Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Celebrates Solstice In Estes Park June 24-26

Colorful attire, flowers, crafts, music, dancing around the midsummer pole, tasty treats and fun for the whole family highlight the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival this weekend, June 24, 25 and 26. Scandinavians celebrate the summer solstice, the longest sunlight day of the year, with a festival of light, flowers, food and music.

This is the 24th year for the festival that occurs in Bond Park at the intersection of Elkhorn Avenue (Estes Park’s main street) and MacGregor Avenue in the middle of downtown Estes Park. The festival opens late Friday afternoon, June 24 from 4 to 9 p.m. with contemporary Scandinavian music and dancing in the Beer Garden. Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, the festival takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission to enjoy the festival.
Visitors can pay homage to the Scandinavia culture by purchasing a Danish or a handmade craft at one of the many art and craft booths. Some exhibitors will be selling traditional Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and traditional art. The folk art of decorative painting on wood, called rosemaling in Norway and dalmaling in Sweden, will be well represented. Other exhibitors will have handcrafted items, such as pottery, fabric, woodworking, jewelry, painting, metal work, photography, glass and more. All the offerings are inspired by the richly cultural region of Scandinavia.

In the Cultural Tent children and adults can paint a Swedish dala horse, make a flower crown wreath, and watch traditional crafts being demonstrated. One can see demonstrations on how to prepare the famous thin Norwegian potato pancakes at the Lefse Demonstration Tent, and can experience the roots of Scandinavian heritage at the Fjelborg Viking Encampment. The historically correct re-enactment camp will feature swordsmanship, a Viking boat, traditional crafts and daily life displays. Anyone wearing a traditional or Viking costume to the festival is invited to participate in the highly entertaining Fashion Show, held each day.

This is the 24th year for the festival that occurs in Bond Park at the intersection of Elkhorn Avenue (Estes Park’s main street) and MacGregor Avenue in the middle of downtown Estes Park. The festival opens late Friday afternoon, June 24 from 4 to 9 p.m. with contemporary Scandinavian music and dancing in the Beer Garden. Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, the festival takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no admission to enjoy the festival.
Visitors can pay homage to the Scandinavia culture by purchasing a Danish or a handmade craft at one of the many art and craft booths. Some exhibitors will be selling traditional Scandinavian food, baked goods, decorations and traditional art. The folk art of decorative painting on wood, called rosemaling in Norway and dalmaling in Sweden, will be well represented. Other exhibitors will have handcrafted items, such as pottery, fabric, woodworking, jewelry, painting, metal work, photography, glass and more. All the offerings are inspired by the richly cultural region of Scandinavia.

In the Cultural Tent children and adults can paint a Swedish dala horse, make a flower crown wreath, and watch traditional crafts being demonstrated. One can see demonstrations on how to prepare the famous thin Norwegian potato pancakes at the Lefse Demonstration Tent, and can experience the roots of Scandinavian heritage at the Fjelborg Viking Encampment. The historically correct re-enactment camp will feature swordsmanship, a Viking boat, traditional crafts and daily life displays. Anyone wearing a traditional or Viking costume to the festival is invited to participate in the highly entertaining Fashion Show, held each day.

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