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Don't miss these local events

July and August are relatively quiet in Sweden as well as Swedish America, but there are certainly a few things going on! If youre traveling to or living on the East Coast, in the Midwest or Pacific Northwest, here are a few events you might want to add ...

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In Seattle, WA
Viking Days. A Festival for all senses at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard August 19-20. This educational festival features Nordic foods, lively entertainment, a Viking Encampment, and much more. Eat your way through Scandinavia, tasting goodies from all five countries. Swedish Pancake Breakfast, Saturday and Sunday from 10am 1pm. Afternoon Salmon Bake with Alder-smoked salmon and all the fixins. Valhalla Beer Garden, Viking Grill and entertainment on 3 different stages. www.nordicmuseum.org/vikingdays

In Minneapolis, MN
On July 26, learn to prepare pickled herring! Nordic Table knows that no summertime menu or smrgsbord is complete without pickled herring, so theyre teaching easy ways to vary the flavors and textures of pickled herring. Make pickled herring at least three ways and add a seasonal berry dessert. Instructor Patrice Johnson is a Nordic food geek and meatball historian who loves to give traditional Scandinavian recipes a modern spin. 6:30-8 p.m. at the American Swedish Institute, $45/members, $55/non-members $55. Contact info@asimn.org or www.asimn.org/programs-education/events/nordic-table-celebrating-summer-pickled-herring

In New York, NY
This weeks Summer Jazz concert on July 27 features Danish saxophonist and composer Christian Winther. A set of Winther's original compositions will introduce you to the artist's soulful versatile sound. The evening starts with a pre-concert reception on the terrace at 6 p.m, concert to follow at 7 p.m. Scandinavia House. 212.779.3587, www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/summer-jazz-sigmar-matthiasson-trio/

In Philadelphia, PA
SmrgsBeer: July 29 at 5-9 p.m. It's a the chance youve been waiting for - a summer evening sampling local Philly and international lagers, ales, stouts and more -paired alongside a spread of savories like Swedish meatballs, cheeses and sausages! Tickets are $30/advance, $35/ door, with a special designated driver price of $10. Register online or by phone to the American Swedish Historical Museum at 215.389.1776 or www.americanswedish.org

Check our online calendar for other events around Swedish America, and you can even add your own it's easy, just follow the prompt anywhere on this website where you see the orange "submit event" button.

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