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    May 10, 2018

Midsommar Celebration June 16 at American Swedish Institute

Midsommar Celebration, Saturday, June 16 at American Swedish Institute, Showcases Music, Dancing, Shopping & FIKA’s Festival Food

Featured performers include Swedish guest musicians, and the local Spelmanslag fiddlers,  and ASI’s folk dancers and choirs. The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson exhibition is on view now until July 15, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—The American Swedish Institute hosts its popular, annual outdoor Midsommar Celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from10 a.m. to 5 p.m., offering all-day fun for people of all ages.  The Midsommar tradition dates from ancient times as a moment to welcome back summer and the growing season.  Similar to festivals in modern Sweden,  ASI’s event highlights making fresh flower head-wreaths, live music and dancing around a greenery decorated Midsommar pole. Entrance is free for ASI members, and tickets for the general public are included with regular museum admission: $10 adult, $7 ages 62+, $5 ages 6-18 and students with ID. Buy your tickets day-of the event. No discounts or special museum passes accepted. The ASI is located at 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN  55407.  For more, visit or call 612-871-4907.

Midsommar is a not only a chance for everyone to join in dancing and singing traditional Swedish songs, but to also see art in the Mansion and experience performing groups including Swedish guests Maria and Anders Larsson and Minnesota’s Ole Olsson’s Oldtime Orkestra.  Visitors can also check out ASI’s artist groups such as Spelmanslag, Nyckelharpalag, the Cloudberries Choir, the TC Swedish Folk Dancers and the Vasa Jr. Folk dancers. Other special offerings include family crafts, sessions in Nordic Know-How and Norwegian Cow Calling Kulokk  Workshops with Peggy Larson.

FIKA Café will serve festival food and family refreshments, plus offer a cash bar.  The ASI Museum Store will host a Pop-Up Shop featuring artist/community vendors. During the Midsommar Celebration and until July 15, 2017,  ASI’s current exhibition The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson will be on view in the Mansion and in Osher Gallery. It continues ASI’s 2018 year of The Handmade.



  • 10:00               ASI Male Chorus
  • 10:00               Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble – Nelson Cultural Center (NCC)
  • 10:30               ASI Cloudberries Choir
  • 11:00               All Song Sing-a-Long
  • 11:00               Fiddles on Fire (NCC)
  • 11:30               Midsommar Pole Raising with the ASI Spelmanslag
  • Noon               ASI Spelmanslag fiddlers group
  • 12:15-1:00        Vasa Jr. Folk Dancers (Larson Hall)
  • 12:30               Ole Olssons Oldtime Orkestra
  • 1:15                 T.C. Swedish Folk Dancers (Larson Hall)
  • 1:30                 Awarding of Lilly Lorenzen Scholarhip and Honoring Svenskarnas Dag royalty
  • 1:30                 Dancing around the Midsommar Pole (Vasa Jr. Folk Dancers & Musicians)
  • 2:00                 Swedish musical guest artists: Maria & Anders Larsson
  • 3:00                 Svea Singers
  • 3:30                 Dancing around the Midsommar Pole with Hunky Dory Scandinavian All-Stars
  • 4:00                 Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir
  • 4:30                 Nyckelharpalag

Ongoing Activities

See the current ASI exhibition The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson. Finnish artist Kim Simonsson’s mysterious, life-sized ceramic statues, including his “Moss People,” are installed throughout the Mansion and in Osher Gallery.

Nordic Know-How Sessions (every 30 minutes, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) Midsommar for Dummies video, Cow Calling workshops, Family Story Time, Discover Sweden Bingo, Oh Snapvisor (Swedish drinking songs) and Knotted Love - birch bark ring making

Make and Play

  • Flower Head Wreaths and May Baskets (Mansion Lawn) Weave flowers into wreaths and crowns to harness nature’s magic and attract good health. Make your own May Day baskets.
  • Lets Play (Mansion Lawn) Kids enjoy ASI’s play cart, Family Handcraft, Swedish Flowers Seek n’ Find,  Face painting and Swedish Kubb. Or spread out a quilt and take a nap!
  • Craft Alley (Historic driveway), folk craft demonstrations

Food and Drink by FIKA

  • Festival food from FIKA includes traditional Strawberry Cake, Swedish Hot Dogs and other special treats.
  • Refreshing beverages are available for the whole family, plus a cash bar with drinks, beer and wine for those age 21and older.

Special Midsommar Pop-Up Shop hosted by the ASI Museum Store

Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pop-Up Vendors include:

  • Båstad, playful, sustainably handmade Swedish clogs
  • B.E. Nelson Design – silver jewelry
  • Ruby 3 by Anna Lee, handmade hats and scarves

Midsommar Admission

The Midsommar Celebration is FREE for ASI members, as a thank you to our valued supporters. Become a member on Midsommar day and your admission is covered! For the general public, the festival is included with regular museum admission: $10 adult, $7 ages 62+, $5 ages 6-18 and students with ID. Buy your tickets day-of the event. No discounts or special museum passes accepted. For more information, visit or call 612-871-4907.

THE AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE is a museum and cultural center that is a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment and the arts, 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.” ASI is located at 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, 55418. 

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. 

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

*Please Note – FIKA and the ASI Museum Store will be open only during festival hours from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on June 16 during the Midsommar Celebration

*FIKA, ASI’s award winning café, is open regularly Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday:  8:30 a.m. –5 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.–8 p.m.  Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

*The ASI MUSEUM STORE’s regular hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. –5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m. –8 p.m.  Sunday,  Noon-5 p.m.


Special thanks to ASI contributing members and donors. Their ongoing contributions help make our programs, exhibitions and community work possible. ASI Sponsors include the Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot.

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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