On Friday and Saturday, Sep. 23rd and 24th, Vikings from near and far will gather and raise an encampment on the UW-Green Bay Viking House grounds (near Wood Hall) on the Green Bay campus. This year, UW-Green Bay will become the permanent host of the Midwest’s largest Viking festival, previously held in Fargo/Moorehead, North Dakota. The festival will be held from 10am to 4pm, and is open to the public — and free to attend.
Viking festivals are celebrations of Scandinavian history and culture. More than sixty Vikings will set up a large camp to demonstrate blacksmithing, silversmithing, wood carving and turning, textile arts, glass bead making, cooking, storytelling, singing, archery, and battle reenactments. To kick off the festival, special guest Thomas Risom from Ribe, Denmark, will give a talk on Viking beadcraft at the Weidner Center on Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm.
This is an all-ages festival with activities for kids (Archery, a Viking Quest, and Kubb). Food will be available for purchase from Bacon Burger Co. and Caribbean Cruiser.