Come celebrate the heritage and culture of the Scandinavian countries with fun for the whole family at the Scandinavian Festival of Southern California. The event will be held on the beautiful campus of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks on April 5-6.
The festival features Scandinavian crafts and demonstrations, healthy Scandinavian foods, a Nordic shopping mart, and authentic Viking and Saami villages. There will be a variety of activities for children including a Children’s Theater, Scandinavian crafts and games, the Sven Ole Olympic games, and Maypole dancing. A highlight for children is Arctic storyteller Stina Fagertun, known as the “best storyteller in Norway.”
Music, singing, and dancing will change hourly. On Saturday morning the Festival will open with a colorful parade of flags, along with dignitaries from the Scandinavian countries, many in Old World costumes.
Viking Cruises, the world’s leading cruise line and based in Woodland Hills, will sponsor the Viking Cruises Theater. (Viking Cruises originates in Scandinavia and the owner, Torstein Hagen, is Norwegian.) The Theater will feature outstanding Scandinavian performers including the ABBA Girlz Tribute Concert from New York City, comedy pianist Magnus Mårtensson (dubbed “the new Victor Borge”), Norwegian folk singer Ann Marita, and the Scandia, Finnish, and Swedish folk dance groups.
Festival hours each day are 10a—5p. Tickets are $8, $4 for teens, and kids are free. More information is on the website: scandinavianfest.org.