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Rocks and Hard Places: Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen
now – March 14, 2020
Stoughton, Wisc.
Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Join us as we look for answers to that question in a dramatic new exhibit at Livsreise, 277 W. Main St., that explores emigration through first person accounts, family histories, and the stunning black and white photography of Knud Knudsen. Considered one of Norway’s most important photographers, Knudsen (1832-1915) was born in Odda, Hardanger, and he established one of the first photography businesses in Bergen in 1864. In addition to his passion for photography, he also had a special interest in horticulture and the fruit trees grown in his home community. He would often return to the southern branch of the Hardanger Fjord to capture scenes of everyday life on farms and on the fjord. Despite the idyllic landscape, Knudsen’s work vividly shows why life on the fjord led to some of the highest rates of emigration per-capita in Norway with the ever present threat of rockslides and avalanches, lack of arable land, and lack of economic opportunity. More info:

Tussetroll: Norwegian parent/child classes
now – Apr. 19
Minneapolis, Minn.
Bring your children to Concordia Language Villages’ Norwegian language immersion classes for ages 1.5 – 4 years at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave. Tussetroll classes take place weekly on Thursdays, 10 – 11 a.m. Winter/spring term 2020 lasts 12 weeks, with no class on April 2. Tuition is $240. More info: visit

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:

February Film Series: Sonja Henie, the Ice Queen
Feb. 21, & 28, 5:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association at the Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., for a winter film series focusing on the Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie. See the classic film Sun Valley Serenade, starring Henie, and the recent Norwegian biopic, Sonja: The White Swan. The films will be introduced by Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American and president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. The film series is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation to the Swedish Club. More info: email

Feb. 22, 4 – 6 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Celebrate the Carnival season in the Nordic fashion at with this family-friendly afternoon event at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. Enjoy unlimited crafts and games. Fastelavn is a Nordic Carnival tradition where kids dress up in costumes, play games for prizes and make fun crafts, and eat traditional fastelavnsboller buns. The highlight of the event is the barrel-bashing, where kids hit a candy-filled barrel to scare away evil spirits. All tickets are $5, and children 3 and younger are free. Tickets and more info:

Leikarringen 60th Anniversary
Feb. 23, 1 – 5 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Leikarringen will celebrate 60 years of dancing at the Sons of Norway Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 N.W. 57th St. You are cordially invited to attend this free celebration, which includes a buffet, desserts, music, dancing, singing, and the sharing of memories. RSVP to (206) 783-1274 and mention Leikarringen. More info: call Sheila Bartanen at (206) 859-0640.

The Vikings and Beyond: Choral Music of Scandinavia by the Gregorian Singers
Feb. 23, 4 – 5 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
The Edvard Grieg Society of Minnesota presents a concert at Mindekirken, 924 E. 21st St., with music from the Viking era, Gregorian chant originating from Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, music of the Danish Renaissance, pieces by Johan Helmich Roman, choral works by Edvard Grieg, and Norwegian and Swedish folk songs and hymns. Admission is $20 for the general public and free for students with a valid ID. More info:

Suds for Cinema
Feb. 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join the National Nordic Museum at Lagunitas Brewing at 1550 NW 49th St. in Ballard for the inaugural kick-off benefit for the Nordic Lights Film Festival: Suds for Cinema! You’ll find food, fun, and a special preview showcasing all this year’s films. Each beer purchased will directly support this year’s festival. Attendees will automatically join the Suds for Cinema Circle, a special donor group of NLFF supporters. The cost is $10, including entry and food. Tickets and more info:

Nordic Ventures: The Midgard Expedition
Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Currently a crew is training off the coast of South Africa for a modern-day Viking expedition on the Midgard Viking ship replica. Midgard crew member Erden Eruç will speak about the planned adventure at the Seattle Danish Center at 1833 N. 105th St., Suite 101,. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A $10 donation is suggested, and parking is free. Refreshments will be served. More info and RSVP:

Tengstrand & Opus 21, the Grieg Piano Concerto
Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand returns to Scandinavia House at 58 Park Ave. for the Music on Park Avenue concert series with a special presentation of famous piano concerti performed with musicians from Princeton chamber music group. Tickets are $20 for American Scandinavian Foundation members and $25 for the general public. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. More info:

Nordic Lights Film Festival
Feb. 28 – Mar. 1
Seattle, Wash.
Join the National Nordic Museum and the Seattle International Film Festival for this year’s lineup of Nordic films, including the Norwegian drama Harajuku. All films are screened at SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N. Museum members should use the code “NORDIC2020” at checkout. The cost is $65 for members and $75 general admission. Passes and individual tickets are available on SIFF’s website at More info:

February Film Series: Sonja: The White Swan
Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association at the Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., for the final film in a series focusing on the Norwegian figure skater Sonja Henie. The film will be introduced by Lori Ann Reinhall, Editor-in-Chief of The Norwegian American and President of the SBSCA. The screening is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation to the Swedish Club. A discussion will follow the film, and dinner and drinks are available for purchase. More info: email

Bunad Class
Feb. 29, 9 a.m. – March 1, 5 p.m.
Greenacres, Wash.
In this two-day class, you will learn about bunad embroidery and sewing. Each day starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., so bring a lunch. You can reserve your spot with a $75 deposit. The class is limited to six people, with a total class fee of $125. More info: call (509) 3403880 or email

Fastelavn Workshop
Feb. 29, 2 p.m.
New York, N. Y.
Sometimes called “Nordic Halloween,” on Fastelavn, children wear costumes and go door-to-door, singing for candy. Join in on the fun at Scandinavia House’s celebration at 58 Park Ave., which includes dress-up costumes, traditional games, goodies, and songs. The cost is $12 ($5 for ASF members) for ages 3 and up. Tickets and more info:

Viking Feast
Feb. 29, 6 – 9 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Syttende Mai lodge and the Viking Age Club are hosting a Viking Feast at the Danish American Center, 3030 W. River Parkway. There is no charge, but an RSVP is needed since it is potluck. More info: call Helen Anderson at (952) 448-5966.

Pancake Breakfast
March 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Oakland, Calif.
Sons of Norway Bjornson Lodge welcomes all to their pancake breakfast. Come see the hall, meet the members, and visit the “white elephant” sale. All proceeds will support their charity projects. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. The lodge is located at 2258 MacArthur Blvd. More info: call the lodge at (510) 531-9882.

Torsk Dinner
March 7, 4 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
The Daughters of Norway in Portland will hold their Torsk Dinner at Norse Hall, 111 N.E. 11th Ave. The five course dinner will include pickled herring, Norwegian pea soup w/flat bread, cucumber salad, Torsk served with shrimp in cream sauce, and rice cream with krumkaka. Wine is available for purchase. Tickets are $35.00. More info: call Kay Nakao (503) 348-6951.

Spring Thaw Potluck
March 8, 1-5 p.m.
Webster Groves, Mo.
The Norwegian Society of St. Louis will be holding their potluck at Christ Lutheran Church, 1 Selma Ave. Registration charge is $5 per adult; children free. This year’s Spring Thaw program features an introduction of Norwegian immigrant and 19th century St. Louis Industrialist, N. O. Nelson, founder of the N. O. Nelson Manufacturing Company, a profit-sharing enterprise. More info: contact Nancy Hill at (618) 581-7236.

Scandinavian Business Club Dinner
March 11, 6 – 9 p.m.
Burnaby, B.C.
Members and their colleagues, clients, friends, and family are invited to the March dinner. Networking and socializing will start at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., and a presentation and Q&A session afterward. The cost is CAD $45 for members, and $50 for non-members. More info:, call (604) 484-8238, or email

Member Frokost – St. Patrick’s Day Shindig
March 17, 8 – 10 a.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
The program for the March gathering at Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., is St. Patrick’s Day themed, complete with leprechaun gold. This member event aims to provide a social platform for supporters of Norway House and Norwegian culture to meet in the spirit of community. Members will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and are encouraged to invite friends and acquaintance. Buddy tickets are $7. More info:

Oleana Pop-up Shop at Norway House
March 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Norway House, 913 E. Franklin Ave., is excited to host a pop-up store in the gallery during the run of their spring exhibit “Oleana: Casting On for a New Generation.” New and exciting selections of exclusive designer knitwear from the AW19 and SS20 season of Oleana, made in Norway, will be available for purchase. More info:

Hygge: A Cozy Women’s Wellness Weekend in the Woods
March 20 –22
Sandstone, Minn.
Slow down and take a deep breath with Roots and Wings Yoga at a women’s weekend getaway to nurture mind, body, and soul with Nordic-inspired hygge. Unplug from your busy life, slow way, and simply be present with one another. This weekend wellness retreat includes a welcome bag with goodies to set the hygge mood for the weekend, 4+ relaxing yoga sessions, and two nights lodging at the historic Schwyzer Lodge at Audubon Center of the North Woods (54165 Audubon Road), meals, snacks, and outdoor activities, including snowshoeing. The package cost is $295. Tickets and more info:

Scandinavian Heritage Day in the Desert
March 20, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Palm Desert, Calif.
Solskinn Lodge #6-150 will celebrate a Scandinavian heritage day at Hope Lutheran Church, 45900 Portola Ave. There will be cooking demonstrations for making lefse, rosettes, and æbleskiver. Enjoy Scandinavian folk music, Nordic vendors, and learn about genealogy and crafts, including wood carving, pattern knitting, and Hardanger embroidery. There will also be food for sale: lefse, Viking dogs (hot dogs in lefse), bløtkake, æbleskiver, rosettes, and heart waffles. Admission is free. More info: call Ulf Lokke at (760) 834-8144.

Leif to Leif 5k Fun Run/Walk
March 21, 8 – 10 a.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Run from the heart of Ballard to Shilshole Bay with the Leif Erikson Lodge at their annual 5k Fun Run/Walk! Check-in starts at 8 a.m. at the lodge, 2245 NW 57th St. All runners get a flag at the finish line and a free heart waffle with jam. The top three runners in each category will be awarded ribbons. Part of the proceeds benefits the Ballard Senior Center. To preregister, visit, print the registration form and waiver, and mail both to Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle, WA 98107. More info: call (206) 783-1274.

Heritage Day/Taste of Norway
March 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th St., to celebrate all things Norwegian: food, crafts, music and children’s activities. The cafe will feature food for sale, including ertesuppe, verdens beste kake, and smørbrød, while the bakery features demonstrations and tastes of lefse, waffles, and krumkake, also for purchase. Enjoy traditional Norwegian folk music and dancing with the Sølje Sisters, Tinn Felen, and Leikkarringen. There will be a bunad parade presentedd by local bunad expert Jody Grage. The event is free and open to the public. More info: call the lodge at (206) 783-1274.

Norwegian Weekend Brunch – Cooking Class
March 21, 12 – 3 p.m.
Port Moody, B. C.
Eden West Gourmet at 96 Kyle St. presents “Helgefrokost,” a Norwegian weekend brunch. Chef Susanna will serve you home-cured fish, open-faced sandwiches, freshly made waffles with sweet Norwegian goat cheese, and other treats. Come and try out some aquavit. You can register in person and over the phone directly with the store by phoning (604) 939-6200. The cost is CAD $75. More info and tickets:

All Tradition is Change Presentation
March 21, 2 p.m.
Decorah, IA
Laurann Gilbertson, Vesterheim’s chief curator, will present a free public lecture, “All Tradition is Change.” During the presentation, she will expand the idea of what is traditional, while looking at textile objects made today by artists working “within the Norwegian tradition.” Examples will include pieces from Norway and Norwegian America: weaving, quilts, embroidery, baptismal garments, and knitting. This presentation is part of Vesterheim’s guide training series for volunteers. The session will take place at Vesterheim’s Amdal-Odland Heritage Center, 523 W. Water St. More information about the guide training series will be available at the lectures, or upon request. More inf: Call Martha Griesheimer at (563) 382-9681, x 305 or email her at

Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
March 27, 7:30 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is a fiddle trio that blends the traditions of Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands. Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall, and Kevin Henderson are known for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since the inception of the Bloc in early 2009. The performance takes place at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Road. Tickets are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members. Tickets and more info:

Maple and Spruce, Birch and Pine Performance by Moilina
March 31, 7:30 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Described as displaying “brilliance of sound, technical mastery, and stunning expressivity”, the violin duo Miolina makes their Scandinavia House and U.S. debut with a program of premieres. Musicians Mioi Takeda and Lynn Bechtold will perform new works written for Miolina by Swedish composer and sound artist Ann Rosén, Finnish composer Tomi Räisänen, and Lynn Bechtold, as well as other featured works by Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef and Swedish composers Cecilia Franke, Mauro Godoy Villalobos, and Katarina Leyman. The concert will be held at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. Tickets are $25, ASF members are $20. More info:

The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc in Concert
April 4, 7:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Seattle Folklore Society and Skandia Folkdance Society are excited to welcome back The Nordic Fiddler Bloc! This trio is well-known and loved by many in the Pacific Northwest. From the moment Kevin Henderson, Olav Luksengård Mjelva and Anders Hall of The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc first played together in 2009 they felt chemistry in the sound they created. Some seven hundred gigs later, playing across Scandinavia, mainland Europe, the U.S. and the UK, that chemistry continues. Join us at Phinney Center Concert Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the lower brick building, for what is to be sure a divine evening of music from these masterful musicians. Tickets are $20/$18/$10 in advance on Brown Paper Tickets and with no service charge at previous SFS concerts. SFS, Skandia and Phinney members receive the member rate. Tickets are $2 additional at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. More info and tickets:

The 2nd Annual Crow Wing Viking Festival
Aug. 29
Brainerd, Minn.
This family-friendly Viking Festival, to be held at Crow Wing County Fairgrounds, 2000 S.E. 13th St., features Viking-age crafts, costumes, weapons, mock battles, music, and games. The event strives to be authentic to the Viking age with the slogan, “Real Vikings. No Horns.” The popular conception of horned helmets originated with artists and an opera costume designer during the 19th century. Festival-goers will be able to see and try on replicas of actual Viking helmets. The Crow Wing Viking Festival is family-friendly! Admission is capped at $35 for a family. Battle reenactments are historically realistic but still appropriate for all. You will be able to buy tickets online. More info: .