Community Events Around the Twin Cities...

 Ongoing events:

Scandinavian Folk Dance at the Tapestry Center
Lake Street Walking Tour
Daughters of Norway
Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir
Finnish Folk Dancers
Danish Folks Dancers

Jaerv (in concert with special guest)


The award-winning Swedish quintet Jaerv present extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Together, the five members have created a homogeneous, vivid sound which has established Jaerv on the international folk music scene. Rooted in several different musical traditions, Jaerv offers a varied stage performance where vocal, five-voiced tunes blend in with energetic dances and free improvisations. Jaerv has toured the US, played live at BBC Scotland and performed several times at the biggest folk festival in northern Europe, Celtic Connections in Glasgow. In February 2009 they released their first studio album, “Inrikes” and in May 2014 they released their second and critically acclaimed album, "Vol 2".
For venue & ticket info, visit Cedar Cultural Center's website...
Saturday, September 9, 2017

Tuomo & Markus with Erik Koskinen


Tuomo & Markus is a new musical project from acclaimed Finnish soul artist Tuomo Prättälä and singer/songwriter Markus Nordenstreng of The Latebirds. While their craftsmanship and timeless songs are rooted in the great American songbook and some of the harmonies may be reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel or Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tuomo & Markus are no retro act. Unusual arrangements and fearless use of both vintage and modern technology brings their sound to the 21st Century. With the recent addition of Finnish jazz trumpet sensation Verneri Pohjola to their live lineup Tuomo & Markus’ jazz and psychedelic influences have become more and more evident at their ambitious live shows. 
For venue & ticket info, visit Cedar Cultural Center's website...
Thursday, September 21, 2017

An Evening with Väsen


Three musicians with a singular sound, a playful yet accomplished interplay that seems to defy the laws of physics, an intensity with a great sense of humor, and modernity rooted in tradition. Väsen, a Swedish acoustic trio, now in its 27th year of touring together. The parts: a five-string viola of sophisticated symphonic taste, an adventurous 12-string guitar, and a nyckelharpa (a “keyed fiddle”) deeply rooted in the traditions of Swedish folk music. All three are instrumental virtuosos in their own right, and together they form a unique supernatural being. To experience Väsen is to witness ensemble playing at its finest. The band's origins are deeply rooted in the forests and rich earth of the Swedish countryside, in the centuries-old tradition of the folk music of Uppland. It's a tradition spiced with consummate playing skills. But this is more than just a traditional sound. There's a playfulness to their music, a joyousness, and a delight in making exciting new arrangements of centuries-old tunes, and new originals inspired by the tradition. Rock, jazz, traditional, and classical influences weave together, making a music that's beautiful but never cloying. You always hear the inspiration and improvisation of the moment. And we can promise that you’ll never know what will happen next.
For venue & ticket info, visit Cedar Cultural Center's website...
Friday, September 22, 2017

Kardemimmit (in concert with special guest)


Kardemimmit are four young women playing the ancient Finnish national instrument, kantele. The band members are Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius. Alongside 15 and 38 stringed kanteles, singing has a big part in Kardemimmit’s musical universe where original pieces with a modern aproach still have a strong foundation in Finnish, Eastern European and Scandinavian traditions. The Finnish reki-singing style, 19th century dancing music and Perhonjokilaakso kantele playing style, Eastern Finnish archaic improvisation and ancient runo singing are all present in Kardemimmit’s music.
For venue & ticket info, visit Cedar Cultural Center's website...
Friday, September 29, 2017

FinnFest USA

finnfest minneapolis 2017 in Minneapolis this year!
Celebrating Finland's 100th anniversary of independence...
four full days of Finnish cultural events, a marketplace, music and food!
For all the info, visit
September 21 to 24

Norsk Hostfest 2017


40 years of pure Scandimonium!
Featuring 10 big name entertainers in the Great Hall, 30 other entertainers (free) on several other stages.
Food and marketplaces throughout.

Minot, North Dakota at the State Fair Grounds
Sept 27 – 30, 2017
Visit for more information.

Circus Juventas Presents!   

Read our guest blogger Kari Tauring's fantastic account of this unique performance... Click Here...



The nine realms of the old Norse legends featuring acrobatics, trapeze, dance skills and circus arts in the spirit of Cirque du Soliel.

July 28 to August 13
Circus Juventas Big Top 1270 Montreal Av, St. Paul
Info at:

Ongoing Community Events

Tapestry Folkdance Center presents a new Scandinavian Dance Class Series

Join the fun! The glorious dance and music of the Scandinavian countries will be celebrated each 2nd Sunday of every month beginning Sunday, January 13th. Attendance at the inaugural January 13th dance is FREE. Subsequent dances will cost $5. We will dance the whole range of Scandinavian dances to include the Schottis, Snoa, Hambo, Vals, Polka, Mazurka, Röros Pols, Springar and more. Beginning lessons will enable all levels of dancers access to this beautiful and fun dance form.
Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave, Mpls 
More information -       612 722-2914
Each 2nd Sunday of every month.

Minneapolis Museum in the Streets - A Walking Tour
Museum in the Streets is a free walking tour of Lake Street, showing the area's history through stories and photos on plaques. We're pleased that Ingebretsen's was chosen to be part of the project. We were included because of our history of serving an immigrant community, a tradition that continues on East Lake Street.
Click Here for more info...

Daughters of Norway Monthly Meeting

Daughters of Norway is composed of a Grand Lodge and subordinate lodges. The goals of the organization include:
- To unite into a sisterhood, women who wish to preserve Norwegian heritage
- To maintain among members a knowledge of the history, culture, and language of Norway
- To build a strong support system and bond of friendship within the sisterhood

The lodge actively shares Scandinavian heritage through interesting programs and interest groups and with the community at the annual Norway Day in Minneapolis in the summer.
Click Here for more information. The Daughters of Norway Pauline Fjelde Lodge #51, meets on the third Saturday of each month at 10 am at the University Lutheran Church, 601 13th Avenue SE, Minneapolis. All interested women are invited to join.
(Note: The lodge does not meet in January, July, or August)

The Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir

Do you have a daughter, granddaughter, niece, etc…who loves to sing…wants to learn more about her Scandinavian heritage…and is 8-16 years old? The Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir is dedicated to the preservation of Swedish heritage through the performance of traditional Swedish music. The Choir performs traditional Swedish folk tunes and hymns in both Swedish and English. The Choir also performs a Christmas concert, which includes a St. Lucia pageant. This beautiful presentation of St. Lucia by candlelight is a highlight of the season.

The Svenskarnas Dag Girls Choir helps girls learn about their Swedish heritage, develop choral skills, gain self-confidence and create lasting friendships. Wearing their colorful Swedish costumes... Lucia gowns at Christmas...and performing traditional Swedish music, their concerts are not only "music to the ear", but also visually beautiful.
If you would like more information about joining this fun group, please contact: Diane Noble, Director,  612-825-8808,

Finnish Folk Dancers Welcome New Members

Kisarit-Finnish-American Folkdancers meet every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the International Institute on Como Avenue, Saint Paul, across from the State Fairgrounds. New members welcome.  Call Colleen at 651 407 0588 or Dan at 763 544 1441 for more information.

Danish Folk Dancers - New Members Always Welcome

Come dance with the "Danebrog" Danish folk dancing club. We meet the 2nd and 4th Friday evenings of the month (September-May) at 7:30 p.m. just for the fun of dancing. Join us for mixers and set dances that everyone can participate in. Lots of fun! Bring a friend! We meet at the Danish American Center at 3030 W. River Pkwy, Minneapolis.