More About Syttende Mai Folk Festival

The Norwegian heritage of many of Stoughton’s citizens is celebrated each year as our entire town and thousands of guests observe Syttende Mai

The words “Syttende Mai” are Norwegian for “seventeenth of May,” and we hold the event on the weekend closest to May 17. On that day in 1814, the Norwegian Constitution was signed, giving Norway independence from its 500-year union with Denmark. Stoughton’s Syttende Mai celebration dates back as far as 1868, when Norwegian immigration in this part of Wisconsin was reaching its peak.

Syttende Mai is a very colorful, gala, family-oriented affair with many people wearing authentic Norse costumes or bunads. There are folk dancing performances by the world famous Stoughton Norwegian Dancers, exhibits of Norwegian rosemaling (painting) and hardanger (needlework), Norse Costume show, Norwegian church services, smorgasbord of Norwegian foods and a variety of musical performances.

Syttende Mai also features an arts and crafts fair, quilt show, Village Player performances, canoe race, 20 and 10-mile runs, 17-mile walk, a 2-mile Community Lil’ Run, a strongman competition called Viking Games, a huge Norwegian parade, and local food stands everywhere! A king and queen, and prince and princess are chosen to reign over the festivities. Come join us!

Date & Time

May 19, 2023

Additional Dates

This event also occurs on:
05/20/2023, 05/21/2023

Location

Stoughton, WI 53589

Social Media

Share This Event!

Add to My Calendar

More About Town Planner Calendar

The Town Planner calendar is a wonderful family-friendly resource mailed FREE every year to homes around town.

For homeowners, the Town Planner provides year-round information on what's happening in our community, great savings from local merchants, and beautiful full color photography of the most scenic spots in our hometown.

For merchants, the Town Planner puts you ON DISPLAY EVERY DAY -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! The calendar is such a useful tool that folks keep it hanging up in a handy spot all year long, making sure they see your company name every time they go to the fridge, to the front door, or to their office.

In addition to our yearly print calendar, our website, weekly newsletter, and smart phone app are updated every day to ensure that you can always find out where to go to have fun or to save money!

Additional Details

Town Planner Calendar Logo

Location

Town Planner Calendar
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 53590

Social Media

Did you know you can follow any of our 175 Special Interest calendars and stay informed better than ever before? See them here. You can also create your own public or private calendar here. Post events to your calendar and ours at the same time! Terms and conditions may vary based on the policies of your local Town Planner publisher.
Sign-up for the Town Planner weekly eNewsletter. Get local events delivered right to your Inbox.