Scandinavian Dance and Music Festivals

I was recently asked about festivals in Sweden and Norway and looked for a list without success. So I started one, and have had some input from friends. I am posting it here, and would welcome contributions from anyone with relevant information or corrections to share. I have included Denmark, Finland, and the USA.


  1. Umeå festival folk music February 26-28, 2016, or
  2. is in June, Ransätersstämman, June 9-12, 2016
  3. for Bingsjöstämman, 1 July, 2016
  4. Norrlandia Camp, July 23 – 29, 2016 and every third year, Hälsingland
  5. July 25-31, 2016 this year, awesome lineup
  6. Polskmärkes – uppdansning medal testing program for Swedish polska, the first weekend in August every year, location varies, see or and my blog post about this most recent event.
  7. Linköping and October 7-8, 2016 likely
  8. Oktoberstämman Saturday October 29, 2016, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress

Regular information sites in Sweden:

  1. musician information in Uppland Län
  2. Thursday night dance in Stockholm, Sept-April
  3. Friday night dance in Stockholm, Sept-April
  4. has dances in the summer, Wednesdays


  1. August 3-7, 2016 in Gaupne, gammaldans
  2. July 6-10, 2016, this year’s theme is “flight”
  3. Landskappleiken (the Norwegian annual national competition in traditional music and dance; lasts from Weds. afternoon to the final master concert of winners in all the different competitions and levels on Sunday). It moves around the country; this year it is in Vågå in Gudbrandsdal, 22-26 June, 2016

Finland July 7-11, 2016


  1. July 25-30, 2016
  2. Sonderho Days folk festival in July, a small local festival
  3. July 8-10, 2016 The festival at the other end of this island (Fanø). This is a small local festival

United States

Festivals, workshops, camps:

  1. Spring Springar Spree, April 29-May 1, 2016 in Takoma Park, MD  featuring Hallingspringar from Norway in 2016  (
  2. Nordic Fiddles & Feet Camp, at Camp Ogontz in New Hampshire, June 26 – July 3, 2016 (on Facebook: Nordic Fiddles & Feet Camp) featuring dances and music from Norway and Sweden
  3. Hardanger Fiddle Association of America Annual Hardingfele and Dance Workshop out on the prairie near Dodgeville, Wisconsin, July 21-24, 2016, this year featuring music and dances of Setesdal, Norway (see
  4. June 11-18, 2016, Mendocino Woodlands, California

Regular groups in the USA, links

Washington, D.C. area:

  1. There is a monthly Scandinavian dance with teaching on the third Saturday of the month September through May, led by Ross Schipper and Linda Brooks.
  2. The Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers (MAND) is a loose network of Norwegiophiles centered in the Baltimore-Washington-Frederick area, holding monthly Norwegian-style house parties with potluck and dancing, often the first or second weekend of the month. I usually play a set or two for Swedish dance on nyckelharpa, sometimes joined by Bruce on mandolin and/or Melissa on nyckelharpa. (
  3. A weekly teaching dance is ideal for beginners through advanced dancers, led by Lisa Brooks and Dan Kahn on Tuesdays at the NIH (National Institutes of Health in Bethesda)
  4. American Scandinavian Association has a listing of events.
  5. Nordic Dancers is a long-standing performing group doing traditional village dances and set dances from all of Scandinavia, meeting Wednesdays and open to all.


  1. Speledans: Boston dance group (Massachusetts)
  2. Madison Scandinavian Dancing (Wisconsin)
  3. Folklore Village (Wisconsin)
  4. Scandinavian Dancing in Seattle (Washington)
  5. Scandinavian Dancers of Vancouver B.C. (Canada)

Former ESI musician course participants playing together at Nordic Fiddles and Feet in July 2015.

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  1. Very interesting info!Perfect just what I was looking for!

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