The 82nd annual Scandinavian Heritage Foundation Midsummer Festival takes place this Saturday, June 26th at the German American Cultural Center (7901 SE Division).
Scandinavians have a long tradition of celebrating the Summer Solstice with bonfires or raising of the Maypole (Majstång). Here in Portland that tradition has been celebrated for 82 continuous years at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.
Midsummer in Scandinavia’s northern climate is the biggest coming out celebration of the year and everyone is invited. At Portland’s Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, it is a celebration of fertile fields, warmer and longer days with games, dancing, food, Scandinavian crafts and of course the raising of the Maypole.
However, Scandinavian roots are not required to celebrate at this summer solstice festival. As all people of Nordic descent know, it’s always a fun, family friendly and important day with century old traditions.
And there’s a beer garden, Scandinavian food, and vendors! Also Viking re-enactors and music, dance, and games for the kiddies. Admission is only $6 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12 years old. Visit the event website for the entertainment schedule. Sigtuna Brass Band (Sweden), Pekka & Perttu Accordianists (Finland), and the Karelian Folk Ensemble will all be there (after all just appearing at the Astoria Scanfest last weekend).