All Performances 

While enjoying all the Syttende Mai sights and delicious foods, don’t forget to experience the music, dance, and theater performances. Be sure to catch a Norwegian Dancer performance to experience Scandinavian folk dancing. Attend a Stoughton Village Players theatrical performance written and performed by local actors who are expert at presenting the humorous side of life in Stoughton. Be sure to seek out a Hardanger fiddle performance to see and hear these beautiful instruments up close. 

The 2019 Schedule has not been set. Here’s a list of 2018 performances to check out.


154 W. Main Street


Fykerud'n Spelemannslag Hardanger Fiddle Group

Saturday ∙ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

This group of musicians play the Hardanger fiddle, Norway’s national instrument. Strung with eight or nine strings instead of a violin’s usual four strings, the richly decorated Hardanger fiddle has a haunting, resonant quality. Film goers might recognize its sound from the movie Fargo’s main theme or from the Lord of the Rings movies’ soundtracks.

Rhapsody Arts Center’s Fiddle Club

Saturday ∙ 1:30pm - 2:00 pm

The Rhapsody Arts Center's Fiddle Club plays an eclectic mix of folk tunes from various traditions. Saturday they are excited to show off their Scandinavian repertoire

Lakeside Ramblers

Saturday ∙ 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Lead by a Hardanger fiddler, this Milwaukee-based band plays traditional old-time music from the Upper-Midwest, including Norwegian, Irish, Anglo-American, and French Canadian fiddle tunes, lumberjack songs, Czech and German polkas, and more.

Sample their sound before the festival!

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700 County Road B

Edvard Grieg Chorus

The Edvard Grieg Chorus returns to Christ Lutheran Church to participate in the annual Norwegian Church Service.

Stoughton Opera House ∙ Saturday, 11:30am

Covenant Lutheran Church ∙ Sunday, 9:30am

Christ Lutheran Church ∙ Sunday, 10:30am

On S. Division Street, south of Main Street

Madtown Mannish Boys ∙ Friday 7-10pm
The Madtown Mannish Boys are a Madison-based Blues band who are steeped in Chicago-style Blues, including artists like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Otis Spann, Paul Butterfield, and Little Walter.

The Old Tin Can String Band ∙ Saturday 3-5pm
The Old Tin Can String Band, a southern Wisconsin favorite, plays classic and contemporary bluegrass, and old-timey and Celtic songs, with a few originals thrown into the mix. Members are Chris Powers (mandolin, mandola, bouzouki, guitar), Shauncey Ali (a fiddle phenom who won the 2016 Rocky Grass fiddle competition), Pat Spaay (guitar and banjo), and Bruce Anderson (upright bass), a lifelong Stoughton resident.

Piano Fondue ∙ Saturday 6-10pm
Piano Fondue has been playing the dueling pianos show for over a decade.The entertainers are musical marvels and will be ready to take your song requests to get your toes tapping, hands clapping, and bodies moving all night long!

Download their app before arriving at the show!

Enjoy the sound of the Stoughton City Band in Division Street Park during the canoe race portage. 

Friday 6:30pm

Stougthon City Band playing at Division Street Park during the Canoe Race Portage.

Since 1952, the Stoughton Norwegian Dancers have been a local treasure. Clad in traditional Norwegian costumes, or bunad, and dancing to music from the fjords, the troupe’s colorful and captivating performances are in demand nationwide. The Dancers perform during the festival weekend in their bunad, or traditional Norwegian costumes, while they dance to Scandinavian folk songs.

Saturday Performances
Division and Main Street ∙ 2pm
Community Building ∙ 3:45pm
Community Building ∙ 5:30pm (with Alumni)

Sunday Peformance
Community Building ∙ 3:45pm (Final Show)

381 E. Main Street

The Opera House is open for tours on Saturday, May 19 from 9am to 5pm except during performances.

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Sid Boersma and Hardanger Friends

Saturday ∙ 10:00am

Sid is a Hardanger Fiddle player and fiddle teacher from Stoughton, Wisconsin.  He has been playing this beautiful instrument for more years than he chooses to admit.  He also plays bluegrass but prefers Norwegian music, and is interested in keeping the Hardanger fiddling tradition alive and well.


Edvard Grieg Chorus

Saturday ∙ 11:30am

The Edvard Grieg Chorus of Madison, Wisconsin, takes its name from the famous Norwegian composer, and many Grieg’s compositions are included in the Chorus’ repertoire. The Chorus was founded on Jan. 26, 1925 and was originally known as the Grieg Mannskor, or Grieg Men’s Chorus.

While Norwegian songs are the primary focus of the Chorus, sacred and secular songs are included in its repertoire.

The Madison-Stoughton VSA Choir

Satuday ∙ 2:00PM

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The VSA choir is comprised of individuals with and without disabilities who rehearse regularly and give public performances.

255 E. Main Street

2019 Production:

Lost Ship of Fools (Savnet Skip av Trosker) or Stool Pigeons!

Once again, we find Ole and Lena and their friends in a series of misunderstandings and questionable decisions. Somehow it involves Ole’s woodworking skills, con men, an arts and crafts show, Viking reenactors and the Antiques Roadshow. Plus everyone gets to see the ugly backstory of how a Syttende Mai show is actually written… and that ain’t pretty.

Thursday • 7pm & 8:30pm | Friday • 7pm & 8:30pm | Saturday • 2:30pm, 4pm and 7pm

Tickets $12, will be available at McGlynn Pharmacy, online at, or at the door if available.