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  • May 13, 2013

ASI's Midsommar Celebration June 15


The American Swedish Institute Kicks off Summer with Family Festival Saturday, June 15

MINNEAPOLIS —The American Swedish Institute (ASI) will host its Midsommar Celebration on its expanded Minneapolis campus, Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  ASI’s day-long outdoor festival is inspired by similar celebrations held across Sweden and Europe marking the arrival and joy of summer.

This not to be missed day of family activities will feature singing, dancing, flower head-wreath making….and even a mini-golf course!  In conjunction with the festival, ASI opens a summer exhibition of new glass art from Sweden, Pull, Twist, Blow-Transforming the Kingdom of Crystal, expert glass blowers will be on-site giving demonstrations of their craft.


  • Raising of the Midsommar pole, singing and dancing
  • Performances by Västgöta Nations Manskör Korgossarna, the internationally renowned men’s chorus from Sweden and many local groups throughout the day, including ASI’s own Spelmanslag (fiddlers club)
  • Conversations with Ingalena Klenell, the master glass blower from Sweden whose enchanting glass forest entitled “Homeland” will be unveiled at ASI as part of the new exhibit Pull, Twist, Blow-Transforming the Kingdom of Glass
  • Handcraft Ally with demonstrations by Minnesota Artists
  • Fun festival food for purchase including a special Midsommar plate of pickled herring and boiled new potatoes with dill, and hot dogs for adults and kids alike with special Swedish-inspired toppings.
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Stand
  • Ice Cream handcrafted and dished up by Pumphouse Creamery
  • The Midsommar Flea Market, hosted by the ASI Museum Shop, will offer unique gifts with a Nordic twist designed to delight those of all ages.

Midsommar Celebration is included with museum admission ($7 adult, $6 ages 62+, $4 ages 6-18 and students with ID; free for ASI members) and can be purchased the day of the event.

The American Swedish Institute is located at 2600 Park Avenue South, Minneapolis.


The American Swedish Institute (ASI) is a vibrant arts and culture organization and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis. ASI attracts more than 65,000 people each year for tours of the landmark 1908 Turnblad Mansion, exhibits, classes and events that connect the community to contemporary Nordic culture and cultural heritage. Founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaper publisher Swan J. Turnblad, ASI now serves as a gathering place for people to share stories and experiences around universal themes of tradition, migration, craft and the arts, all informed by enduring ties to Sweden. Museum hours: Tue., Thu., Fri., Sun. 12–5 p.m., Wed. 12–8 p.m., and Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Museum admission: $7, $6 ages 62+, $4 ages 6-18 and students with ID. For more information, visit

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