Spring Grove, Minnesota has been recognizing founding fathers and honoring our Norwegian-American heritage since 1973 with an annual city celebration. Since then, the celebration has seen many changes but continues to emphasize the pride in our Norwegian ancestry through the ageless traditions of art, dance, food, clothing and congregation.
For the Syttende Mai 2018 celebration, Spring Grove will host a music festival for the first time ever. The event is called “Musikk Fest” and will be held the evening of Saturday, May 19. Gates will open at 5 p.m. and music will start at 6 p.m. down the hill from the Fest Building. Advance tickets are $20 and $25 day of the show. VIP passes and VIP plus meet and greet tickets are already sold out.
Tickets can be purchased at Red’s IGA in Spring Grove or here.
Event coordinator Patrick Longmire Jr. said the event is not replacing Syttende Mai, but rather it’s a new and exciting event to add to the festivities. “It’s just put on by the Syttende Mai committee,” he said. “It’s a new committee. We wanted to try something new and everyone’s on board.” New is certainly right, as three well-known bands will perform that night. Included in the musical acts is 90s country star Joe Diffie. “His hits are widely known,” Longmire said. “He’s got ‘John Deere Green’ and ‘Prop Me Up Beside a Jukebox (If I Die).’” Two other bands will be announced soon, Longmire added. Alcoholic beverages will be provided by The Corner Store and food trucks will include Fat Pat’s Texas BBQ and possibly others. Attendees 21 and over will receive a wristband at the gate. Attendees 20 and under are still allowed to attend the event. “We wanted to try something different, like a big event and just go for it,” he said.