on Saturday June 24 & Sunday June 25
Festival Day Pass – Saturday $15 / Festival Day Pass – Sunday $10 / Free admission for kids under 16 / Free parking all weekend
Thousands of people visit the Scandinavian Community Centre every year to celebrate the traditions and festivities of Scandinavian Midsummer. In June 2022, after a 2-year absence due to the Pandemic, it will be the 25th time a Midsummer Festival will be arranged, with a weekend of fun-filled activities, living history and non-stop entertainment for the whole family.
The Midsummer Festival has always been proud to host a life-size Viking Village on the festival grounds where Vikings live, work, eat and play all weekend long. The Vikings share their Viking life, arts & crafts and culture – you never know what else may happen in the village! Vikings can be very unpredictable. You never know what they are going to do next – so this is something you don’t want to miss!
Traditional Scandinavian entertainment continues throughout the weekend with folk dancing, choirs, and cultural displays. Enjoy a salmon BBQ and Scandinavian foods such as Swedish meatballs and Danish smørrebrød and at the end of the day, put up your feet and cool off in the Valhalla beer garden.
There’s lots of fun kids activities throughout the weekend with carnival games, an Amazing Nordic Race, storytelling and much more!
Midsummer Breakfast on Sunday morning at 10am to 11.30am (in the Beer Garden).
The cock horse, more commonly known as the hobby horse, has been around since at least the 16th century. It’s usually a straight stick with a horse head made of wood or stuffed fabric, sometimes with a wheel on the bottom end. The “rider” holds it between their legs and pretends to be a horse or riding one. This will take place on Saturday afternoon.
In the olden days, in small town Finland, there was no social networking or internet dating – if a man wanted a woman from a neighbouring village he had to go and take her! This show of worthiness and determination – together with rumours and hearsay – evolved into the Wife Carrying Contest, where a “husband” carries a “wife” through an obstacle course for a prize.
Thank you all for supporting Nordic Cultural activities!