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. Lilla Fredag (Little Friday).
Bar opens 5 p.m., dinner 5:30 ($15 for soup, bread).

Tuesdays. Swedish Singers.
The Swedish Singers have resumed rehearsing in person at the Club, and they welcome singers of all abilities. They sing a variety of music, in Swedish (there’s help with pronunciation). If interested, contact 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 1. ABBA Night Ticket Sales Begin for Blue Card Members.
The month of March is our regular members’ chance to buy ABBA Night tickets at $30 each, by calling our office at 206-283-1090, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individual members get two tickets, and household members may purchase four. You can always upgrade your membership—or join—to score tickets! On Apr. 1, ticket sales open to everyone (online only) for $40. ABBA Night is Friday, Apr. 28.

Fridays, Mar. 3–31. Friday Lunches.
One of the Club’s New Year’s resolutions? Reinstate Friday lunches! In our bar from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The menu will be simple: open-face sandwiches (smörgås), soup, meatballs, semlor and another dessert. Although we don’t take formal reservations for Friday lunches, e-mail us if you plan to come.

Wednesday, Mar. 29. Bingo!
The ever-popular Bingo Night at the Club features host Jaxon Ravens. Last Wednesday of the month. Supper of soup, salad and meatballs starts at 5:30 p.m. Bingo 7 p.m. No reservations necessary. First bingo card sells for $10 (cash only), subsequent cards $5. Not a member? You can buy a one-evening membership of $5.

Friday, Mar. 31. Queen Silvia Nursing Award.
The UW School of Nursing invites Swedish Club members to a program about the Queen Silvia Nursing Award for a student project focused on dementia care. Includes a no-host dinner. Pick up your meal in the dining room and enjoy it in the Svea Room on the lobby level during the program honoring this year’s winner, Juana Gallegos. Social hour 5 p.m., program 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 1 & 2. Linköping Brass Band.
This 30-member Swedish church band (and choir!) has four Seattle engagements: Museum of Flight and First Covenant Church on Saturday; Salvation Army and Philadelphia Church on Sunday. Alas, they’re not playing at the Swedish Club (we tried!).

CANCELED Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 1–2. Be an Antique Dealer! Got some antiques, collectibles, other secondhand stuff to sell? Here's your chance: Rent a table at the Swedish Club's Great Finds Sale! It's ideal if your stuff is Scandinavian, but fine if it's not.

Download the
application form now, or contact Executive Director for more details. Not enough items or energy to do your own table? We also need used items for the Club’s table, with proceeds to go to the Club.

Sunday, Apr. 2. Swedish Pancake Breakfast!
The usual great pancakes with lingonberries and whipped cream, ham, OJ, live music, etc. Bring items for the Ballard Food Bank and receive $1 in Viking bucks to spend on future meals, drinks, memberships, etc. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 5. Finnish Film.
Tuntematon sotilas (The Unknown Soldier). 2017. 179 min. A war film that focuses on the humanity of ordinary soldiers. The film for May 3 is Postia Pappi Jaakobilie (Letters to Father Jacob). Donation $5. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 12. Trivia!
Led by Jaxon Ravens. Every second Wednesday. 7–9 p.m. Come and try it out! Soup, salad and meatballs for your light supper.

Wednesday, Apr. 19. Annual Meeting!
Vote for returning Board members, hear reports about last year and learn who the Swedes of the Year will be.

Friday, Apr. 28. ABBA Night 2023.
The ABBAgraphs, led by Cheryl Serio, are teaming up with DJ Haffi Haff to create the best ABBA Night ever at the Swedish Club on Friday, Apr. 28. We’ve simplified ticket sales this year. This party has always been for our regular members first and foremost—so they get the first chance to buy tickets.
  1. Mar. 1–31: Tickets are on sale for Swedish Club blue card members, for $30 each, by calling our office at 206-283-1090. Individual members are limited to two tickets, and household members may purchase four.
  2. Apr. 1: Special member pricing and ticket sales through our office will end, and tickets go on sale online. Everyone—blue card members, Social members and the general public—can buy tickets at for $40 each.
  3. Apr. 15: Online ticket price increases to $45.
  4. Apr. 28: It starts as a regular Friday night at the Club, with dinner—a word to the wise: Order early. But at 7 p.m., anyone without a ticket is asked to leave while ABBA Night ticket holders begin to party!

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.

Saturday, May 20. Annual Gala/Auction.

Saturday, June 3. Swedish Car Show.

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