The Leif Eriksson International Festival was formed in 1987 under the leadership of Pastor John Mauritzen, Mindekirken (The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church in Minneapolis) and members of the Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish communities to establish an annual festival to celebrate Nordic cultural roots in the United States.

Over the years, the events have brought top-ranked Nordic talent to Minneapolis. This helps us all explore the values and goals of today’s Nordic countries and share them with other Nordic Americans. It also gives the Nordic community an opportunity to share its heritage with all citizens.

For more information about the Festival, contact Mindekirken - The Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church - 924 East 21st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404 - Block of E. Franklin Ave. at 10th Ave. So. - (handicap accessible) phone - 612.874.0716