Members of the 2021 Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival court.

ASTORIA — The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival will be held Friday and Saturday.

On Friday at 7 p.m., the coronation of Miss Scandinavia 2021 will take place virtually. Senior princesses will discuss their Scandinavian heritage and a panel will select one of the princesses as Miss Scandinavia 2021. The livestream can be accessed at

A stationary optog, or walking parade, will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday on the north side of Marine Drive in front of the Columbia River Maritime Museum. Participants in Nordic folk garb will station themselves with flags along Marine Drive between 16th and 20th streets. Loran Mathews, the 2021 Grand Marshal, will be honored for his 50 years of volunteer service to the festival. Miss Scandinavia 2021, her court, and the viking, Nordic and Scandia Dancers will be present.

All Scandinavian lodges and societies are invited to participate in the optog. People driving by are encouraged to honk and show support for the festival.

At noon on Saturday, the festival will move to the future site of the Astoria Nordic Heritage Park, off the Riverwalk at 16th Street. The festival court will be introduced and the national anthems for the U.S., Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will be played.

Until June 30, a virtual readers theater is available to watch through a collaboration between Astor Street Opry Company and the festival’s association. More details about the video and the festival events are available at

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