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Swedish Midsummer Festival
June 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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 Harlem, Smörgås Chef/Crêpes du Nord, Sockerbit Sweet & Swedish, The Shop at Scandinavia House, and Pier A.
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:
Volvo Car USA
The Brooklyn Brewery
Patricia Industries (Investor AB)
SWEA New York
World Childhood Foundation
> See a video from last year’s celebration: http://owl.li/Z7qX30bKncC
> See photos from last year’s celebration: http://owl.li/HmFp30bKmRM
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.