Nordic Fest

Location: Decorah, IA 52101
Event Dates: Thu, Jul 26 thru Sat, Jul 28, 2018
Contact Person: 800-382-FEST (3378)

Nordic Fest

Nordic Fest is an annual celebration of Scandinavian heritage, culture, and food.

Velkommen to Nordic Fest!

Location: Decorah, Iowa
 July 26–28, 2018
2018 Theme: You had me at Lefse

Each year, over 10,000 visitors travel to Decorah, Iowa for three days of festing. Since 1967, over 1 1/2 million visitors from all over the world have attended our festival in Decorah, Iowa!

Your whole family will enjoy delicious food, traditional crafts, a colorful parade, lively entertainment, sporting events, and our 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. Plans are already underway for the biggest Fest yet! Make your plans now to be part of the fun!

Main Events

Opening Ceremonies: Courthouse Square --  Thursday, 6:45pm–8pm

Opening Ceremonies kick off Nordic Fest each year. Enjoy a presentation of flags, opening remarks, singing of the United States and Norwegian national anthems, and entertainment by performers such as Nordic Dancers and Luren Singers.

Arts & Crafts Center: Decorah Middle School  --  Friday, 9am–5pm & Saturday, 9am–4pm

A main event of Nordic Fest since 1974, the Arts & Craft Center is bustling with activity with 30+ artisans from the region. Here you’ll find Scandinavian themed wooden figurines, ceramic, fabric and wood gnomes, Hardanger embroidery, rosemaling art, Nordic folk art, Norwegian needle craft, American girl doll clothes, jewelry, soaps and lotions, fabric quilted runners, fabric wall art, machine embroidery, and much more.

Grand Parade: Water Street (downtown) --  Saturday, 10:30am–12:30pm

Bring your lawn chairs and find the perfect spot along Water Street in downtown Decorah. Come early—this is a popular event! Enjoy an old-fashioned, small-town parade filled with music, treats, floats, firetrucks, and more.

Bunad ShowHotel Winneshiek  --  Saturday, 2pm

A staple event at Nordic Fest since 1973, the Bunad Show enables Festers to experience the diversity of traditional Norwegian folk costumes. Marvel at the intricate handiwork and rich history of these unique clothes worn by volunteer models.

FireworksAthletic Fields near City Hall -- Saturday, 10pm

We end each Nordic Fest with a bang—literally! Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and settle down for amazing fireworks display along the Upper Iowa River. Not to be missed!

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