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Midsommar Celebration 2018!

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Midsommar: Where anyone can be Swedish for a day – no Nordic heritage required!

Summer is short in Minnesota and the Nordic regions  - Midsommar welcomes back the warm weather with one of the most festive days of the year. It's a time to get outside and enjoy the high-point of the season. Whether you’re a festival regular, or just curious about what the holiday is all about, there is something for everyone at ASI's popular event. Celebrate the Swedish way by making a flower head-wreath, listening to live music, singing Swedish songs and dancing around the midsommar pole.


  • Learn what frogs say in Swedish! Join us when we raise the midsommar pole, then dance together in rings and sing to traditional midsommar tunes.
  • An outdoor stage with live music all day will feature Scandinavian folk music and special Swedish guests Maria & Anders Larsson.
  • Get your Swede on! There will be Nordic know-how sessions through the day, including kulokk (Norwegian herding calls) and birch bark love knot rings.
  • Family activities around every corner including story time, flower head wreath making, and a Midsommar Seek & Find.
  • 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.
  • Special pop-up shopping, including Swedish clogs from Troentorp/Baståd
  • Festival foods including the famous FIKA Hotdog, Strawberry Cake, and other treats available for purchase

How to Participate

Included in museum admission. Purchase tickets at the door.
$10 adults; $7 ages 62+; $5 ages 6-18 and students with ID; FREE for kids under age 6 and ASI members.* 
*No special discounts accepted during festivals. FIKA and Store hours reflect festival hours. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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.

Performance Schedule

10:00     ASI Male Chorus
10:00     Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble
10:30     ASI Cloudberries Choir
11:00     Allsång Sing-a-Long
11:00     Fiddles on Fire – indoors
11:30     Midsommar Pole Raising
Noon     ASI Spelmanslag fiddlers group
12:15     Vasa Jr. Folk Dancers
12:30     Ole Olssons Oldtime Orkestra
1:15       Announcements 
1:30       Twin Cities Swedish Folk Dancers
1:30       Dancing at the Midsommar Pole 
2:00       Maria & Anders Larsson
3:00       Svea Singers
3:30       Dancing at the Midsommar Pole
4:00       Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir
4:30       Twin Cities Nyckelharpalag

Special Festival Menu from FIKA

Swedish Hot Dog – Mashed potato, mustard, lingonberry mostarda, dill pickle, chives - $10
Kids Hot Dog – Plain hot & bun, mustard & ketchup - $5
Beet Salad – Cucumber, onion jam, local greens, gjetost - $8
Salmon Cake – Greens, lemon aioli, radish, ramp vinaigrette - $12
Potato Salad – cornichon, celery, mustard seed, radish - $5
Strawberry Cake – chiffon cake, strawberries, whipped cream - $5
Cardamom Rolls - $3

Bottled Water, Strawberry Punch - $3
Aquavit Shots - $6
Carlsberg Beer - $6
Camina Spanish White Wine- $7
Rare Red Blend Wine - $7
White Sangria: Muscadet, Lemon Rum, Ginger, Apricot, and Lemon - $8