Northwest Danish Association sponsors and hosts events throughout the year. Scroll down for an overview of popular events in our Danish community. We also provide scholarship programs and an eldercare program. To stay up to date on these activities, join our e-bulletin or find us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Arts, Culture, Music and More
Fredagscafé is an opportunity to meet others with an interest in Denmark, Danish language, and Danish culture. It is also a chance to socialize in Danish in an informal setting All levels and all ages are welcome. This is a great monthly event for anyone who wants to speak Danish with other Danish speakers as well as for people who are learning Danish and would like to practice.
Onsdagskubben is a Danish luncheon provided by the Northwest Danish Association at the Seattle Danish Center (Harmony Hall). Lunch is followed by a program. The event is held on the third Wednesday of every month (except July and August). Donations are accepted.
Every year people have the opportunity to support the Northwest Danish Association through a fund-raising auction with lots of fun games and activities. Many silent auction items are available varying from gift certificates for golf, restaurants, dinner theater certificates, baskets of assorted items, skiing, and more. Items have also included one-of-a-kind jewelry, crafts, wines, flowers, and camping trips. Even vintage items such as Danish porcelain and Danish books can be found at the auction. A delicious Danish themed dinner is followed by dessert and a program.
Nordic Ventures is a spring series provided by the Northwest Danish Association. The program features speakers from various disciplines rooted in the Northern hemisphere as well as Danish musicians and other talent.
Northwest Danish Association sponsors and hosts a variety of events that celebrate Danish talent and Danish culture. The Association also sponsors events that serve informational purposes for Danes and Danish Americans.
For more than 30 years, Northwest Danish Association has provided an annual retreat and conference that puts a spotlight on Denmark and Danish culture and explores contemporary and historical topics related to Denmark. This popular retreat is held every year in June at the scenic Menucha Retreat and Conference Center.
Every summer annual Danish community picnics are held in Champoeg Park, Oregon and in Vasa Park, Washington. At Vasa Park we reserve a specific space for the day. There is a swimming beach with a life guard, a place to launch a boat, lots of lawn area for games, egg toss, sack races, etc.
Food includes hot dogs, Danish kringle cake, and beer! This is a fun event for adults and children.
Summer Camps for Children and Teens
Dane Camp for Little Vikings is a great opportunity for children ages 5 to 10 to experience Danish culture and traditions. Children are guided in their learning experiences by a teacher. The camp is held the first week of August in the Seattle Danish Center (Harmony Hall). A Danish theme rotates each year. Campers enjoy learning about Danish culture through crafts, stories, and various projects each related to the theme. Danish language sessions are included as well as folk dances and outdoor Danish sports at a nearby park. Lunches also have a Danish theme. This is a great way to get children started in a Danish camp before they are old enough to go to our popular Himmelbjerget Camp which is for children and adolescents 10 to 18 year old (for more information on Himmelbjerget, please see below).
Himmelbjerget is a camp offered every summer for children and adolescents ages 10-18. It is a great opportunity for participants to learn about Danish culture, language, traditions, and values. During the camp children learn valuable skills needed in our globalizing world, including cross-cultural communication and an understanding of cultural diversity.
Fastelavn is a traditional Danish event for kids! It is a Danish carnival held in February where kids get to dress up, sing, make crafts, and partake in other festivities. Children make whips of birch branches, and they wear costumes and play games. Finally the fun culminates with knocking the ‘cat’ out of a barrel hung from the ceiling. The child who made the final hit to break the barrel is crowned Cat King or Cat Queen and is awarded a toy cat. After the King or Queen is paraded around in a ‘golden chair’ the fun ends with hot chocolate and Fastelavn buns for all. You won’t want to miss the fun.
Julestue is a fun Christmas event held each year in early December. The event involves making popular Christmas crafts from Denmark, including Christmas oranges with cloves, Danish woven paper hearts for treats to hang on the Christmas tree, and other traditional Danish decorations.
Adults and children alike enjoy making various paper cutting activities. Children have a play or story and learn about the nisser and sing and dance around the Christmas tree. Typical Danish refreshments are enjoyed and Santa delights the children with his appearance.