Reasons why the Scandi Fest is the best:
1. It's free.
2. There are vikings.
3. One word: Aebelskivers.
What more could you possibly need?
- Kid's parade and Maypole dance
- Lessons to learn Scandinavian dance moves
- Lots of dance performances
- So many demonstrations: instruments, handicrafts, blacksmithing, etc.
- An aebleskiver eating contest (They are little fried balls of dough, and they are delish. Don't bother entering. I plan on winning.)
- Scandinavian storytelling
- Breakfast buffet on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings
- The festival is free, but I promise you won't be able to leave without buying food. Take cash. There's only one ATM nearby, and there's always a huge line.
- We usually go in the evening, because that's when my husband is home. Clearly that's how lots of other people do it too, because it is always SLAMMED. If you can, check it out during the day. I bet it would be way easier to navigate. This year I'm planning on taking the boys early in the morning, and hitting the breakfast buffet. Kids ages five and under eat free, and adults are $7. I'm hoping that we can get a wide sampling of food and skip standing in several lines at the booths.
- I love how the festival is laid out: it's laid out over a few city blocks, which means it's a pretty straight shot to walk up one side, back down the other, and feel sure that you saw most everything.
- There are lots of parking lots where you can pay to park, but we have never had a problem finding free spots on the street.
- If you see the aebleskiver booth without a giant line, go buy some right that second. That line gets out of control super fast.
- Once you get food, there aren't really a ton of places to sit and eat. Take your food off of the main street (the one with the windmill in the center) and head to one of the side blocks. There are several small areas with picnic tables, but you have to look for them.
- Go sit at the main stage (it's the one with the bleachers) and check out some of the dancing. It's pretty impressive!
- Be sure to take water bottles from home, unless you want to pay a buck or two for a bottle from a vendor.
- Even when we've visited the festival at it's busiest, it's been okay to take a stroller. You'd probably be able to move faster without one, but who wants to be in a hurry at a festival?
Parking: Plenty, both free and paid
Food: So much food.
Restrooms: There are several portapotties scattered around, as well as some flush toilets in some of the buildings.
Resting/Nursing spots: Behind the vendor booths/in front of the buildings, there are some benches. There are picnic tables scattered around as well.
Push or Wear: Either one works.
Time Frame: At least an hour.
Where: Junction City, about 15 miles north of Eugene on Highway 99. Once you drive in to Junction City you can't miss it, but specifically it's centered around 6th & Juniper with many blocks shooting off from there.
When: Thursday, August 6 - Sunday, August 9, 10am-10pm every day.
click here for specific hours & schedule of events. Each day has a different theme & it's just so fun!
How Much: Free entry, free dancing, performances & demonstrations. The meat pies & Fri-joes will cost you (but they're so worth it!).
Megan Defferding is the mom to two super fun boys who love to find great stuff to do all around Lane County! Check out her blog series, Happy Adventuring, weekly on GoMomGo.