July 15, 2 p.m.
Palatine, Ill.
Join Sons of Norway Skjold Lodge for their annual summer picnic at the AUYA Ukrainian Center, 136 East Illinois Ave. There will be pølse, hot dogs, and beverages to enjoyy. Games (Viking and other) will be available for those interested. Participants are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. More info: www.skjoldlodge.com.

Kaffe Stue in Mt. Horeb
July 21, 9 a.m.
Mt. Horeb, Wisc.
Mark your calendar for Vennelag Lodge’s annual Kaffe Stue at the Mt. Horeb Community Center, 107 N. Grove St. in MT. Horeb! The Kaffe Stue is held in conjunction with the town’s Arts and Crafts Fair and is an a la carte event. Traditional Norwegian open-faced smørbrød sandwiches, lefse wraps, and Norwegian meatballs are offered. Vegetarian options are provided. Pølse (hot dogs) are an option for the young and young at heart. Bondepike, fresh fruit, søt suppe, augurksalat, smørgrøt, and many varieties of Norwegian cookies will complete your meal. Coffee, lemonade, and water are available. Get your Norsk on, and join us in Mt. Horeb! More info: email rogrcher@mhtc.net or call (608) 29-4464.

Gullgutane Choir Midwest Tour
July 24-29
Minn., Wis., Iowa
Norwegian choir Gullgutane from Suldal and Sand in Rogaland will perform at various locations across the midwest in July. Concerts will be held on July 24 at Mindekirken, 924 E. 21st St., Minneapolis, Minn. at noon, July 26 at Coon Prairie Church, 500 S. Main St., Westsby, Wis. at 7 p.m., July 27 in front of the courthouse steps, 201 W. Main st., in Decorah, Iowa at 5:30 p.m., July 28 at Decorah High School, 100 Claiborne Dr., Decorah, Iowa at 2 p.m., and on July 29 at the Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St., Stoughton, Wis. at 4 p.m. For more info, email olav.veka@gmail.com.

Heritage Camp
July 25-29
Seattle, Wash.
Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001 and the Nordic Museum are co-sponsoring this year’s Heritage Camp at the Museum at 2655 N.W. Market St. The camp is open to girls and boys ages 7–12. This year’s week of fun activities include crafts related to Nordic animals. The cost is $200 for Museum members, $150 Leif Erikson Lodge members (due to an extra subsidy they are providing to their members), and general admission is $250. Reservations are necessary and can be made by contacting Alison Church at (206)789-5707 x7019 or alisonc@nordicmuseum.org. More info: www.nordicmuseum.org/events/heritagecamp2018.

Nordic Fest
July 26-28
Decorah, Iowa
Decorah’s annual huge Nordic Festival will take place in late July at multiple locations in about town, featuring a wide array of events for everyone, including sporting events, food, entertainment, crafts, a parade, fireworks, and more. Opening ceremony events begin at 6:45 p.m. on July 26. From there, enjoy everything this free festival has to offer over the entire weekend. This year’s theme: You had me at lefse. More info: www.nordicfest.com/about.

Original Ale Bowls
July 29-Aug. 2
Decorah, Iowa
Make new friends and learn new skills while creating your own traditional ale bowl with artist Phil Odden at Vesterheim Folk Art School, 520 W. Water St. Registration and more info: call (563) 382-9681 or visit www.vesterheim.org.

Nobel News, Nosh, and Networking
Aug. 28, 5-7 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Come attend a gathering at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin ave., with representatives from Augsburg University and Gustavus Adolphus College to discuss upcoming Nobel-prize related events. This social and networking event will highlight these institutions and their contributions to mankind. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/2018/nobel-nosh.

Nordic Music Festival
Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m-5:30 p.m.
Victoria, Minn.
The 10th annual Nordic Music Festival in Victoria at Lion’s Park, 1601 82nd St., will include two stages featuring a wide variety of Nordic singers, dancers, bands, and more. The festival also includes a silent auction, Scandinavian cuisine available for purchase, and a lutefisk fish toss. Admission is free for everyone. More info: www.members.sofn.com/Events/public/show/2197.

Aquavit Appreciation Night
Sept. 20, 6:30-9 p.m.
San Francisco, Calif.
Join the Norwegian Club of San Francisco for a night dedicated to aquavit. The “aquavit dinner” at the Norwegian Club, 1900 Fell St., will include a summer Scandinavian dinner and appetizers at this all-inclusive event. The event costs $40, limited space available. For tickets and more info: www.norwegianclub.org/event-2680491

Norsk Høstfest
Sept. 26-29
Minot, N.D.
“Pure Scandimonium!” The largest Scandinavian festival in North America will take place in late September on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds, 2005 E. Burdick Expy. Each Nordic nation is represented by a separate hall at the fair, with individual areas in each hall dedicated to the country’s specific clothing, food, art, and entertainment. The festival is now entering its 40th year, with something to offer for everyone. For tickets and more info: www.hostfest.com.

Nordic International Film Festival
Oct. 31-Nov. 4
New York, N.Y.
The largest Nordic film festival outside of Europe will take place at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., across five days this fall. The festival will feature some of the best up-and-coming film directors and actors from Scandinavia. The lineup will be announced closer to the start of the event. More info: www.nordicfilmfest.org/about.