Midsummer is celebrated in Sweden on the Friday (and weekend) closest to June 21, the summer solstice, when the sun doesn't set and people dance with abandon as friends and family gather for this celebration of summer. In the U.S., we celebrate on various dates in June, mimicking the authentic Swedish festivities, flowers, food and fun as much as possible (and we’ve heard reports of some American celebrations being even more Swedish than some in Sweden) - they are all here in our comprehensive listing of Midsommar celebrations throughout Swedish America.

Agoura - Vasa Park
06.24, 8:30 AM –6 PM
The Swedish American Central Association Annual Midsummer Festival. Maypole, dancing, singing, youth activities, Spelmanslag and Folk Dancing. 562-923-5828 or 213-364-4425


06.23, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Midsummer Celebration. Maypole, wreaths and dancing. More info SWEA-San Francisco, www.sanfrancisco.swea.org / program@sweasanfrancisco.org

Los Angeles - Rolling Hills Estates
6.23, 5 - 10 PM
Annual Midsummer Shrimp Feast at Nansen Field. All you can eat you-peel shrimp. Dancing around the maypole. Reserv & info southbaybookkeeping@roadrunner.com / 310-869-4337

Morgan Hill - Sveadal
06.23, 10 AM – 6 PM
Swedish American Patriotic League 124th Midsummer Celebration. Maypole, dancing & music. www.sveadal.org / 408-779-2854

06.23, 11 AM - 3 PM
Linnea Lodge #504’s Annual Midsommar Celebration. Dancing around the Maypole and potluck. RSVP and more info linnealodge@gmail.com

San Diego - House of Sweden
06.24, 12 – 5 PM
Midsummer celebration. Swedish food, folk dancing, singing, family fun and dance around the Maypole. www.houseofsweden.us / Houseofswedensandiego@gmail.com

Santa Monica - Expert Dojo
06.23, 5-8 PM
Rooftop Midsummer. Come dance around the midsummer pole at SACC-LA’s 30th anniversary and annual meeting. Food, drinks, games, music and more from IKEA, Bulle Bakery, Åhus Akvavit and Rekorderlig Cider. On the rooftop of Expert Dojo, 395 Santa Monica Pl. RSVP info@sacc-la.org / www.facebook.com/sacc.gla

Estes Park - Bond Park
06.22 - 06.24
Scandinavian Midsummer celebration with Scandinavian music, folk dancers, Maypole, crafts, Scandinavian market and Viking village. www.estesmidsummer.com

06.23, 12-3 PM
Annual Midsummer Fest at The Scandinavian Club. Maypole, music and dance. www.thescandinavianclub.com /scanclubnews@hotmail.com

South Meriden, Vasa Park
06.24, 11:30 AM
Traditional Swedish Midsommarfest. Maypole, music, dance, entertainment, games and food. Reservations and more info 203-281-1261 / ppsfualum@gmail.com

Gwinnett County - Jones Bridge Park
06.23, 11 AM - 6 PM
Nordic Lodge 708’s Midsummer. Celebrating together with several other Scandinavian groups, traditional Nordic desserts. www.vasalodge708.org

Bishop Hill
06.23, 11 AM – 9 PM
Midsommar Music Festival. Music for the whole family. Procession to the Colony School. Decoration and dancing around the Maypole, Barn Dance. www.bishophill.com / bhha@mymctc.net

Chicago - Andersonville
06.21, 11 AM – 12 PM
The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers and musicians, shares their Swedish heritage through folk music and dance. www.swedishamericanmuseum.org /museum@samac.org

Geneva - Good Templar Park
06.17, 9 AM – 5 PM
Swedish Days, Geneva’s 108th Midsommar Festival. Maypole celebration, Swedish crafts, traditional Swedish food and the natural beauty of Good Templar Park. www.swedishday.net

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06.19 – 06.24
Annual Midsummer Festival - Swedish Days. Parade, great food, carnival rides, music, entertainment and children’s games. 630.232.6060 / www.genevachamber.com

Rockford - Erlander Museum
06.16, 10 AM – 8 PM
Swedish Historical Society’s Midsommar Fest. Maypole, Folk Dancers, Swedish food, kid’s activities and ABBA Tribute Band. www.swedishhistorical.org /museum@swedishhistorical.org

South Elgin - Vasa Park
There will be no Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration at Vasa Park this year. Instead Vasa Park participates at the Geneva Swedish Days (06.19-06.24, above) on June 23 and 24, then celebrates its 65th anniversary on July 22 in Elk Grove Village, Ill. 847.695.6720 / www.vasaparkil.com

Iowa City - Willow Creek Park
06.16, 4 -7 PM
Iowa City Swedish Club Midsommar Fest with Majstång, games and a potluck dinner. www.iowacityswedishclub.com / jsmadsen@mchsi.com

Sioux City
06.16, 11 AM – 1 PM
Celebrate an early Midsummer with the Vasa Lodge in Sioux City. 605.253.2575 / ron@dalesburg.org

06.24, 6 -8:30 PM
Swedish Heritage Society Midsummer Fest. Maypole, Lindsborg Folk Dancers, Ice cream and strawberries. 319.254.2317 / swedish@iowatelecom.net

06.16, 10 AM - 11:30 PM
Midsummer’s Festival: Swedish food, music, dancing, art, games, Midsommarstång, entertainment, blomkrans, Folk Dancers, kubb tournament and Midsummer’s 5K/2 Mile Walk. 785.227.8687 / www.visitlindsborg.com

New Sweden
06.22 – 06.24
New Sweden Historical Society Midsommar Celebration. Maypole, Dancing, Fun and food. www.facebook.com/NewSwedenHistoricalSociety

Baltimore - Bel Air
Midsummer Celebration hosted by Sveaborg Society. www.sveaborgsociety.com / info@sveaborgsociety.org

Carderock Park
06.24, 2:30 PM
Midsummer Celebration hosted by Drott Lodge, ASA and SWEA DC. Maypole, dancing, activities and potluck dinner. www.scandinavian-dc.org

06.24, 11 AM - 4:30 PM
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Swedish Meatball Dinner, Vikings, shopping, raffles, games, kids crafts and more! www.facebook.com/SwedishNationalfederationofWorcester

Farmington Hills
06.16, 9:30 AM – 2:15 PM
The Swedish Club’s Midsummer Celebration. Swedish Breakfast, decorate and dance around the maypole, music, Lunch Buffet.www.swedishclub.net /bcapote@ameritech.net

Farmington Hills - Heritage Park
6.23, 6 PM
Sons of Norway’s Nordkap Lodge’s Midsummer celebration, Viking Walk and lawn games. www.DetroitNorwegians.com / lNordkap@DetroitNorwegians.com

Grand Rapids - Alaska
06.23, 11 AM – 4 PM
SAHS/WM Swedish Midsummer Celebration. Dancing around the maypole, music, lunch, games and more. www.sahswm.org / info@sahswm.org

06.28, 12:30 – 3PM
Swedish Cultural Society of Duluth’s Midsommar Fest! www.facebook.com/Swedishculturalsociety

Minneapolis - American Swedish Institute
06.16, 10 AM – 5 PM
ASI Midsommar Celebration; dance around the midsommarstång, Scandinavian folk music, make a midsommarkrans, story time and more. 612.871.4907 / www.asimn.org

Minneapolis - Minnehaha Falls Park
Svenskarnas Dag and Norway Day. Dancing around the Midsummer Pole, Scandinavian foods and handicrafts, music and dance groups. www.facebook.com/SvenskarnasDag

Moorhead - Hjemkomst Center
06.22 - 06.23, 10 AM – 5 PM
The 41st Annual Scandinavian Hjemkomst & Midwest Viking Festivals. Swedish music, food and art. Scandinavian entertainment, Viking Village, children’s activities. www.NordicCultureClubs.org

06.23, 10 AM – 6 PM
Gammelgården Museum's Midsommar Dag Celebration. Majstång, Swedish music, dances, flower crowns & smörgåsbord. 651-433-5053 / www.gammelgardenmuseum.org

06.21 5-7 PM
Leif Erikson, Sons of Norways Midsommar Celebration with Maypole, dancing, music and potluck dinner. 218.769.4296

Omaha - Elmwood Park Pavilion
06.24, 12:30 – 4:30 PM
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, 402-830-6679 / www.omahamidsummer.wordpress.com

06.15 – 06.17
Swedish Midsummer Festival: Maypole, dancing, Swedish foods, crafts, games, Vikings and entertainment. 402-764-5265 / www.theswedishfestival.com

New Jersey
Hackettstown Vasa Park, Budd Lake
06.23, 10 AM – 6 PM
Midsummer Celebration. Maypole, folk dancing, musical entertainment, Scandinavian food and children’s activities. 973-985-8190 / korywarner@gmail.com

New York
Jamestown - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
American Scandinavian Heritage Foundation Celebration: Maypole with folk dancing, live music and a light lunch. 716.665.5046 / www.scandinavianjamestown.org

Scandinavian Folk Festival – Folk dancers and musicians process and erect the midsummer pole, ring dancing. 716.665.0883 / www.scandinavianjamestown.org

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New York – Bronx - Throgs Neck
06.16, 11 AM
78th Annual Sweden Day – Midsommar celebration at Manhem Club. Majstång, Smörgåsbandet, Elsa Rix and more. www.swedendayny.com / SwedenDayNina@outlook.com

New York - Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park, Battery Park City
06.22, 5-8 PM
Swedish Midsummer Festival. Swedish delicacies, traditional music, folk dancing, decorating of Maypole and wreath making. www.bpcparks.org / www.swedenabroad.com

North Dakota
Buckstop Junction, Bismarck
06.21, 6-8 PM
Three Crowns Swedish-American Association’s Midsummer Celebration. Smorgasbord, folk dancing and fun and games for kids. 701-516-2979 / 3crownsswedish@gmail.com

Alum Creek, Lewis Center
Scandinavian Club of Columbus, Ohio Nordic Midsummer fest. www.scandiclub.com / ScandiClubInfo@gmail.com

06.15 – 06.17
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival: Scandinavian musical, dance and theater groups, handcrafts, Scandinavian import items and food. ABBA tribute band ARRIVAL. www.astoriascanfest.org

Portland - Oaks Amusement Park
06.09, 11 AM- 6 PM
Portland’s Annual Scandinavian Midsummer Festival: Join your friends and family in SE Portland to ring in the 90th year of this historic, regional tradition, now an Oregon Heritage Tradition Day! Scandinavian roots are not required to celebrate Midsummer. It is a fun, family friendly and important day with centuries-old traditions and everyone is invited! www.nordicnorthwest.org/midsummer-festival

06.19, 10:30-11:30 AM
Toddler Time: Midsommar fun - learn about Swedish Midsommar and dance around the Maypole! American Swedish Historical Museum, 215.389.1776 / www.americanswedish.org

06.23, 4-7 PM
Annual Midsommarfest: Maypole dancing, food, drinks, music and, crafts and games for kids. American Swedish Historical Museum, 215.389.1776 / www.americanswedish.org

South Dakota
06.22, 1-8 PM
Dalesburg Midsummer Festival: Välkommen! Midsummer pole, musical guests from Sweden, dancing, smorgasbord and games. ron@dalesburg.org / www.dalesburg.org

Salt Lake City - International Peace Garden
06.23, 3 - 8 PM
Midsommarsfest: Bring fresh flowers to decorate the Maypole, then dance and enjoy children’s games and music.Catered dinner at 6 p.m. for prepaid orders to Swedish Heritage Society of Utah. Swedishheritage2@aol.com / 801.268.2898

Landgrove Inn, Landgrove
06.21, 3 PM
Nordic Harmoni’s annual Midsummer Festival. Wreath making, decorating of Maypole, songs by the chorus. 802-824-6578 / vartland@comcast.net

Kenmore - Saint Edward State Park
06.24, 11 AM– 6 PM
Skandia Midsommarfest: Majstång dancing, music, food, crafts and kids activities.Skandia Folkdance Society , www.skandia-folkdance.org / publicity@skandia-folkdance.org

Midsommar Celebration at the Swedish Club with dancing around the Midsommar pole and smörgåsbord. Swedish Club Seattle, 206.283.1090 / www.swedishclubnw.org

06.23, 5-9 PM
Midsommar with Amery Swedish Club - För Alltid Svensk: Celebrating midsommar with majstång decorating, raising, kubb, traditional Swedish food, dance and special music, 612.419.9513 / ristarbuck@centurytel.net / www.foreverswedish.net

06.23, 3 PM
Midsummer celebration and potluck: Bring a dish to pass, lawn chairs, flowers and greenery for the Midsummer pole, then enjoy decorating, dancing, games, prizes and food. At 910 O’Sheridan St., RSVP to Scandinavian American Club, mwj@medicine.wisc.edu / www.madsac.org

Milwaukee - Glendale (new location!)
06.24, 1 - 4:30 PM
Midsummer celebration: Dancing around the Maypole, wreath making, dancers, games and music. Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin, www.sahswi.org /swedishamericanhistoricalwisc@gmail.com

A Swedish Traditional Midsummer Smörgåsbord, U.S.-wide with all-you-can-eat buffet. Each store has different seating times. Call your local store for details. Some locations have live Swedish entertainment. www.ikea.com.

No celebration listed close to you? For continuous info all over the U.S., see events at www.nordstjernan.com. Also, find your local SWEA chapter by going to www.swea.org - almost every SWEA organization will celebrate Midsummer.

If we missed anything in your area, please don't hesitate to let us know, through editor[at]nordstjernan.com or by submitting your event to the (free) online calendar).