Since 1967, over 2 million visitors from all over the world have attended the festival in Decorah, IA and celebrated Scandinavian culture!

Nordic Fest has something for your whole family to enjoy. Delicious food, traditional crafts, a colorful parade, lively entertainment, dancing, sporting events and contests, and a 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!

Nordic Fest Entertainment & Activities
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. 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, Vesterheim Museum is a must-see! Don’t forget the Arts & Crafts Show at the Decorah Middle School.

Friday evening you’ll want to head to Canopy 5 for entertainment that will rock you, cold refreshments, lots of dancing, and loads of laughs.

Wake up in time for the Elvelopet 5 and 15K race (7:30 a.m.). Hundreds of people will gather for this fest favorite! Decorah’s Annual “River Run” race course highlights the natural beauty that northeast Iowa has to offer. Official themed Elveløpet Race Shirts are provided to all paid participants! The race begins on Saturday July 29th at 7:30 a.m. in front of Decorah’s City Hall. Hydration offered along the route and fruit and drink available at the finish line. Don’t forget to ask for a print-out of your results! Festers who participate in the three Saturday events of the Elvelopet 15k run, Rock Throw, and the famed Lutefisk eating contest will have their results combined to face off with other Ultimate Norseman! Registrations can be dropped off at 507 W. Water Street until noon on Friday, July 28th. Early registration cost through July 14th is $30 for the 5K or $40 for the 15K. Youth 13 and under are $25 for either event.After July 14th, fees increase to $40 for the 5K, $50 for the 15K, and $35 foryouth 13 and under. Final registrations will be accepted at City Hall from 6-8p.m. on Friday or 6-7am the day of the race.

Lawn chairs will start to fill the sidewalks gearing up for the Grand Parade at 10:30 a.m. This is a fest event NOT to be missed!

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 for more entertainment.

At 10 p.m. the night’s sky will light up with a beautiful Fireworks Display.

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