Juhannus ’18

A weekend festival in the heart of Finnish America


Three days of fun under the Midsummer Sun on Hancock, Toivola, and Jacobsville June 22-24, 2018.

Finnish American Folk School is hosting a Juhannus weekend festival that is celebrating Finnish heritage and the communities in Hancock, Toivola and Jacobsville. The Finnish folk band Jepokryddona will headline the area’s Juhannus celebration.

Juhannus festival will include a two-day Jouhikko building workshop with Alice Margerum, as well as Jouhikko playing workshop with Clare Zuraw, Midsummer pole ceremony, and folk dancing and folk music workshops with Jepokryddona. And of course, traditional lighting of the Juhannus kokko (bonfire) will take place at Agate beach in Toivola Saturday, June 23.

On Sunday, June 24, as a grand finale of the celebrations, Jepokryddona, “The Spice Girls of Finland”, will hold a concert in Jacobsville Chapel. As their name, their music is spicy, lively and full of temperament.

Check out the full schedule and don’t forget to register for the workshops.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Juhannus is an annual celebration at Finlandia University’s Finnish American Heritage Center, incorporating Finnish American Folk School (FAFS) workshops into a festival atmosphere. The FAFS, which is made possible by a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, is designed to provide instruction in Finnish folk arts, with a goal of creating a new generation of tradition bearers in Michigan’s Copper Country and beyond.