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Midsommar Fest Image courtesy ASI

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Midsommar Celebration 2019

June 15
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Free with museum admission ($6-$12)
Art, Family Events, Festivals, Food and Drink, Museums, Music

The American Swedish Institute’s annual Midsommar celebration is a day of music, games, and pole-dancing—Midsommar pole dancing, that is, as the iconic midsommarstång will be raised as the centerpiece for the festivities. This is a Swedish tradition that goes back centuries, as Midsommar probably has roots as a Pagan fertility ritual (the pole might be a hint). Don’t worry, through. It’s all very PG at ASI, with family activities such as storytime and games like Seek and Find. Swedish musical groups will perform throughout the day, in addition to sets by the TC Swedish Folk Dancers and the Cloudberries Choir. There’s a pop-up shop planned, where you’ll find Scandinavian goodies like clogs, rugs, jewelry, and more. You’ll also be able to take a peek at ASI’s “The Vikings Begin” exhibition in the Turnblad Mansion and the Osher Gallery.