Win Tickets: Scandinavian Midsummer Festival @ Oaks Park | Live Entertainment, Beer, Wine, Nordic Cuisine, Lawn Games, Local Makers & More!

We are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to Scandinavian Midsummer Festival @ Oaks Park on June 8 To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, June 3.


From our sponsors:
Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
June 8 2019
11a – 6 p.m. | $8 adults; $7 students/seniors; $17 families (2 adults, 2 students); Kids 11 and Under are FREE | All Ages
More info:

Oaks Park
7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202

In the Northern lands of the midnight sun it is traditional to warm up after a long cold winter by celebrating Midsummer with friends, food, and drinks.

Decorate the Midsummer pole and make flower wreaths, indulge in Nordic summer delicacies, play games on the lawn, and enjoy the longest day of the year!

Scandinavian roots are not required to celebrate Portland’s 91st annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. It continues to be a fun, family friendly, and important day with centuries-old traditions and everyone is invited!

Entertainment: Sit back and enjoy a wide variety of Scandinavian entertainment, from traditional dancing and physical comedy to vibrant live music, non-stop on two stages. These sounds and sights from across the Pacific Northwest provide the perfect backdrop for a lively midsummer celebration.

Food & Drink: What goes better with a cold one from our beer & wine garden than Nordic cuisine? Taste the classic flavors of thin Swedish pancakes, sweet cardamom rolls, cinnamon sugar lefse or round Danish æbelskiver – and that’s just the appetizer! Come grab a bite from Viking Soul Food or the Scandinavian Café, Carina’s Bakery, Sweet Kardamom, Finlandia Foundation or the League: lefse, laks, pølser, and more.

Vendors: Wander around the grounds and explore the booths with Nordic vendors from all over the Pacific Northwest! Shop everything from traditional swords & weaponry and Nordic vintage finds to locally-made Artisan crafts and Nordic outdoor gear. Visit the non-profits that offer fun Nordic programming in the Pacific Northwest.

Kids Craft Area: Join your child in fun Midsummer crafts, free face painting (12-2 pm and 3-4 pm), and games. Craft a Midsummer Flower necklace or a Nordic Walking Stick with wood from the Fogelbo Forest and more to keep the summer going all year long. Take part in this year’s Midsummer Scavenger Hunt and win fun prizes!

Floral Wreath Making: The fresh summer greenery of nature is said to contain magic. The weaving of floral Midsummer wreaths has been a way to harness this magic and ensure good health throughout the year in traditional Midsummer celebrations in Scandinavia for centuries. Legend says that girls who pick seven flowers and put them under their pillow will dream of the person they will marry! Use bright flowers, green leaves, and delicate birch branches to weave a midsummer crown of your own!

Raising of the Midsummer Pole: When the sun is high in the sky, grab a dancing partner big or small and join us in a celebratory dance around the Midsummer Pole! The

Lawn Games: Kids don’t get to have all the fun! We have lawn games for everyone. Work on your strength with a group game of tug-of-war, test your speed and agility with our potato sack & egg races and become a master at croquet and Giant Jenga (Nordic edition), or the classic Scandinavian game, Kubb! Knock down your opponents wooden King before they get to yours in this game of oversized “Viking chess!”

Oregon Heritage Tradition: The Oregon Heritage Commission has designated our Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival an Oregon Heritage Tradition Day! The Oregon Heritage Tradition designation recognizes events more than 50 years old that represent what it means to be an Oregonian. Nordic Northwest is honored to be included in the list of events that go back as far as 1858!

Join us in celebrating the festival that attracts audiences and vendors from across the Pacific Northwest. The Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is an important event for the entire Portland Community regardless of heritage. See the traditions of the region that make up 10% of the population of Oregon’s ancestry. This all day event is one of the many ways NNW and the League of Swedish Societies, along with the more than 25 Nordic organizations that make up our community, demonstrate and celebrate their Nordic heritage.

The Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is made possible through the support of the ScanDesign Foundation. Additional support comes from Nielsen’s Jewelers, Laurelhurst Florist, Inc., ePrint Services, pFriem Family Brewers and Allart.

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82 Responses to Win Tickets: Scandinavian Midsummer Festival @ Oaks Park | Live Entertainment, Beer, Wine, Nordic Cuisine, Lawn Games, Local Makers & More!

  1. Kelly McCain May 20, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

    My daughter will be dancing with a Scandinavian Folk Dance Group and I’d love to win tickets so her grandmother and cousin can come see her! This is a fantastic event. Glad to see it represented here.

    • Tenley Horton May 31, 2019 at 3:03 pm #

      My daughter would have so much fun, I would love to win tix and take her!

  2. AJ May 20, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

    I love lefse!

    • Kath May 21, 2019 at 12:58 pm #

      Who knew!

      • sara May 21, 2019 at 4:24 pm #

        I’m in!

        • Christine May 22, 2019 at 6:13 pm #

          What s great time to be had

        • Joshua June 4, 2019 at 1:33 pm #


    • Merina May 21, 2019 at 5:04 pm #


  3. mike f May 21, 2019 at 4:52 am #

    Far out!

  4. Heather May 21, 2019 at 9:43 am #

    Looking forward to it!

  5. Dave G. May 21, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

    I’ll bring the Glug!

  6. Kristen May 21, 2019 at 12:29 pm #

    Awesome! What a great way to get summer started

  7. Monica May 21, 2019 at 12:31 pm #

    I didn’t spend my childhood playing around on my mom’s Nordic Track exercise machine for nothing! I’ve been training my whole life for this festival :) Nordic foods and brews? YES PLEASE. And since I get to take my 8th grade students on a field trip to Oaks Park on the 13ths, this seems like a wonderful way to mentally prepare!

  8. Nancy May 21, 2019 at 12:41 pm #

    Somewhere back in the mists of time my Druid ancestors were introduced to the Vikings who infused some Scandinavian blood into the lineage–genetic diversity worth celebrating !

  9. Gregory Garabedian May 21, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

    My family and I love all things Scandinavian. We even gave our son a Viking name.

  10. Jonathan May 21, 2019 at 12:48 pm #

    They can’t raise the Midsummer pole without me!

  11. Lori May 21, 2019 at 12:51 pm #

    Sounds like a blast! Pick me

  12. Aurianna May 21, 2019 at 12:54 pm #

    This sounds fun!

    • Katrina May 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm #

      This sounds fun!

  13. Cassie May 21, 2019 at 12:59 pm #

    I usually attend the annual Scandinavian festival at the Convention Center (or near it) and this sounds like a fantastic event!

  14. Elliot Cunningham May 21, 2019 at 1:04 pm #

    I will take my mom to this if I win tickets!

  15. Victoria C Gantz May 21, 2019 at 1:06 pm #

    I’m a quarter Scandinavian, but haven’t experienced the culture. I want to go

  16. Kevin May 21, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

    My wife takes me to the Polish festival – time to take her to something of my heritage.

  17. China May 21, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

    Lived in Portland my whole life and have never been to this festival. Would love to go!

  18. Steven Estes May 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm #

    Would love to attend with my wife- thanks!

  19. Lisa Waters May 21, 2019 at 2:15 pm #

    I want to experience this to compare/contrast with Midsomar.

  20. Misty May 21, 2019 at 2:36 pm #

    Loved being in Scandinavia this past summer, this is almost like getting to go back!

  21. Macey May 21, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

    Yes please! Would love to experience this fest.

    • Amy May 30, 2019 at 9:55 am #

      Our daughter’s 3rd birthday is coming up and this is the exact type of event she loves going to! Please pick us!

  22. Carol Cooper May 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm #

    I live by Oaks Park and would enjoy going to this to make a wreath. please consider us.

  23. Rob May 21, 2019 at 4:10 pm #

    This sounds great!

  24. Maureen A. May 21, 2019 at 6:43 pm #

    I am always out of town when this happens
    I’ll be in town this time, would love to win tickets!!

  25. R May 21, 2019 at 9:02 pm #


  26. Caroline Olson May 21, 2019 at 9:28 pm #

    I can celebrate my Swedish roots! Pick me!!!

  27. April May 21, 2019 at 11:33 pm #

    Would love to go to this.

  28. Melissa May 22, 2019 at 12:15 am #


  29. Sk May 22, 2019 at 5:47 am #

    Elämä on hyvää!

  30. Kathleen May 22, 2019 at 8:12 am #

    Would love to spend an afternoon here!

  31. Molli Taylor May 23, 2019 at 9:22 am #

    i love this sort of thing! would love to check it out!

  32. Linda S May 23, 2019 at 4:18 pm #

    I know someone from Sweden so this would help me know his culture.

  33. Heather May 23, 2019 at 4:25 pm #

    A fun event to attend!

  34. Shawn Sanders May 23, 2019 at 5:14 pm #

    Praise Thor! I would love to celebrate this festival with my fellow Norsk family.

  35. AJ May 23, 2019 at 5:45 pm #

    My heritage requires me to attend (please)!

  36. Cassandra May 23, 2019 at 6:20 pm #

    Love this!

  37. Jennifer Rose Buddington May 23, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

    I would love to go to this! I’m Scandinavian and have been doing research on my ancestors lately. My great grandmother (my Nana) and great grandfather, Gustavo Almquist, came over on a ship to New York from Sweden during the great depression with just one trunk full of personal belongings. They eventually settled in Portland, Oregon where many, many, many years later I was born! Thus would really enjoy attending something like this.

  38. Patricia E Maloy May 24, 2019 at 7:40 am #

    always a great event, love to go!

  39. Mauraborealice May 24, 2019 at 2:42 pm #

    This would be a fun event to go to, as I will be hearing the music across the river from my house anyway, and I do love the traditions and the foods.

  40. Tronya May 25, 2019 at 11:43 am #

    Would love to go

  41. Ashlynn Azar May 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm #

    I love all things Scandi!

  42. Eric May 27, 2019 at 8:46 am #

    I don’t need to go to Europe, I just need to attend this festival!

  43. Danny Goode May 28, 2019 at 9:13 am #

    this would be an awesome win

  44. Gracia Elena Duron May 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm #

    Would live to go with friends here!

  45. Andrea May 28, 2019 at 12:18 pm #

    Never been to a midsummer festival and want to try some Nordic food!

  46. Ryan May 28, 2019 at 12:21 pm #

    I’d love to go!

  47. Bronwyn Ewers May 28, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

    If I win, I would bring my cousin who is visiting from Wisconsin that week. Yay yay.

  48. Sara May 28, 2019 at 11:06 pm #


  49. Andrew May 29, 2019 at 10:06 pm #

    My wife and I love doing new things and this is definitely up our alley. Festivals like this are a great way to see a different culture and learn something. And always fun! Thanks for the hard work putting all of this together and the opportunity to win!

  50. tonya newton May 31, 2019 at 2:19 am #

    Sounds fun!

  51. Dawn Jozwiak May 31, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

    I love these types of festivals! I have never heard of this one, I will definitely be looking into this one further

  52. Ashley B. May 31, 2019 at 10:38 pm #

    My Scandinavian partner would love to the show the kids some of his roots!

  53. Sheri June 1, 2019 at 10:47 am #

    Uff da! Headed there with my daughter, sister and nieces to eat our fill of lefse and pickled herring! Would love tickets to help with the party!

  54. Meredith Wrinkle June 1, 2019 at 11:51 pm #

    I tried to go to their winter version of this, but couldn’t get over there. My grandmother’s side is Scandinavian and I really, really, really want to check this out.Thank you!

  55. Audrey Slabbert June 2, 2019 at 8:44 am #

    Born and bred South African, withmostly Scandinavian DNA. Pick me please!

  56. Kevin Larkin June 3, 2019 at 10:47 am #

    I love winning.

  57. M.L. June 3, 2019 at 10:57 am #

    Would love to treat our family to this outing!

  58. Debby June 3, 2019 at 12:28 pm #

    Looooove this!

  59. Jon Eric Ylvisaker June 4, 2019 at 7:30 am #

    I would love to celebrate like my ancestors !

  60. Kristen M June 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm #

    This is an awesome event to celebrate nordic heritage, I would love to go!

  61. Stacy June 4, 2019 at 12:43 pm #

    Never been, would love to take my family.

  62. Danielle June 4, 2019 at 12:53 pm #

    Sounds like fun

  63. Nayna Nash June 4, 2019 at 1:08 pm #

    Oaks Park? Scandinavian Food? Scandinavian celebration for Summer? I’m IN. This sounds wonderful. Please send me FREE tix.

  64. Christine Van Halder June 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm #

    I have never attended this Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival before. I would love to win a ticket!

  65. KC June 4, 2019 at 1:18 pm #

    I would love to take my mom to this!

  66. Rebekah June 4, 2019 at 1:19 pm #

    We are new to Portland and would LOVE to attend such an awesome family friendly event! <3

  67. Enya June 4, 2019 at 2:01 pm #

    I’ve never been and would love to.

  68. Gail June 4, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

    I would *love* to attend this! I love all things Scandi and Oaks Park.

  69. Kristin June 4, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

    I have never been able to attend . Would love to come out this year . I need an excuse to use my drinking horn !

  70. Mckenna June 4, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

    Tak! Would love to go celebrate my Scandi heritage! :)

  71. cassi June 4, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

    i JUST learned that I am scandanavian this would be a hoot!

  72. Emily H June 4, 2019 at 7:41 pm #

    Would be cool to get scandy with it!

  73. Dannel June 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm #

    I would love free tickets for this.

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