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 Midsummer pictures

                 Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at Oaks Park

Thank you to everyone who made our 2014 Midsummer Festival a memorable event!!



Photos courtesy of Hanns-Joerg Anders

Presented by: Scandinavian Heritage Foundation & League of Swedish Societies

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A big thank you to the generous sponsors of our 86th annual Midsummer Festival:




      Allart Co.      

 Entertainment Schedule  Volunteer Opportunities Vendor Information

Scandinavians have a long tradition of celebrating the Summer Solstice with bonfires and the raising of the Maypole (Majstang). Here in Portland that tradition has been celebrated for 86 continuous years at the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival.


Everyone is welcome at this summer solstice festival. As anyone who's been there before knows, it’s always a fun, family friendly day filled with games, dancing, food, Scandinavian crafts and of course the raising of the Maypole.


Scandinavians in traditional dress will greet hundreds of visitors beginning at 11 am. Food and crafts are available all day from local Scandinavian clubs and vendors. Two stages of entertainment and a beer garden promise continuous entertainment with live music and dancing, all with a Scandinavian flavor. The Maypole will be raised at 1 pm and the Scandinavian of the Year award will be given during that festive event. 


Kids Area, a family-friendly space ~ Sponsored by IKEA & The Swedish School in Portland

For children the highlight of the day is decorating and raising the maypole. Adults and children alike dance around the pole together and sing traditional songs like “Smaa Grodorna är lustiga att se” (Little Frogs are funny to watch). As is the custom around a few large holidays, the children will help make and wear flower wreaths which are worn by both women and children. Long ago it was believed that everything that grew contained special magic powers. This belief lives on in the tradition of collecting flowers before going to bed on Midsummer night. Young girls pick seven to nine flowers from different locations in silence. Some even say you have to jump seven fences. Still in silence you go home and put your flowers underneath your pillow. The legend says that you will dream of the man you will marry!


2014 Entertainment 

Entertainment Schedule 

North Stage          South Stage  
11:30-12:00  Vasa Youth Group   11:00-11:30   Michelle and Kim Majors 
12:00-1:00     Henrik Bothe  11:30-12:30   Fossegrimen
(1:15-2:00)  Maypole Program (on South Lawn)  12:30-1:00   Scandinavian Choirs
2:00-2:30  Leikarringen of Portland  1:00-1:15   Scandinavian of the Year Award
2:30-3:15  Nordlys  (1:15-2:00)   Maypole Program (on South Lawn)
3:15-4:00  Leikarringen of Portland  2:00-3:00   MAAR
4:00-6:00  Fossegrimen Dance  3:00-4:00   Catarina New
    4:00-4:30   Nordic Games
    4:30-5:30   MAAR
    5:30-6:00   Leikarringen Band

The headliners for this year's Midsummer festival come directly from Norway! Maar features Britt Pernille Froeholm on hardanger fiddle/fiddle, Irene Tillung on accordion and Ellen Brekken on double bass. All three ladies have released critically acclaimed CDs in multiple genres, and are considered versatile and highly valued musicians in Scandinavia. As individuals and in numerous bands they have influenced the folk and jazz scene for years with CD releases that range from traditional folk music to free improvisation in jazz ensembles. Now they've joined forces and created the trio MAAR, now releasing their first album consisting of both traditional Norwegian folk music and their own compositions.

Volunteer Opportunities

One way for you to be involved in Midsummer is to volunteer. Here are a few job openings, all with two hour shifts, or longer, depending on your energy: 

Set-up & Take-down: Saturday morning, June 14 & Saturday evening (take-down begins at 8 pm)

SHF Booth: We need members to talk up SHF at the SHF booth. 

Interested? Please give SHF a call at (503) 977-0275 or email to volunteer. 

Vendor Information 

Interested in Vendor Information? Email

The Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is an important cultural event for the entire Portland community regardless of heritage. It is one of the many ways SHF and the League of Swedish Societies, along with the regional Scandinavian community, celebrate, demonstrate and preserve their Nordic heritage.


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