On Friday, June 24, the annual Swedish Midsummer Festival will once again take place in Battery Park City in downtown Manhattan. At this unique celebration, adults and children come together to picnic in the grass, decorate the midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games and dance to authentic fiddle music. This year's festival will expand to include both Robert F. Wagner Park and the adjoining Pier A Plaza.
The program will feature traditional music by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, folk dances with Barnklubben Elsa Rix, and pole dancing led by Scandinavian folklorist and singer Ross Sutter. Food stands will offer delicacies from New York's finest Swedish restaurants and food purveyors. Carlsberg beer will be sold exclusively at Pier A Plaza.
Swedish Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 24, 5-8 pm
Robert F. Wagner Park and Pier A Plaza
Battery Park City in lower Manhattan
Rain or shine
The Swedish Midsummer Festival is presented by Battery Park City Parks, co-hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and supported by many generous sponsors, including:
The Heimbold Foundation
SWEA New York
> See the event on Facebook: facebook.com
> See directions at the BPC Parks website: bpcparks.org
> See photos from last year's celebration on the Consulate's Flickr page: flickr.com/swedennewyork
> Read interviews with visitors from a previous year's celebration (click on the photos to read the interviews): flickr.com/swedennewyork
Note: Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in Wagner Park, but will be served at Pier A Plaza. The Consulate General of Sweden in New York does not organize or sponsor any other midsummer event than the celebration in Battery Park City.