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Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

*The event has already taken place on this date: Sun, 06/23/2024
There are a number of activities going on that you can enjoy during the Midsummer Festival. Among them are two almost full days of live music with the a number of individual artists, groups and choirs. There will be performances by the Scandinavian Dancers and the Vikings in the Viking Village, including songs, games and a real Viking raid – beware of the Norse! At the Midsummer Marketplace, you find over 50 vendors with shopping kiosks with lots of exciting products and crafts. There will be cultural displays, kids’ activities, a troll forest, carnival games and a vintage Volvo car show by the Volvo Club of B.C.

Please help us keep this calendar up to date! If this activity is sold out, canceled, or otherwise needs alteration, email so we can update it immediately. If you have a question about the activity itself, please contact the organization administrator listed below.

For the Midsummer beginner – there are two very popular events during the festival that you may not want to miss! The raising of the Midsummer Pole with dance around takes place on Saturday afternoon. The popular and crazy Finnish wife carrying contest takes place on Sunday.

Program 2024 DOWNLOAD HERE!


Salmon BBQ, Smørrebrød (Danish open-face sandwiches), Swedish Meatballs, Finnish Meatballs, Hot Dogs, Waffles, Coffee, Pastries and Beer Garden.

Pets are not allowed; only Certified Service Dogs welcomed.


PROGRAM – SATURDAY JUNE 22nd Main Stage and Field

Time Event
10 am Gates open
10 am – 10:30 am Perfect Force
11 am – 12 Noon Vancouver Dorfmusik – European-style band playing music of Switzerland, Germany and Scandinavia
12 Noon – 12:30 pm Setup for Opening Ceremony
12:30 pm – 1 pm Opening Ceremony (Flag and Anthem ceremony)
1 pm – 2 pm ON THE FIELD – Midsummer Traditions – Enjoy a festive parade, help us raise the Midsummer Pole, and dance on the grass with trolls and kids from 2 to 92!  Midsummer Spelmanslag with Scandinavian Dancers and Knotty Trolls
2 pm – 3 pm ON THE FIELD – Hobby Horse Steeplechase
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm  Dovbush (Ukrainian Dancers)
4 pm – 5 pm Midsummer Spelmanslag with Scandinavian Dancers
6 pm Country tents close

Evening in the Beer Garden – Jazz

from 5pm – 7:30 pm

5 pm – 6 pm West Coast Charisma – (Heather Soles & friends) – Soulful jazz, blues, bebop, swing and vintage rock
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Cat Toren Trio
8pm – 11 pm The Beagles – Great music for dancing and relaxing in the Beer Garden


PROGRAM – SUNDAY JUNE 23rd Main Stage and Field

Time Event
10 am Gates open
10 am Midsummer Pancake Breakfast in Beer Garden – Scandinavian breakfast and music by Bo Fred Olsson, a true “Scandihoovian!”
11 am – 12 noon Deep Cove Big Band – The beloved music of the big band era with audiences
12 :15 pm – 1 pm Metis Dancers / V’n Dansi – toe tapping traditional Metis music and dance
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Ukrainian Folk Orchestra
2 pm – 3 pm ON THE FIELD  Wife-carrying Contest
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Royal City Concert Band – a rousing finish to the Main stage entertainment
3:30 pm – 4 pm ON THE FIELD – Midsummer Traditions – gather round the Midsummer Pole for games and dances with the Midsummer Spelmanslag,  & the Knotty Trolls
4 pm Festival Closing

*Times, dates, and prices of any activity posted to our calendars are subject to change. Please be sure to click through directly to the organization’s website to verify.


6540 Thomas St Scandinavian Community Centre
Burnaby, BC, V5B 4P9


(604) 294-2777
Contact name: 
Scandinavian Community Centre
The event has already taken place on this date: 
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