Swedish Festival
Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Where is the festival held and how do I get there?

Answer: The Cambridge Swedish Festival is held at:
    Cambridge Lutheran Church
    621 Old North Main St.
    Cambridge MN 55008

Cambridge is approximately 40 miles north of the Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota metro area at the intersection of Minnesota highways 65 and 95. The Cambridge Lutheran Church is located in the northern part of Cambridge. We suggest the you use Google Local, Mapquest, Windows Live Local, or Yahoo! Local to obtain a map or driving directions.

Question: Who do I contact if I have a question?

Answer: Please direct all inquiries to:
    Arne Everson
    Cambridge Lutheran Church
    621 Old North Main St.
    Cambridge MN 55008

    Telephone 763-689-1023

Question: When did the Cambridge Swedish Festival start and how often does it happen?

Answer: The Cambridge Swedish Festival started in 2002 and is held every two years.

Question: Do I need to buy a ticket in advance or can I just show up? How much does it cost to attend?

Answer: All events are open to the public. With the exception of the smorgasbord dinner on Friday night purchasing tickets in advance is not necessary. Tickets for the dinner will be available after the price has been determined. Some other events require tickets, the cost is usually about $5.00, and tickets are available at the door. Some events are supported by a free-will donation. Some events are free of charge.

Question: What are the usual activities at the Cambridge Swedish Festival?

Answer: The Cambridge Swedish Festival presents a variety of events through the week. Some are historical relating to the immigrant story and Swedish heritage. Some are educational and informational relating to contemporary Swedish culture. Some are entertaining featuring a variety of musical groups and other entertainments. Some are spiritually uplifting, including a Swedish hymn sing and a Swedish/English worship service. Please check the calendar on this Web site for more information about specific events.

Question: Are there any activities especially for children?

Answer: Yes, there are events for children. On Wednesday, June 14, outdoors on the church grounds, there is a parade for children, which leads to the raising of the Midsummer Pole, followed by music and dancing around the pole. Prior to the parade children are invited to join in making the decorations for the Midsummer Pole. Throughout the afternoon there are special games for children, a Swedish story-teller, a medium distance race (or walk), and a children's carnival. Children are welcome at all Swedish festival events.

Question: How far is it to downtown Cambridge from the site of the festival? Is it walking distance?

Answer: Downtown Cambridge is a six to eight block walk from the church.

Question: And are there places to eat in the immediate area?

Answer: Cambridge has a variety of restaurants, both fast food types (McDonalds, Subway, Arby's, Wendy's, Quiznos, Taco Johns) as well as traditional restaurants such as Perkins and Applebee's, various pizza shops, and other locally owned places, including two or three within walking distance of the Cambridge Lutheran Church, where the festival is located.