MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The American Swedish Institute kicks off summer festivities with its annual, outdoor Midsommar Celebration on Saturday, June 15, 2019. ASI is located at 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55407. For ticket information and additional details, visit ASImn.org or call 612-871-4907.
Midsommar, on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is a tradition that dates from ancient times as a moment to welcome back warm weather and the growing season. Similar to festivals in today’s Sweden, ASI’s event includes making fresh flower head-wreaths, live music, singing Swedish songs and dancing around a greenery decorated Midsommar pole. After raising the midsommarstång (midsummar pole), it becomes the focus many of the day’s activities. Guest musicians include the Swedish Smålandslag and the Danish duo Teho. They will perform in addition to ASI’s artist groups Spelmanslag, Nyckelharpalag, the Cloudberries Choir, the TC Swedish Folk Dancers and the Vasa Jr. Folk dancers.
Families can participate in a Midsommar Seek and Find and story time. FIKA is serving festival food and all-age refreshments, plus offering a cash bar. Tap Minneapolis is supplying a complimentary water refill station. The ASI Museum Store will host a Pop-Up Shop featuring Troentorp/Baståd with Swedish clogs and footware, Egos of Copenhagen tennis shoes and slippers, Horredsmattan Swedish rugs and Dottir Jewelry, a local company. Don’t miss seeing The Vikings Begin exhibition in the Turnblad Mansion and in Osher Gallery.
Midsommar Admission: The 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: $12 adults, $8 ages 62+, $6 ages 6-18 and full-time students with ID. Buy your tickets on the day of the event. No discounts or special museum passes accepted. *Note: The Store and FIKA’s hours will be the same as the festival on this day.