Midsummer Celebrations in the Bay Area

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    Midsummer Photo: Lena Granefelt

Midsummer is a Swedish tradition where friends and families gather to celebrate the traditional high-point of the summer. Midsummer is celebrated on the Friday closest to the summer solstice and people often begin the day by picking flowers and making wreaths to place on the maypole, the maypole is then raised in an open spot and traditional ring-dancing follow. This major holiday is usually celebrated in the heart of nature, as Swedes head out to the countryside to enjoy food, drinks, games and dancing.  

Here are some of the Midsummer celebrations taking place in the Bay Area:


Enjoy a traditional, Midsummer Smörgåsbord at IKEA!

When: Friday, June 16
Where: 4400 Shellmound St, Emeryville, CA 94608
Seating times: 4:30-5:30 PM and 6:30-8 PM
Price: $16.99/per person, kids $4.99

IKEA FAMILY Member Price: $12.99/per person, kids $2.99
More information: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/emeryville/activities


When: Saturday, June 24
Where: Saratoga Springs in Saratoga. 22801 Big Basin Way Saratoga, CA 95070 
For more information and tickets: www.Sveadal.org 

Schedule of events:
10:30 AM – Doors Open. Swedish Boutiques and Maypole Decorating
All Day – Pool and Fun Zone including: Dual Shot Basketball, Giant Jenga, Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Fast Pitch, Crafts Corner, Bounce House
11:30 AM – Lunch Service Begins
1:30 PM - Midsummer Processional and program immediately followed by dancing around the Maypole.  
3:30 PM – Doors Close 


When: Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 am
Where: 3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette reservoir.  Parking is $7/day on their main parking lot.
Tickets: $7 for adults, free for children. Free entrance for everyone dressed in the traditional Swedish costume. Please RSVP by June 18th.
More information and RSVP: http://sanfrancisco.swea.org/events/midsommar2017/
Contact: jenny.folkesson@gmail.com or jansson.josefin@gmail.com.

Schedule of events:
10:30 AM -12:00 noon - Maypole decorating, please bring flowers for decoration of the maypole.
12-12:30 PM - Raising of the Maypole and dancing
12:30 PM - Picnic, bring your own lunch.
1:00 PM - Children's games
1:30 PM - More dancing