Every Spring, Thousands Flock To This Iowa Town For A Massive Celebration Of Norwegian Culture

Decorah is one of Iowa’s best small towns, with a gorgeous natural scene and a rich cultural history owing to its large Norwegian immigrant population. It’s home to one of the best museums in Iowa – and every May 17th, that museum plays host to the biggest Norwegian cultural festival in Iowa. Welcome to Syttende Mai, a traditional celebration of the day Norway ratified its constitution in 1814. It’s a country-wide event in Norway, and those traditions have made their way over here in a big way. The Vesterheim museum is the center of a town-wide celebration involving dancing, singing, food, and a parade you won’t soon forget. Whether you’re a Decorah resident or a visitor who wants to experience this taste of Scandinavia for yourself, all are welcome at Syttende Mai!

Have you attended Syttende Mai in Decorah in past years? Let us know what you experienced at this Norwegian cultural festival in Iowa in the comments section! To learn everything you need to know before this year’s event arrives, check out Vesterheim’s page and follow the museum’s official Facebook page. While you’re in town, why not take the day to explore Decorah?

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Address: Vesterheim The National Norwegian-American Museum & Folk Art School, 520 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101, USA