Authentic Scandinavian dancing is one of the most popular attractions at the Festival. We have 3 stages, and (like all entertainment at the Festival) all performances are free. In addition to several Junction City groups, we are often joined by others from Portland, Seattle, and California. Most years we are also able to feature dance ensembles from outside the United States; mostly from Scandinavia. For those of you with Children who want to dance in the Festival, we have several local Children’s Dance Groups. Download the Children’s Flyer for more info.
For those of you needing costumes made for yourself or your children, there are several seamstresses that sell costumes at the dance practices and during the festival as well in several of the booths.
During the Festival you’ll have many opportunities to see traditional crafts demonstrated outside the Art Show. They are listed in the program for each day, so be sure to look for them. Among the many crafts you’ll see are hardanger embroidery, bobbin lace, and tatted lace. Watching what it takes to produce it is a wonderful experience in this day of machine-manufactured goods.
Scandinavian Meatball Dinner
Time: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from 4:00-8:00pm.
Location: Served at the Moose Lodge next to the Festival at the corner of 4th and Front Streets.
Oregon Microbrew & Wine Terrace
Time: Thursday from 11:00am to 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday from 11:00am to 11:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm.
Late Night: The Terrace is only open to those 21+ after 8:00pm.
Food: Food available for purchase in the wine terrace, or outside food is also allowed.
Location: Located under the water tower at 7th and Front Streets.
Community Night Dinner: There is a special “Community Night Dinner” the day before the Festival opens on Wednesday from 5:00-9:00pm.
The Wine Terrace is a benefit for the Soroptimists.
- Thursday: 11am to 10pm
- Friday: 11am to 10pm
- Saturday: 11am to 10pm
- Sunday: 11am to 8pm
The beer garden is a fundraiser for the Moose Lodge
10k Run: Scheduled this year for Saturday, August 12th at 8:00 am, this USATF certified 10-kilometer course is flat and fast making it a great race to set a PR. No motor vehicles and no bikes will be allowed on the course.
5k Run/Walk: The not-competitive 5k run/walk is open to all ages and levels of fitness and will start at 8:15 am.
Scandia Jr: Is a 1-kilometer race for kids ages 5 and older. The Scandia Jr. race starts at 7:45 am. Please note that there are no dogs allowed on the race course.
Parking & Facilities: Parking, restrooms, and showers will be available at Junction City High School (11 blocks west of Lyle Day Park) from 6:00 to 11:00 am. Be sure to bring your own towel. Parking around Lyle Day Park will be congested. Do not park on Deal Street between 4th and Dane Lane. There will also be port-a-potties located at the race start/finish area.
The Dr. Norman L. Lee House Museum. This served as the home and office of Dr. Norman Lee, Junction City’s first physician. In the Lee House you will find Dr. Lee’s medical books and instruments, as well as furnishings of the period. There are exhibits of Oregon Trail artifacts, historical town photos and much more as well as a gift shop. The museum’s newest exhibit is about the history of the railroads in Junction City. The Dr. Norman Lee House Museum is located at 655 Holly Street.
The Mary E. Pitney House Museum. This house was left to the Historical Society by Mary Pitney who was born in the house and lived there at the time of her death at age 104. In the Pitney House you will find period furnishings original to the home, as well as items donated by others. There is ‘A Danish Room in an American House’, with artifacts of Danish heritage. Upstairs is a school room and a boarder’s bedroom. Our research library and a gift shop are also located here. Also on the Pitney House property is Junction City’s first jail, built in 1873 for $84.37. The Mary E. Pitney House Museum is located at 289 W 4th Ave. – the corner of 4th and Holly
The museums will be open during the Festival daily from 1 pm-5 pm. You can also visit the museums throughout the year every Thursday from 3 pm–5 pm and the first Saturday of each month from 1 pm–4 pm.