Norwegian Events in LA

These are my favorite events in the LA area that highlight Norwegian or Scandinavian culture. At almost all, children’s activities and delicious food are present so they make great family excursions.

 JANUARY

Scandinavian Film FestivalThis is a yearly showcase of films from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland and their Baltic neighbors. It screens not only current films submitted by Nordic countries to the Academy for consideration in the “Best Foreign Language Film” category, but also other Nordic feature films, short movies, and documentaries. The 2017 festival takes place over two weekends, January 14 & 15 as well as January 21 & 22. For a look at what’s being offered this year, check out Scandinavian Film Festival 2017: A Preview.

APRIL

The Scandinavian Festival is a two-day festival full of games and crafts for children, a Viking Encampment and Sami Village, a food court, live music and dancing, shopping, lectures, and demonstrations of food, arts, and crafts. The 42nd annual festival will take place the weekend of April 1 and 2, 2017. Read more about what to expect at Southern California’s Annual Scandinavian Festival Returns.

MAY

17mai Sjømannskirken

This is a true Norwegian 17th of May celebration at the church with a parade around the neighborhood, traditional Norwegian food (pølser, rundstykker, brus, bløtkaker, marsipankaker, og kaffe), songs and speeches, and of course games and ice cream for the kids. For more details on event, click here.

  • Norwegian Constitution Day Parade and Festivities at Nansen Field, Rolling Hills Estates

This celebration is usually held the Sunday closest to May 17. It includes a parade with a marching band; foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, Solo, and ice cream for sale; stalls with Norwegian goods; and games for the kids. Read about my latest visit to the Nansen Field festivities here.

NOVEMBER

Picture from Sjømannskirken San Pedro

The third weekend in November is the Norwegian Christmas Bazaar at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church. Christmas decorations, music, candles, and the smell of freshly baked goods set the mood as you wander the booths filled with Scandinavian goods of all kinds. There are raffle drawings with wonderful prizes, traditional foods served in the church’s cafe, and baked goods for sale in the church’s bakery. Read about my latest visit to the Christmas Bazaar here.

DECEMBER

Unraveling tombola tickets

Highlights of the Swedish Christmas Fair include a Lucia pageant; folk dancing; traditional holiday foods and baked goods; gløgg bar; Scandinavian gifts, books, and music; handmade crafts; children’s activities and games; and Café SWEA with baked goods. Kids might even catch a glimpse of Santa.

During Christmas time, the Norwegian Church hosts many events to help celebrate the season. Highlights include a Christmas luncheon in the beginning of the month, special Advent services, Christmas Eve Service followed by a Christmas dinner, Christmas Day Service, and finally a Christmas Tree Party to wrap it all up.

Are you familiar with any other events in the Los Angeles area that highlight Norwegian or Scandinavian culture? Please let me know so I can check it out. Thank you!

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  2. Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. “Surfs the Celluloid Sea”
    15th Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. – Jan 18, 19, 25, 26 at WGA Theater in Beverly Hills

    Where Nordic Film ‘Winters’ in Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 05, 2014

    The 15th Anniversary Scandinavian Film Festival L.A.(SFFLA) “Surfs the Celluloid Sea” with cinema from across North Atlantic and Baltic waters Jan 18, 19, 25, 26 at the Writers Guild Theater 135 S. Doheny in Beverly Hills. The annual immersion into Nordic films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden adds “Hanseatic happenings” to the mix with a Norwegian/German co-production, and “Baltic Film Expo@ SFFLA” offering a film from each of the Baltic neighbors– Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

    “Northern European countries have often taken to the seas with a cargo of culture, commerce, and collaboration,” says festival founder/director James Koenig. “And we have an exciting program that follows old routes to new worlds and around the North Atlantic/Baltic neighborhood. We are pleased to be ‘nosey neighbors’ and see what’s going on next door!”…

    Complete schedule and ticket ordering information available at http://www.sffla.net.

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