Midsummer Festival

  • Midsummer Festival

    Midsummer Festival Photo: Consulate of Sweden

On Friday, June 20, 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.

The program will feature traditional music by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folkdancers of New York, and pole dancing led by Scandinavian folklorist and singer Ross Sutter. Food stands will offer delicacies from some of New York's finest Swedish restaurants and food purveyors, including FIKA, Smorgas Chef, Crepe du Nord, Gigino’s at Wagner Park, Red Rooster Harlem and Nordic Preserves. 

The Swedish Midsummer Festival is presented by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and co-hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York.

Generously sponsored by
IKEA Brooklyn
Scandinavian Airlines
SVT World
Swedish Match
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
Ambassador and Mrs. Lyndon L. Olson Jr.

With support from
Efva Attling
Eriksen Translations
FACE Stockholm
Gudrun Sjödén
SWEA New York
The Heimbold Foundation

Swedish Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 20, 5-8 pm
Robert F. Wagner Park
Battery Park City in lower Manhattan
Rain or shine

RSVP on Facebook!

Directions at the BPC Parks Conservancy website: www.bpcparks.org

See photo slideshow from last year's celebration on the Consulate's Flickr page: www.flickr.com/swedennewyork

Read interviews with a few of the visitors, and see photos: www.flickr.com/swedennewyork

Note: In accordance with New York City law, alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the parks. The Consulate General of Sweden in New York does not organize or sponsor any other midsummer event than the celebration in Battery Park City.