What's Nordic Fest all about anyway?
It's a non-profit, non-commmercial, Scandanavian celebration, honoring Norwegian culture and heritage. It's an utterly ethnic event, complete with traditional food, art, dance, music, and much, much more.
Enjoy delicious treats, traditional crafts, a colorful parade, lively entertainment, sporting events, and an incredible Saturday night fireworks display. Events begin with Thursday night's opening ceremonies at 6:45 p.m., followed by two full days of fun activities for the whole family. This 50th Anniversary celebration is set to be the biggest Fest yet! Make your plans now to be part of the fun!
Ready for a breakdown of all of that festing?
Opening Ceremonies, beginning at 6:45 p.m. will feature a pageantry of flags, costumes, music, dancing and more. The Nordic Fest Grand Marshal and Flag Recipient will officially be named.
This year, Nordic Fest is honoring the local community with Decorah band Absolute Hoot and local brews at Canopy 5.
That evening, food booths will be open and Water Street will be closed to vehicles. Canopies will be full of musical entertainment and the streets will be buzzing with fun!
The fun continues on Friday! Entertainment canopies will begin activity at 11 a.m. Food booths will tantalize your taste buds. And don't forget-- Vesterheim Museum is a must-see! Grab gifts or get inspired at the Arts & Crafts Show at the Decorah Middle School.
Friday evening, you'll want to head to Canopy 5 for a delightfully musical outdoor eve. Enjoy cold refreshments, plenty of dancing, and lots of friendly faces. This year's featured artist is sure to rock us through every decade-- it's a full night of entertainment from Rochester-based band Time Machine!
Ready, set, wake up! Join in on the Elvelopet 5 and 15K Race (7:30 a.m.). Hundreds of people will gather for this fest favorite!
Lawn chairs will start to fill the sidewalks gearing up for the Grand Parade at 10:30 a.m. This classic fest event is a kid favorite.
Once the parade wraps up, it's time for more entertainment! Canopies are filled again with bands, jugglers, puppet shows, and more. Don't miss the Bunad Show at the Hotel Winneshiek. It's a great time to cool down in the beautiful Steyer Opera House.
Be sure to be back at Canopy 5 afterward, for more entertainment with Billboards #1 Blues Artist Anthony Gomes.
At 10 p.m. the night's sky will light up with a beautiful Fireworks Display.
Did you know?
- You can now preregister for the Elveløpet online! (Online Registration Deadline is 5pm central Thursday, July 28th, 2016!)
- The Nordic Fest 50th Anniversary Book is available for pre-order at 23% off the regular price now through Wednesday, July 27, 2016.
- The official Nordic Fest Program for 2016 is now available online. Hard copies will be available July 18.
- Programs are again available in combination with a button for just $5. The button includes your entry into Nordic Fest.
But what's maybe the most amazing thing about Nordic Fest? This completely unique and memorable event is a nearly whole community effort. An all-volunteer board of directors do the main planning and organizing, made possible by year-round volunteer support. Nordic Fest is truly an unbelievable testament to the power of teamwork. The people of Decorah come together each year to truly put their heart and soul into creating all of this homegrown family fun. Don't miss it. Discover what northeast Iowa's own Nordic Fest is all about.