Main Events

Some events persist from year to year—and shape the tradition of Nordic Fest. From the Opening Ceremonies and the Arts & Crafts Center to the Grand Parade and Fireworks, there is so much to experience at Nordic Fest!


Please check schedule for complete listings.

Carrying the Swedish flag at Nordic Fest Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies

Courthouse Square
Thursday, 6:45pm–8pm

Opening Ceremonies kick off Nordic Fest each year. Enjoy a presentation of flags, opening remarks, singing of the United States and Norwegian national anthems, and entertainment by performers such as Nordic Dancers and Luren Singers.

Arts & Crafts Center

A main event of Nordic Fest since 1974, the Arts & Craft Center is bustling with activity with 30+ artisans from the region. Here you’ll find Scandinavian themed wooden figurines, ceramic, fabric and wood gnomes, Hardanger embroidery, rosemaling art, Nordic folk art, Norwegian needle craft, American girl doll clothes, jewelry, soaps and lotions, fabric quilted runners, fabric wall art, machine embroidery, and much more.

Nordic Fest Grand Parade

Grand Parade

Water Street (downtown)
Saturday, 10:30am–12:30pm

Bring your lawn chairs and find the perfect spot along Water Street in downtown Decorah. Come early—this is a popular event! Enjoy an old-fashioned, small-town parade filled with music, treats, floats, firetrucks, and more.

Bunad Show

Hotel Winneshiek
Saturday, 2pm

A staple event at Nordic Fest since 1973, the Bunad Show enables Festers to experience the diversity of traditional Norwegian folk costumes. Marvel at the intricate handiwork and rich history of these unique clothes worn by volunteer models.


Athletic Fields near City Hall
Saturday, 10pm

We end each Nordic Fest with a bang—literally! Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and settle down for amazing fireworks display along the Upper Iowa River. Not to be missed!