Third full weekend in May (May 18-21, 2017)
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.
Little Norway Parade
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 over these last 49 years 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.
Residents and visitors, young and old alike dressed in Norwegian bunader (folk costumes) host as well as partake in the Festival events. The rowdy Vikings and Valkyries stir up lighthearted mischief whenever and wherever they can.
Great music always plays a large part of the Festival fun and indoor and outdoor dances are scheduled for Friday & Saturday evenings. Art events include; the Annual Mitkof Mummer’s Melodrama written and produced each year by the local theatre group, a variety of artist receptions, rosemaling classes and a local Art’s & Craft Share. 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, many dedications, receptions and open houses fill out the very full Annual Festival Schedule and insure entertainment for everyone.
Little Norway Revellers
© Glo DeBoer
Though the Festival Schedule remains largely the same, each year a preliminary schedule of events will be available through the Petersburg Visitor Information Center & Chamber of Commerce in April of the Festival year.
This year & future Festival Dates:
The Festival dates are customarily the third weekend in May coinciding with May 17th.
2017 Dates: Third full weekend in May (May 18-21, 2017)
With true hometown flair, “The Little Norway Festival” is a celebration of Southeast Alaskan life and all are Velkommen til Petersburg!