Midwest Viking Festival

Midwest Viking Festival

Join us on September 23-24, 2022 at the UW-Green Bay Viking House grounds to explore Scandinavian history and the daily life of the region more than a 1,000 years ago! It's a free community event that celebrates the craft traditions, food, stories, and many other aspects of medieval Scandinavia (Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden). The festival runs from 10am – 4pm Sep. 23rd and 24th

What you'll see at the Festival:

  • A Viking encampment with blacksmiths, silversmiths, a potter, weavers, woodworkers, glass bead makers, medieval games (hnaftafl and kubb), archery, and cooks making food with ingredients only available during the Viking Age.
  • Performances!  Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to hear stories from the Viking Age told by Sven Tunheim, hear song and tales from Kari Tauring, and watch battle demonstrations showing how the famous weapons of the Viking Age were used in duels and a shield wall.
  • Tours of the Viking House by Elspeth and Owen Christiansen.
  • Activities for kids (archery, a “Viking Quest” scavenger hunt, kubb, get your name written in runes).
  • Rune readings!

Activities and Entertainment

Some of the Vikings will have handcrafted items and books for sale.  Bring your silver!
There will be food for purchase: homemade baked goods from the Sons of Norway, and two food trucks: Caribbean Cruiser and Bacon Burger Company.
The performance and demonstration schedule is the same for both days:
10:00am Festival Opening!
10:15am Sven Tunheim tells tales of the Vikings
11:00am Battle demonstration
11:30am Kari Tauring “Healing our kinship to Nature”
The Old Norse word ætt encompasses both family and place of origin. How did Iron Age people understand themselves as part of place? Our ancient poetry has some answers. Breathing with the trees of our origin, singing to wake up the plants, calling to lure in the land spirits, and sounding nature instruments confirmed our ancestors belonging, their ætt. This can be medicine for our own time of climate crisis and social upheavals.
12:30pm Sven Tunhaim tells tales of the Vikings
1:30pm Kari Tauring “Frith and Grith: Divine Female Boundary Setters”
Meaning Peace and Truce, these mystic female entities appear in Edda and Saga poetry. Their stories help us understand good boundary setting. The lessons of Peace and Truce are as essential in times of change and disruption. Learn about Frith and Grith with humor and embodiment. We will form a circle dance at the end of the presentation.
3:00pm Battle demonstration
4:00pm Closing of the festival
The Midwest Viking Festival is made possible through grants from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Viking Connection and The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County Minnesota, and CAHSS (The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science, UW-Green Bay).

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Wisconsin Humanities strengthens our democracy through educational and cultural programs that build connections and understanding among people of all backgrounds and beliefs throughout the state.