Scandinavian Events in LA

These are events in the Los Angeles area that highlight Norwegian, Swedish, and/or Danish culture. At almost all, children’s activities and delicious food are present so they make great family excursions.

Are you looking for ways to celebrate May 17? Visit How to Celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day, May 17, during Coronavirus Times for ideas.


JANUARY

Scandinavian Film Festival LA
Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

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. In 2020, SFFLA will take place on the following two weekends: January 4 & 5 and January 11 & 12, 2020. It will be the festival’s 21st anniversary. See Scandinavian Film Festival LA #SFFLA 2020 Coming Soon to a Theater Near You! for details on the event.


MARCH – 2020 event canceled

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

This unique event generally takes place on a Saturday afternoon in March. The date for 2020 is Saturday, March 21, 3:00 – 5: 00 p.m. Long community tables are set up outside and shrimp are served Norwegian style. Price is $25/adult, $5/child, or $50/family. Register to attend by emailing iwa@sjomannskirken.no.


APRIL – 2020 event canceled

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 the coronavirus pandemic, the 45th annual festival is postponed to the weekend of April 10 & 11, 2021. Read more about what to expect at Southern California’s Annual Scandinavian Festival Returns.


MAY

The Norwegian Church in San Pedro is offering an alternate kind of celebration on May 17 this year. It is hosting drive-in celebrations in their parking lot area. Due to the limited size of their parking lot, guests must register in advance for one of three times offered. Each of the celebrations will include speeches, music and song, raffles with prizes, as well as Norwegian food and drink. Guests will also have the opportunity to shop in the store. Click here for more details and registration information.

17th of May Celebration
Norwegian Seamen’s Church, San Pedro

17mai Sjømannskirken

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

Canceled for 2020. This celebration is usually 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.


NOVEMBER

Norwegian Christmas Fair
Norwegian Seamen’s Church, San Pedro

Picture from Sjømannskirken San Pedro

The annual Norwegian Christmas Fair, or Julebasar, at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church will take place Friday, November 22, – Sunday, November 24, 2019. 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 Fair here.


DECEMBER

SWEA Los Angeles Christmas Fair
Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance

Unraveling tombola tickets

The annual SWEA Los Angeles Christmas Fair returns on Sunday, December 8, 2019, to the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Highlights of the 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.

Christmas Festivities
Norwegian Seamen’s Church, San Pedro

During Christmas time, the Norwegian Church 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. See the 2019 schedule of events. For details and to register for Christmas lunch and dinner, contact iwa@sjomannskirken.no.


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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  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 http://www.sffla.net.

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