The Petersburg Little Norway Festival Committee and Chamber of Commerce welcome all residents and visitors of Petersburg to the Annual Little Norway Festival each year. Please keep in mind of our local mandate – mask up and social distance. Let’s enjoy a wonderful festival in the safest way possible.

Residents and visitors, young and old alike dressed in Norwegian bunader (folk costumes) host as well as partake in the Festival events. This annual celebration dates back to May 17th, 1958 when two local women, Bernadine Trones and Alma Wallen chaired the first Little Norway Festival in celebration of our unique Norwegian heritage. Syttende Mai or May 17th, celebrates the signing of Norway’s Constitution in 1814. Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival has grown to span the 3rd weekend of May and celebrates not only Norway’s Constitution, but U.S. Armed Forces Day, the coming of spring and beginning of the fishing season.

Great music always plays a large part of the Festival fun. The heart of downtown is barricaded and booths line the street offering a variety of wares and information. Food, always an important aspect of any festival, ranges from traditional Alaskan Native fare and Petersburg’s world-class seafood to fine Norwegian delicacies. A parade, a walk/run race, a pageant, style shows and many dedications fill out the very full Annual Festival Schedule and insure entertainment for everyone.

This year & future Festival Dates: Though the Festival Schedule remains largely the same, each y ear a preliminary schedule of events will be available through the Petersburg Visitor Information Center & Chamber of Commerce in early May of the Festival year.  For up-to-the-minute updates visit us on our  Little Norway Facebook Page .

The Festival dates are customarily the third weekend in May coinciding with May 17th.

With true hometown flair, “The Little Norway Festival” is a celebration of Southeast Alaskan life and all are Velkommen til Petersburg!

 

Little Norway Festival Schedule 2021

Please keep in mind of our local mandate – mask up and social distance. Let’s enjoy a wonderful festival in the safest way possible.

SATURDAY, May 8th

8:00am – 4:00pm
City of Kupreanof Celebration Day:
“Walk Into the Wilderness” Catch a ride over to Kupreanof starting at 8am from the Harbor Master’s office with the F/V JUNO. FREE Transportation available until 4pm. Join the celebration which includes hikes, geocaching, and kayaking (10am-3:00pm at the Kupreanof Dock). For a schedule of activities and more info go to www.cityofkupreanof.org  If You Pack It In, Pack It Out!

9:30am – 10:30am
Community Cleanup:
In anticipation of Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival the Petersburg Ranger District is organizing a community trash clean up on Saturday, May 8th. Stop by our office at 12 N Nordic Dr to pick up trash bags and gloves. Call Lizzy at 907-419-6158 for more information and to pick a location to cleanup.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Clausen Memorial Museum:
May 8th-16th, 203 Fram Street – Little Norway Art Show, no charge.  Stop by, see the latest in local talent, throughout the festival. There will be limit numbers at one time using a colored card system at the door. If red, please wait and if green, you may enter. Masks are required! If you have questions, please call 772-3598

ALL DAY
Steps to Be Tobacco Free – PIA
From May 8th through May 30th, one name will be randomly drawn each week to win different prizes! To enter each week, send your weekly log to tcp@piatribal.org every Sunday before midnight. Questions? Contact Tori at PIA 772-3636

THURSDAY, May 13th

9:00am – 5:00pm
Visitor Information Center Open:
1st Street & Fram – Come and see our selection of Mitkof Island maps and display of pictures from past Little Norway Festivals.

9:30am – 5:30pm
Diamante  Gift Shoppe:
Mainstreet. Stop by and find a beautiful piece of Solje Jewelry, imported from Norway, or a treasure from local artist Naomi Welde’s hand painted Rosemaling and don’t forget the Little Norway Blanket and Tote Bag. All available for purchase!

10:00am – 5:00pm
Sing Lee Alley:
Bookstore Rest Stop – Sing Lee Alley Books.
Take a breather with covered seating and enjoy the sights of historic Sing Lee Alley. Free

10:00am – 5:00pm
Clausen Memorial Museum:
203 Fram Street – Little Norway Art Show, no charge.  Stop by, see the latest in local talent, throughout the festival. There will be limit numbers at one time using a colored card system at the door. If red, please wait and if green, you may enter. Masks are required! If you have questions, please call 772-3598

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Lee’s Clothing – Live Norwegian Sweater Modeling and Dale of Norway Trunk Show:
Main Street. Experience our 2021 collection of Norwegian sweaters and hats modeled live in our window.

2:00pm
Muskeg Walk with Forest Service Interpreter:
Meet at Ballfields – top of Excel St. Join Joni Johnson on an interesting, leisurely walk and learn about the unique surface that makes up the Mitkof Island ground cover.

5:15pm – 6:00pm
Little Norway Festival Pageant:
Excel on Main Street – Enjoy Petersburg’s rich multi-ethnic heritage through Norwegian Anthem, National Anthem, presentation of the Norwegian American award and the “Festival Dancers” $500 raffle winner announced.

6:00pm – 6:30pm
Hammer and Wikan Mural Unveiling:
Excel on main street – Hammer Wikan kicks off their 100 year celebration by unveiling their new mural on the side of the Hardware store.

6:30pm – 10:30pm
Hammer and Wikan Street Dance
Hammer and Wikan parking lot under big tent. Come and enjoy classic rock music by Crooked Mile and $1.00 hotdogs, beer and wine.

FRIDAY, May 14th

Open Viewing
Rae C. Stedman Elementary School Art Show:
Various locations around town – Walk through town and stop to enjoy artwork by the inspired students of Stedman Elementary.  Locations where original works of art can be viewed include:  Petersburg-Wrangell Insurance, First Bank, Wells Fargo and The US Forest Service.

9:00am – 5:00pm
Visitor Information Center Open:
1st Street & Fram – Come and see our selection of Mitkof Island maps and display of pictures from past Little Norway Festivals.

9:30 & 11:00am
$ One hour Make it – Take it Rosemaling Class:
Tides Inn Conference Room, beginning rosemaling for teens and adults with Judy Forgey.  Make an item, and take it with you. Only for $20 and everything is included. You will be painting a Viking helmet and allowing only 20 people per class. To register, call 772-4731.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Sing Lee Alley:
Bookstore Rest Stop – Sing Lee Alley Books.
Take a breather with covered seating and enjoy the sights of historic Sing Lee Alley. Free

10:00am – 5:00pm
Clausen Memorial Museum:
203 Fram Street – Little Norway Art Show, no charge.  Stop by, see the latest in local talent, throughout the festival. There will be limit numbers at one time using a colored card system at the door. If red, please wait and if green, you may enter. Masks are required! If you have questions, please call 772-3598

11:30am
Greek Mythology Walking Tour of Petersburg:
Library Parking Lot. Take this walking tour through Petersburg and see the parallels of Greek Mythology and our town. Tour will take approx. 1.5hr. Limit of 12ppl and No Dogs! Questions call Bill Moulton 518-1485

9:30am – 5:30pm
Diamante Gift Shoppe:
Main street, stop by and find a beautiful piece of Solje Jewelry, imported from Norway, or a treasure from local artist Naomi Welde’s hand painted Rosemaling and don’t forget the Little Norway Blanket and Tote Bag. All available for purchase!

9:30am – 5:30pm
Lee’s Clothing – Dale of Norway Trunk Show:
Lee’s Clothing – Main Street. Browse the 2021 Dale of Norway Norwegian sweater collection.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Downtown Husflid Open:
Main Street – The downtown area is closed off and there are concessions and craft booths galore. Do a little shopping, eating and visiting with the unique people from Petersburg at their booths. The food court is located between Viking Travel down to First Bank on both sides of the street.

10:15am-11:00am
Children’s Music
Come join in on the fun and bring your children in front of Coastal Cold Storage for a time of singing and dancing. You don’t want to miss this.

Noon
Bunad Style Show
This year we are hosting the Bunad Style show in the Fisherman Memorial park –free of charge. Bring a chair if you want and view the show rain or shine. The lunch will be available in TO GO bags filled with our delicious and traditional offering of *Festival Shrimp salad, a roll and cookies all for $10* We will repeat the show at 1130am, 12pm, 1230pm or 1pm. Models will be available for photos after each session and can answer questions of where their bunad is from in Norway.

12:00pm – 12:30pm
Coast Guard Rescue Demo
Wrangell Narrows off North Harbor

Noon – 6:00pm
Kito’s Kave Beer Garden:
11 Sing Lee Alley – Stop in for a refreshing drink!, Hungry? Grab something from The Salty Pantry located next to the Kito’s Kave Beer Garden!

Noon  – 8:00pm
Harbor Bar Beer Garden:
Coastal Cold Storage Parking lot, Main Street- Relax and enjoy a cold one while taking in the festival sights and sounds. Local music will be playing please sign up at the Harbor Bar a week before the festival. Contact Mika for questions: 957-2950.

1:00pm-3:00pm
USCG Helo Static Display:
Airport. Check out the USCG JayHawk rescue Helicopter which will be on display along with the pilots.

3:45pm
Parade Line Up:
Starting location at Eagles Roost. No need to register to walk in the parade – bring yourself or a group and walk! Questions? Contact Parks and Rec 772-3392

4:00pm
The Annual Festival Parade:
Look into the skies as the Temsco Helicopter kicks off the parade by passing through the Narrows with the USA and Norwegian Flags.  Cheer on the participants and join in the celebration by bringing your flags to wave. Layout of Parade will be announced soon.

4:30pm
The Annual Sil (Herring) Toss: 
Main Street – Immediately following the parade, both youth and adult’s lineup to see how far partners can toss the favorite lil Norse Fisk. Questions? Call Parks and Rec 772-3392. Thank you OBI for donating the herring.

5:00pm – 5:15pm
Grocery Cart Races:
Directly following the Sil Toss, race for prizes while racing a shopping cart down Main Street with a few competitors. Prizes are donated by Hammer and Wikan, thank you!

5:00-7:00pm
Firelight Gallery Presents:  Carey Case:
Firelight Gallery, Main Street under Chamber tent in the Municipal parking lot. Drop by and see beautiful works of photography by Carey Case.

8:00pm -12:00am
Live Music Beachcomber Lodge:
384 Mitkof Hwy. Come listen to the classic rock band by Crooked Mile, sponsored by Hammer and Wikan. Food available as well as outside seating with fire pits.

SATURDAY, May 15th

7:00am – 11:00am
Little Norway “Lop the Loop” Run/Walk:
Main Street.  Check-In starts at 7am and the race begins at 8am downtown!  Pre-Register at the front desk or online at the Petersburg Parks and Rec events page.  Questions? Call Parks and Rec 772-3392.

9:00am – 5:00pm
Visitor Information Center Open:
1st Street & Fram – Come and see our selection of Mitkof Island maps and display of pictures from past Little Norway Festivals.

9:30am – 5:30pm
Diamante’s Gift Shoppe:
Mainstreet, see Friday.

9:30 & 11:00am
$ One hour Make it – Take it Rosemaling Class:
Tides Inn Conference Room, beginning rosemaling for teens and adults with Judy Forgey.  Make an item, and take it with you. Only for $20 and everything is included. You will be painting a Viking helmet and allowing only 20 people per class. To register, call 772-4731.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Lee’s Clothing – Dale of Norway Trunk Show:
Main Street. Browse the 2021 Dale of Norway Norwegian sweater collection.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Downtown Husflid Open:
Main Street – The downtown area is closed off and there are concessions and craft booths galore. Do a little shopping, eating and visiting with the unique people from Petersburg at their booths. The food court is located between Viking Travel down to First Bank on both sides of the street.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Clausen Memorial Museum:
For more information see Friday’s schedule.

10:00am – 11:30am
Lil’ Fisk Derby:
Harbormaster ShackNorth Harbor- Sons of Norway sponsors this popular event run by ADF&G. Young anglers will have a chance to learn about catch & release and how to hook a fish dinner.  There is no charge, just remember your life jacket and fishing pole.  Life jacket safety checks will be available. Top prizes are donated in memory of Jerry Wollen. Register at 10 – turn in fish by 11:30, Prizes at Noon!

10:00am – 1:00pm (or until sold out)
Kaffe Hus, made with Butter and Love
This year we will make choosing easy for you. We will load up large and small plates with a variety of wonderful cookies, lefse and more, covered well and ready for you to take and enjoy. Cake(s) will be cut, plated and wrapped upon request so we don’t disturb the whipped cream and fillings. We also will have plates wrapped to go with our famous Smorbrod (open-faced sandwiches). This year we will offer three kinds to go-Egg with lox and chives, -Halibut with lemon and cucumber and -Beef with caramelized onion, pickle and heart shaped slice of beet.

11:30am
Greek Mythology Walking Tour of Petersburg:
Library Parking Lot. Take this walking tour through Petersburg and see the parallels of Greek Mythology and our town. Tour will take approx. 1.5hr. Limit of 12ppl and No Dogs! Questions call Bill Moulton 518-1485.

11:30am- 12:30pm
Prize Walk:
Chamber tent in the Municipal parking lot: Instead of a cake walk, Lighthouse Assembly will be hosting a prize walk for kids and adults of all ages. Prizes will be donated by Hammer and Wikan. You don’t want to miss this.

Noon – 6:00pm
Kito’s Kave Beer Garden:
11 Sing Lee Alley.  Stop in for a refreshing drink! Hungry? Grab something from The Salty Pantry BBQ located next to the Kito’s Kave Beer Garden!

Noon – 6:00pm
Harbor Bar Beer Garden:
Coastal Cold Storage Parking lot, Main Street- Relax and enjoy a cold one while taking in the festival sights and sounds. Local music will be playing please sign up at the Harbor Bar a week before the festival. Contact Mika for questions: 957-2950.

1:00pm
Fisk-O- Rama
Main Street – in front of the banks. Watch as two huge halibuts get fletched by professionals from PFI. This event was made possible because of donation from PFI – thank you!

1:00pm-2:00pm
 $ Art Class with Lindsey Rogers:
Under Chamber tent in Municipal parking lot. Paint the Little Norway Festival logo with the winning artist Lindsey Rogers. $5 for one hour class and only 24 spots available.

2:00pm -3:00pm
Jörmungandr Strongman Style Sled Pull
Main Street.  Like the Norse god Thor pulling the serpent Jörmungandr from the sea, competitors will be given 60 seconds to drag a weighted sled for 50 feet. The winner is determined by fastest time or furthest distance (if no one in the class completes the pull) Free to watch – Sign up Fee to participate

3:00pm
Harbor Bar
Grab a friend and come join in on some fun and compete in a tournament of Cornhole.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
FREE Root beer floats:
Under Chamber tent in the Municipal parking lot. KFSK wants to say “thank you” to the community for all your support this past year. Come on out and grab a free root beer float and say hello.

4:00pm – 8:00pm
Ingas Galley:
Mainstreet, stop by and experience Petersburg’s very own music artist. Sit and enjoy!

4:00pm – 8:00pm
$ Shrimp Feed Dinner:
Moose Lodge and Hammer and Wikan parking lot under tent on Main Street.  Hosted and served up by the PHS Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Teams.  Pick up, sit and eat outside or utilize our drive- thru between the Moose and the Chamber on Fram St. Enjoy our Petersburg delicacies at this annual favorite event.  Senior Citizen at 4pm and open to the public at 4:30pm. Delivery for only Senior citizen and those who are in strict quarantine. Make sure to get a ticket and see a basketball player before they sell out. For more
Information, call Rick Brock, 518-0185.

8:00PM-10:00PM
$ Middle/High School LNF After Party:
Lighthouse Youth Presents MAYFEST AFTER-PARTY! Saturday, May 15th, 8-10pm, grades 6th-12th. $15 preregistration until Tuesday, May 11th and $20 after the 11th.

SUNDAY, May 16th

Open Viewing
Rae C Stedman Elementary School Art Show:
Various locations around town (see Friday).

8:00am – 11:00am
The Annual Festival Pancake Breakfast:
St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, 3rd and Dolphin St. – Enjoy this hearty breakfast as you ease your way into the final day of the Festival.

10:00am – 1:00pm
Worship at a church of your choice.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Sing Lee Alley:
Bookstore Rest Stop – Sing Lee Alley Books.
Take a breather with covered seating and enjoy the sights of historic Sing Lee Alley. Free

Noon
$ Rotary Club Seafood Bake & Barbecue:
Sandy Beach.  (Credit cards accepted) Enjoy the ultimate meal of rockfish & black cod with the works on the side, all while visiting with friends old and new.  Orders are available to go. Celebrate Alaskan spirit on the shores of Frederick Sound and find out who won the Chamber of Commerce raffle for the Alaska airlines tickets or the cash.  Buy a ticket ahead of time and go the front of the line.  Tickets available online at www.PetersburgRotary.org