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 $89 for Club members, $112 for non-members.

Friday Film Series: Getting to Know You. Films about the African-American experience. 7 p.m. $5 donation. Shown in the Svea Room, with socially distant seating. Discussion follows each film. Standing Committee Meetings: Blue card Club members, volunteers and new members welcome. More info: contact

Tuesdays, Aug. 4–25. Weaving Classes Resume.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour evening classes: Aug. 4–25. Optional fifth week with a minimum of two students possible. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132. 6:30–8:30 p.m. The class size is limited due to social distancing. Call the Club to register.

Friday, Aug. 7. Happy Hour: Jon Persson and Meatballs to Go!
Cruise ship entertainer and keyboardist extraordinaire Jon Persson provides the music for our socially distanced Happy Hour. In keeping with the Gov’s rules, he’ll play in the lobby while we watch a live video feed. Dinner of meatballs or baked salmon, or meatballs to go. Order on our home page or at 206-283-1090. Order by Wednesday evening. Pick up to-go meatballs at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Friday, Aug. 7. Film Series: Getting to Know You.
Loving (2016). True story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, invalidating state laws that prohibited interracial marriage. 7 p.m. $5. 125 min.

Wednesday, Aug. 12. Members & Friends Dinner. Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated in 1986. A suspect was convicted, but his conviction was overturned and the murder remained unsolved—until last month, when Swedish authorities announced new information and closed the case. Andy Nestingen's talk, “Who Killed Olof Palme?” will bring us up to date. Andy is an associate professor of Scandinavian studies at UW.

Chef Christine makes us a cold salmon plate with beet-dill pesto, Swedish potato salad, pickled cucumber, watermelon slice and kladdkaka for dessert! We'll dine outside and tables will be socially distanced. RSVP by Monday, Aug. 10. $22. No late RSVPs or walk-ins, please. Social hour 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. Program around 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 12. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
We’re reading The Yellow House by Sarah Broom. The author tells the story of a hundred years of her family and their relationship to their home in New Orleans. 5 p.m. Free. We’ll meet in person in the bar and by Zoom. For the online link, contact

Friday, Aug. 14. Happy Hour with Monty Banks.
Come out this evening for a Swedish swingin’ Rat Pack cocktail extravaganza! Monty spends most of the year performing in New Orleans, but summer finds him in Seattle to offer us Rat Pack–era swing, traditional jazz and New Orleans R&B. In compliance with the COVID restrictions, Monty will play in the building while we view a live video feed. Free, but we’ll collect tips. Order your meal by Wednesday evening on our home page or at 206-283-1090. Pick up to-go meatballs at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Friday, Aug. 14. Film Series: Getting to Know You.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967). Stanley Kramer’s famous story of what happens when a couple’s liberal ideals are put to the test. 7 p.m. $5. 108 min.

Saturday, Aug. 15. Swedish Car Show.
Our 12th Annual Swedish Classic Car Show is open to all pre-1990, show-class Volvo and Saab cars. Free and open to the public. Club members and their friends are welcome to show off their rides. Our judges will pick the oldest (1956–73) and the newest (1974–90) Volvos and Saabs for awards. Enjoy Swedish meatballs or pølse (sausages) while you check out all the vintage wheels. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. E-mail Gary for information:

Wednesday, Aug. 19. Book Club.
We’ll meet by Zoom at 5:30 p.m. to discuss City of My Dreams, the first in the Stockholm Series by Per Anders Fogelström. New members welcome! E-mail for information and Zoom link. Free.

Friday, Aug. 21. ABBA in Your Saab (or Any Other Car). There have been films. There have been tribute acts. And now there's an ABBA drive-in event! Celebrate Sweden's greatest musical export from the comfort of your car in the Swedish Club parking lot. Music, meatballs and Mamma Mia! The 8 p.m. showing is sold out, and the 10:15 p.m. showing is nearly full. $25 per car (as many passengers as you like). Call 206-283-1090 for a reservation.

The Club's famous ABBA Night will take place—when King County reaches Phase 4. If you're a ticket holder, we'll honor your ticket. If you want a refund, contact the Club before Aug. 31. To join the waiting list for the new date, e-mail

Friday, Aug. 28. Skandia Kapell Play Almost Live!
Our usual Every Final Friday Folk Music will take place by Zoom. In compliance with COVID-19 restrictions, Skandia Kapell will play indoors while we watch a video feed. Music and dinner start around 6 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 4. Happy Hour: Jon Persson and Meatballs to Go!
Cruise ship entertainer and keyboardist extraordinaire Jon Persson provides the music for our socially distanced Happy Hour. In keeping with the governor’s rules, he’ll play indoors while we watch a video feed. Order your meal (dine-in or to-go) at our home page or 206-283-1090 by Wednesday evening. Pick up to-go meatballs at 5:30 pm on Friday.

Wednesday, Sept. 16. Swedish Club Annual Meeting.
This is the meeting when we’ll elect new Board members and announce the Swede(s) of the Year!

Friday, Oct. 9. Viking Dinner with Chef James Bushell.
This authentic Viking meal always sells out! RSVP to or call 206-283-1090. Price TBD.

Sunday, Oct. 18. Annual Auction & Gala Dinner.
It’s a pleasure to support the Swedish Club and eat a gourmet dinner too! Mark your calendars. Two international chefs, Norwegian Gerd Kvalsund and Icelandic Jon Palsson, will make your dinner.

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 at this point for our two volunteer librarians, Berit Lehner and Peppe Enfield, to handle. We are putting a moratorium on accepting any books until Oct. 1. When 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