38th Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival and
Annual Midwest Viking Festival
June 26-27, 2015
2015 Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival Guide 2015
The Midwest Viking Festival and the annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival are joining forces again to present a celebration of Nordic culture from ancient times to today, June 26 and 27 at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, Minnesota. Visitors get two festivals for the price of one.
The Midwest Viking Festival is an outdoor gathering of craftsmen, musicians and living history enthusiasts, from throughout the upper Midwest, who specialize in bringing the Viking Age back to life. According to Jeff Swenson, the event coordinator of the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, there will be re-enactors dressed in period clothing, cooking over an open fire and demonstrating historic crafts.
Visitors will also experience other Viking activities including glass bead making, coin-striking, silver-smithing, runic reading/writing, chainmail production, blacksmithing, wood carving, fiber production, pottery making, and a variety of challenging Viking games. Indoor and outdoor battle demonstrations are scheduled for Friday and Saturday as well.
The Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival is a celebration of Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Danish Cultures. Visitors will have the chance to walk through the Hjemkomst Center discovering foods from all of the Scandinavian countries; sampling everything from lefse to pickled herring.
Shoppers will take delight in the wide array of items sold at the Scandinavian Marketplace. Rosemaling, wood carvings, jewelry, woolen clothing and even home furnishings are just a few things available to purchase.
To cap the festivities of the day, the Nordic Culture Clubs have organized a series of musical performances at area sites for no extra charge. Customers are able to indulge in Scandinavian delicacies while listening to professional Nordic musicians in some of the best venues the Fargo/Moorhead community has to offer.
Festival admission per day is Adults $10, youth (thirteen to seventeen) $5, and children under twelve are free with a paid adult. The Hjemkomst Center is at 202 1st Avenue North, Moorhead MN. For more information about the two-for-one festival, contact the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County at 218-299-5511 or contact the Nordic Culture Clubs at 218-299-5952 or their website at http://www.nordiccultureclubs.org/. #ScanVikFest
This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.
Parking at the Hjemkomst Center during the Festival is easy. We reserve the Hjemkomst Center Parking for the elderly and visitors with disabilities. All others are invited to park two blocks away at the Moorhead Center Mall, there are shuttles running continuously throughout the day to pick up and drop off festival goers. On Saturday ONLY American Crystal Sugar is available for parking. Thank you for your cooperation.
Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors and Supporters!
Special Thanks to Moorhead Community Access Media for producing the commercials!