On Friday, June 23, 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 festival includes both Robert F. Wagner Park and the adjoining Pier A Plaza.
The program features traditional music by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, folk dances with Barnklubben Elsa Rix, pole dancing led by Scandinavian folklorist and singer Ross Sutter, and a musical performance by Oskar Stenmark Trio. Food stands offer delicacies from New York's finest Swedish restaurants and food purveyors, including FIKA, Nordic Preserves, Red Rooster/Streetbird, Smörgås Chef/Crêpes du Nord, Sockerbit Sweet & Swedish, The Shop at Scandinavia House, and Pier A.
Swedish Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 23, 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 the following sponsors and partners:
Patricia Industries (Investor AB)
SWEA New York
World Childhood Foundation
The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
> See directions at the BPC Parks website: bpcparks.org
> RSVP on Facebook: facebook.com/swedennewyork
> Win 5 lbs of Swedish candy by joining the Consulate's photo contest: swedennewyork.com
> See a video from last year’s celebration: flickr.com/swedennewyork
> See photos from last year's celebration: flickr.com/swedennewyork
> Read interviews with visitors from a previous year's celebration (click on the photos to read the interviews): flickr.com/swedennewyork