Scandinavian Events in LA

For a list of virtual Nordic events happening this month, please visit Virtual Nordic Events for November 2021.


Scandinavian Film Festival LA
2022 – TBA

Scandinavian Film FestivalIn 2021, SFFLA’s showcase of films from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and their Baltic neighbors was virtual in cooperation with Scandinavia House in New York, NY. Stay tuned for information on 2022.


Rekefest i hagen / Shrimp Party in the Garden
Norwegian Church, San Pedro

This unique event generally takes place on a Saturday afternoon in March. Long community tables are set up outside and shrimp are served Norwegian style. Price is $25/adult, $5/child, or $50/family.


Scandinavian Festival
California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks

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. Due to COVID-19, the 45th annual festival in 2021 was canceled. They hope to return in 2022. Sign up here to receive news of the festival’s anticipated return date.


17th of May Celebration
Norwegian Church, San Pedro

17mai Sjømannskirken

Normally, this is a true Norwegian 17th of May celebration that happens on May 17 at the church. There’s 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.

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

Normally, this celebration is held the Sunday closest to May 17. It includes a parade around the soccer field; 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.


Julebasar, Norwegian Christmas Market
Norwegian Church, San Pedro

Once again the annual Norwegian Christmas Fair, or Julebasar, at the Norwegian Church will be a multi-day event. Mark your calendars for Friday, November 12, – Sunday, November 21, 2021. The church will be turned into a huge Christmas shop with baked goods, Norwegian groceries, Christmas goods, and much more. They guarantee a true Christmas atmosphere and a great experience!


SWEA Los Angeles Christmas Fair
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance

Unraveling tombola tickets

Christmas Festivities
Norwegian Church, San Pedro

During Christmas time, the Norwegian Church usually hosts many events to help celebrate the season. Highlights include a Christmas luncheon on the first Tuesday of December, a Christmas concert, special Advent services, Christmas Eve Service followed by a Christmas dinner, 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!

11 thoughts on “Scandinavian Events in LA

  1. Was very interested to see your site! My wife and I have been taking part in SoCal events and its always nice to see what is happening. My wife and I volunteer at the CalLutheran event in April and Danish days in Solvang. We don’t sell anything but I bring stuff that I have carved, made, drawn or purchased, Things that might catch a adult or childs interest in relation to Ancient Scandinavia!

    • That’s wonderful to hear! I’ll have to keep an eye out for your items the next time I’m at the Scandinavian Festival at CalLutheran, hopefully this year. I admire Solvang’s Danish Days from afar. It’s little too far for us.

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    • Hi Jessica. I realize this post is good and ripe now, however, I’m Norwegian and I live in Riverside. I’d be happy to help if you ever needed anything like this is en future.

  4. 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

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