Events & Calendar


Every week. Swedish Language Classes.
We offer several different levels of instruction: Beginners 1 & 2, Intermediate, Advanced and Conversational Swedish. Conversational Swedish is Friday at lunchtime, and other classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call 206-283-1090 for more information and to register. Most classes are $114 for Club members, $144 for non-members.

Standing Committee Meetings: Blue card Club members, volunteers and new members welcome. More info: contact

Wednesdays in August. Lilla Fredag (Little Friday).
Bar opens at 5 p.m. Dinner 5:30 p.m.: soup, salad and bread ($15). TV show (Borgen) 6 p.m. $5 donation to watch. Starting in September, we’ll host trivia every second Wednesday and bingo every last Wednesday of the month.

Fridays: Upcoming Music.
Our top-floor bar is open every Friday evening from 5 p.m. until the last guest leaves. We serve food and we also have live music! July 29: Skandia Kapell. Aug. 5: Duo Vecchi Burberi. Aug. 12: Casey MacGill. Aug. 19: Kory Tideman. Aug. 26: Skandia Kapell.

Friday, Aug. 5. Happy Hour with Duo Vecchi Burberi.
Classic Italian mandolin and guitar music for a Friday change of pace. Traditional, mostly dance-oriented tunes from the old country, starting back in the 1880s. The name Duo Vecchi Burberi translates as “two grumpy old men,” but they promise to be on their best behavior. Music starts around 6 p.m. Free, but tips very welcome!

Sunday, Aug. 7. Hike First, Pancakes Later.
Lee Thomas will lead a group to Fremont, specifically to Fremont Peak Park with sweeping views of Puget Sound, and then to the main part of Fremont to see why it’s called “Artists’ Republic of Fremont.” Finally, return to the Club for pancakes around 11:30. Reservations required! 206-283-1090.

Sunday, Aug. 7. Swedish Pancake Breakfast!
The usual great pancakes with lingonberries and whipped cream, ham, O.J., etc. Enjoy live music by Hjerta Herring, Free the Reeds and Smilin’ Scandinavians. Bring an item of canned food for the Ballard Food Bank and receive $1 in Viking bucks to be spent for future meals, drinks, memberships, etc. 8 a.m. till 1. Dine indoors or out!

Wednesday, Aug. 10. Kafferep.
A formal coffee party at the Swedish Club. Monthly Swedish-style gathering with homemade goodies from our best baking members. Bring what you’ve baked and join us! Or just come! Every second Wednesday. 2 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 12. Happy Hour with Casey MacGill.
Casey MacGill—classic Hollywood character in appearance and style—performs music that swings! Nat King Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers; Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Gaillard meets Fred Astaire. Menu TBD. Music starts around 7 p.m. Free, but tips very welcome!

Wednesday, Aug. 17. Book Club.
This book club continues to meet but is at capacity! For info: Joanne Foster at

Wednesday, Aug. 17. Members’ Dinner.
Laura Cooper & Peggy Sturdivant, co-authors of Preserving Ballard, will tell us about this latest Arcadia book. The entree (crab & shrimp cakes with cucumber sauce) and a special drink will come from Laura’s previous book: Fishes & Dishes Cookbook: Seafood Recipes and Salty Stories from Alaska’s Commercial Fisherwomen. Copies of both Preserving Ballard and Fishes & Dishes will be available.
$22. RSVPs after Tuesday and walk-ins $25. Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 19. Dinner & Korey Tideman.
Lots of accordion and maybe a little guitar! Order your meal online in advance or call the Club. Dining 6 to 8 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 26. Dinner & Skandia Kapell!
Order online in advance or call the Club. Dining 6 to 8 p.m. Our “house band” plays Scandinavian folk music, starting around 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11. Swedish Pancake Breakfast!
The usual great pancakes with lingonberries and whipped cream, ham, O.J., etc. Enjoy live music by Lyle Schaefer, Seattle Skandia Spelmanslag and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. Bring an item of canned food for the Ballard Food Bank and receive $1 in Viking bucks to spend on future meals, drinks, memberships, etc. 8 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Tuesdays, Sept. 13–Oct. 18. Beginning Weaving Class.
Evening class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn from experienced instructor Lois Gaylord. Five sessions: $136 for blue card members and $165 for non-members. Register and prepay by calling 206-283-1090. Next class series Nov. 1–Dec. 6.

Wednesday, Sept. 14. Trivia!
Wednesday evening trivia starts back up. Led by Jaxon Ravens. Every second Wednesday. 7–9 p.m. Come and try it out!

Mark Your Calendars
The following events are outside our usual routine of films, classes, programs, etc.—or > are events we’re often asked about by members who are planning far ahead.

RSVP for any of these events at or 206-283-1090.

Monday, Oct. 3. Fall quarter Swedish language classes begin.

Friday, Oct. 7. Viking Feast with Chef James Bushell.

Saturday, Oct. 15. Annual Auction with Nelson Jay as auctioneer.

Friday, Oct. 21. Scary stories by Larry Hohm and Mary Anne Moorman.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 5 & 6. Swedish Club’s Holiday Bazaar.

Fridays in December. Dec. 2 & 9: Julbord. Dec. 16: Lutfisk.

Saturday, Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve celebration.

Club closed Nov. 24–27; Dec. 23–26.

Helping the Club?
We always need volunteers for events. It's a great way to meet other members and enjoy the activity at the same time. Nearly every event at the Club, from Friday night dinners to pancake breakfasts to fundraisers, is supported by volunteers who lend a hand. Whatever your skills, we'll find a place for you!

Our “Sure, we’ll take your books!” policy has resulted in too many books for our volunteer librarians to handle. We have put a moratorium on accepting any books. If we start accepting your used books again, our policy will continue to be no Bibles. We’ve learned the hard way: you don’t want to risk inadvertently giving away a priceless family heirloom.

Bring your membership cards to events. It speeds up lines and make it easier for volunteers selling tickets or checking you in.

Finally, here's a simple way to help the Club: by RSVP'ing early for dinners and other events. So many of you RSVP at the last moment, and meanwhile, we've had to guess if you're coming. Sometimes we guess too optimistically about how many will show, and we have to pay for those meals. Tell us early that you're coming and you'll help us save money—which is just as good as volunteering!

For more information, or to lend a hand on volunteer projects, or call 206-283-1090.

Wish List. Do you have any of the following? If you are not sure whether what you have to donate to the Club will be useful, call the staff and ask.
  • If you have extra frequent flyer miles, consider donating them to the Club. We can add them to trips being raffled off or auctioned, to help us raise funds.
  • “Classy” items to auction or raffle off