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17th of May Festival and Parade: Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard

Norwegian Constitution Day is May 17th
Norwegian Constitution Day is May 17th
Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

Saturday marks the 200th anniversary of the signing of Norway's Constitution and Ballard is the place to celebrate. Families can experience a day of Nordic entertainers, children’s activities, free museum admission, live music, Scandinavian food and the very popular Syttende Mai parade.

This free celebration takes place May 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the downtown area of Ballard.

Live Entertainment ~ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bergen Place Park
5420 22nd Ave NW, Seattle, 98107
(206) 684-4075

10:00 Opening Festivities - with Mayor Ed Murray
10:15 Folk Voice Band
11:00 Knut Bell
Wicked, Ornry, Mean and Nasty by Knut Bell
12:00 Toby Hanson& the Smilin’ Scandinavians - Polka Band
1:00 Nordic Reflections & Harald Nygaard - Accordion Favorites
2:00 Leikarringen of Leif Erikson Lodge - Folk Dance & Costumes
2:30 Barneleikarringen - Children’s Norwegian Folk Dance
3:00 Norwegian Male Chorus
3:30 Norwegian Ladies Chorus
4:00 Bonnie Birch
4:30 Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag
5:00 Skandia Kapell - Finale

Nordic Heritage Museum ~ 10:00 to 5:00 p.m.
3014 NW 67th St, Seattle, 98107
(206) 789-5707
All ages are encouraged to check out the Museum, free of charge.Their Café will have Nordic food and drink available for purchase.

Children’s activities (Barneleker) ~10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring the kiddos to the Heritage Museum to make free holiday crafts and pet the fjord horses.

Norwegian Barbie Dolls of the World Collection

Café at Leif Erikson Lodge ~ 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
2245 NW 57th Ballard

Drop by to hear a variety of Norwegian favorites (on traditional instruments) performed by the amazing Winter Band while checking out the local Scandinavian organizations and clubs. Nordic food, beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), pins, flags, CD’s and other products will be available for purchase.

Norwegian Seattle (Images of America: Washington)

17th of May Parade ~ 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The parade begins at the corner of NW 62nd and 24th Avenue NW and heads south to Market Street. The route continues eastward to Bergen Place Park, turns right onto 22nd, south down Ballard Avenue before ending at Dock St. Grab a spot anywhere along the mile long route.

Nordic Crafts Over 30 Projects Inspired by Scandinavian Style

17th of May Dance ~ 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Elks 827 at Shilshole
6411 Seaview Ave NW Seattle
(206) 784-0827

Tickets $10 at the Door
Live Music provided by Jazz Unlimited Band along with a no-host bar.

16 Most Requested Polkas ~ CD or MP3

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