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    Aug 15, 2019

Cocktails at the Castle, Inspired by "The Vikings Begin" Exhibition, Set for Friday, September 13

MINNEAPOLIS—Cocktails at the Castle, the signature “museum party done right,” returns to the American Swedish Institute (ASI) with a Vikings-inspired evening on Friday, September 13, 7–11 p.m., 2019. This indoor/outdoor fall bash draws energy from The Vikings Begin exhibition, on view at ASI now through October 27.  The party is packed with local live music, plus rune carving demonstrations, ale-bowl turning, pop-up performances and a visit from the Raptor Center.  Awards will be given for the best Viking costume - so come in full regalia. Festival food and cocktails (of course) are on offer from the stellar FIKA Café.

General admission tickets are on sale now: $17 for ASI members and $20 for non-members (plus fees). Buy through For more information, call 612-871-4907. ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

Don’t miss this Norse night out on the town at the Twin Cities’ only Castle! Music for the September 13 Cocktails at the Castle features a group of female vocal powerhouses. The haunting Half Tramp, a 2019 City Pages "Picked to Pop" artist, leads off with her "gift for mood-making rarely found in the local ranks." Twin Cities’ favorite Monica LaPlante brings her brand of garage rock/pop loaded with class and charm. Aby Wolf, one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the Midwest and frequent collaborator with such notables as Dessa and The New Standards, sets the atmospheric, nocturnal tone.

Throughout the night, watch for pop-up performances by Folktopia and O’Shea Irish Dance, and visit The Vikings Begin exhibition, installed in ASI’s Osher Gallery and the historic Turnblad Mansion. Cap the evening off with an inside dance party fueled by DJ power-duo Pink Rink.

TICKETS: Cocktails at the Castle, Friday, September 13, 7–11 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now. Advance Tickets: $17 for ASI members and $20 general public admission (plus ticket fees). Buy online at ASI members must enter the promotional code to get the discount (to get the code check Posten, ASI’s member publication listing, or contact the Member/Donor Services Coordinator at before hitting the purchase button. If space is still available on the night of the event, $25 tickets may be purchased at the door. This event is limited to those age 21or older. All guests must present valid ID upon entry. For faster night-of concession lines, bring cash, although most stations will accept credit cards. Cocktails at the Castle regularly sells out, so act early.

THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE (ASI) is a vibrant arts and cultural organization, museum and historic home located at 2600 Park Avenue near downtown Minneapolis.  ASI 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.  The Wall Street Journal called ASI “[a] model of how a small institution can draw visitors through exciting programming.” For tickets, visit or call 612-871-4907.

ASI MUSEUM HOURS:  Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Noon–5 p.m.; Wednesday, Noon-8 p.m.; Saturday,    10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon–5 p.m. Closed Monday.  

Regular museum admission: $10 adults, $7 ages 62 +, $5 ages 6–18 and full-time students with ID. Free for ASI members and kids ages 5 and under.

FIKA, ASI’s award-winning café, is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (full menu served 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.); Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m. (full menu served 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.); Sunday, 11 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.  (full menu served 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

The ASI MUSEUM STORE is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.  Sunday, Noon–5 p.m.

Cocktails at the Castle Supporters: 

The media partner is the Star Tribune.  Event sponsor is O.P. Anderson Aquavit


Vikings Exhibition Supporters

Gustavianum, Uppsala University Museum (exhibition producer)

Uppsala’s largest university museum cares for the University’s magnificent collections of archaeological objects, coins, art, historic scientific instruments, and much more. Our role has three main dimensions: our museum building, Gustavianum, is a place for collaboration between the University and the rest of society; our exhibitions and program of events are inspired by, and reflect, the University’s collections and research at Uppsala University; and we ensure that our collections are accessible for research and teaching at the University and other institutes of higher education, not just in Sweden but also in other countries. In addition, we endeavor to be a resource for the careers and competence development of University students, through our work experience placements and by offering part-time employment in various parts of the organization. For more information, please visit

About Viking® (

Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first three years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 68 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisure honors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit

This exhibition is produced by the Gustavianum Museum, Uppsala University, and is presented by Viking® ( Lead support is provided by Svenska Sällskapet, Värde Partners, Vikings Museum (Minnesota Vikings) and Swedish Council of America. Major support is provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Karin Larson, Ron and Carla Monson in honor of the Växjö Vikings, Charles and Myrna Smith, and ASI’s members and donors. ASI’s hotel partner is the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot. The exhibition’s media partner is the Star Tribune.



Minnesota artist activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.

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