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Rosemåling in the Rockies Seminars
now-Oct 12
Fraser, Colo.
A series of seminars on rosemåling styles from different regions of Norway is being offered by Sons of Norway Storfjell Lodge. Numedal style: Aug. 17-19, Romsdal and Valdres style: Sept. 7-9, and Classic Rogaland style: Oct. 10-12. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and are held at the Fraser Valley Library, 421 Norgren Road. More info:

Sweet Land, the Musical
now-Aug 18
Seattle, Wash.
The Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St. in the Greenwood neighborhood, presents the stage adapation of the film Sweet Land by Ali Selim and the short story A Gravestone Made of Wheat by Will Weaver. In this sweeping musical that soars like the Minnesota skies, a young German woman crosses the sea to marry a Norwegian man she’s never met. What should be their happy ending is met with suspicion and prejudice as friends and neighbors abandon them. But when hardship befalls the community, Inge and Olaf sacrifice everything to save their friends. For the performance schedule and tickets call (206) 781-9707 or visit

Inside the Vault
now-Aug. 28
Minneapolis, Minn.
See artwork by Norwegian and Norwegian-American artists on display at Norway House, 13 E. Franklin Ave. The Flaten Art Museum Collection at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. houses over 4,000 works of art, and Norway House Galleri director Max Stevenson has cracked open the vaults to showcase some of the collection’s most prized pieces. This exhibit marks the first time in the liberal arts college’s 144-year history that an exhibit devoted to the collection has been curated off campus. Inside the Vault captures the range of Modernist, Romantic, and Contemporary Norwegian works–arguably, the beating heart of Norwegian art history. Stevenson draws instinctively from this vein to compose an evocative and reminiscent exhibition on the themes of landscape, folklore, and human connections to nature. More info:

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:

Science, Myth, and Mystery: The Vinland Map Saga
now-Sept. 30
Mystic, Conn.
This exhibit will explore the Vinland Map and the stories that surround it. Publication of a scholarly article in 1965 challenged the long-held belief that Christopher Columbus discovered North American in 1492, and instead proposes that this map, which dates back to 1440, proves that the Vikings reached North American shores as early as the year 1000. The exhibit also chronicles the findings of two archeologists who found the remains of a Norse settlement on Newfoundland. You can find the exhibit on display at the Mystic Seaport Gallery, 75 Greenmanville Ave. More info:

The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden
now-Sept. 30
Mystic, Conn.
One of the finest early Viking-age exhibits is coming to Connecticut. Artifacts such as shields, swords, weapons, helmets, and glass dating as far back as the 7th century will be on display at the Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave. Learn more about Norse gods and culture, viking warfare and trade, the Baltic Sea, and ship burials through these rare archeological artifacts that give us a glimpse into what these ancient maritime societies were like. This exhibit will be the first time many of these artifacts will be on display outside of Sweden. More info:

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:

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:

Norsk Folkedans Stemne 2018
Aug. 17-19
Port Townsend, Wash.
Folk dancing groups from across the U.S. will convene at Fort Worden, 200 Battery Way, for a weekend of sharing dance, music, costumes, and performance. Several seasoned instructors will be present at the event. Come share your knowledge and learn more at this weekend-long event. More info:

Herbjørn Gausta- Artist from Telemark
Aug. 18, 2-3 p.m.
Stoughton, Wis.
The Norwegian Heritage Center-Livsreise, 277 W. Main St., presents a special program on the life and work of Telemark artist Herbjørn Gausta. Born on June 16, 1854 on the Gausta farm in Vestfjørddalen, Telemark, Norway, Herbjørn Nilsen Gausta immigrated with his family to America at age twelve. He settled with his parents and four sisters on a farm hear Harmony, Minnesota. Throughout the late 1800s, Gausta traveled between Norway and the Upper Midwest, painting portraits of prominent Norwegian-American individuals, religious works, and genre scenes depicting life in the two regions. Elaine Nordlie, a long- time member of Telelag, an organization for those whose ancestors immigrated from Telemark has researched this artist and will tell the audience more about his life and career. This event is free and open to the public. More info:

Friends of the Viking Ship August Open Day
Aug. 18, 10-4 p.m.
Geneva, Ill.
The Viking, an exact replica of the Gøkstad, is on display at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive. In 1893 the Viking was sailed from Bergen, Norway to Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition. Docent led tours begin every half hour. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for teens. Children are free. More info:

Norwood Crossing Annual Picnic
Aug. 20, 12-4 p.m.
Chicago, Ill.
The 122nd annual Norwood Crossing picnic will take place this August at the historic Norwood Crossing senior home, 6016-20 N. Nina Ave. Come for a picnic featuring Norwegian food, entertainment, children’s activities, and a raffle. The event is free and open to the public. More info:

Washington Lodge Reading Circle
Aug. 21, 7:30-9 p.m.
Location TBD (D.C. area)
This month the Reading Circle will discuss The Devil’s Wedding Ring by Vidar Sundstøl, the best-selling author of the Minnesota Trilogy series. The setting of this novel is the village of Eidsborg in Telemark and the mysteries (both religious and criminal) center on a 13th-century stave church. A young scholar disappears on the night of the 1985 summer solstice. Another student disappears exactly thirty years later. Are the two disappearances related? Both were researching religious rituals conducted in the church. Those looking for answers tread on very dangerous ground. If you plan to attend, please contact Christine Meloni at The meeting may be held at a member’s home in Northern Virginia. More info:

Saltwater Music Series: Nordic Voyages
Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m.
Des Moines, Wash.
Join the Saltwater Music Series at Des Moines United Methodist Church, 22225 9th Ave .S, for the first concert of Season 3 with songs of travel, love, and the supernatural will that will take you on a journey from America, back to the Old World, and deep into the folklore and myth of Scandinavia. Soprano Laura Loge ( joins pianist/composer Steven Luksan ( to present new songs with texts in English and Norwegian by poets Carl Sandburg and Sigbjørn Obstfelder. They will also explore music that dives into the land of dwarfs, elves, and fairies as the duo presents Grieg’s monumental song-cycle “Haugtussa” and music by other Nordic composers. As always, admission is free, but donations will be collected to benefit a great charitable cause. More info:

New Sons of Norway Lodge forming: Shawnee Skogen 5-689!
Aug. 26, 2 p.m.
Alto Pass, Ill.
Sons of Norway is recruiting members to their new lodge near Carbondale. This is the first lodge in the Southern Illinois area. The next meeting will be held at Hedman’s Vineyards, 250 Chestnut St. More info:, 618-534-0318, or

Zone 3 and Mandt Lodge Picnic
Aug. 26
Stoughton, Wis.
Join members from neighboring lodges for some food and fellowship at the home of John and Darlene Arneson, 2056 Skaalen Road. Please bring a dish to pass; tableware, coffee, juice, and other beverages will be provided. You are welcome to bring along yard games, and there will be Kubb available so you can test out your Viking skills! All members of your lodge, prospective members, and Masse Moro campers, past and present, are encouraged to attend. There will he a bucket drawing for some great items: feel free to bring items for it or just support it at the picnic! You are also welcome to bring along items and flyers for “Remarks for the Good of the Order.” More info: call Darlene Arneson at (608) 873-7209 or email

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:

Northern California Kretsstevne
Sept. 1-3
Alta, Calif.
Sons of Norway zones 1, 2, and 3 of Northern California are gathering at Camp Norge, 250 Canyon Mine Road, for tournaments, hiking and fun. More info:

Scandinavian Fest
Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Budd Lake, N.J.
The 34th annual Scandinavian Fest will take place at Vasa Park, just off of Wolfe Road. The all-day event will celebrate the cultures and customs of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, and Estonia. Artisan vendors, a variety of performers, and much more. Tickets are available for $11 pre-sale. Children 12 and under get in for free. More info:

Simon Benson: Oregon Lumber King, Civic Leader & Visionary
Sept. 4, 7 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Local speaker Sig Unander will present on Simon Benson at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. Benson was a poor Norwegian immigrant gifted with immense talent and ambition, Benson overcame daunting challenges to become a lumber baron who used his vision, wealth and influence to give back to his adopted state and country, leaving a lasting legacy. Ticket are $5 for Nordic Northwest members and $10 for non-members, available at

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:

Scandinavian Day Festival
Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
South Elgin, Ill.
This day-long Scandinavian festival is dedicated to the preservation of Nordic heritage and culture. Past and present Scandinavian culture will be honored at the event, which includes crafts, dance, education, live entertainment and music, traditional food, a Nordic beer tasting, children’s activities, living history exhibits, and festival merchandise. The festival will take place at Vasa Park, just off route 31. More info:

Romerikslag and Solørlag Joint Stevne
Sept. 12-15
Fergus Falls, Minn.
The annual joint stevne on geneology will be held at Bigwood Event Center, 925 Western Ave. More info:

Paradox of Peace: 30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum
Sept. 13-15
Minneapolis, Minn.
2018 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum hosted and presented by Augsburg University. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the work of two laureates: President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). The theme for this year is The Paradox of Peace, with plenaries, keynotes and breakout sessions related to tensions between conflict and reconciliation, between justice and forgiveness, between hope and fear and will highlight the laureates’ successful accomplishments navigating these paradoxes. The three-day forum will be held at Augsburg University, 2211 Riverside Ave. Registration costs are $25-130. More info:

The Ballad of Daisy & Billy
Sept. 14-Oct. 28
Minneapolis, Minn.
Local Norwegian-American artist, Bob Hest, presents a series of witty paintings that chronicle the settlement of Western Minnesota’s Red River Valley by Scandinavian Immigrants at the turn of the century at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave. More info:

Viking Feast at Freya Sons of Norway
Sept. 15, 4 p.m.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Freya Lodge Sons of Norway in Santa Rosa is having an authentic Viking Feast at their Freya Norway Hall, 617 West 9th Street. Four courses of traditional foods will be interspersed with beautiful music, Viking wisdom, and membership information. Tickets are $28 per person. Reservations are required; no tickets will be sold at the door. More info: Viking Feast 2018 or

Interwoven: The Blended Heritage of Nordics and Native Peoples
Sept. 15 12-2:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
The Nordic Museum, 2655 N.W. Market St., presents the first of two symposiums planned in conjunction with the Interwoven oral history project, an initiative to collect a dozen oral history interviews from subjects with mixed Nordic and Native American heritage. A panel of four project participants will discuss the Interwoven interviews and broader themes relevant to the project. Panelists include Alison DeRiemer, videographer for the Interwoven project; Susan Ringstad Emery, Interwoven interviewee and artist; Jennifer Ott, historian and assistant director,; Tessa Campbell, senior curator, Hibulb Cultural Center. The panel session will be moderated by Fred Poyner IV, collections manager, who also serves as one of the Interwoven project co-leads. Following the panel session, audience members are invited to participate in a tour of the museum’s new Cultural Resource Center. Audience members will be welcomed with a buffet-style lunch. The cost is $10. Tickets and more info:

Norsemen of the West Viking Festival
Sept. 15-16
Arlington, Wash.
Whether you want to see sword fighting, learn how to make beer, shop for arts and crafts, or listen to Viking tales of yore. This festival at Twin River’s Park, 8003 SR-530 N.E., will have something for everyone. Admission is free. More info:

2nd Annual Viking Dinner at Leif Erikson Sons of Norway Lodge
Sept. 16, 5 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Come and join Leikarringen of Leif Erikson Lodge at 2245 NW 57th for an evening of Viking era foods and entertainment. A Viking bar will offer Viking Beer and Mead. Viking dress is encouraged! Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at the Lodge office or through Brown Paper Tickets ( Proceeds will benefit the Leif Erikson Building Association. More info:

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:

Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Annual Laureate Recognition Banquet
Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m.
Tacoma, Wash.
This year’s celebration will be held at Pacific Lutheran University’s Chris Knutzen Hall located in the Anderson University Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. The banquet honors 2018 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate, Melannie Cunningham for peace and racial reconciliation. Additionally, 2017 Laureate Pennye Nixon (Etta Projects) will provide opening remarks about her continuing work and experiences over the last year. Entertainment and a meal served by PLU’s excellent catering staff is included in the $60 ticket price or $450 for a table of eight. Tickets will be available until Sept. at Eventbrite. More info:

Harvest Dinner
Sept. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Come mark the end of the summer and the beginning of the Norse winter with Nordic Northwest. The feast will take place at the Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road., and feature a selection of local fruits and vegetables, smoked fish, roast meat, and more. More info:

Viking Women’s Work in the time of the Sagas; Viking Longhouses
Sept. 21, 7 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Sons of Norway Bondalandet lodge is hosting two talks: Elspeth Christianson, noted medical geneticist and Viking expert, will speak on women’s work, and Owen Christianson will speak on Viking lodges. Norwegian desserts will be served during the social hour. The meeting will be held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St. Thomas Road. More info: email

Nordic Bites Food Festival
Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Newton, Mass.
The Scandinavian Cultural Center’s 5th annual food festival will be held at the Scandinavian Cultural Center, 206 Waltham Street. Enjoy tastes from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland while visiting Nordic vendors, listening to live music, and taking part in other foodie fun! Visit the encampment of everyone’s favorite Vikings, listen to their music, and watch them fight to the “death”. General admission $20 advance ($25 at the door), $15 for SCC members, and $7 forkids 12 and under. More info:

Two Homelands: A Historian Considers His Life and Work
Sept. 25, 7 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
The Nordic Musuem, 2655 N.W. Market St., presents Book Talk with Professor Odd S. Lovoll, who will share his life story, with special emphasis on his memories of hardship during World War II, when his father was separated from the family. He will focus on Seattle,his hometown in America. His life story is placed in a broad historical context—Norwegian American response to the occupation of the homeland, the postwar Norwegian immigration, and discussions of linguistic, cultural, and social barriers faced by immigrants to the United States—and interwoven with details from his research as a historian of Norwegian immigration and of Norwegian American history. The cost is free, with books available for purchase. Registration and more info:

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 Expressway. 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. Tickets and more info:

Torskeklubben Meeting
Sept. 27, 6 p.m.
Burnaby, B.C.
Everyone is welcome to join in at the Scandinavian Community Centre, 6540 Thomas St. Happy hour starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 pm. Pricing and more info: call Tor Olufsen at (604) 294-0749 or Bent Nielsen at (604) 321-3392.

Norwegians Unite!
Sept. 29
Minneapolis, Minn.
Join the Norwegian Consulate and others from the Norwegian community at a Minnesota United soccer match. The Loons will take on New York City FC. The match at TCF Bank Stadium, 420 S.E. 23rd Ave., starts at 7 p.m., but arrive early at 5 p.m. at the Surly Brewing Co., 520 Malcolm Ave. S.E., for a pre-match happy hour. The beer hall is family-friendly, so you may  bring your kids. Use promo code NORWAY. Tickets:

Scandinavian Fest 2018
Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
New Berlin, Wis.
The Nordic Council of Wisconsin presents the 28th annual indoor Scandinavian Fest, slated to take place at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, 4225 S. Calhoun Road. Several Scandinavian speciality foods will be available for purchase, an there will be arts and crafts, cultural demonstrations, and several activities, including a scavenger hunt and LEGO station. Genealogy consultants will be available if you want to learn more about your Scandinavian ancestry. Admission is $8 for adults, $2 for children, and free for children under 4. Donate a can of food at the event for $1 off your admission. More info:

Nordic Festival 2018
Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Edgewood, Wash.
Embla Lodge #2, Daughters of Norway, are hosting the Nordic Festival at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 3505 122nd Ave. E. There will be Scandinavian foods, music, arts, and crafts. Admission is $2. Children under 12 are free. More info:

Vesterheim Benefit Auction 2018
Oct. 13-Oct. 21
Bid from anywhere in the world on amazing artwork by experts in the Norwegian tradition! Pieces will be available to view in early Oct. at Proceeds from the auction benefit Vesterheim’s Folk Art School, which has provided classes in fiber arts, woodworking, painting, and more since 1967. More info:

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:

Annual Norsk Høstfest – Fall Festival
Nov. 4, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Montgomery, Ill.
Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge is hosting its annual Fall Festival at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Avenue. Taste traditional Norwegian food, shop for Scandinavian gifts and jewelry, and watch cooking and handcraft demonstrations. More info:

Annual Family Juletrefest Celebration
Dec. 2, 1 p.m.
Montgomery, Ill.
Sons of Norway Polar Star Lodge will be trimming the tree and sharing a potluck luncheon at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 1233 Douglas Avenue. For info: