October 2019

Svensk Hyllningsfest
Friday & Saturday, October 18 & 19

Biennially, Lindsborg hosts a community-wide festival where many community members don traditional Swedish folk costumes in celebration of the Swedish pioneers who settled the Smoky Valley 150 years ago. Svensk Hyllningsfest features art and crafts, special foods, ethnic music, and other special entertainment while Swedish folk dancers and musicians lend a unique character and spirit to the festival.
Newcomers have as much fun "becoming Swedish" as do the longtime residents. This community closeness may be the highest tribute we can pay to the immigrants who also exemplified this kind of unity - a fitting legacy for future residents of the Smoky Valley. Dancers - from eager young grade school students who have been practicing for months, to the Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers (high school age students) and the Lindsborg Folkdanslag (their adult counterparts) - are charming and enthusiastic performers.
The festival also features live demonstrations of cooking, arts, crafts, and a folk costumes exhibit, a small sampling of what to expect during your visit. The parade at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning, features area marching bands, floats, antique cars, and other entries, a favorite event for many festival-goers. You can find a highlighted festival schedule below, or find the full schedule of events here .
Swedish Costume Exhibit...............1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Kelly J Wilson Design Studio, 113 W State St
Järnkors Dedication.................5:30 PM
Swensson Park, 400 block N Main St
Opening Worship Service ................. 7:00 PM
King & Queen Reception ..................8:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main St

Arts & Crafts area opens ................... 9:00 AM
J.O. Sundstrom Building,102 N Main St 
Swedish Folk Dancing, Folk Games and More...................10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Main Stage, Intersection of Main & Lincoln Streets
Crowning Ceremony & Official Opening at Main Stage .........1:00 PM
Main Stage, Intersection of Main & Lincoln Streets
Lutefisk Eating Contest .................. 1:00 PM
Mrs. Olsson's Coffee House, 202 N Main St
Smörgåsbord .................... ..... 5:00 & 7:00 PM
J.O. Sundstrom Building, 102 N Main St
Smoky Valley Men’s Chorus..............6:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N Main St
Every Day Lights ...............................8:00 PM
Swensson Park, Bandshell, 400 block N Main St

Coronado Heights Run ...................... 7:30 AM
Starting Line, Intersection of Main & Lincoln Streets
Arts & Crafts area open ..................... 8:00 AM
J.O. Sundstrom Building,102 N Main St 
Welcome & Anthems ......................... 9:45 AM
Main Stage, Intersection of Main & Lincoln Streets
Grand Parade begins ...................... 10:00 AM
Folk Dancing, Music, Family Games & More...................11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Main Stage, Intersection of Main & Lincoln Streets
Sven & Ole Joke Competition.............1:00 PM
Mrs. Olsson's Coffee House , 202 N Main St
The Blades...........................7:00 PM
Main Stage, Intersection of Main & Lincoln Streets

Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk
Celebrating Scandinavian Art Amid Svensk Hyllningsfest
Friday, October 18
5:00 PM - 8:00PM

For the month of October, Makers Street - the Lindsborg Art Walk is moving from its traditional second Friday of the month. It seemed fitting to celebrate October's Makers Street theme of Scandinavian Art during Lindsborg's Svensk Hyllningsfest.
Some of the stops to enjoy this month are:
  • The Red Barn Studio Museum's special exhibition of the Influences of Swedish Culture in Lester Raymer's Arts and Crafts as well as the Red Barn's artist-in-residence, Maude Brorson, a fiber artist.
  • Collections & Essentials will be featuring the Lost Treasures of late Ragner aka Richard Miller. 
  • A traditional Swedish costume exhibition created from local collections will be on display at Kelly J Wilson Design.
  • A hand-cut paper art print featuring a dala horse, specially made for and available at Hands of Time Gallery, and so much more! 

Svensk Hyllningsfest Food Court
Friday, October 18 | 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 19 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

There's one thing that will not happen at the 2019 Svensk Hyllningsfest - you will not go hungry ! The food court will be open Friday from 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. This year the food court will be near Main and Grant Streets on the South side of the downtown area providing much more space for guests to sit and enjoy the delicious options available.
In addition to local food vendors like Assaria Lutheran Church, Lindsborg Kiwanis Club and Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers, guests can enjoy food from Buddy's Inc., Cactus Jack, Chapman Take Away, The Corn Kettle, The Dapper Doughnut, Hill's Diner, LumpiaPalooza, Onion Blossom, Russ & Annie's, Snoko Ice, Tacos Food Truck and Tropical Treats!
As always, there are local dining options to enjoy like Blacksmith Coffee Shop & Roastery, Brick House Grill, China Restaurant, Courtyard Bakery, Farley's Bar & Grill, Jalisco, Öl Stuga, Pizza Hut, Scott's Hometown Foods, Subway, Swedish Crown Restaurant, and The White Peacock Tea & Coffee Company. Need more? The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers will be hosting a meal of pulled pork on Swedish rye bread, Scandinavian coleslaw, dill potatoes, coffee and dessert for $10 per plate on Saturday, October 19, beginning at noon in the Evangelical Covenant Church of Lindsborg, located at 102 S Washington Street.

Svensk Hyllningsfest Special Entertainment
Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19
Enjoy snippets from the many high caliber entertainers that have been exclusively invited for your entertainment during Svensk Hyllningsfest! Find the full schedule here .
A Girl Out There (ORIGINAL)
Dru Davis - Symphony Tree {In the Rain}
Spoon Man - Jim Cruise - Spoon Playing 2014
Lost wrist watches found

The Hanson Family Jugglers

DRUM SAFARI - Children's Drumming Programs - KC

Nikki Moddelmog - Take Your Time (with Susan Mayo)

Mark Gilston - Ombyggnaden (Polska från Rättvik efter Pers Erik) on mountain dulcimer

Animal Amigos!

Mountain Man Rendezvous
Friday - Sunday, October 4-6
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

You are invited to celebrate Maxwell Wildlife Refuge's Mountain Man Rendezvous , the annual re-enactment of the pre-1840's on the Great Plains of Kansas. This event is hostedat Maxwell Wildlife Refuge , October 4, 5, and 6 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There will be demonstrations and history of life on the Kansas prairies as it was in the early 1800's .

Bring the family and enjoy buffalo burgers, chili, and hourly prairie tours given by volunteers of The Friends of Maxwell. Gate entry for this event is free. Reservations for bison tours are suggested for large groups by calling 620-628-4455 or e-mailing .

Falun Classic Bicycle Ride
Sunday, October 13
1:30 PM 

The Falun Classic, an annual bicycle ride held in October, starts and ends in Lindsborg. The ride offers cyclists of all abilities a 32-mile loop with sag stops through the beautiful Smoky Valley and the town of Falun, on paved roads. The ride begins at 1:30 PM in Swensson Park located on the 400 block of North Main Street in Lindsborg with a light lunch provided after the race. A long sleeve t-shirt, with additional shirts available for purchase, is also included in the registration.

The deadline to guarantee your t-shirt and enjoy a discounted registration fee is September 29th. Registrations received on or after Monday, September 30, cannot be guaranteed a shirt. The Falun Classic is sponsored by the McPherson Area Cyclists and helps raise funds for local cycling infrastructure and advocacy work. Register for the event here .

Photo courtesy of Tim Stewart

Coronado Heights Run
Saturday, October 19
7:30 AM 

Saturday, October 19, take part in the annual Coronado Heights Run! With a 15K run, 5K run, 2-mile walk, or 1-mile Fun Run, you can choose your challenge! Registration begins at 6:30 AM with races starting at 7:30 AM. Race numbers may be picked up at Vision_Tek, 121 S Main Street, prior to the race beginning at 6:00 AM. All registered runners will be given a multi-colored t-shirt to commemorate the race. Registrations after September 27 cannot be guaranteed a shirt. Registrations can be completed online.

Lindsborg Cars & Coffee
8:00 AM

Do you have a vehicle that you love, or one that you love to talk about? Join in the fun of Lindsborg Cars and Coffee! It doesn't matter the year or the make of your car, only that you like it. Don't own one to show off, but still love cars? Come anyway. The goal is to meet up, sit and discuss cars or show them off. Lindsborg Cars and Coffee begins at 8:00 AM Saturday morning and ends when the last person leaves. The next meet up will be Saturday, September 28, at the Blacksmith Coffee Shop & Roastery, 122 N Main Street. Find Lindsborg Cars and Coffee on Facebook for more information and great photos of visiting vehicles!

Looking Ahead...

  • Second Friday of each Month - Makers Street - The Lindsborg Art Walk - 5-8 PM
  • 11/9 - Holiday Open House - 10 AM - 4 PM
  • 11/30 - Small Business Saturday - 10 AM - 4 PM
  • 12/7 - Artists' Studio Open House - 10 AM - 4 PM
  • 12/7 - Snowflake Parade - 11 AM
  • 12/8 - Jultide at Bethany College - 4 PM
  • 12/14 - St. Lucia Festival - 10 AM - 4 PM
  • 12/14 - Old Fashioned Christmas at the Old Mill - 5:30 PM
  • 12/21 - Cookies with Mrs. Claus - 10 AM - 1 PM
  • 12/25 - Julotta at Bethany Lutheran Church - 6 AM
  • 12/26 - Annandag Jul at Bethany Lutheran Church - 10 AM

Property Search

Want to learn more? Sign up for our mailing list!

* indicates required