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The Viking Midsummer Festival and Swedish Day

  • Good Templar Park 528 East Side Drive Geneva, IL, 60134 United States (map)

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the sailing of the "Viking" ship from Norway to America's World's Fair in Chicago.

  • Viking ship tours
  • Children's Kubb Tournament
  • Viking storytelling, shields, artifact displays, Craftsman Demonstrations

The Viking was built at Christen Christensen’s Framnes Shipyard in Sandefjord, Norway in 1892-93. It was copied after the ancient Viking ship Gokstad. Excavated in 1880, the Gokstad had been called the most beautiful ship ever built.

The Viking is approximately 78 feet long, 17 feet wide, and 6.5 feet high from the bottom of the keel to the gunwale. It is now housed at Good Templar Park.

In 1893 the Viking sailed from Norway to Chicago, via the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes, and became one of the greatest attractions at the World’s Columbian Exposition.


Swedish Day 2018


Svenskarnas Dag is the Midwest's oldest Midsummer festival, dating back to 1911. Swedish Day is held on the 3rd Sunday of June  at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva, IL 60134. 

This ethnic festival, organized by the Swedish Day Committee of  IOGT, has entertained the Fox Valley area for generations. Come Join us for the Maypole Celebration, Swedish crafts, traditional Swedish food and the natural beauty of Good Templar Park.


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Earlier Event: May 12
Not so Secret Garden Sale
Later Event: June 23
Historic Cottage Walks