THE VISTA VIKING FESTIVAL IS A VERY BIG TING.

Takes place at Norway Hall Cultural Center, 2006 E. Vista Way, Vista Ca. 92084. Home to the Sons of Norway, Norge Lodge #6-060, and the Norwegian Fish Club Odin.

"Ting ", is the Old Norse name for the governing assembly all free people. They would gather in their communities to make law and to decide cases. But a Ting was not all politics. A Ting was often a multi-day festival. There were musicians, and entertainers. Merchants set up booths for their wares, Brew masters brought barrels of ale and mead. During the Thing, marriages were arranged, alliances were crafted, news and gossip exchanged and friendships forged and nurtured. We bring the spirit of the Old Norse Ting alive each September, at Norway Hall.

History and Culture

The Viking Village is an authentic Living History experience. Knowledgeable reenactors demonstrate the daily life of the Norsemen, and can explain how the are keeping the old ways alive, representing all aspects of village life. There will be Silversmiths, Blacksmiths, Weavers, Cooks, Woodcarvers, Carpenters, and Tradesmen. Norway Heritage Hall will exhibit Scandinavian culture and tradition since the Viking Age. Learn more about the history of Norway and Scandinavia, genealogical information, and cooking demonstrations. Members of the Daughters of Norway will have traditional Scandinavian hand crafted items, gifts and souvenirs.

Living History Viking Village and Marketplace

A number of reenactment groups call Norway Hall their home, the Viking Territories. These Vikings maintain, improve, and enjoy their Viking Village the year around. Fro the festival Vikings and Norse-folk will set up camp, and will display traditional arts, crafts, skills, and home-ways. At the Weapons Range, visitors may try their hand at archery, spear and axe throwing. Dozens of vendors of unique goods are invited in to set up shop at the Viking Marketplace, offering Viking and Scandinavian goods of all kinds. From costumes to drinking horns , jewelry to authentic weaponry and gifts.

Food and Family Fun

Unique foods will be available throughout the Village, Marketplace, and Norway Heritage Hall. There will be the ever popular Swedish Meatballs and Berserker Dogs, as well as specialties from the Baltic's There will be demonstration cooking of Scandinavian classics, Lefsa and Krumkake, and are available for purchase. More baked goods will be prepared at the authentic outdoor bakery. Bread, scones and other treats will be available “when they come out of the oven”.

Little Vikings will find many activities at the KidZone. There will be the modern bouncy house and face painting, as well as Viking crafts and Norse games. Children can paint their own sword and shield, participate in the Rune Quest scavenger game, and play the ancient game of Kubb.

Games and Competitions

Throw a dead fish and pitch a log. At the Famous Fish Fling and Log Toss competitions. A mighty Viking bellow is needed to win the Viking Battle Cry competition. There will be adult and child age classes. Saturday Night Only! At dusk, Odin himself will make the first throw for an evening of Flaming Axe's.

The producers of the festival share a commitment to preserve and promote Norwegian, and Norwegian-American cultural and heritage.

To conserve and celebrate our Norse history and heritage with living history and cultural activities. To support and contribute to our community. To bring a truly unique cultural and entertainment festival experience to Vista, California.

Sons Of Norway - Norge Lodge #6-060, Norwegian Fish Club Odin, Norway Hall Foundation, a Nonprofit California Corporation 501 (C) (3) and Daughters of Norway - Hulda Garborg Lodge #49