Saturday December 6: 10am-5pmSunday December 7: 10am-4pmPortland Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Exhibit Hall
ScanFair this year will mark the 30th year of this wonderful Christmas festival. Get ready to celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of a Nordic Christmas!
LIVE MUSIC, DANCE & ENTERTAINMENT: Enjoy the talents of Scandinavian artists and dance groups from around the Pacific Northwest on two separate stages. Both seating and dance floor available.
SCANDINAVIAN ARTS & CRAFTS: ScanFair is the only event in Portland where all the beautiful Scandinavian traditional and modern arts and crafts come together in one place for a two-day festival and marketplace.
OREGON LUCIA, QUEEN OF LIGHT: Witness the crowning of Oregon's Official Lucia at 12pm on Sunday. The Lucia Bride wins a $2,500 scholarship to the college of her choice and holds court with the rest of the Lucia applicants for one year.
JOULUPUKKI, FINNISH SANTA CLAUS: Get your family's picture taken with Finland's jovial Santa on a beautiful set complete with reindeer and sleigh, and benefit the Finlandia Foundation's Columbia Pacific Chapter.
THE PIPPI LONGSTOCKING KIDS AREA: Children have a special area where they can make traditional Scandinavian Christmas crafts, including Danish Hjerte (woven hearts) and Swedish Julgranskaramel (poppers) to decorate the Christmas tree.
SCANDINAVIAN DELICACIES: Eat food on the spot or take baked goods home. Enjoy Danish aebleskiver (apple pancake balls), Norwegian lefse & krum kake, Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, pickled herring and flat bread, rice pudding and fruit soup, Vorm Korv (hot dogs) and lots of coffee.
CULTURAL EXPLORATIONS: Purchase books, meet authors, research your family's roots with the Scandinavian Genealogical Society, and check out Scandinavian language schools.
PICKLED HERRING CONTEST: Match your Nordic taste buds and stomach against all comers in the all-you-can-eat pickled herring eating contest!
The 2014 entertainment schedule is now available: 2014 ScanFair Entertainer Schedule.pdf
If you are a vendor interested in exhibiting at a future ScanFair, please email us or call our office at (503) 977-0275 with information about what you would like to feature. Please remember that all booths at ScanFair have a Nordic theme.
To apply to be a vendor at this year's ScanFair, you will need to fill out and submit the following application by October 7, 2014, and have your Nordic theme approved by the ScanFair Committee:
This document contains everything you need to know about how to register as a ScanFair vendor:
If you would like to have an ad for your business included in the ScanFair program, please fill out and submit the following advertising agreement by November 5, 2014:
ScanFair is sponsored by the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation, with a mission to "Preserve, communicate and celebrate Scandinavian heritage and culture." People of Scandinavian descent make up about one-quarter of the population in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The festival began 30 years ago as a way to support Scandinavian language courses at PSU. Today proceeds from ScanFair continue to support PSU Nordic language classes and they also help support the ongoing operations of SHF, which will soon begin to build a new Scandinavian American Cultural & Community Center near Washington Square in SW Portland.
Whether you have questions about attending ScanFair or are interested in becoming a vendor, please call our office at 503-977-0275 or send us an email.