Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival at Hjemkomst Center
June 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pmFree – $15
Friday, June 21 – Saturday, June 22 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Hjemkomst Center & Viking Ship Park
Join us when local history comes to life at the 42nd Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festival! From the forested lakes of Finland through Norwegian fjords to the shores of Iceland, we’re bringing together an international collection of chefs, artists, musicians, storytellers, historians, and vendors to immerse you in the Nordic roots that planted themselves so prominently in our Red River Valley communities. This festival is all about local history and global communities – with a focus on Denmark – and we want YOU to join the fun!
Inside the Hjemkomst Center you’ll find the Nordic Marketplace, where you can shop for Scandinavian imports and explore life in the North Atlantic from saga storytellers to Hardanger fiddlers. In the auditorium, you’ll find Tastes of Scandinavia, where we’ll be serving your favorite Nordic foods, from smoked salmon to aebleskiver to lefse and lingonberries.
Outside, we’re dialing it back to the Viking Age in Viking Village. Dance around the maypole, play villager games from the Viking Age, try your shot in our Viking archery range, check out out our Viking Age artisans and vendors, and enjoy our Viking game and battle demos staged every two hours. The beautiful Hopperstad Stave Church will be filled with performances and our Viking Beer Garden will be sharing tasty, Viking-theme drinks from Minnesota’s HammerHeart Brewing and Wyoming’s Big Lost Meadery.
Many of our favorite demonstrators will be back, joined this year by Danish newcomers Niels Fulgyr (Viking locksmith), Jacob Børsting (blacksmith), Linnea Bang-Madsen (tablet weaver), Jeppe Garly (blacksmith), and UK-based Viking storyteller Adrian Spendlow.
ADMISSION & PARKING
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for teens and seniors, and FREE for children and HCSCC/NCC members.
Overflow parking is available at the Moorhead Center Mall, where MATBUS will run shuttles every 15 minutes.