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Midsommar Dancing

Getting in the Swedish Summer Spirit

The annual Midsommar Celebration at the American Swedish Institute is one of the largest in the midwest, with something for everyone to get into the Swedish summer spirit! Dating back to ancient times, Midsommar is a tradition that welcomes back warm weather and the growing season, and also marks the longest day of the year. It’s celebrated by making fresh-flower head wreaths, singing songs, listening to live music, and dancing around the midsommarstång (maypole) – all hallmarks of this family-friendly event at ASI!

Midsommar at the American Swedish Institute takes place on the third Saturday in June each year. In 2021, get “a taste of Midsommar” over five days of virtual and in-person programming from June 16-June 20, 2021.  

Midsommar 2021

June 16 – June 20

This year, ASI will be celebrating Midsommar over five days! With a mixture of virtual programming (like themed cooking and craft classes) and in-person events (like music workshops and dancing around the Midsommar pole), there will be a little something for everyone to get you celebrating like a Swede. As always, FIKA Café will be serving up special Midsommar food and drink.

  • Midsommar-inspired make-and-take craft (make your own paper midsommarkrans).
  • Midsommar flower seek-and-find activity.
  • Dancing around the Midsommar pole.
  • FIKA grab-and-go Midsommar meals.
  • Courtyard experiences. Play a game of kubb (Viking chess) with your family and friends!
  • Lunchtime concerts from 12-1 p.m.
  • Pop up shop in the courtyard (on Saturday and Sunday only) featuring Hovden Wear Scandinavian clothing and accessories.

From 12-1 pm in the courtyard

  • Thursday, June 17: Ross Sutter & Friends
  • Friday, June 18: ASI Spelmanslag
  • Saturday June 19: Lillalag (please note: this concert will take place at 1:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, June 20: Nyckelharpalag

Onsite at ASI from Thursday, June 17 – Sun