Viking Days, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle; and Camlann Medieval Harvest Festival, Carnation, Aug. 22-23, 2015.
Travel back in time this weekend at Viking Days in Ballard and the Camlann Medieval Harvest Festival in Carnation Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22 and 23.
Viking Days at Nordic Heritage Museum starts with a Swedish pancake breakfast both days and finishes with a salmon barbecue Saturday. Work up your appetite with the Run Like a Viking 5K Saturday morning, Viking attire suggested. If you’re not a runner, walking is fine and leashed dogs are welcome, with best-costume prizes for both people and dogs.
Stop by the Viking Encampment to watch re-enactors weaving, weapon-forging and practicing war skills in the ways of the Scandinavian peoples of the era 793 to 1066 AD who raided, colonized and explored Europe, northern Africa and the coast of North America.
Modern Nordic attractions at Viking Days include craft beer, aquavit and grilled sausages in the Valhalia Beer Garden, goodies from Scandinavian Food Hearths, children’s activities and Nordic music, craft demonstrations and vendors.
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Camlann Medieval Harvest Festival re-creates the world of a rural English village in the year 1376 (a few hundred years after the Vikings were turned back from their invasion of England).
The rustic setting in the Cascade foothills outside Carnation is filled with re-enactors demonstrating archery, crafts, puppetry and music by minstrels with period instruments. Visitors can pet sheep, join village dancers and shop from food, craft and book vendors.
If you’d like to dress the part of a medieval peasant, lord or lady, the Clothier Shoppe rents attire to wear during the festival ($25/adult, $10/child). Festivals are followed by feasts at Ye Bors Hede Inne, 12 medieval-style dishes served with trumpet fanfares and songs by courtly minstrels; Saturday’s feast is sold out, space may be available for Sunday, with more feasts scheduled on upcoming weekends.
The village is open with low-key period craft demonstrations, blacksmith forge and other activities of daily life in medieval times Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 20.