Come celebrate the heritages!
Annual Scandinavian Festival
Drawing visitors and vendors from throughout the Northeast US for thirty years, Scandinavian Fest is the largest all-Nordic festival in the US. A true Nordic-only event, ScanFest is a heritage festival to celebrate and promote the cultures, traditions, and current life of the Nordic regions & peoples of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden with wide variety of traditional foods (as well as customary festival fare for the less adventurous) plus a wide variety of handcraft items and imported gifts by over fifty vendors. Five stages of continuous entertainment throughout the day feature music & dance ranging from traditional Nordic folk to classical to jazz to contemporary world music by a variety of accomplished and exceptional emerging talent. There's even a separate stage and a special activities area for kids, as well as a field arena and combat/contest area. All that, plus demonstrators, encampments, Norse combat, Viking ships, talks, demos, handcrafts, and much more.
Last year's thirtieth annual Festival features:
- Telge Glima Swedish Wrestlers: Direct from Sweden and a ScanFest exclusive US engagement, Telge Glima is a fascinating group with a mutual interest in history and practice to show old Norse sports and competition. Extremely talented and popular athletes, they excite audiences with their games of strength, skill, and daring.
- Vinland Longships, a Viking reenactment group that owns a 22 foot Viking Faering (four oared) boat. The reenactors who founded Vinland Longships have organized educational demonstrations on Viking ships and Viking life, crafts and culture for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Norwegian Embassy and the American Swedish Museum, among many others.
- Von Halstern Medieval Reenactors: Battle reenactments, encampment, and will be displaying Viking artifacts
- Daughters of Scandinavia, violinists
- Marcia Boyesen and roger Latzgo
- Marja Kaisla
- Musical Rainbows
- Pillerkaar, Estonian Folk Dancers
- Ruth Ann Cunningham, Soprano
- Spirit of Scandinavia, standards from the 1940's thru 1990's, plus ethnic favorites, including Scandinavian, German, and other European tunes.
- Swedish Folk Dancers of New York
- Swedish Jazz
- The Swedish Meatballs: Toe-tapping, foot stomping, Scandinavian/American music, featuring the 2013 Sweden Day Woman of the Year!
- Vasastjarnen: Junior Club dance group from Vasa Order of America.
Telge Glima Swedish Wrestlers
Those interested in learning more about their Nordic heritage and anyone curious about things Scandinavian are invited to sample what's at ScanFest: good food, good works, good shows, good people, and good times. The Fest is held on the Sunday of (US) Labor Day weekend, which will be Sunday, August 31 in 2014, from 10 AM to 6 PM. The current schedule, flyers with discount admission, list of vendors, entertainers, and advanced sale tickets can be found on the website. Every member of the family will love this remarkable event. All ages attend.
There's an advanced sale price of $11. At the gate is $14, Seniors $13. There's also a flyer to download from the website with a $13 admission coupon to bring. You can get discount tickets here. Admission is FREE to those wearing authentic Nordic regional folkdress …. and FREE for children 12 and under.
ScanFest welcomes food and craft / gift vendors with a Nordic theme, entertainers, performers/presenters/reenactors with a Scandinavian theme and encourages other Nordic organizations to participate at the info tents. There's info and application forms on the website for that. If you or your organization would like to participate as a vendor, exhibitor, demonstrating artisan, entertainer, reenactor… check the website for info or email.
The event is held at the NJ Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Road, Budd Lake, NJ, 07828. It's an easy day-trip from most Northeast locations. Simply take I-80 Westbound in NJ to X-26 onto US Route 46 WEST (twd. Hackettstown). Follow US46 West for 3 miles to the first traffic light after Budd Lake at Wolfe Road. Left onto Wolfe Road & 1/4 mile to Vasa Park on the right.
- From NYC & No.Jersey: GWBridge or I-280 to I-80West. X-26off I-80W then as above.
- From Long Island & Staten Island: NY/NJ 440 W from Verazzano & Outer- bridge Crossing & past the GS Pkwy & NJ Tpk. NJ 440 W becomes I-287 N. I-287 N about 20 mi to exit for US 206 North (just AFTER the exit for I-78). US 206 N 10 mi (thru Chester) to I-80 W. FIRST exit, #26, off I-80 W then as above.
- From Philly & So. Jersey: PA Turnpike/NJ Turnpike (X-10) or GS Pkwy (X-127) to NJ440W/I-287N. NJ 440 W becomes I-287 N. Use I-287 North to US 206 North (just AFTER the exit for I-78). US 206 N 10 mi to I-80 W then as above.
- From Eastern PA: US 202 or I-295/206 N to Somerville, NJ. Then US 206 N 10 mi to I-80 W then as above.
- From the Poconos & Del.W.Gap: I-80 East to X-27(!). At exit, keep left & return BACK onto I-80 West. X-26 off I-80 W then as above.
- From the Lehigh Valley: I-78/US22 East thru Phillipsburg to NJ57. NJ57 thru Washington to Hackettstown. In Hackettstown, US 46 East 3 mi to the light at Wolfe Rd. Right onto Wolfe Road.
ScanFest is produced by Scandinavian Fest, Inc., an independent, NJ non-profit educational corporation with 501(c)3 status. It’s neither a fundraiser for nor an affiliate of any organization but exists solely to celebrate the traditions. Excepting hired set-up labor, ScanFest is organized and staffed entirely by volunteers. We welcome volunteers!
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