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Cultural Events and Activities

Throughout the year we provide our members with many cultural events and activities.


2017 Event Calendar


Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, June 10

June 10 - Saturday, 11:00am-6pm, Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park, Portland. Scandinavians in traditional dress will greet visitors beginning at 11:00am. Food and crafts are available all day from local Nordic clubs, vendors, and artists. Two stages of entertainment and a beer garden promise continuous entertainment with live music and dancing, all with a Nordic flair. The Scandinavian of the Year Award will be given at 1:00 PM, and the Maypole will be raised at 2:00 PM - followed by festive dancing and singing!


Kraftskiva Crayfish Party, August 19

August 19, Saturday, 7:30pm - midnight. Annual Kraftskiva Crayfish Party, at Fogelbo. Potluck style with crayfish and Swedish meatballs provided. Recorded music and dancing. New Sweden, Scandia, and SVEA members: $20, non-members: $25. Tickets purchased in advance through Vicki Cole, 503-255-6697,

Swedish Language and Culture Camp, August 15-20

August 15-20 - Trollbacken, Swedish Language and Culture Camp for children, ages 7 - 13. Swedish language, arts & crafts, Swedish food, music, and dancing. Sports and activities. 503-296-4884


September 22, 7:30 PM. Sophia Talvik concert at Nordia House, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland. Produced jointly with Nordic Northwest. "Unmistakenly Nordic in flavor, Sofia somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original acoustic folk music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy in a visually-arresting solo presentation." Order tickets on-line at:, or phone 503-977-0275.


Craft Day and Holiday Celebration, November 19

Start the holiday season with a bit of hands on fun. Dip a candle, fold a star or felt a heart. If creating your own holiday decorations doesn't appeal, then come for the cookies, coffee and glogg, encourage the crafters, and visit with other members.

3:00 - 6:00pm, Sunday, November 19, West Hills Unitarian Church, 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland. No charge to members.

Call 503-663-2772 for more info.


Scan Fair, December 2 & 3

Dec 2 & 3 - Scandinavian Fair. Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Nordic Christmas during the holiday season! An event reminiscent of Christmas markets in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm, there are vendors, food, entertainment, games, and more.  Memorial Coliseum, Portland.

Lucia Fest, December 9

December 9 -3:00pm. New Sweden's Lucia Fest, at the historic First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder St., Portland. Tickets sold at the door.

Lucia Fest Flyer

Christmas Revels, December 16

Christmas Revels, "Nordic Lights, Celebration of the Winter Solstice" Saturday, December 16th, 2017, 1:00pm.

The Portland Revels is a not for profit Portland performing organization which has presented a Christmas program since 1994. The Christmas Revels has become a popular Portland tradition with singing, dancing, and interactive elements like "Lord of the Dance". Each year the event highlights a different part of the world or culture, presenting seasonal traditions.

The 2017 production, "Nordic Lights, Celebration of the Winter Solstice", is a mythical journey into the music, dance and traditions of Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. Based on an Icelandic myth, the production intertwines one of the most famous villains of Iceland, the ogress Gryla, with a Finnish story of a magical fox and the Northern Lights. The stunning choral and instrumental music spans the Nordic cultures and includes some well-known favorites along with many new discoveries. This year's music includes beautiful arrangements of folk songs, as well as new vocal works inspired by Nordic singing traditions.

New Sweden has reserved thirty seats for our members to attend the performance on Saturday, December 16th, 1:00pm, after which we'll venture to a nearby restaurant for refreshments and socializing.

By purchasing tickets as a group, we'll save 10% and the processing fee, but we need to make reservations by November 14 to get the discount.

Discounted ticket prices for the seats we have reserved are: Adults $40.50, Students (13-17yrs) $32.40,
Children (4-12yrs) $18.00.
Less expensive seats can be purchased through the box office at: 503-503-274-4654.
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017 1:00pm.
The performance is at St. Mary's School, 1615 SW 5th Ave., Portland, OR. 97201.
Please call Kristi at: 503-807-9808, to reserve your New Sweden group rate seat by November 14th.

For more info about Portland Revels visit their website at: