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11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
St. Edward State Park
Kenmore, Washington



horn playerMidsommarfest, as presented by Skandia Folkdance Society, is a traditional Swedish celebration of the summer solstice, recreated in as authentic a manner as possible, complete with the 2:30 p.m. raising of a garlanded Midsommar pole, a serpentine dance around the pole, and hundreds of costumed musicians and dancers - traditions practiced in Sweden for centuries. Over the years since the 1959 inception of Skandia Midsommarfest, the festival has expand to include contributions from all the Nordic and Baltic countries so that the rich cultural diversity of all those lands can be experienced by Skandia Midsommarfest attendees.

Midsommarfest showcases a wealth of wonderful music and dancing by the music groupNorthwest's premier Nordic folk musicians and dancers (and this area boasts some of the best in the Western Hemisphere). Allspel time is 3:20 pm, immediately following the ceremonies at the pole.

A special focus of Midsommarfest is the Hemslöjdsmarknad - an avenue of traditional crafts where carefully selected crafts people demonstrate their skills and sell their wares. Traditional midsommar food and other Scandinavian delicacies will be offered. And a flower crown -- the classic midsommarkrans -- ready to decorate to your own taste, will add the finishing touch to your midsommar celebration.


Midsommarfest activities, including music, dancing, food and crafts, all begin a 11:00 a.m. The grand parade and raising of the majstång (garlanded midsommar pole) are at 2:30 p.m.


Spectators are invited to help hoist the 45-foot pole with their muscles or cheers, and then to join in the rousing långdans (serpentine running dance) around the pole, accompanied by the stirring music of massed musicians. Participation dancing follows on the main stage while entertainment, food, crafts activities and good times continue throughout the park grounds.



2016 Midsommarfest Admission Fees:


Link to special website for Skandia Midsommarfest planning

2016 Skandia Midsommarfest Program

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Top ten ways to have the most fun at Midsommarfest

2016 Skandia Midsommarfest Allspel Tunes

2016 Midsommarfest vendor information and application
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Words and music for the Midsommarfest ringlekar

Directions to St. Edward State Park

(Yahoo Map)

Photo Slideshows from past
Skandia Midsommarfest celebrations