Events

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To list your event on this page and in The Norwegian American, send it to naw@na-weekly.com. Be sure to include the event location, time, cost, a brief description, and a link (website or email address) or telephone number for more info.

Nordic Impressions: Contemporary Art From Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden
now-June 8
New York, N.Y.
The exhibition brings together a wide array of artistic expressions across all mediums that reflect the rich diversity and global character of Nordic art, drawn from a larger survey at the Phillips Collection in the fall of 2018 as part of a multi-year Nordic Cultural Initiative. Nordic Impressions will be accompanied by a range of programming, including related art workshops for children. The exhibit can be viewed at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. Admission is free. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/app/uploads/2018/12/Program-Brochure-Winter-2018-19.pdf?mc_cid=0dc23965d4&mc_eid=d7b356b8b1.

2019 ASF Translation Competition
now-June 15
New York, N.Y.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s 39th Annual Translation Competition for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written by a Scandinavian author born after 1900 are currently open through Saturday, June 15. Two prizes are offered: the Nadia Christensen Prize, which includes a $2,500 award, and the Leif and Inger Sjöberg Prize, which recognizes distinguished effort by an individual whose literary translations from a Nordic language have not previously been published. The Sjöberg Prize includes a $2,000 award. Excerpts from each prize-winning work will be published in Scandinavian Review (ASF’s illustrated journal) and prize-winners receive a commemorative bronze medallion. More info: www.amscan.org/fellowships-grants/translation-competition/?mc_cid=1b1e1c2ff0&mc_eid=39d7602316.

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: www.vesterheim.org/program/guided-tour-season-begins-heritage-park/2019-05-01.

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: www.asimn.org/vikingsbegin.

Social & Beef Brisket Dinner
May 28, 5-6:30 p.m.
Fargo, N.D.
Join in on the fun with a social and delicious beef brisket dinner at Kringen Lodge #25, 722 2nd Ave. N. Adults are $13.00 adults, and children age 12 and younger are $6.50. More info: call (701) 232-9222, or email kringenlodge@gmail.com.

American-Scandinavian Foundation 2019 Spring Gala
May 30, 7 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
This elegant black-tie event each year attracts an international guest list and stands out as a unique celebration of the ASF mission and history. The gala will take place at The Metropolitan Club, 1 E. 60th St. Internationally acclaimed actress Liv Ullmann and Ambaassador Edward E. Elson will be honored in the presence of HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark. Regular ickets are $750 with a special student rate of $375. VIP tickets and sponsorship tables are also available. More info and tickets: www.support.amscan.org/galatickets?mc_cid=54a5a422bc&mc_eid=d7b356b8b1.

Lage Lund at the Ballard Jazz Festival
May 31, 7:30 P.M.
Seattle, Wash.
The Ballard Jazz Festival, in partnership with the Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., welcomes Norwegian jazz guitarist Lage Lund to Seattle for a special concert as part of the 2019 Ballard Jazz Festival. Lage Lund is acclaimed not only as one of the finest guitarists of his generation, but also one of the most compelling jazz artists in the world today. A regular in the “Rising star – Guitar” category in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll, he has been hailed by Pat Metheny as a favorite young guitarist, and is “all music and all soul” according to Russell Malone – one of the judges who awarded Lund top prize in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Tickets are $20-60. More info: www.nordicseattle.com/event/norwegian-guitarist-lage-lund-at-the-ballard-jazz-festival.

Tattoo: Identity Through Ink
June 1- April 26
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: www.vesterheim.org/exhibits.

Opening Event for Tattoo: Identity through Ink
June 1, 7-9 p.m.
Decorah, Iowa
Celebrate the opening of the new exhibit at Vesterheim Museum, 520 W. Water St. There will be exclusive Valkyrie Strike IPA from Toppling Goliath Brewery and live tattooing in the gallery by award-winning tattoo artist Brock Swenson. The exhibition Tattoo: Identity Through Ink is open June 1, 2019 through April 26, 2020, and it tells the story of tattoos and the people who have them. 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. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibit/tattoo-identity-through-ink.

Taste of Norway Breakfast & Musuem Opening
June 1, 8-11 a.m.
Sheridan, Ill.
The Norsk Museum, a Norwegian cultural center at the Norway Community Building, will be open to the public with exhibits and a breakfast featuring ethnic dishes. On the menu are home-cooked Norwegian dishes, including fried kumla, waffles, guma, scrambled eggs with chives, fried potatoes, fresh fruit, and desserts. Adult tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door and $5 in advance or $7 at the door for children. The breakfast is a fundraiser for museum operations. For advance tickets, call Dave Johnson, Norsk Museum board president, at (815) 343-5070 or email dave.norskmuseum@gmail.com. The museum, at 3656 E. 2631st in Sheridan, is a repository of Norwegian artifacts. It will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. June 1-2. The exhibit will feature the Skagerrak, a one-third scale Viking war ship replica, handbuilt by John Maack at Waukegan harbor. After June 2, museum hours will be 1 to 5 p.m. weekends through September. Group visits are available year around by appointment. More info: call (815) 343-5070.

Passport Renewals at the Norwegian Consulate General
June 3-5
Minnetonka, Minn.
Appointments are now being scheduled for passport renewals at our office in Minnetonka Monday June 3, Tuesday June 4 and Wednesday June 5, from 9:00 a.m. The last appointment time for the day is 3:45 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. More info: email info@norconmn.com or call (612) 332-3338.

Nisswa-Stammen – Scandinavian Folk Music Festival
June 7-8
Nisswa, Minn.
Join the 20th anniversary of the festival which will have 150 musicians performing on five stages. It will be held at Nisswa Pioneer Village, 25611 Main St. Daily tickets are $15 for adults, 45 for ages 9-17, and free for children 8 and younger. More info: www.nisswastamman.org.

Deadliest Catch Salmon & Crab BBQ
June 7, 4 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Back by popular demand! Come down to the Pacific Fisherman Shipyard at 5351 24th Ave. N.W. for all you can eat salmon and crab, thanks to Trident Seafoods, plus fixings and drinks. Plus, you’ll get an exclusive tour of the shipyard, complete with a tour of the F/V Northwester by ship captain and star of The Deadliest Catch, Sig Hansen. The cost is $150, and proceeds go towards supporting the National Nordic Museum. More info and tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/deadliest-catch-salmon-and-crag-bbq-tickets-61945429447.

Sioux Valley Singers Association Sangerfest
June 8
Brandon, S.D.
The SVSA Sangerfest will be held at Brandon Lutheran Church, 600 E. Holly Blvd. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Midsummer Festival
June 8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Join in on an Oregon Heritage Tradition Day in its 90th year at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way. The celebration is presented by Nordic Northest and The League of Swedish Societies and sponsored by theScan|Design Foundation. The cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students $7, families $17, and children age 11 and younger are free. More info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/midsummer-festival.

Seven Hills Walk
June 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Walk the seven hills of Seattle with the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. Meet up at Kery Park, 211 W. Highland Dr., where you will enjoy an iconic view of the city skyline. The walk will be led by local historian and SBSCA member Dan Kaylor, and you will learn about Scandinavian Seattle history along the way. Tickets at Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/16th-annual-seven-hills-walk-tickets-61648394006. More info: email seattlebergensisterciites@gmail.com.

Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota Piano Competition 2019
June 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
The Final Live Audition Round will take place at Norway House and Mindekirken at 913 E. Franklin Ave.The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota 2019 Piano Competition is designed to encourage pianists to explore the music of Edvard Grieg and Nordic composers; raise awareness of the Edvard Grieg Society locally, nationally, and internationally; and provide scholarship and performance opportunities for competition winners. Admission is free. More info: www.norwayhouse.org/calendar/egsmn/comp19.

Norseman 50th Anniversary Celebration
June 9, 5-9 p.m.
Ventura, Calif.
Help us celebrate at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 450 E. Harbor Blvd. Tickets are $50 per person and include dinner, a wine or mixed drink ticket, commemorative wine glass, entertainment, and more. More info: call Sandee Kane at (805) 241-2957 or visit members.sofn.com/Events/public/show/2271.

La Crosse Friends of Vesterheim Luncheon
June 9, 12 p.m.
La Crosse, Wis.
Save the date for this fabulous program and luncheon at the Radisson Hotel, 200 Second St. S., 200 Harborview Plaza. More detailslcoming soon. More info and RSVP: call Anna Runestad at (563) 382-9681, ext. 107, or email arunestad@vesterheim.org.

Scandinavian Church Tour
June 10, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Esmond, N.D.
A day long event visiting area Scandinavian churches, many of them now closed, but still beautiful. We will hear a short history of each church that we visit and have a short Norwegian service part or two-minute semon at each church. We will stop for lunch at noon and will have transportation available for those who want to ride along rather than drive their own vehicle. Meet at Esmond Cafe, 4370 38th Ave. N.E. More info: call (701) 341-0822, or email flo@designlogic.net.

Midtsommer Gala
June 11, 5 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Join us for the 12th annual Midtsommer Gala at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot, in the Great Northern Ballroom in the newly renovated expansion, 225 3rd Ave. S. The Midtsommer Gala celebration is Norway House’s signature fundraiser and awards event set near the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. Just as Aslaug Lygre’s poem assures, “We shall not sleep away the summer nights!” The Midtsommer Gala celebrates the tireless, bold, and adventuresome spirit of the Norwegian settlers to this area, and raises key funds to secure the coming year of programs, art, international citizenship, and cooperation that form the core of Norway House’s mission. The evening includes a silent auction, cocktail party, dinner, program, and live auction, followed by a dessert party. Single tickets are $150 ($100 age 25 and younger) and $2,500 for a table of ten with preferred seating and other perks. Registration and more info: www.norwayhouse.org/gala/details.

Utøya: July 22
June 12, 7 p.m. & June 14, 6:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Written from testimonies and known facts and created in close dialogue with several survivors, though with fictional characters and experiences to respect the privacy of victims and their relatives, the film Utøya: July 22 portrays the unimaginable panic and confusion of this event, and the impossible choices that so many were exposed to. Screening are at Scandinavian House, 58 Park Ave., in Norwegian with English subtitles. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $7 for ASF members. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/utoya-july-22.

Norway Hall Jonsok
June 15, 1-5 p.m.
Vista, Calif.
Norway Hall, 2006 E. Vista Way, is hosting the Sons of Norway District 6, Zone 6 Jonsok event. From 1-3 p.m., enjoy cultural presentations inside the hall. At 3 p.m., enjoy a ribbs lunch with a Norwegian program at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, children 11-17 are $10, and kids 10 and younger are free. More info: www.eventbrite.com/e/norway-hall-jonsok-june-15-1-to-5pm-tickets-59304835359.

Handle with Care/Hjertestarter
June 19, 7 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Directed by Arvid Andressen, the movie focuses on a Norwegian offshore worker who finds himself struggling as the sole caretaker of his adopted six-year-old son Daniel. As a means of learning more about the boy’s background and to find out whether his now-motherless child would be in better care if reunited with his biological mother, he arranges a trip back to Daniel’s birth city of Bogotá. As Daniel reconnects with the country, his father also finds himself confronting his loss in new ways. And over the course of their journey, the father and son are presented with an option that could change both of their lives. The screening is at Scandinavian House, 58 Park Ave., and will be repeated on June 21 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $7 for ASF members. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/handle-with-care/?mc_cid=3a069ae1a3&mc_eid=39d7602316.

Pacific Coast Norwegian Singer’s Association Sangerfest
June 21
Eugene, Ore.
PCNSA’s 2019 Sangerfest concert will be held at First Baptist Church, 3550 Fox Meadow Road. This concert will feature Norwegian, Scandinavian, and American music continuing the tradition of our forefathers who pioneered this tradition in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Featured guest artist is accomplished Brazilian pianist Ednaldo Borba. Director-In-Chief is Erik Eliason of the Everett Norwegian Male Chorus, and Assistant Director-In-Chief is Ed Amundson of the Eugene Norsemen. Soloists include Ed Amundson for Norge, Mitt Norge (Norway, My Norway) and Peter Butler for Landkjenning (Land Sighting). Concert accompanist is Jeffrey Highland.Tickets are $20, available at Brown Paper Tickets. More info: pcnsa.org/events/sangerfest-2019.

Scandinavian Hjemkomst and Midwest Viking Festival
June 21-22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Moorhead, Minn.
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County and Nordic Culture Clubs bring you the 42nd Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival to be held at 202 1st Ave N. From the forested lakes of Finland through the Norwegian fjords to the shores of Iceland, we’re bringing together an international collection of chefs, artists, musicians, storytellers, historians, and vendors to fully immerse you in the Nordic roots that planted themselves so prominently here in our Red River Valley communities. This festival is all about local history and global communities and we want YOU to join the fun! Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for teens and seniors, and FREE for children. More info: www.hcscconline.org/shmvf2019.html

Midsommer Fest (St. Hans)
June 22, 11:30 a.m-June 23, 10:00 p.m.
Poulsbo, Wash.
Come to Waterfront Park in Poulsbo to join in the Scandinavian tradition of the Summer Solstice. Enjoy folk dancing, meet Norwegian and Icelandic dogs, partake of traditional Norwegian cuisine in the Sons of Norway Lodge (3:30-6:30) and other activities. Enjoy the Viking Parade, lighting of the Bon Fire and Midsommer proclamation by Sons of Norway Vikings. More info: www.visitpoulsbo.com/event/midsommer-fest.

Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 22, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. & June 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Burnaby, B.C.
Come to the Scandinavian Community Centre 1540 Thomas St. to enjoy the Viking village, cultural displays, shopping kiosks, dancing, bonfire, beer garden, music, the Midsummer pole, traditional scandinavian foods, and kids’ activities. The fun and crazy wife-carrying contest always draws a lot of attention along with continuous entertainment all weekend. More info: www.scandinavianmidsummerfestival.org.

Camp Trollfjell Folkehøgskule
June 23-July 6
Alta, Calif.
Sons of Norway District 6 language and heritage camp for teens 14-17 years old will be held at Camp Norge, 250 Canyon Mine Rd. Registration is now open. More info: sofn6.org/arv/trollfjell-folkehogskule.

The Rules for Everything/Løperen og Hesten
June 26, 7 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Scandinavia House presents Kim Hiorthøy’s surreal fable which tells the story of 10-year old Storm and her mother as they create fantastic and unexpected new worlds in the wake of great tragedy. The screening is at Scandinavian House, 58 Park Ave., and will be repeated on June 28 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $7 for ASF members. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/the-rules-for-everything/?mc_cid=3a069ae1a3&mc_eid=39d7602316.

24th Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner
June 27, 5:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join the Nordic Museum at 2655 N.W. Market St. for the 24th Annual Raoul Wallenberg Dinner, honoring the memory of the Swedish diplomat who intervened to save thousands of Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps. This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Professor Vanessa Barker, Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University and Associate Director of Border Criminologies. Professor Barker’s lecture, “What Happened to Humanitarianism? A Crisis of Solidarity,” will provide insight into the Swedish response to the European refugee crisis and how this response is shaping the future of the region. General admission is $100, $85 for museum members. Tables of eight are available for $800, and sponsor tables are $1,500. More info and tickets: www.nordicmuseum.org/wallenberg.

Skandia’s Midsommarfest
June 30, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Kenmore, Wash.
Participate in a traditional, memorable, and family-friendly Nordic cultural event at Saint Edward Sarte Park, 14445 Juanita Dr, N.E. There will be artisian vendors, information booths for various Nordic organizations, musicians, and dancers througout the day, which culminates with the raising of the Maypole. Admission is free for everyone, with ample parking available. More info: visit www.sites.google.com/view/skandiamidsommar, or call (425) 954-5262.

Camp Trollfjell
July 7-20
Alta, Calif.
Sons of Norway District 6 language and heritage camp for children 8-13 years old will be held at Camp Norge, 250 Canyon Mine Rd. Registration is now open. More info: sofn6.org/arv/camp-trollfjell.

Complete Songs of Edvard Grieg: The Mountain Maid
July 9, 7:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Laura Loge, soprano, and Knut Erik Jensen, piano, will present Edvard Grieg’s Haugtussa cycle at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. Tickets are $20 for NNW members, $25 for non-members. More info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/0709191.

Jostein Gulbrandsen Trio
July 11
New York, N.Y.
Norwegian guitarist and composer Jostein Gulbrandsen, with Mike McGuirk and Ronen Itzik, presents original compositions blending Scandinavian heritage with American jazz and blues. The performance will include hits off Gulbrandsen’s recent third album, Looking Ahead. All concerts at Scandinavia House are held in Victor Borge Hall, 58 Park Ave. More info: call Lori Fredrickson at (212) 847-9727.

Hardanger Fiddle Music and Dance Workshop
July 18-21
Dodgeville, Wisc.
The HFAA’s Annual Workshop offers a very special opportunity for getting to know Norwegian Hardanger fiddle music and dance traditions in depth. Our workshop this year will focus on the dynamic, intriguing music and dance of Valdres. Classes will be offered in music and dance. The workshops will be held at the Folklore Village, 3210 County Road BB. More info: www.hfaa.org/Home/2019-hardanger-fiddle-music-and-dance-workshop.

Nordic Fest
July 25-27
Decorah, Iowa
Since 1967, over 1 1/2 million visitors from all over the world have attended our festival in Decorah, Iowa! Your whole family will enjoy delicious food, traditional crafts, a colorful parade, lively entertainment, sporting events, and our Saturday night fireworks display. Events begin with Thursday night’s opening ceremonies at 6:45 p.m., followed by two full days of fun activities for the whole family. Plans are already underway for the biggest Fest yet! Make your plans now to be part of the fun! More info: nordicfest.com/about.

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: karitauring.com/event/nisswa-viking-festival/.

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 pkhans@msn.com.

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: www.daughtersofnorway.org/files/2315/5062/3105/Embla_2019_NF_FLYER.pdf.