WHAT TO EXPECT
Guest numbers will be limited at our Oregon Midsummer Festival 2021 to help ensure safety during the pandemic, and the total head count of everyone present (guests, volunteers, staff, vendors) will never exceed the Governor's mandates about event capacity.
All tickets to the 2021 Oregon Midsummer Festival will be sold in advance. You will not be able to buy tickets at the event itself. Everyone buying a ticket will have to choose which time session they wish to attend, and buy a ticket to that time session. If you wish to attend both sessions, just buy one ticket to each. You will not receive a physical ticket; at the festival you'll check in by name.
Everyone participating in the 2021 Oregon Midsummer Festival will be required to wear protective face masks at all times other than when eating with their pod in designated areas. If you don't have a mask when you arrive one will be provided for you, but we encourage all guests to bring their own so that we don't create unnecessary waste by using more disposable masks. Six feet social distancing between pods will also be required, and will be indicated with ground markings where appropriate (e.g. wherever lines are expected to form). Hand sanitizer will be abundantly available.
Two separate time sessions will be held, a MORNING time slot from 11am-2pm and an AFTERNOON time slot from 3pm-6pm. No one will be allowed to enter the grounds before the designated start of the session for which they're ticketed, and all guests will be required to leave the grounds once their designated session ends. Both time sessions will include all the same events (e.g. the raising of and dancing around the Midsummer pole) and amenities (e.g. music, kubb, food and drink, flower crowns, kids activities).
We don't have picnic tables at Nordia House like they do at Oaks Park, so you'll want to bring some seating of your own (a picnic blanket or camping chair), or buy a NNW picnic blanket when you buy your ticket to the Midsummer Festival!
In order to reduce our production of harmful plastic waste at this event, we are encouraging the use of reusable drink ware. You can bring your own outdoor-safe (non-breakable) cup or water bottle or buy one of our new stainless steel 16-ouncers when you buy your ticket to the Midsummer Festival!
Food & Drink
We are pleased to have both The Scandinavian Cafe and Broder serving as our food vendors this year. Come hungry, and try as many of their delicious savory and sweet options as you can! To-go containers will be available. Just be sure to leave room for some tasty drinks too, provided by Nordic Northwest. We'll be serving pFriem beer, wine from local wineries and a nonalcoholic summery Scandinavian favorite elderflower juice. Please refrain from bringing outside food and drink to the festival.
It's always a good idea to bring cash to our festivals, as paying by cash at the bar, festival gear table and vendor booths always keeps those lines moving smoothly. The bar and festival gear table will also accept credit cards. Vendors make their own decisions about what forms of payment they accept, and we encourage them to indicate which they accept clearly at their booths.
You can get to Nordia House by bus (#45 stops right in front) or car. The address is 8800 SW Oleson Rd. Portland, OR 97223.
Parking at our two small lots is limited, so please carpool or use alternative transportation as much as possible. An overflow parking lot will be available for festival guests down the street at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 8470 SW Oleson Rd. Portland, OR 97223; it is a .03 mile walk from the church parking lot back to Nordia House. Festival volunteers and vendors will be asked to use street parking or park down at the strip malls where Oleson Rd. meets Hall Blvd.
The Nordia House parking lot has two disability parking spots in the upper lot. We strive to accommodate needs for all patrons; for building or event visits please call 503-977-0275 to arrange additional accommodations and event seating needs. (www.ada.gov)
The Oregon Midsummer Festival is an outdoor event, much of which takes place on grass, and some of Fogelbo's lawn is sloped. Please wear appropriate footwear to be comfortable walking on uneven surfaces. The festival will go forward rain or shine!
No pets allowed at this event, except for service animals.
No smoking permitted at the festival.
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