Viking Days

A Family-Friendly, Educational Celebration

July 14 – 15, 2018

Viking Days is a free outdoor family-friendly festival featuring delicious Swedish pancakes, traditional entertainment, a Viking encampment, kids’ activities, and much more.

This year, Viking Days weekend has changed to July 14 – 15, in partnership with the Ballard Alliance’s SeafoodFest. We officially moved our beloved summer celebration to the same weekend as SeafoodFest to expand the weekend’s fun, educational activities. Now, SeafoodFest visitors can expect more excitement, fun, food, and yes — Vikings! 


Thanks to our partners, Seafair and SeafoodFest!

Seafair logo     Ballard SeafoodFest   Ballard Alliance



What can you expect at this year's Viking Days?


  • Swedish Pancake Breakfast: 10am – 3pm (Sat – Sun)
  • Museum Hours: 10am – 5pm
  • Viking Days Vendors: 10am – 5pm
  • Viking Encampment: 10am – 5pm
  • Run Like a Viking: Race begins at 9am
  • Valhalla Beer Garden: 10am – 5pm
  • Viking Days Silent Auktion: 10am – 5pm (Auktion ends on Sunday)
  • Viking Days Summer Raffle: Get your tickets all summer! Grand Prize Homeland Cruise for 2


Run Like A Viking 5K


Our 3rd Annual Run Like A Viking 5K will be held on July 14. The race begins at 9am and will kick off our 35th Annual Viking Days celebration, held for the first time at the new Nordic Museum.

Runners are encouraged to don their Norse seafaring attire. Gun time is 9am; runners will be chip-timed. Four-legged friends welcome! Prizes will be awarded on race day for best costume, overall winners (male & female), and top age-group winner for both male and female runners.

Early registration costs $30 per runner until May 31; beginning June 1, it will be $35 per runner. Race Day registration is available for $40. Runners can register here. Runners who register before June 14 will receive a t-shirt. Packet pick-up will be available at the admissions desk on Friday, July 13, from 10am – 5pm.  

Viking Days Summer Raffle


The winner of our summer raffle will be pulled at 5pm on August 31, 2018! Prizes listed below.


1) Grand Prize
15-Day Viking Homelands Ocean Cruise for 2

w/ VIKING CRUISES ($17,598 value)

Itinerary: Viking Homelands Cruise

  • Valid for one stateroom, double occupancy, cruise only. Cruise includes a 15-day cruise, included meals, shore excursions and tours. Airfare, transfers, optional shore excursions and land extensions are not included. Some restrictions apply.

2) Toscano Openwork Link Necklace 14k & Matching Earrings
Compliments of Ben Bridge   ($5,000 value)

This stunning necklace looks like woven lace in 14K yellow gold with alternating openwork links. 17 inches in length. 

Be part of the exclusive Toscano Collection by Ben Bridge, where each piece of Italian gold has been hand-selected for its individuality and elegance — a testament to the finest in Italian style and craftsmanship. 

  • Metal Type: Yellow Gold, Metal Purity 14k, Ben Bridge exclusive

3) Lunch for 2 at Freya ($50 value)


4) Two (2) Tickets to Scandinavian Genealogy Research
with Jill Morelli, November 3


5) Nordic Museum Family Membership

Viking Days Gallery

Closed During Transition!

Join us in May 2018
and be inspired by the values, traditions, art, and spirit of the Nordic peoples.

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