Scandinavian Folk Music and Folk Dance
Events in Northern California

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Regular Events

Mondays Weekly
Scandinavian Dance Class in Sacramento CA
.  Six week sessions.  7-9:30 pm at Hamilton Street Park Community Center, 4855 Hamilton Street, Sacramento CA 95841.  Contact Marida Martin: (916)358-2807 or see for more info. Classes continue in summer.

1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays  
Scandinavian Folk Dance Class, Santa Cruz, 7:30-9:30 pm, Market Street Theater/SCO Clubhouse, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz CA. Instruction in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish folk dance by Ellen Moilanen. $2/session for SCO members, $3 for others. Everyone welcome. For information see  or call Ellen M. at 831-336-9972 or <> .

Tuesdays Weekly
Scandinavian Dance Class, Petaluma CA.  7:15 to 9:15pm at Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma.  We encourage anyone interested in Scandinavian dancing to come, beginners especially.  No partner needed.   Teaching by Vince Taylor, Emma Charlebois.   Info: Vince Taylor  or (707) 996-8300 Classes continue in summer.

Tuesdays  (mostly)
Open Sessions for Fiddlers and Nyckelharpers (aka fiddling with Fred) 8:00-10:30 pm  at the home of Fred Bialy and Toby Blomé, 1925 Hudson Street, El Cerrito. Contact ahead of time for updated schedule of gatherings or to be put on Fred's list . Contact: Fred or Toby, (510)215- 5974, <>.

Wednesdays Weekly
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring dance class and performance group. Everyone welcome. Masonic Hall, 980 Church St., Mountain View, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Info: Contact: Anne Huberman or Greg Goodhue: (408)259-9959,408-259-9959, <>, <>.

Thursdays Weekly
Scandiadans 7:00-10:00pm, at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland CA. The current session ends June 12, on vacation for the summer,  new session starts Thursday, September 4. Hwy 13 to Joaquin Miller Rd, east (up the hill)~ 1/2 mile, second right onto Butters Dr., go another 1/2 mile. On the right, look for post with 3115 on it (also “Scandiadans” sign). Take steep driveway down to a large parking area. Call Jane or Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or for information.   Teaching 7-8:30 pm.   

Fridays weekly
Scandinavian Fiddle Class, 7:30-10:00 pm.  at the home of Anita Seigel in Los Altos, location may vary. See or call Jeanne Sawyer 408-890-6102  for information and location/time changes. You may ask to be placed on our class email list. Continues throught summer.

1st Fridays Monthly
Scandinavian Cultural Evening 7:30 p.m., usually at Scandinavian Cultural Center, 240 Plymouth, Santa Cruz.  See special events calendar section for more info.  Contact: Michael or Ellen at <>, (831)336-9972, or <>.

1st Saturdays Monthly      Oct. 4, Nov. 1, no party in December, Jan. 3
Nordic Footnotes 1st Saturday Scandinavian Dance Party ,  7:30 p.m. - midnight,  usually at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church (Location may change), 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025. Entrance to parking lot is on Monte Rosa, just off Sand Hill Road. Teaching session 7:30-8:30 pm before party. Cost $8. For information and directions see or contact Jeanne and Henry 408-890-6102 , Sarah Kirton (650)968-3126 ,or Jim Little and Linda Persson (650) 323-2256

Third (Second) Saturdays before the Third (Second) Saturday Dance
Open Sessions for Fiddlers, 2 - 5 pm afternoon before 2nd Saturday dance at the home of Fred Bialy, 1925 Hudson Street, El Cerrito, (510) 215-5974 or . This is a practice session for the Monthly Second Saturday Scandinavian Dance. Call ahead as meetings occasionally canceled or moved, and times may vary.

Third (Second) Saturdays Quarterly 
October 18, December 20 (3rd Saturdays) 
Scandia 3rd (2nd) Saturday Dance (note dates above)
usually at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland CA. Highway 13 to Joaquin Miller Rd east to Butters Dr.  Cost $7. Musicians are encouraged to come and play. Dance teaching 7:30-8:30 pm, dance 8:30- 11:00 pm. For information call Jane and Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or . Location may vary.  Does not meet in January, February, June, July, August, September or November. 

Second Sundays monthly
Bameleikkaring (Children's Norwegian Dance)
classes,  1:30 - 3:30 pm, at  Nordahl Hall, 580 W.  Parr Ave., Los Gatos. Contact Ginny Hansen (925) 634-0266  (both location and day may change, so call ahead).

Special Events

December 2014
Arto & Antti Järvelä Westcoast Finnish music tour.  Facebook pages about the tour by Arto & Antti Järvelä.
Listing of their Westcoast tour 2-14.12. 2014 (note that times on this list are for CST, check locally)
October 30

DEC 2. Arcata, CA, House concert
DEC 3. Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, CA (w. Bruce Molsky) 8pm
DEC 4. Mountain View, CA (w. Bruce Molsky) 7 pm for more info
DEC 5. Fresno,CA  7.30 pm
The Big Red Church, 2131 N Van Ness Blvd, Fresno CA 93704 For information call: (559) 307-3610
DEC 6. Sonoma, CA, FAHA
2 pm 197 West Verano Ave, Sonoma 95476
 Arto and Antti Järvelä Concert tickets or 707-935-0200

DEC 7. Portland, OR, ScanFair 1 & 3 pm
DEC 9. Talent, OR, Paschal Winery and Vineyard, concert 7 pm
DEC10. Eugene, OR Wow hall, concert 8pm
DEC11. Portland, OR house concert, Abbies,(+Concert window broadcast) 7.30pm
DEC12. Olympia, WA , house concert 7pm
DEC13. Seattle, WA, Phinney Neighborhood Center, SFS concert 7.30 pm
DEC14. Seattle, WA, Dusty Strings (workshop) 12.15-2.15 pm
DEC14. Nancy's Farm, Bellingham,WA 7:30 pm

February 14-15, 2015
San Francisco Bay Area Scandia Festival , Emoryville CA.  Featuring Leif and Margareta as dance teachers.  There will be no music instruction.  For more information and registration (starting 12/10/14 at 10 am) see

April 17-19, 2015
Camp Norge Folkedans Stevne, Alta CA.    For more info see or contact

June 13-20, 2015
Scandia Camp Mendocino, Mendocino CA . Dance & Music from Hedmark, Oppland and Østerdal Norway and Dalarna Sweden.  For more info and registration see


Last update 12/8/2014

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