|MINOT, N.D. – Norsk Høstfest, North America’s largest Scandinavian festival, kicks off September 25th at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. The 42nd annual four-day festival features world-class LIVE entertainment, authentic Scandinavian cuisine, Scandinavian culture on display, handcrafted Norsk merchandise, plus a fine dining establishment lead by guest chefs. A pre-party dinner will take place on Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, 2019, with the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame awards banquet, celebrating the cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
“We are excited for our 2019 lineup,” said David Reiten, President of Norsk Høstfest. “We have a nice variety of shows with something for everyone. Come and take in all the festivities Høstfest has to offer from Viking Village to the amazing food.”
LIVE Entertainment & Tickets:
Norsk Høstfest features some of the best live entertainment including country legends Charley Pride, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, along with Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Chicago, plus Clint Black and The Texas Tenors, Chicks With Hits featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, and pure ‘Scandimonium’ from top comedians Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias, Terry Fator, and ISMO.
Great Hall of the Vikings Entertainment Lineup:
Wednesday, September 25th
1pm Chicks With Hits featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss (Tickets)
7pm Daniel O’Donnell (Tickets)
Thursday, September 26th
1pm Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder (Tickets)
1pm Ricky Nelson Remembered starring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson (Tickets)
7:30pm Clint Black with special guests The Texas Tenors (Tickets)
Friday, September 27th
1pm Charley Pride with special guest ISMO (Tickets)
8pm Gabriel ‘Fluffy’ Iglesias (Tickets)
Saturday, September 28th
1pm Terry Fator (Tickets)
8pm Chicago (Tickets)
The festival also includes music, comedy and special performances from The Medora Gospel Experience, a Neil Diamond tribute, Bjøro Håland, Mollie B, Williams and Ree, Kentucky Riders, Anna Sigrid, The Western Senators, William Florian, Ryan Keplin Fiddling Lefty, Trio Larsson, True Thomas the Storyteller, Viking Live Steel Combat, Telge Glima, Antie Kreamsaugen, Country Gentlemen, Soul Shine, The Norwegian Bachelor Farmers, Magic Tap Cloggers, Jenta O’Ja, Jenny and the Law, Max From Wild Hands, Daniel Starks, Ringling 5, Ragnarøkkr, Norsk Høstfest Accordion Club, JMB Band, Skålmusik, Skandi Ski Fantasy, Dakota Drifters, Renee & Karl, Sandinavian Youth Camp Performers, Western Plains Children’s Choir and much more!
The complete lineup is at hostfest.com/entertainment and tickets for all shows are on sale now at hostfest.com or by calling (701) 852-2368, or in person at 1020 S Broadway Minot, ND 58701.
2019 Friends of Høstfest — a membership program — will experience many other perks at the festival from discounts to special access. Guests can learn more about this program by visiting hostfest.com/membership.
Things To See & Do At The Festival:
While entertainment is a big draw, there is plenty more to see and do. Guests can learn new culinary techniques at the Nordic Kitchen, shop for one-of-a-kind gifts among hundreds of vendors, indulge in Scandinavian cuisine or enroll in Høstfest University classes and be educated in an artisan craft from an expert instructor. Another area of interest is the Author’s Corner, where guests can meet and hear some of their favorite authors such as Lauraine Snelling.
“The festival is truly amazing,” said Reiten. “Many people are shocked at how large it is and at how many international guests and professional artisans attend.”
Not only do visitors come all parts of Scandinavia, but others are a part of the festival experience itself. Every year, an elite team of chefs from Norway arrives to serve at the festival’s pop-up restaurants Scandi, and En To Tre. Scandi serves traditional, homemade Norwegian cuisine while En To Tre is a fine dining establishment requiring reservations.
In Viking Village, guests will find presenters and Viking re-enactors from Scandinavia, the U.S. and Canada.
“The Viking Village has been growing every year,” Reiten said. “Kids and adults love to watch the real sword battles and just walk among the Vikings and learn about their culture.”
The city of Minot has more than 30 hotels to choose from or, for the person looking to create their own adventure, one can bring an RV and stay right on festival grounds. Campsites are open September 19 through September 29. Guests arriving early can partake in numerous activities from Lefse Masters Preliminary Competition at Marketplace Foods on Monday, Sept. 23, to the RV Pre-Party dinner and dance on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Hours & Location:
North Dakota State Fairgrounds
2005 E Burdick Expy
Minot, North Dakota 58702
Festival doors open at 9 am every morning with general admission entertainment, shopping and dining open until 8 pm.Høstfest After Hours begins at 6:30 pm with the following events happening:
• Free nightly dances, courtesy of Cognizant, running from 6:30 pm until 11 pm.
• Great Hall of the Viking concerts – refer to concert tickets for start times
• Soulshine (Thursday/Friday) – Stockholm Hall. Food and dance running from 8 pm to 10 pm.
About The Festival:
Norsk Høstfest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises funds to preserve, improve and share Scandinavian culture, heritage and educational programs. The Scandinavian festival is held annually in the fall in the North Dakota State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot, N.D., USA. Entering its 42nd year, the festival has become North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands of people attending from all over the world. The festival features world-class entertainment, Scandinavian culture on display, handcrafted Norsk merchandise, authentic Scandinavian cuisine plus a fine dining establishment, En To Tre, led by Norwegian chefs. Norsk Høstfest celebrates Scandinavian culture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.