Swedish late summer traditions near you

When the long days of summer begin to wane, Swedes everywhere celebrate a century-old love affair with a clawed crustacean. 

  • Experience a Swedish end of summer tradition near you. For more info about the traditions, see An Ode to the Crayfish Most regional SACC (Swedish American Chambers of Commerce in the U.S.) chapters will celebrate a crayfish party as will many local SWEA chapters, SWEA International

  • Pennsylvania: American Swedish Historical Museum and SACC Philadelphia Summer Crayfish Party, Friday, August 17, 2016 at 6:30pm. Admission to the Crayfish Party is $50 for members of the ASHM or SACC-Philadelphia and $60 for non-members. To reserve your space, call 215-389-1776 or buy tickets online at www.americanswedish.org/calendar.htm. Reservations are required by August 13, 2018. No refunds after RSVP date.

  • Wisconsin: You have two options; on Aug. 16 Wisconsin Public Radio & Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay celebrate summer with a Crayfish Sommerfest. For more info, see Crayfish Sommerfest in Sister Bay. Then, on Aug. 25 Linde Lodge No. 492 invites you to a fun and exciting Swedish style Kräftskiva at the home of Liza & Rolf Ekstrand. Information and RSVP: lekstrand@wi.rr.com

  • Minnesota: Crayfish Party at the American Swedish Institute August 24. www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/kraftskiva-crayfish-party-2018

  • Oregon: Broder Söder at Nordic Northwest is organizing a 'Kräftskiva' on August 24: www.nordicnorthwest.org/0824181 (New Sweden & Scandia's Kräftskiva is already on Aug. 4, Kräftskiva at Fogelbo)

  • Check for a crayfish celebration near you by visiting www.nordstjernan.com/calendar and check your local SWEA Chapter or Swedish American Chamber of Commerce.