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Midsommar Celebration 2018

June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

Free – $10

The American Swedish Institute hosts its popular, annual outdoor Midsommar Celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 10am-5pm.

The Midsommar tradition dates from ancient times as a moment to welcome back summer and the growing season.  Similar to festivals in modern Sweden,  ASI’s event highlights making fresh flower head-wreaths, live music, and dancing around a greenery decorated Midsommar pole. Entrance is free for ASI members, and tickets for the general public are included with regular museum admission: $10 adult, $7 ages 62+, $5 ages 6-18 and students with ID.

Midsommar is a not only a chance for everyone to join in dancing and singing traditional Swedish songs, but to also see art in the Mansion and experience performing groups including Swedish guests Maria and Anders Larsson and Minnesota’s Ole Olsson’s Oldtime Orkestra.  Visitors can also check out ASI’s artist groups such as Spelmanslag, Nyckelharpalag, the Cloudberries Choir, the TC Swedish Folk Dancers and the Vasa Jr. Folk dancers. Other special offerings include family crafts, sessions in Nordic Know-How and Norwegian Cow Calling Kulokk  Workshops with Peggy Larson.

FIKA Café will serve festival food and family refreshments, plus offer a cash bar.  The ASI Museum Store will host a Pop-Up Shop featuring artist/community vendors.


10am ASI Male Chorus
10am Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble – Nelson Cultural Center (NCC)
10:30am ASI Cloudberries Choir
11am All Song Sing-a-Long
11am Fiddles on Fire (NCC)
11:30am Midsommar Pole Raising with the ASI Spelmanslag
12pm ASI Spelmanslag fiddlers group
12:15pm-1pm Vasa Jr. Folk Dancers (Larson Hall)
12:30pm Ole Olssons Oldtime Orkestra
1:15pm T.C. Swedish Folk Dancers (Larson Hall)
1:30pm Awarding of Lilly Lorenzen Scholarhip and Honoring Svenskarnas Dag royalty
1:30pm Dancing around the Midsommar Pole (Vasa Jr. Folk Dancers & Musicians)
2pm  Swedish musical guest artists: Maria & Anders Larsson
3pm Svea Singers
3:20pm Dancing around the Midsommar Pole with Hunky Dory Scandinavian All-Stars
4pm Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir
4:30pm  Nyckelharpalag

Ongoing Activities
See the current ASI exhibition The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson. Finnish artist Kim Simonsson’s mysterious, life-sized ceramic statues, including his “Moss People,” are installed throughout the Mansion and in Osher Gallery.

Nordic Know-How Sessions (every 30 minutes, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Midsommar for Dummies video, Cow Calling workshops, Family Story Time, Discover Sweden Bingo, Oh Snapvisor (Swedish drinking songs) and Knotted Love – birch bark ring making

Make and Play

  • Flower Head Wreaths and May Baskets (Mansion Lawn) Weave flowers into wreaths and crowns to harness nature’s magic and attract good health. Make your own May Day baskets.
  • Hej Lets Play (Mansion Lawn) Kids enjoy ASI’s play cart, Family Handcraft, Swedish Flowers Seek n’ Find,  Face painting and Swedish Kubb. Or spread out a quilt and take a nap!
  • Craft Alley (Historic driveway), folk craft demonstrations


Food and Drink by FIKA

  • Festival food from FIKA includes traditional Strawberry Cake, Swedish Hot Dogs and other special treats.
  • Refreshing beverages are available for the whole family, plus a cash bar with drinks, beer and wine for those age 21and older.

Special Midsommar Pop-Up Shop hosted by the ASI Museum Store

Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pop-Up Vendors include:

  • Troentorp/Båstad, playful, sustainably handmade Swedish clogs
  • B.E. Nelson Design – silver jewelry
  • Ruby 3 by Anna Lee, handmade hats and scarves


June 16, 2018
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Free – $10


American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55407 US
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