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

Wednesday, June 29. 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.

Thursday, June 30. Pannkaks Middag med Joakim.
Swedish pancake dinner with Joakim! A Swedish-born new member wants to treat us to the Thursday tradition in Sweden, namely pancakes, with his recipe and his style of serving. And, along with it, he’ll offer advice about buying a new home, refinancing your existing home or even a cash-out refinance to do some upgrades to your existing home. Joakim Westman is a loan officer with Caliber Home Loans at its Bothell branch. Pancakes and consulting are free, but he needs your RSVP by Tuesday, June 28. 6 to 8 p.m. Come enjoy a real Swedish pancake dinner. The bar will be open.

Wednesdays in July. 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.

Friday, July 1. Dinner & Lyle Schaefer!
Old favorites on the menu—meatballs or baked cod— and old musical favorites from Lyle. Call the Club or order online. Music at 5:30; dining 6 to 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 3. Swedish Pancake Breakfast Goes on Holiday!
No pancake breakfast this Sunday. Since the beginning, July has always been our Sunday to give the volunteers a break.

Monday, July 4. Fourth of July at the Club!
The best spot in Seattle for watching fireworks. Dinner by Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ. Folkdancing! Kids’ film. Dinner & indoor seats to watch the fireworks: blue card members $45, non-members $50, kids $27. Outdoor seats: members $55, non-members $60, kids $32. Free parking for the first 100 cars, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 7. Dinner at 7:30. Non-members: Call the Club or use the form below.

Friday, July 8. Dinner & Jazz!
Our menu is meatballs or baked potato with shrimp Skagen and salad. Please order online or call the Club. Dining 6 to 8 p.m. Monty Banks plays New Orleans jazz, starting around 7 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13. Kafferep.
A formal fika at the Swedish Club. Monthly Swedish-style coffee party 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.

Wednesday, July 13. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
We’ll discuss The Salt Path by Raynor Winn, the story of a couple who lost everything and then embarked on a 630-mile hike of Britain’s southwest coast. This book club will not meet in August. The book for Sept. 14 is Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food and Love by Kim Fay. For info: 206-283-1090 or e-mail OK to drop in for one book without joining the club. 5 p.m. in the library.

Friday, July 15. Dinner & Folk Voice Band!
Our menu is meatballs with potatoes and a vegetable, or raggmunk (Swedish potato pancakes) served with bacon and lingonberries. Please call the Club or order online. Dining 6 to 8 p.m. Birgit and Phil Ages play music for us, starting around 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20. Book Club.
This book club continues to meet but is at capacity! For info: Joanne Foster at

Wednesday, July 20. Members’ Dinner.
Our traditional July menu for years now has been pizza from a local pizza place, plus a fun program. Tonight, we’ll enjoy pizza, salad and a dessert of strawberries in a sweet wine reduction, and we’ll be led through a tasting of Gård wine by an expert. If you ever wondered what wine to pair with pizza— this is your chance to find out!
$22. RSVPs after Tuesday and walk-ins $25. Dinner 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22. Dinner & South Seas Music!
Tonight’s menu is meatballs or roasted chicken with potatoes and kale. Order online or call the Club. Our entertainment comes from a new band in town with a classic sound. Tropical Itch makes their debut at the Swedish Club, playing vintage South Seas and retro cocktail tunes with an exotic flair. Jeffrey “Cap’n” Cook brings together musical friends from the Ukadelics and Lushy to set sail on new adventures. 7 p.m. The music is free, but generous tips are welcome.

Friday, July 29. Dinner & Skandia Kapell!
Our menu is meatballs with potatoes and a vegetable, or kropkaker (Swedish potato dumplings). Please order online or call the Club. Dining 6 to 8 p.m. Our “house band” plays Scandinavian folk music, starting around 5:30 p.m.

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. 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.

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.

Friday, Aug. 12. Happy Hour with music by Casey MacGill.

Friday, Sept. 9. Happy Hour with Heidi Swedberg playing the ukulele.

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