Norwegian Heritage Festival

Pacific Lutheran University was founded by Norwegian Lutheran pioneers in 1890, and its Scandinavian roots run deep.

The university honors those roots annually with the Norwegian Heritage Festival, a collection of events that feature Norwegian foods, entertainment, and vendors, as well as crafts and demonstrations from rosemaling to woodcarving.

The event dates back to 1975, when HM King Olav V of Norway visited PLU. Local Norwegian Americans staged the festival in his honor. It was such a success that it continues today.

This year’s event is April 29  in the Anderson University Center from 11a.m. -4p.m. Admission is free with inexpensive and delicious homemade food (cash preferred).

Traditional Norwegian food and entertainment will be coordinated by the Daughters of Norway and the Sons of Norway, and Glamfolk Viking reenactors performing down in the Scandinavian Cultural Center throughout the day.

Check out all the event has to offer, including:

  • Vendors selling handmade items.
  • Norwegian food served, including lefse and romegraut, all afternoon.
  • Performances by the Sonoro Scandinavian Children’s Choir, which was first featured during King Harald of Norway’s last visit to PLU, as well as  the Leikarring Dancers. The 125 year old Normanna Male Chorus will also perform, as well as the accordion fiddle folk act Nordic Spirit. Smilin Scandinavians, a local polka band, will also offer their take on several popular dance tunes.

The Norwegian Heritage Festival is the result of a collaboration between PLU, local Norwegian lodges, Nordlyset, Sons of Norway and Daughters of Norway. For more information about this event and its participants, visit annualevents.