The largest Nordic festival in Southern California will return to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on April 6 and 7, 2019
The 44th Scandinavian Festival will celebrate the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Sami people from the Arctic regions of Scandinavia. The family-friendly festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with music, dancing, food, crafts, activities, demonstrations, vendors and lectures.
Festivalgoers can also wander through an authentic Viking village, as well as a Sami sliddastallan, or community gathering. They can ask a rune reader for advice, visit Norwegian elkhounds and take Scandinavian dance lessons. Families can also try their hand at Dala horse croquet and play an ancient Viking game called kubb.
Other fun family activities include croquet, head wreaths (make them with real flowers and ribbon!), raising of the maypole and more.
Cooks will demonstrate how to make aebleskivers, lefse and krumkake. Other food options include Swedish pancakes, Viking dogs, Swedish meatball pizza, open-faced sandwiches and Swedish baked goods.
Vendors of Scandinavian handicrafts will be selling their wares.
The Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation is producing the event.
Admission free for children 12 and younger, $5 for teenagers and $10 for adults. Parking is free. The campus is located at 60 W. Olsen Road.For more information or to volunteer, go to scandinavianfest.org.
Updates at www.facebook.com/scandinavianfestival.