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MidSummer Festival in Burnaby


It wouldn’t be summer in Burnaby without the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival at the Scandinavian Centre. Whether you missed the European Festival last weekend, want to pretend that you’re a part of that TV show Vikings, or just REALLY like the meatballs at IKEA, the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is a great way to spend a weekend in Burnaby.

Experience Viking life such as arts & crafts in the Viking Village, sample Scandinavian food (Yes, IKEA is a sponsor! No, I don’t know if they are responsible for food), take part in the Paavo Nurmi Run or party it up the night before at Ember Skies (Friday June 20, $10, 19+ event). Kudos to those who party the night before AND take part in the run the following morning.

Aside from the beer garden, one of my favourite parts of the MidSummer Festival is the “Wife Carrying Competition”. Those quotations are appropriate by the way, girls can carry guys, guys can carry guys, girls can carry girls and your matrimonial status actually doesn’t matter. I speak from experience as part of 2010’s winning team! Your prize? The ‘wife’s’ weight in beer. While it does mean weighing yourself in front of an audience, it also means a LOT of Carlsberg! Not entering? It’s just as fun to watch (Sunday at 2:00pm).


There is more to this festival than food and beer though! The festival is of course family-friendly with kids activities, a troll forest, games and the Amazing Nordic Race. There will be music, dancing and the annual Midsummer Festival Lottery including the chance to win a return flight to Scandinavia on Icelandair! The Paavo Nurmi Run is Saturday, June 21 at 9 a.m. at Burnaby Lake. The MidSummer Festival runs June 21st (10:0oam – 11:00pm) and 22nd (10:00am – 4:00pm) at the Scandinavian Centre. A day pass for the festival is $10 for adults and free for children under 16. We have the chance to win tickets though!

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