Midsummer in Swedish America

From sea to shining sea, Swedish Americans gather to celebrate the longest night of the year. 

  • "Midsommarkrans" at Midsommar in New York's Battery Park. Photo: Dag Bennstrom.
  • For a brief introduction to Swedish Midsummer, including a handful of recipes, see Svensk Midsommar'


    Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles
    30 Jun 2012 5:00 PM– 10:00 PM
    Annual Midsummer Shrimp Feast at Nansen Field. All you can eat of you- peel shrimp and other delicious food will be offered. Live music and dancing. Reservations! For more info www.nansenfield.org or call Sue Berlin (310) 869-4337 or NansenField@yahoo.com

  • Midsommar in New York's Battery Park. Photo: Dag Bennstrom.
  • House of Sweden, San Diego
    24 Jun 2012 8:00 AM–4:00 PM
    Breakfast and Maypole decorating. midsummer celebration. More info www.houseofsweden.us pat.coffey@cox.net or call 619-300-1738

  • Raising of the Maypole in Lindsborg, Kansas
  • Petaluma
    23 Jun 2012 11:00 AM
    Linnea Lodge #504s Midsummer Festival at the home of Lorentz and Bonnie Koagedal. Decorating of the Maypole and a traditional Swedish potluck lunch, bring a dish for 6-8 people. For more info koagedal@comcast.net or call 707-763-7728

  • Maypole in Jamestown, NY at the Scandinavian Folk Festival.
  • Sveadal, Morgan Hill
    23 Jun 2012 10:00 AM–11:30 PM
    Swedish American Patriotic League 118th Midsummer Celebration. Maypole, dancing, music & Dinner. More info www.sveadal.org Email midsummertickets@.sveadal.org or call 408-782-4631

  • Raising of the Maypole in Lindsborg, Kansas
  • Vasa Park Agoura
    24 Jun 2012 8:00 AM –6:00 PM
    The Swedish American Central Association Annual Midsummer Festival. Maypole, dancing, singing, Children’s Games. Info www.vasapark.org, email: janehendricks@att.net or call 213 364-4425

  • Glad Midsommar / Happy Midsummer. Photo from a trip along Göta Kanal, courtesy Rederi AB Göta Kanal.
  • Colorado

    Estes Park
    23 Jun 2012 - 24 Jun 2012 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Scandinavian midsummer celebration with Maypole, Scandinavian food, crafts, dancing, music and Viking re-enactors. More info www.estesmidsummer.com, email: info@estesmidsummer.com or bouldercathy@msn.com or call 303-449-9596

  • Connecticut

    23 Jun 2012 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Annual Midsummer Fest at The Scandinavian Club. Maypole, music, dance and games for kids. More info www.thescandinavianclub.com or Wivan Sundman bullarmaker@yahoo.com or 203-685-0774

  • Fairfield
    24 Jun 2012 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Annual St Hans Midsummer Fest at The Scandinavian Club. BBQ and Bonfire. More info www.thescandinavianclub.com.

  • Delaware

    23 Jun 2012 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM
    Midsommar Fest at the American Swedish Historical Society. More info www.colonialnewsweden.org

  • Florida

    Fort DeSoto, St. Petersburg
    23 Jun 2012 4:00 PM
    Midsommar with Swedish Club of Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Maypole. Swedish food “Knytkalas”, “Fiskdamm” and “Tipsrunda”. More info www.swedishclubtampabay.org or swedishclubtampabay@gmail.com or Facebook: Swedish club of Tampa bay

  • Georgia

    Heritage Green, Sandy Springs
    24 Jun 2012 11:00 AM - 3.00 PM
    SACC Georgia Traditional Swedish Midsummer Party. Swedish smorgasbord, dance around the midsummer pole, snaps and singing. RSVP 770-670-2480, or info@sacc-georgia.org. More info http://sacc-georgia.org/pdf/midsummer_2012_invitation.pdf or info@sacc-georgia.org

  • Illinois

    8 Jun 2012 5:00 PM - 10 Jun 2012 10.30 PM
    47th Annual Midsommarfest. Maypole, Swedish Music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, delicious food and ethnic dance troupes and cutting-edge bands. Info: www.andersonville.org/midsommarfest

  • Bishop Hill
    23 Jun 2012 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
    Music Festival and Midsommar Celebration. Music for the whole family. Procession to the Colony School. Decoration and dancing around the Maypole, Barn Dance. Info www.bishophill.com or Call 309-927-3899 or 309-927-3345

  • Chicago
    9 Jun 2012 11:00 AM – 10 Jun 2012 4:00 PM
    Come celebrate Midsommar at the The Swedish American Museum. Traditional Swedish music and dancing around the Maypole!  Info www.swedishamericanmuseum.org

  • Good Templer Park, Geneva
    17 Jun 2012 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Swedish Days, Geneva’s 101th Midsommar Festival. Arts & Crafts Fair, Folk Dancers, Maypole Celebration, Live Scandinavian Music, Children’s Choir  Info: www.swedishday.net, email: SwedishDay@gmail.com or call 847-845-2640

  • Geneva
    19 Jun 2012 – 24 Jun 2012
    Annual Midsummer Festival - Swedish Days. Parade, great food, carnival rides, live music, a craft show and many children’s games. More info: Ph 630-232-6060 or www.genevachamber.com

  • Rockford
    16 Jun 2012 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Swedish Historical Society hosts Midsommar Festival at the Erlander Museum. Maypole and entertainment, Swedish food & market, kid’s activities. More info 815-966-1218, email: bkhammar@comcast.net or www.swedishhistorical.org

  • Vasa Park, South Elgin
    23 Jun 2012 2:00 PM - 9 PM
    7th Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration. Maypole, dancing, Children’s Parade, KUBB instruction. More info: www.vasaparkil.com

  • Iowa

    Iowa City
    23 Jun 2012 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Iowa City Swedish Club Midsommar Fest. More info: http://web.me.com/robertcoffman2513/IowaCity_Swedish_Club/Current_Program.html or jswan52246@aol.com 319-338-9129 or jsmadsen@mchsi.com 319-351-2595

  • Swedesburg
    29 Jun 2012 7:00 PM
    Swedish Heritage Society Midsummer Fest. Majstång with dancing and Swedish folk songs. More info www.swedishheritagesociety.org, email: swedish@iowatelecom.net or call 319-254-2317

  • Kansas

    16 Jun 2012 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Midsummer’s Festival. May pole, Music, Scandinavian style food, Kubb, Folk Dancers, fun run, Arts & Crafts. More info www.midsummersfestival.org, email: cvbdir@lindsborgcity.org or call 888.227.2227

  • Maine

    New Sweden
    22 Jun 2012 9:00 AM – 24 Jun 2012 2:00 PM
    New Sweden Historical Society 141th Midsommar Celebration. Maypole, Dancing, Fun and Food. More info www.maineswedishcolony.info

  • Michigan

    Grand Rapids
    23 Jun 2012 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    SAHS/WM Midsummer Fest. Dancing around the maypole, music, games, Scandinavian food, raffle Advance Reservation: More info call 616-458-0420 or www.sahswm.org or info@sahswm.org
    Farmington Hills
    23 Jun 2012 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Swedish Club of Metropolitan Detroit’s Midsummer Celebration. Dancing around the maypole, music, Swedish Pancakes. For more info www.swedishclub.net or call 734 459 0596.

  • Minnesota

    Lancaster City Park,
    20 Jun 2012 2:00 PM
    Midsommar Fest with Maypole, Ringdance, Music and Smorgasbord. Agassiz Swedish Heritage Society. More info: Marilyn Gustafson 218-843-2655, Lyndon Johnson 218-843-2834 or Matt Edman 218-965-4854.

  • Minneapolis
    12 Jun 2012 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    13 Jun 2012 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

    Midsommar Music and Magic Preschool Program at American Swedish Institute. Sing and dance around the maypole, learn about the magic of midsommar flowers, and make your own maypole and midsommar headwreaths. For more info: www.asimn.org or Call 612-871-4907

  • Minneapolis
    23 Jun 2012 7:00 PM
    The Nordic Singers Midsummer Concert at Minnehaha Academy. The Nordic Singers will perform a concert of Scandinavian music For more info: www.asimn.org or Call 612-871-4907

  • Minnehaha Falls Park, Minneapolis
    24 Jun 2012 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    79th annual Svenskarnas dag Midsommar. Swedish entertainment, Maypole, singing, dancing and food, More info www.svenskarnasdag.com or noble.ted66@gmail.com or 612-825-8808

  • Moorhead
    22 Jun 2012 – 23 Jun 2012 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    The 35th Annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival. Music & Dance, Scandinavian entertainment, Viking Village, children’s activities. More info www.NordicCultureClubs.org or www.hcscconline.org, email ann@nordiccultureclubs.org or call 218-299-5452

  • Nisswa
    8 Jun 2012 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM – 9 Jun 2012 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    13th Annual Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival. 100 folk musicians performing, day-long dancing, dance instruction, a cultural children’s activity/performance tent, and great Scandinavian food. More info http://www.nisswastamman.org/ email: pwilson@brainerd.net  or Call 218-764-2994 

  • Scandia
    23 Jun 2012 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Gammelgården Museum Midsommar Dag Celebration. Majstång, dance, children’s activities & food. Info www.gammelgardenmuseum.org, email: museum@gammelgardenmuseum.org or 651-433-5053

  • Nebraska

    15 Jun 2012 11:00 AM – 17 Jun 2012 7:00 PM
    Stromsburg 60th Swedish Midsummer Festival. Traditional Swedish Cuisine, games, Viking Festival, Swedish Dancers and entertainment. For more info www.theswedishfestival.com, Email: theswedishfestival@gmail.com or Call 402-764-5265

  • New Jersey

    Vasa Park, Budd Lake
    23 Jun 2012 11:00 AM – 8:30 PM
    Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration by SAHS. Scandinavian Vendors, Food, Maypole, Folkdancing. Musical entertainment, Children’s Activities. More info SAHSNJ@aol.com, call 201-262-4074 or www.sahsnj.org

  • New York

    Throggs Neck, Bronx
    16 Jun 2012 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    72th Annual SWEDEN DAY – Midsommar celebration at Manhem Club. More info www.swedenday.com or Call Sweden Day 516-565-2091

  • Scandinavia House, New York
    20 Jun 2012 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Aannual Nordic Midsummer Celebration, featuring music by the Swede Beat, extended gallery hours More info www.scandinaviahouse.org or Call 212-779-3587

  • Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park, Battery Park City, New York
    22 Jun 2012 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Swedish Midsummer Festival. Swedish delicacies, traditional music, folk dancing, decorating of May pole and wreath making. For more info www.bpcparks.org or www.swedenabroad.com

  • Melville, Long Island, New York
    2 Jun 2012 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Swedish Midsummer on Long Island. dancing around the “Majstång,” Live music, midsommarkrans, kids games, raffles. For more info www.facebook.com/districtfour email: lindberghlodge@aol.com or call 718-415-0602

  • North Carolina

    9 Jun 2012 4:00 PM
    The Carl Larsson Lodge and Friends of Scandinavia will celebrate Midsommar with decoration and dance around the Maypole, Music by The Spelmannslag. Bonfire and Scandinavian food. For more info call 919.544.6242 or rita.hollinghurst@gmail.com.

  • North Dakota

    Sertoma Park, Shelter#5, Bismarck
    21 Jun 2012 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Three Crowns Swedish-American Association will celebrate Midsommar Fest in Sertoma Park. Potluck.. For more info call 701-663-0569.

  • Ohio

    Blendon Woods Park, Westerville
    23 Jun 2012 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Scandinavian Club of Columbus, Ohio Midsummer fest. Picnic. Maypole, Scandinavian food, crafts and children’s activities, For more info www.scandiclub.com, email: paivirs@hotmail.com or lindner6@hotmail.com or call 614-825-4498

  • Oregon

    Oaks Park, Portland
    16 Jun 2012 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
    Portland Midsummer festival. By Scandinavian Heritage Foundation and the League of Swedish Societies. Maypole, Scandinavian food and crafts, Music, Dancing and children’s activities, For more info www.scanheritage.org, email: leif2845@comcast.net or call 503-244-3697.

  • Astoria
    22 Jun 2012– 24 Jun 2012
    Scandinavian Midsummer Festival - Over 45 years of Festival. Midsummer pole, Vikings, Scandinavian music, dance and theater groups, Scandinavian traditional handcrafts and food. For more info www.astoriascanfest.com

  • Pennsylvania

    23 Jun 2012 4:00 PM –7:30 PM
    ASHM’s annual Midsommar Fest. Music, dancing, traditional maypole, Swedish food, games and more! Info: www.americanswedish.org, info@ americanswedish.org or 215-389-1776

  • South Dakota

    22 Jun 2012 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Dalesburg Scandinavian Association 143rd Annual Midsommar celebration. Scandinavian smorgasbord, entertainment, arts and crafts, games, music, raising of the midsummer pole and ring dances. More info call 605-253-2575

  • Washington

    Vasa Park resort, Bellevue
    17 Jun 2012 9:00 AM– 3:30 PM
    Midsummer Festival with Swedish pancake breakfast, dancing and old fashioned recreation, Swedish food. Info www.vasaparkresort.com, email: sawink@comcast.net or call 425-746-3260

  • Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore
    24 Jun 2012 11:00 AM– 6:00 PM
    Midsommar Fest by Skandia Folkdance Society, Majstång and Långdans, music, dancing, Hemslöjdsmarknad, food and crafts. Info www.skandia-folkdance.org, email: info@skandia-folkdance.org or call 206-784-7470

  • Vermont

    24 Jun 2012 2:00 PM
    Nordic Harmoni’s annual Midsummer Festival. wreath making, decorating of May pole, food, songs by the chorus. For more info call Sven Johanson 802-824-6419

  • Wisconsin

    Folklore Village, Dodgeville
    5 July 2012– 8 July 2012
    Midsummer Festival - Workshops in Scandinavian and other dance, crafts from around the world, evening parties, music, children’s program, a Midsummer Majstång, Bonfire, and more. For more info http://folklorevillage.org/t2/home email: staff@folklorevillage.org or call 608-924-4000

  • Old World, Eagle
    23 Jun 2012 6:00 PM– 9:00 PM
    Midsummer Magic: Music, food, drinks, dancing and more. Info http://oldworldwisconsin.wisconsinhistory.org/, email: oww@wisconsinhistory.org or call 262-594-2922.

  • Old World, Eagle
    24 Jun 2012 10:00 AM– 3:00 PM
    Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin celebrating Midsummer. Decorating and Raising of the Maypole, wreath making for Children, Scandinavian Folk Dancers and Musicians. Info www.sahswi.org, email: wenz611@netzero.net or call 414-352-7890.

  • IKEA, wherever you are in the U.S.

    USA - 15 Jun 2012 4:30 PM– 8:30 PM
    Swedish Midsummer party at all IKEA Restaurants with an all you can eat Buffet! For more information: Contact your local IKEA store.

  • No Celebration listed close to you? For continuous info from all the U.S., see events at www.nordstjernan.com. Also, find your local SWEA chapter by going to www.swea.org - almost every SWEA organization will celebrate this day.