Virtual Midsummer activities

Midsummer 2020 is shaping up to be like none other, and a number of organizations are trying to help make it memorable with opportunities for virtual celebrations! You needn't travel across states or "hålla tummorna" for the perfect weather this year ... there are events you can enjoy in your own backyard: 

  • Anders Zorn, Midsummer Dance, 1897. Oil on canvas. Photo: Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.
  • Glad Midsommar!

  • Swedish Midsummer ..Svensk Midsommar—flowers, singing and dancing into the never-ending night. Bildbyrån photo.
  • Thursday, June 18 @ 7 p.m.
    VIRTUAL nykelharpa concert: Amy Hakanson was first introduced to Swedish folk music and the nyckelharpa in 2008, when Väsen performed at the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival in Seattle. Her interest in Scandinavian music continued to grow, and in 2014 she bought her first nyckelharpa. In addition to the nyckelharpa, Amy plays the fiddle, Hardingfele, banjo, guitar, and is trained in classical violin.
    Get more concert info here:

  • With seven flowers in her hair... Bildbyrån photo.
  • Friday, June 19 @ 5 p.m.
    VIRTUAL Midsummer trivia night: Chicago’s Swedish American Museum has been hosting a game night based on the game "I should have known that" from Hygge Games. This week the questions will be centered around Midsummer. Ask your friends to join in an evening of fun trivia on Zoom!
    More info at:

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  • Saturday, June 20, 12-5 p.m.
    ASI’s Midsommar Celebration – At Home!
    American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis features two live Zoom sessions (free) as well as online resources for everyone to have their own Midsommar celebration at their home:

  • No Midsummer without a wreath in your hair.
  • Saturday, June 20 @ 2-3 p.m.
    VIRTUAL Midsommar concert with Sofia Talvik!
    Welcome to a unique live-streamed midsummer concert with Swedish singer/songwriter Sofia Talvik. Sofia will treat us to a mix of her originals as well as some favorite Swedish folk songs on Facebook. Get more info here:

  • This event is co presented by Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC, Consulate of Sweden in San Francisco, Swedish American Museum in Chicago, American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia and the International Nordic Museum in Seattle