Saturday Events

SATURDAY
June 18, 2022


Please Note: These are the schedules from the 2022 Festival. Thanks to all who came! We will post the 2023 schedules just as soon as they become available.

MIDNIGHT SUN BREAKFAST
served by Scandinavian Café of Vancouver, WA
7-11:00 A.M., Exhibit Hall
Buffet: Norwegian Jarlsberg egg cake, Finnish Pyttipannu (Scandinavian pan-fried scramble of potato, onions, sausage & egg), Cardamom Coffee Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream,, Norwegian Rommegrot (sour cream porridge/pudding with cinnamon and sugar), Lefse (fresh off the griddle), Scandinavian cheese, Shrimp and salmon lox, Fresh assorted breads, Fruit, Fresh baked Danish pastry, Coffee, OJ, water. $15.00 (Kids 6 and under: $6)
(Menus are subject to change depending on ingredient availability in June.)

BOOTHS
9:00 A.M.-6:30 P.M., Arena (Some vendors may stay open to 9 PM.)
Visit the midsummer vendors to find specialty Scandinavian items and handcrafted treasures.  Many booths offer Scandinavian food items for your dining and snacking pleasure.
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RAFFLE TICKETS
9:00A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Be sure to buy raffle tickets for fine prizes donated by the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival Association and festival vendors.
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ENTERTAINMENT
10 A.M.-5:00 P.M., Arena
1-6:00 P.M., Exhibit Hall
There will be live Scandinavian themed entertainment and dancing on arena and exhibit hall stages throughout most of the day.  Pick up a festival program at the admission table or view one of the posted schedules to find your favorite band, singer, or dance troupe.
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EMPIRE OF CHIVALRY AND STEEL VIKING ENCAMPMENT
10–6:00 P.M., Outdoors
The Empire of Chivalry and Steel will hold an open house in their Viking encampment outdoors south of the Arena.  Costumed reenactors will demonstrate crafts, tournaments, armor making, and combat arts from the culture of the Middle Ages.

BEER GARDEN
11 A.M. - 11 P.M.
Adult beverages and a limited menu of snacks will be offered.

BARNEFEST
11 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Exhibit Hall (Saturday Only)
Young festival attendees can participate in children’s activities in the Barnefest area.  Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

OPTOG - FESTIVAL PARADE
11:30 A.M., festival grounds
Miss Scandinavia and her court, costumed dancers and entertainers, representatives from the Scandinavian lodges, and family groups will parade through the arena and festival grounds to the outdoor stage for the Flag Raising and Midsummer Pole ceremony. The Grand Marshal will be named soon.

FLAG RAISING
12:00 Noon, East Lawn/Midsummer Pole

Come and hear the national songs of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden while Miss Scandinavia and her court assist in the pageantry of the raising of the flags of these Scandinavian countries. (In case of rain, flag raising will be moved to the Exhibit Hall.)

MIDSUMMER POLE RAISING & DANCING
12:30 P.M (Approx.) East Lawn/Midsummer Pole
Watch local men and sturdy women (and volunteers!) skillfully raise the Midsummer Pole.  The Polka Dots will play live music for dancing around the Midsummer Pole led by Christine Smith and the VASA Swedish Dancers. All are welcome to join in!

TUG OF WAR
1 P.M., East Lawn/Midsummer Pole
Teams of eight will vie to be champion. Participants must be in good health and sign a waiver.

KUBB EXHIBITION AND TOURNAMENT
1:30-3:30 P.M., in front of the Midsummer Pole
Kubb is a yard game of Scandinavian origins which has been played for about 1,000 years. No prior skills are required.  All are welcome.

SWEDISH MEATBALL EATING CONTEST
3:15 P.M., Exhibit Hall
How many Swedish meatballs can you eat in five minutes with your hands behind your back? The champion will win a prize. Participants must be in good health and sign a waiver. 18 or older.

ÆBLESKIVER EATING CONTEST
3:30 P.M., Exhibit Hall
How many Æbleskiver (Danish donuts) can you eat in five minutes with your hands behind your back? The champion will win an Æbleskiver’s pan and recipe. Participants must be in good health and sign a waiver. 18 or older.

NORDIC VIKING DANCERS REUNION
4-5:00 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Did you dance with the Nordic, Viking or Scandia groups in the past? Can you remember Dudlepska and Little Man in a Fix? If not, it doesn’t matter. Come to the Dancers Reunion and socialize with your former dance partners. Kevin will call, in case you forgot. Guest dancers are welcome if they know the dances. They will not be taught.

PARADE OF NATIONAL FOLK WEAR
5:00 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Are you curious about the lovely costumes worn by representatives of the Scandinavian countries?  Come and see and hear them explained in a fashion show with live models.

VIKING DINNER
served by Scandinavian Café of Vancouver, WA
4-7:00 P.M., Exhibit Hall
Buffet: Danish pork roast in mushroom sauce, Beef and Green Cabbage in Nordic Spices, Swedish Meatballs in Brown Cream Gravy, Medister Polse (Norwegian Pork Sausage), Braised Red Cabbage, Janneson’s Temptation (a traditional Swedish casserole made of potatoes, onions, pickled sprats, bread crumbs and cream), Garden Salad, Danish Smørrebrød (Open-Faced Sandwiches), Shrimp and Herring Salad , Nordic Cheeses, Fresh Baked Bread and Crisps, Cream Filled Pastry Shells drizzled in Dark Chocolate, Cookies and Pastries, Soda, Coffee & Bottled Water. $19.00 (Kids 6 and under: $8)


ARRIVAL, Canada’s Tribute to ABBA
7:00-8:00 P.M., Arena

7:30 PM, Arena

Special tickets are required. Advance tickets are sold at the Liberty Theater website.

 ARRIVAL, Canada’s Tribute to ABBA, is an authentic sounding, six-piece tribute band to ABBA. They perform in full costumes similar to the actual styles worn by the original ABBA. These seasoned professional musicians have performed hundreds of shows over the last years in casinos, theaters, corporate events, and festivals around the world. ARRIVAL is appearing for the third time at the Midsummer Festival. Bring your dancing shoes as there will be dancing in the aisles.

This concert requires a special ticket. There are 320 reserved seats on the arena floor and 550 general admission seats in the bleachers. Tickets will be sold in advance at the Liberty Theater Box Office: https://libertyastoria.showare.com/.

  • Rows A-E: $40 each
  • Rows F-P: $30 each
  • General Admission: $20

An ARRIVAL ticket includes FREE admission to the festival after 5 PM. The arena closes at 6:30 PM and reopens at 7 PM for seating

Friday Details!

Friday, the festival kicks off with vendors, food and live entertainment. Friday’s major evening events include Queen's Coronation, a Bonfire with Hex burning, and a public dance.

Friday!

Learn more about all of the fun Friday events!

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Sunday Details!

Sunday’s activities include a Pannukakku Breakfast, non-denominational church service, shopping, food, and live entertainment. Festival concludes with the closing ceremonies.

Sunday!

Learn more about all of the fun Sunday events!

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3-day Wristband - Adult $10
3-day Wristband - Children (6-12 yrs.) $4
(5 and under free)


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Clatsop County Fairgrounds
92937 Walluski Loop
Astoria, OR 97103

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Clatsop County Fairgrounds
$5 for the weekend


No Pets Allowed
Only verifiable registered service animals will be permitted