Bellevue, WA / Vasa Park’s Midsummer Festival is a traditional Scandinavian family celebration of the start of summer, just 15-20 minutes from downtown Seattle. This year’s festival on Sunday, June 14, 2015, is a celebration of the 89th anniversary of this event at Vasa Park.

The traditions at Vasa Park’s Midsummer Festival include a parade of costumed folk dancers and musicians, a folk dancing performance around a flower covered maypole, and Scandinavian crafts and food.

Lots of activities will be centered on children with free pony rides in the morning, face painting, free cotton candy and popcorn, bouncy house and Dizzy’s Tumble Bus. Traditional children’s races and games start at 2 p.m. The playground, swimming beach and waterslides are open all day long for your enjoyment with lifeguards on duty.

Come early for a hearty Swedish pancake breakfast served at the outdoor kitchen, pancakes served from 9 a.m. until noon. During the afternoon, hot dogs, hamburgers and salmon will be served. The Beer Garden will be open from noon until 6, with domestic and microbrew beer being served. The Pickled Herring Band will play from 3 to 6 p.m. in the beer garden.

Admission to Vasa Park on Midsummer is FREE to the public. So plan to bring the whole family and enjoy all of the traditions, food and fun.

Vasa Park is located on the west side of Lake Sammamish at 3560 W. Lk. Sammamish Parkway S.E. in Bellevue. For driving directions, go to

Watch for additional events to be added to the Midsummer Festival. Check the Midsummer page at and follow the plans on Facebook.