Say Välkommen To The Holiday Season At Yulefest!

Ready or not, it’s officially the holiday season.

The music has started, the decorations are going up, and each night, another house is lit up in the most festive of colors. If you ARE ready for some good ol’ fashioned Holiday cheer (so, basically unless you’re Scrooge?), head down to the Nordic Heritage Museum’s Annual Yulefest this Saturday and Sunday, November 18th and 19th!

Yulefest features all things Scandinavian and all things holiday, making it the perfect event to get in that ’God Jul’ (Merry Christmas) spirit!

 

Enjoy traditional Nordic-inspired items from many different vendors, plenty of delicious Scandinavian sweet and savory treats at the Nordic Cafe (even get some to go for later!) and traditional and contemporary Nordic music and dance will be performed on three different stages.

Kids are encouraged to have fun and get crafty with plenty of kid-oriented crafts,  a raffle and the opportunity to meet the man we all want a visit from in December, Santa Claus (or, Julenissen in Norwegian, Jultomten in Swedish)!

Grown-ups are also encouraged to have plenty of fun and toast the season in the Valhalla Beer Garden (which will be nice and toasty warm!) with a tasty beverage including the Nordic-fav hot mulled wine, glögg. Skål (cheers!) to that!  

This year, Yulefest celebrates its 40th year of bringing Scandinavian holiday fun and flair to our community, and it will be the last Yulefest celebrated at the Nordic Heritage Museum’s current location, before they move on to bigger and better things for 2018.

Yulefest is a wonderful celebration of culture, the holidays and community. If you’re ready for some serious holiday spirit, good food, fun music and maybe even some holiday shopping, Yulefest is the place to be!

God Jul!

Celebrate Ballard’s Scandinavian Heritage at the Taste of Norway

When you think of anything Scandinavian in Seattle, you have to think of Ballard and there’s no better time to get your fix than at the Norway Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day this Saturday, March 19!

Get ready for a day filled with Norwegian-themed fun, and lots of tasty food! Enjoy a Scandinavian smorgasbord of delightfully authentic Norwegian favorites such as krumkaker, smorbrod sandwiches, ertesuppe pea soup and of course, lefse, to name a few. Watch live demonstration of how these tasty traditions are made, so you can make them yourself at home, when the cravings kick in. The festival will also feature plenty of lively traditional Norwegian music, live demonstrations of traditional Norwegian crafts, and genealogy experts to help you better connect to your Norse roots, or see if you have any to begin with. Folks are encouraged to dress in traditional garb, and, if they can, to participate in the Bunad Parade of clothing and jewelry, at 12pm.

The festivities kick off with the Leif-to-Leif walk/run (from the Leif Erikson Lodge to the statue of Leif Erikson at Shilshoe Bay and back) at 9am. Come (a little) hungry, as you will be rewarded for your efforts with a tasty heart-shaped waffle and the Norse’s favorite waffle-topper, homemade jam.

What better way to start your weekend then with some movement, tasty foods and a lot of fun in beautiful Ballard? There’s never been a better excuse to get your Viking on and there won’t be again…until next year, that is.

17th of May Festival Happening This Weekend in Ballard!

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It’s that time of year again! This Sunday, May 17th the streets of Ballard will fill with as many as 25,000 spectators and Norway enthusiast to celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day. The parade will feature more than 100 groups, including marching bands, Norwegian-American lodges, drill teams, classic cars and so much more.

The party kicks off with a dance party on Saturday night, May 16th, held at Ballard Elks (6411 Seaview Ave NW) from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. $10 at the door, snacks provided as well as a no-host bar.

Sunday, the daylong annual Nordic party will go from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is sure to be a really great day in the name of Norway! See below for the schedule of events.

 

ENTERTAINMENT AT BERGEN PLACE

10 AM – 5 PM

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Intersection of Market St., Leary Ave., and 22nd Ave.

Join emcee and musician Lori Ann Reinhall at Bergen Place stage for an incredible musical line-up featuring a number of acts with Nordic flair!

10:00 Opening Festivities with honored guests:
10:10 Invocation with Prof. Rolf Grankvist, Trondheim
10:15 National Anthem – Combined Norwegian Choruses
10:30 Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle
11:00 Norwegian Male Chorus of Seattle
11:30 Traditional Dance with Leikarringen and Fiddler Bill Boyd
12:00 Matt Jorgensen Jazz Trio
1:00 Accordion favorites with Karl-Ivar Petersson
1:30 Barne Jam with Mäd Fiddlu
2:00 Children’s Dance with Barneleikarringen
2:30 Sing-along with Lori Ann Reinhall & Pianist Aaron Otheim
3:00 Traditional Fiddling with Seattle Lilla Spelmaslag
3:30 Skandia Kapell Folk Ensemble

LUNCHEON
NOON – 2:30 PM
LEIF ERIKSON LODGE

Grab some traditional Norwegian grub with Leif Erikson’s Grand Marshal and Honorary Marshals!
Address: 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle WA
Phone: 206-783-1274

 

BARNELEKER (CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES)

10 AM – 3 PM
Nordic Heritage Museum
Children can enjoy easy craft projects at the Nordic Heritage Museum. The crafts are free and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Address: 3014 NW 67th St, Seattle WA
Phone: 206-789-5707

NORDIC CAFÉ

10 AM – 4 PM
Nordic Heritage Museum
Free Museum admission all day! Enjoy Scandinavian food and beverages available for purchase.
Address: 3014 NW 67th St, Seattle WA
Phone: 206-789-5707

17TH OF MAY PARADE

4 – 6 PM 

Come early to save your spot! This year’s featured emcees are local radio personalities Tim Hunter & MJ McDermott.

 

 

Celebrate Christmas Nordic Style At Yulefest This Weekend

YulefestFor the last 37 years, Ballard’s Nordic Heritage Museum has ushered in the holiday season with Yulefest, its celebration of Nordic Christmas, with traditional Scandinavian music, games, food, and much more. This year’s event is taking place this Saturday, November 22, and Sunday the 23rd at the museum, and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days.

Warm up with a glass of the traditional Scandinavian hot mulled wine known as gløgg (or glögg if you are Swedish), and munch on Danish ableskiver pastries, Norwegian krumkake waffle cookies, lefse, and authentic Nordic-style open-faced sandwiches. Scandinavian folk dancers, singers, and fiddlers will keep the crowd entertained between bites, and more than 40 merchants will be selling Nordic-inspired goods, providing a great chance to pick up some unique Christmas gifts that you won’t find in your average store. And don’t forget to buy a handful of raffle tickets as some great prizes will be up for grabs, including the grand prize of two round-trip tickets to Scandinavia aboard Iceland Air!

This event is completely family friendly, and there will be a visit from Santa as well as craft projects to keep little ones entertained. Tickets are $5 (kids 12 and under are free), and admission is free for Nordic Heritage Museum members. If you would like to volunteer at the event, fill out the online volunteer form here, or e-mail volunteer coordinator Michael Ide at michaeli@nordicmuseum.org.

Ballard Celebrates 200th Anniversary of Syttende Mai This Saturday

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Despite dramatic changes in Ballard over the past several years, the neighborhood retains its strong Scandinavian identity, which is no better demonstrated than at the annual Syttende Mai (17th of May in Norwegian) parade, a celebration of the signing of the Norwegian constitution in 1814.

Ballard has been holding its celebration of Norwegian independence for 150 years, and these days the parade, which begins near 24th Ave NW and NW 60th and makes its way through Bergen Place park and down Ballard Avenue through Old Ballard, draws as many as 20,000 spectators. You’ll see drill teams, marching bands, community groups and plenty of Norwegian musical groups such as the Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle. Though the parade is the grand finale of the event, Ballard will be celebrating all day long with music, food, kids activities, and much more! Here’s a sampling of other events happening throughout the day:

10:00 a.m. – Opening festivities with Mayor Ed Murray at Bergen Place

10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. – Barneleker (Children’s Events) at the Nordic Heritage Museum. Bring your kids for free craft projects and a chance to pet fjord horses!

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Enjoy free admission to the Nordic Heritage Museum all day long and sample Scandinavian food and drinks in the Nordic Cafe.

3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Cafe at Leif Erikson Lodge. Food, beverages, wine/beer, programs, flags, DVDs for purchase. Enjoy traditional Norwegian music from the Winter Band and connect with local Scandinavian organizations.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Parade! See the route here.

There will also be music all day long at the Bergen Place stage, see a full lineup and schedule here!

 

Ballard Viking Day’s Starts Saturday!

It is once again time for the annual Viking Days at the Ballard Nordic Heritage Museum this Saturday & Sunday August 17-18. This annual event will feature authentic food, live music, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Each day starting at 9:00 am there will be a Swedish pancake breakfast followed by a full day of activities lasting until 5:00 pm. 

Along with the various Nordic themed food items, they will also feature authentic music and dance from different local groups. For kids they will have low cost craft stations set up as well as the Nordic Spirit ship available to take pictures with.

For a complete schedule about this Ballard tradition, please visit their website here.

Ballard’s Annual Viking Days is Back!

It is once again time for the annual Viking Days at the Ballard Nordic Heritage Museum on August 17-18. This annual event will feature authentic food, live music, and plenty of activities to keep the kids busy. Each day starting at 9:00 am there will be a Swedish pancake breakfast followed by a full day of activities lasting until 5:00 pm. 

Along with the various Nordic themed food items, they will also feature authentic music and dance from different local groups. For kids they will have low cost craft stations set up as well as the Nordic Spirit ship available to take pictures with.

For a complete schedule about this Ballard tradition, please visit their website here.

Nordic Film Festival Comes to Seattle

You heard it here first- the Nordic Heritage Museum will present the fourth annual Nordic Lights Film Festival next month, the weekend of January 18-20. The festival will include documentaries, short & feature length films from Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The festival kicks off with a reception at SIFF at 6pm on Friday, followed by a film called Beyond starring Noomi Rapace from The girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Two Movie Tickets In Front Of A Take Clapperboard And A Reel Of Movie Film

Both Saturday and Sunday festivities begin at 10:00am, and have some wonderful films of note lined up, such as Silence, a drama about the 2nd World War, and how Finland was among one of the only nations to take home their casualties to be buried in their homeland, and Teddy Bear, a Drama from Denmark about a body builder from Copenhagen who has never known love. After his father finds a companion in Thailand, he goes on a quest to find a woman of his own.  Tickets can be purchased ahead of time for single day passes ($10), or entire weekend passes ($55).

Viking Days Comes to Ballard Tomorrow

The Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard will host it’s annual Viking Days tomorrow afternoon in Ballard. The festivities will begin in the morning with a pancake breakfast, and there will be live native music throughout the day, Nordic inspired food and crafts, and much more! There will be a Valhalla beer garden, and treats from each of the Nordic countries, including delightful desserts.

There will be dozens of musicians on several stages throughout the day playing in the museum, and on festival grounds as well. One of the main attractions includes the “Viking Encampment” where attendees can experience a day in the life of a viking, complete with a dual or two if your obliged. This event is free to attend for the public, so come on down with the whole family and help Ballard celebrate with it’s Norwegian residents!

 

Indulge your Inner Scandinavian at the Nordic International Film Festival

Yar, Ballard vikings. There’s a way to indulge your Scandinavian selves this weekend. The Nordic Lights Film Festival is happening from tonight to Sunday. You have the opportunity to see 9 feature-length films and a package of short films from January 6th – January 8th. If you see all of them, you might find yourself craving lingonberries, running out of butter, and wanting to shop at IKEA.

So, what can you expect at the 3rd annual NLFF? Unfortunately, no Ingmar Bergman. But, there is a slew of fantastic Scandinavian directors out there, so don’t fret. The Oscar and Golden Globe-winning Denmark movie, “In a Better World,” will be playing. Additionally, “When the Pepper Blossoms” will be presented at the festival; it is about Swedish emigration to Brazil at the turn of the century. Visit the NLFF website to see the full list of movies playing this weekend.

Price-wise, it’s $10 for each individual screening. Or you can purchase a festival pass for $50. There’s also a few discounts. Go here for more info. All films will be shown in SIFF cinema at the Film Center. I repeat – the Nordic Lights Film Festival is NOT being shown in lil’ Scandinavian, Ballard, which would be the rational location. In case you don’t know, the SIFF Cinema Film Center is located in the Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms, between the Key Arena and the Seattle Repertory Theatre.