Scandinavian Hjemkomst and
Midwest Viking Festivals
June 23 – 24, 2017
The Midwest Viking Festival and the annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival are joining forces again to present a celebration of Nordic cultures from the myths of Valhalla through medieval Europe and the American frontier to today. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival and we’re featuring Norway, so expect the biggest celebration we’ve offered under this name on Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, Minn.
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. 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.
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.
We will be providing audio description, human guides, American Sign Language interpreters, assistive listening devices and print materials in alternative formats upon request. Please contact Sherry Shirek to reserve/request accommodations no later than June 16th at 701-781-3055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodations are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council , thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Festival admission per day is $15, with children under twelve 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.