On Friday, June 19, 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, The Shop at Scandinavia House, Russ & Daughters, Nordic Preserves, Smörgås Chef/Crepes du Nord, Sockerbit Sweet & Swedish, Red Rooster as well as Gigino's.
The Swedish Midsummer Festival is presented by Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and co-hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York. The event is part of the #SwedenInThePark concept, a series of outdoor events showcasing Swedish culture. Read more on the Embassy of Sweden's website: swedenabroad.com/washington
Swedish Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 19, 5-8 pm
Robert F. Wagner Park
Battery Park City in lower Manhattan
Rain or shine
> See Facebook event: facebook.com
> See directions at the BPC Parks Conservancy 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
The event is generously sponsored by:
Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation
The Heimbold Foundation
With support from:
SWEA New York
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.