Celebrating 30 Years
Our 30th Annual ScanFair will be held this year on the weekend of December 6th & 7th.
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 1pm on Sunday. The Lucia Bride wins a $1,000 scholarship 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!
View the 2013 event entertainment schedule here: 2013 ScanFair Entertainment Schedule.pdf
The 2014 event entertainment schedule will be posted here as soon as it is available.
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.
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.