If you’re resolved to find a place to spend time in 2023 that offers camaraderie, food, friends and new experiences, here’s a starting point!
The American Swedish Institute museum and cultural center announces a winter-to-spring schedule of programs for every age and interest in language, cooking, and crafts; fun happenings in the cozy Turnblad mansion, including a series youth events, as well as can’t-miss musical events. We have something for everyone!
A suggested schedule of amazing highlights to register for includes:
• Artist-Led Tours: Jo Andersson Thursday Feb 2, 2- 3 pm, 6 -7 pm.
Experience ASI’s new exhibit, Fluidity: Identity in Swedish Glass, through the eyes of the artist herself. Jo Andersson will lead you on an exploration of her craft and share stories about the pieces highlighted in the exhibition. $20 ($15 ASI members).
• First look party for Fluidity: Identity in Swedish Glass Friday Feb. 3, 5 – 9 pm.
Celebrate the opening of Fluidity and the U.S. premiere of Swedish glass artist Jo Andersson’s immersive installation, Being. Hear from Jo Andersson and other featured glass artists, and enjoy themed activities, food and drink inspired by the exhibition. $25 ($20 ASI members). This exhibit continues through May 28.
• Midwinter Folk Festival Kick Off Concert Friday Feb. 17, 6 – 9 pm.
Midwinter Folk Festival is a weekend of song and art, kicked off with this intimate evening concert featuring New York-based Nyckelharpa player Alyssa Rodriquez. $30 ($25 ASI member).
• Midwinter Folk Festival Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 am – 4 pm.
Join us for a packed day full of pop-up concerts, workshops, jam sessions, and more. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate — and experimentation and curiosity are highly encouraged. Registration fee includes participation in all activities related to the festival. $50 ($45 ASI member)
• Kids at the Castle Fri Jan 20, Sat Jan 21, Fri Feb 17, Sat Feb 18, Fri March 17, Sat March 18, Fri April 21, Sat April 22. 9 to 10 am.
Kids at the Castle has Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, and Viking themed fun-filled programs for your little ones. Advance registration required; adults required; suggested for ages 2–5. $10 per family.
• Easter Egg Hunt at the Castle Saturday April 8, morning 9 am and afternoon 1 pm
Intergenerational event recommended for children ten and under and their special adults. Celebrate with storytime with the Easter Witch (påskkärring), add feathers to the Easter tree (påskris), and make your own Easter table decorations and Swedish-inspired Easter cards. $15 ($10 ASI members, under 2 yr old free).
Throughout the year, you can explore ASI’s exhibitions and the Turnblad Mansion during public and group tours led by ASI educators. With exclusive access to ASI content experts, these tours offer an up-close and unique experience for both the public and scheduled groups. Group tours are ideal for 10-30 people, each $20 ticket includes museum admission. Unique meal and refreshment options are available (for an additional cost) such as cookies, cocktails, or a full Swedish smörgåsbord.
Do you want to continue learning about Swedish-American culture? Have an interest you’ve never explored yet? ASI has something for everyone – cooking, languages, woodworking, needle-felting, and so much more! Our Nordic Table classes are perfect for the individual wanting to become a master in the kitchen and our intergenerational classes will bring a unique and fun experience for you and your loved one.
Looking for that ultimate unique gift? The ASI Museum Store’s Gift Shop is now open, with a curated selection of handmade and imported items. Shop in person or shop online to find the perfect gift for everyone or to bring a little bit of Scandinavian details to your home. From tomtes to specialty hand-woven wool blankets, you’ll find an appealing array of gifts for any occasion.
Traditional Swedish indulgences are a signature of FIKA Cafe! Don’t miss our seasonal menus, voted one of the best restaurants by MSP Magazine, where you’re sure to find the iconic Swedish flavors of lingonberry and cardamom alongside some of the best meatballs and gravlax around.
The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts and cultural organization that engages locally and connects globally. With a campus including the historic Turnblad Mansion and the Nelson Cultural Center, ASI uses its resources to be a valuable community asset and integral partner in Minneapolis.