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Jul
20
Thu
Pippi Day Camp
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for summer adventures at the American Swedish Institute!  Through story-telling, cooking, art and imaginative play, have fun exploring Minneapolis’ only castle and learning about Nordic history and culture as part of ASI’s summer programming! ASI Summer Day Camps will be held Thursdays in July and August 2017 and are tailored for young minds entering grades 1-5. 

The world’s favorite red-headed heroine is the inspiration for this day of adventure!  Participants encouraged to dress like Pippi or her friends.

Cost:
$50 member / $60 nonmember
Jul
21
Fri
Spirit of the Lakes Festival
Jul 21 – Jul 22 all-day

The Spirit of the Lakes Festival is a festival “By the Community, For the Community.”  It is a two-day event with live music, a parade, art festival, Mini Putt by the Bay, great food, fireworks, entertainment for all ages along with the MN Wakesurf Competition!  The 2017 dates are Friday July 21 and Saturday July 22.

It takes place in the Western Lake Minnetonka area in the City of Mound. Most events are located at Surfside Park & Beach on Lake Minnetonka.

Friday events start with the MN Wakesurf Championship demo day. Later there will be Kids Fun (air brush tattoo artists, crazy hairdos, face painter, caricature drawings), fire dancers and live music from popular bands. It’s an evening of fun entertainment and dancing by the lake.  This night we are excited to present the third annual Meet Your Maker Minnesota Beverage Experience featuring MN breweries, wineries and distilleries.

Saturday brings the MN Wakesurf Championship finals along with the Grand Parade, Arts Festival, Mini Putt by the Bay, live stage shows (see details on our website), food court with incredible variety, beverage tastings, Lake Minnetonka boat tours, kids activities and so much more. At dusk enjoy a huge fireworks display over Lake Minnetonka! Live music continues after the fireworks.  This amazing festival is fun for all ages and is made possible by dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors.

For details and a full run-down of events, visit our website: http://spiritofthelakes.com

Jul
22
Sat
Tipsy Timberer Brewery Crawl
Jul 22 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Tipsy Timberer is a unique brewery crawl showing off some of the best taprooms in the area. Lumberjacks and Lumberjills from all over will be showing up to crawl for beer and check out the sources of the favorite (and new favorite) local brews.

Stamp, Pour, Sip, Ride, Repeat. At check-in, you’ll receive tickets for some free beers to redeem at taprooms of your choice, an event passport with helpful info about the event and a space to collect stamps for checking out each brewery, and a special event t-shirt. All included!

Buses will provide free transportation for event participants between select breweries and short routes will be mapped and marked for walking. As soon as you arrive at the next brewery, get your passport stamped, turn your ticket in, and try a new beer! 

Aug
3
Thu
Viking Day Camp
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us for summer adventures at the American Swedish Institute!  Through story-telling, cooking, art and imaginative play, have fun exploring Minneapolis’ only castle and learning about Nordic history and culture as part of ASI’s summer programming! ASI Summer Day Camps will be held Thursdays in July and August 2017 and are tailored for young minds entering grades 1-5. 

Sail away in to the world of the Vikings in this special day camp. We’ll build Viking ships, learn geography of the Nordic region and discover the mysterious runestones.

Cost:
$50 member / $60 nonmember
Aug
18
Fri
Kräftskiva — Crayfish Party 2017
Aug 18 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

KräftskivaCrayfish Party

Doors 6:30 p.m., Dinner 7 p.m. 

Experience a not-to-be-missed traditional Swedish Crayfish Feast!

ASI’s popular, annual Kräftskiva, or Crayfish Party,  serves crayfish family style, outside in the evening Courtyard. Crayfish have been eaten in Sweden since the 16th century, mostly by the aristocracy. Once threatened by overfishing, the season was mostly limited to August. As crayfish rebounded and the once exclusive delicacy became popular with middle classes, the Kräftskiva was born as a national festivity for all, marking the end of summer.

Tradition has it that crayfish are to be eaten outdoors under gaily colored paper lanterns, with bibs and comic paper hats. The little creatures are served with good bread, strong cheese, salads, Swedish paj (similar to quiche) and, of course, aquavit, beer, live music and drinking songs.

Grab a bib and Skål!

Tickets – get yours now while they’re still available!

  • Includes one shot of aquavit
  • Cash bar and non-alcoholic beverages

Register by August 11, 2017

Cost:
$55 ASI members and $65 nonmembers (21+ Event)
Sep
15
Fri
Cocktails at the Castle
Sep 15 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Cocktails at the Castle  –

Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 18 at 10 a.m.

Cocktails at the Castle is a community celebration filled with non-stop art, immersive music and exploration inspired by ASI’s new exhibition of paintings by the acclaimed Swedish artist, Karin Broos: Still Life. 
And, of course, delicious crafted cocktails and festival food by FIKA.

Tickets

More information about pricing and programming will be released as it becomes available. Please check this site again closer to the August 18 on-sale date for additional information.
*Members: Please check Summer Posten for the member discount code

 Planning Ahead

• All members of your party must be 21 years of age or older and show valid ID to enter the event.
• Food & drinks are purchased via a ticket system. Exchange the tickets for food & drink throughout the grounds.
• Credit cards are accepted. Paying with cash may provide a quicker option.
• Cocktails at the Castle is held both indoors and outdoors. Dress for the weather and have fun.
• We suggest purchasing tickets early – Cocktails at the Castle has a history of selling out.