Annual Membership Celebration

Concerts & Plays

Cook & Eat

Families: Activites & Education



Friday Night Lecture Series

Language and Literature Classes at PSU

Lucia Scholarship


Nordic Film Festival

Opening Celebration Weekend

Scandinavian of the Year



Upcoming Events

Mission Statement
Preserve, Communicate, and Celebrate Scandinavian Heritage and Culture


ScanFair 2015

Saturday December 5, 2015: 10am-5pm
Sunday December 6, 2015: 10am-4pm
Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Exhibit Hall

Adults: $7    Students/Seniors: $6       Families (2 adults, 2 students): $15      Children Under 12 or Free

Come 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. 

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: Oregon's Official Lucia is always crowned 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 beautifully picturesque set, 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. Go on a Nordic Children's book character Scavenger Hunt, discover the magic word and win a prize.


SCANDINAVIAN DELICACIES: Eat food on the spot or take baked goods home. Enjoy Danish aebleskiver, 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 information about local Scandinavian language schools.

PICKLED HERRING CONTEST & MEATBALL EATING CONTEST: Match your Nordic taste buds and stomach against all comers in the all-you-can-eat Meatball Eating Contest on Saturday, December 5 at noon and the pickled herring eating contest on Sunday, December 6 at noon!



Entertainment Schedule

2015 ScanFair schedule will be announced as more information is mad available.


Vendor Information


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. 

2015 ScanFair Vendor Forms

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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 31 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's fabulous new Nordia House, a cultural  located 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

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