Scandinavian Hjemkomst and Midwest Viking Festival
The 41st annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst and Midwest Viking Festival is poised for a major celebration of Nordic cultures this year, from the myths of Valhalla through medieval Europe and our own American frontier, as 2018 marks an exciting development in our festival’s history. Commemorating the namesake of our museum, the Hjemkomst Viking ship, and looking to build on the success of last year’s 40th anniversary, we’re offering more fantastic Nordic culture and highlighting Scandinavian shipbuilding with our visiting master artist Jay Haavik, a world-class woodcarver and the lead on the Saga Oseberg ship replica currently housed in the Oslo Viking Ships Museum. We expect this festival to continue its outstanding growth into a major regional event, and it’s all taking place this summer on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.
Inside we’ll be highlighting Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Saami, and Danish cultures, giving visitors the chance to walk through the North countries in just one building. Shoppers will delight in our Scandinavian Village, where we’re hosting vendors, educators, and entertainers sharing their stories and their wares. Rosemaling, wood carvings, jewelry, clothing, and even home furniture are just a few things you’ll be able to take home (many from the Old Country); and we’ll be featuring musical performers and storytellers on any of our 8 stages throughout each day.
In the auditorium we’ll be offering dozens of delicious Nordic and Nordic-American dishes, from aebelskiver to lefse to lutefisk, and the museum will be full of art demonstrations and musical performances.
Outside we’re gathering craftspeople, musicians, and living historians for our assembled Viking Village, where we bring you back to Viking Age Europe — the start of many of the weekend’s traditions. Our Vikings will, too, demonstrate their arts and crafts for both interested shoppers and learners, and they’ll be showing and selling glass beads, coins, silver jewelry, chainmail, Runes, fiber production, wood carving, pottery, and a variety of Viking games. Indoor and outdoor battle demonstrations are scheduled for Friday and Saturday as well.
HammerHeart Brewing will again be taking care of our thirsty hordes in the beer garden, which will also feature this year saunas in Log the Mobile Sauna.
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2017 Schedule and Menu
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Festival admission per day is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and FREE for children under 12 years of age when accompanied by 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/.
This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.
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.
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 us at (218) 299-5511, ext. 6738, for any questions.
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, where MatBus shuttles will run throughout the day to pick up and drop off festival goers.