Fastelavn is a traditional Danish carnival that takes place before lent each year, much like Mardi Gras. Join us for this Danish tradition in Seattle or Portland!

A lucky Cat Queen or Cat King breaks a barrel piñata filled with candy and a stuffed animal cat. As old Danish tradition has it, beating the cat out of the barrel chases the winter away.

Fastelavn in Seattle:

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
2:00 pm  to 4:00 pm

Seattle Danish Center
(1833 N 105th Street, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98133)

Come chase winter away the Danish way! We will make ‘fastelavnsris’ and other Danish crafts, parade around in costumes, eat boller (Danish rolls), drink hot chocolate, and take turns hitting the barrel piñata. This is a great time to dress up in costume if you have one!

Refreshments: Boller (bread rolls), hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and juice


Click here to register online:

or give us a call at (206) 523-3263.
Please register online by February 19th.
For the lowest prices on NWDA activities, join as a member.

AdultsKids ages 4-18
All kids 3 & under free
Members of NWDA, DBIA, DSS$8$5

A parent or guardian of each child attending must complete a Liability and Photo Release Form for Minors.
To receive updates on Fastelavn and other NWDA programs, events, and activities, sign up for our e-bulletin mailing list.
Fastelavn in Seattle is sponsored by the Danish Brotherhood, the Danish Sisterhood, and NWDA.

Fastelavn in Portland:

Celebrate Fastelavn in Portland! 

February 22nd 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Bethany Lutheran Church 
4330 NE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Children 14 and under are free, those over 14 are $5.00.
Join us for a Fastelavn celebration in Portland and make sure to come in costume! There are prizes for the best costume. 

RSVP to Marian Case by 2/17/2020 at or 360.577.0875
All are welcome: Bring your kids and grandkids and friends!
Fastelavn in Portland is sponsored by Danish Sisterhood and NWDA.

*More about Danish Fastelavn: Following old Danish tradition, the cat in the barrel is a black cat that represents the spirit of winter. During medieval times they believed the black cat needed to be beaten out of the barrel and chased off before spring would come. In order to fool the evil spirit, the villagers would dress in costumes. 

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