The Young Patron Program

The Young Patron Membership


Are you interested in exciting events in New York and have an interest in Scandinavian culture? Join the ASF Young Patrons!


The Young Patron membership is available at the American-Scandinavian Foundation for people ages 21 to 40. The membership costs $100 and includes invitations for two to exclusive events throughout the year. 


The Young Patron membership includes all of the benefits of a Dual membership at ASF, plus: 


  • Invitations to cultural events at Scandinavia House and around New York City tailored for the Young Patron program 
  • Discount on up to two tickets to AFS’s annual Spring Gala 
  • Film lovers’ bundle of six complimentary film passes 


Special offer! Purchase a Young Patron membership during the month of April to receive a complimentary package of Classic Mellan medium roast coffee from the Stockholm-based Nordic trading company Arvid Nordquist.


Become a Young Patron!

For more information, 
contact ASF Membership at 212-847-9716 or mem@amscan.org. To become a member, visit support.amscan.org

Interested in the Young Patrons program? Join the mailing list!

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 Upcoming Young Patron events


TUE—APR 30—6:30 PM, $20 for ASF Young Patrons




Join us for a festive three-course Nordic dinner at Smörgås Chef at Scandinavia House to celebrate Valborg, an annual event in Finland and Sweden welcoming the arrival of spring. Register on Eventbrite.

New Nordic Cinema




Young Patrons receive two complimentary tickets to our New Nordic Cinema film series from Wednesday, March 20, through Friday, April 26. Catch some of the best new films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. For more information, visit our calendar of events. To reserve your film tickets, email erin@amscan.org.

 Past Young Patron events



Our/New York Distillery—151 W. 26th St.




This new Chelsea outpost of the Swedish distillery Our/Vodka is the first legal distillery to open in Manhattan since Prohibition. Join us for a 7 PM tour of the distillery followed by drinks in their bar at 7:30. Young Patrons receive one complimentary drink.


Space for the tour is limited, so please let us know you’d like to attend by emailing erin@amscan.org. All are welcome to join for drinks in the bar.

Eurotrash Trolls: Soft Sculpture Marionettes Adult Art Workshop

WED—MAR 20—6 PM, $12 (free for Young Patrons)

Scandinavia House—Volvo Hall, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016




Join us for a happy hour with arts and crafts in coordination with our ongoing exhibition Nordic Impressions: Contemporary Art from Åland, Denmark, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. In this evening workshop for adults we’ll learn to make whimsical expressionistic troll marionettes from found objects and installation leftovers with Norwegian puppeteer and sculptor Marte Ekhougen a.k.a Doctor Superhelga. Refreshments will be served.


FRI—MAR 8—6-8 PM

Ole & Steen, 873 Broadway, New York, NY 10003


Welcome to the first Fredagsøl of the spring season! Join us at Ole & Steen, a Danish café offering Mikkeller beers as well as pastries, coffee, and more.

All are welcome! ASF Young Patrons receive one complimentary drink.

Across Borders



Young Patrons receive two complimentary tickets to our Across Borders film series from Wednesday, February 6, through Friday, March 1. These films explore different interpretations of the understanding of selfhood and belonging in lives led across borders. In addition, join us on Friday, February 8, from 5:30-6:30 in Smörgås Chef prior to the screening for a Fredagsøl (“Friday beer”)! All are welcome, and Young Patrons receive one free drink.

ASF Member Holiday Party

FRI—DEC 7—5-7 PM, free

Scandinavia House—Volvo Hall, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016



Join your fellow ASF members for a holiday celebration at Scandinavia House. Enjoy glögg and snacks while listening to seasonal music, including a traditional Saint Lucia performance.


Open to all ASF members.

Young Patron Holiday Celebration

WED—DEC 5—6 PM, free

Scandinavia House—Halldor Laxness Library, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016



Join us for an intimate gathering to celebrate the season with winter drinks and treats, and a chance to learn more about the Young Patron program.

Young Patrons, friends, and interested members are all welcome.



Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016



The countercultural movement of the ’60s that captivated hundreds of thousands of young people in the West had a profound impact on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Within the Soviet system, a colorful crowd of artists, musicians, freaks, vagabonds and other long-haired drop-outs created their own system, which connected those who believed in peace, love, and freedom for their bodies and souls.


On June 1 each year, Russia’s hippie community still gathers for a celebration that relates to a tragic event in 1971, when thousands of Soviet hippies were rounded up and arrested by the KGB. More than 40 years later, a group of eccentric hippies from Estonia took a road trip there to meet them and to hear their stories.


The result is a wild flower-power ride on the footprints of that movement, taking you into a psychedelic underground of the 1970s where, thrilled by rock music and inspired by the cult of peace and love, young long-haired drop-outs craved for freedom and created their own system even under a strict regime.


Following the film, director Terje Toomistu joins us for a discussion and a Q&A.


Young Patrons receive two complimentary ticket.


In the Pursuit of Happiness: African Americans in Denmark—lecture by Dr. Ethelene Whitmire


Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016



This presentation, based on Whitmere’s book-in-progress Searching for Utopia: African Americans in 20th Century Denmark, looks at why famous African Americans like singer Ella Fitzgerald and jazz musician Dexter Gordon moved to Denmark, and examines the extraordinary experiences of those who explored what it meant to be an African American abroad in Scandinavia.


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FRI—NOV 2—6-8 PM

TØRST, 615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222



For the last Fredagsøl of the season, we move back to Greenpoint to taste the beers made by the famous Danish beer brewing twins Jappe Jarnit-Bjergsø (Evil Twin) and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (Mikkeller). Both will have opened breweries in Queens this year! Mikkeller brewery can be found in Citi Field, whereas Evil Twin is about to open in Ridgewood.


Come find out why these two (ex)teachers have become world-famous beer brewers!


All are welcome. Young patrons receive one complimentary drink.


Translucent Harmonies


Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016



Young Patrons receive two complimentary tickets to the concert by the NYC-based duo Maya Bennardo (violin) and Hannah Levinson (viola). In this event they will perform new works by Swedish composers Ellen Arkbro and Kristofer Svensson.


Read more about the event here.


To reserve your ticket, please email sofia@amscan.org




53 W 36th St, New York, NY 10018




Welcome to the fall season’s second Fredagsøl!
[Fre•des•eaul] noun, Danish. Friday beers: Alcoholic beverages shared amongst colleagues, students, or friends at the end of the week. 
This time we will visit The Keg Room, where you can get a summery Kopparberg strawberry lime cider, or Carlsberg “probably the best beer in the world.”
Everyone is welcome.
ASF Young Patrons receive their first drink free.


At Noon Fell a Darkness


Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016



Young Patrons receive two complimentary tickets to the screening of a new Icelandic experimental documentary by filmmaker Deetick Belcham, who will be present for a Q&A. Following the screening, Icelandic composer Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir will perform a new composition with special guests.


Read more about the event here.


To reserve your ticket, please email sofia@amscan.org




Taproom No.307, 307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010




Fall is (almost) here and so is Fredagsøl!


We’re starting a new concept this fall, with a circulating Fredagsøl where we visit a new bar every time. What these locations have in common is that they all serve delicious Scandinavian refreshments.


On Friday, September 7, we will try the Long Drink, newly introduced to the US, at the draft beer bar Taproom No.307. The Long Drink, which is a gin-based mixed drink served in a can, has been popular in Finland ever since the Olympic games in 1952. It now constitutes a category of its own in Finland, with a status equal to that of cider.


In addition to the Long Drink, Taproom No.307 also serves Danish Evil Twin beers and Swedish Rekorderlig ciders.


Everyone is welcome.
ASF Young Patrons receive their first drink free.


Please RSVP on our Facebook event.


Crayfish Party


Hot n Juicy Crawfish, 243 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

$15 for ASF Young Patrons ($35 for Non-Young Patrons and plus-ones)




Crayfish parties are traditional Scandinavian celebrations that are generally held during the months of August and September. Wearing special crayfish party hats and bibs, partygoers eat whole crayfish and sides such as bread and cheese, while singing drinking songs and drinking.


We will take part in this tradition by going for a crayfish dinner at Hot n Juicy Crawfish. Bring your singing voice and a festive mood!


Price of $15 for Young Patron members and $35 for friends of Young Patrons. Price includes dinner and a schnapps.


Please get your tickets by Tuesday, September 11.


Hope to see you all there!


Oskar Stenmark Quartet


Pre-concert reception—6:30 PM

$ 15 (free for Young Patrons)


Young Patrons receive complimentary tickets to this jazz performance by the Oskar Stenmark Quartet.


The quartet brings life to ancient music traditions of Gärdebyn, Dalecarlia, in the form of polskor, waltzes, and other songs mixed with contemporary sounds from New York.

LEGO© Brick Games

WED—July 11—6 PM



Revisit your childhood by joining the Young Patrons to revisit LEGO© toys with an adult spin! Hosted in conjunction with our spring exhibition Lego© Bricks: A Celebration!, we’ll enjoy LEGO-inspired drinks while playing games with LEGO bricks.


More information coming soon!


Swedish Midsummer Festival in Battery Park City



Robert F. Wagner Park—Battery Park City
20 Battery Place, New York, New York 10004


FRI—JUN 21, 5-8 PM


On Friday, June 21, the annual Swedish Midsummer Festival takes place in Battery Park City on lower Manhattan! At this unique celebration, adults and kids come together to picnic in the grass, decorate the midsummer pole, make flower wreaths, play traditional games and dance to authentic fiddle music.


Some of New York’s finest Scandinavian restaurants and food purveyors – Smorgas Chef / Crepe du Nord, Fika, Nordic Preserves, Red Rooster and Gigino at Wagner Park – will host food stands offering Swedish picnic-style delicacies.


Two information tents located by the entrance to the park will be hosted by the Consulate as well as the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy.


Directions at the BPC Parks Conservancy website: www.bpcparks.org


Fredagsøl—Beer tasting!

BÚÐIN, 114 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

FRI—Jun 1—6 PM



Fredagsøl, literally meaning “Friday beer”, is the Danish custom of meeting up with your friends after work to have a couple of beers and celebrate that the weekend has finally arrived. The event takes place at BÚÐIN, a Nordic style coffee shop and craft beer bar located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


This Fredagsøl we’ll get to taste a variety of nice beers! Fruity, hoppy, smoked and sour beers, ales, and IPAs by Mikkeller, Brekeriet, To Øl, and more!


So come by BÚÐIN after work to share a drink and stories with fellow Nordic friends!




Young Patrons $5

General Admission $20


All are welcome!




WED—MAY 16, 2018—6 PM
BonBon NYC, 130 Allen St. New York, NY 10002


Join the ASF Young Patrons for an exclusive candy tasting at the new Swedish candy store, BonBon! Mr. Licorice will tell us about the candy and you’ll receive a box to fill up yourself with whatever tasty treats you want.


Come explore and support Nordic culture in New York while enjoying delicious candy, such as special salty licorice, funny little Cars, and the famed Jungle Roars!


Free for Young Patrons
General admission $8



May 1 Picnic

BRYANT PARK, New York, 10018

TUE—May 1— 12-2 PM, free



It’s customary for those in Finnish academic circles to have a picnic on May 1. To join the tradition, we will gather for lunch in Bryant Park. Stop by, eat your lunch, and enjoy the fresh air with us!


Weather permitting.



Smörgås Chef 58 Park Avenue, New York NY, 10016

FRI—Apr 27—6 PM


Welcome to the ASF Young Patrons’ Valborg Dinner, scheduled for Friday, April 27, 2018 at Scandinavia House!


Valborg is an annual event in Finland and Sweden that celebrates spring’s arrival, with bonfires lit to burn the old and make room for the new. Learn more about the holiday from this video.


We’ll celebrate with a three-course Nordic dinner at Smörgås Chef at Scandinavia House!


Members and non-members are welcome. Space is limited.


Tickets for dinner are $40.
For Young Patrons, tickets are $20.
Drinks are included.



Screening & Meet and Greet

Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

WED—Mar 14—6PM

Free for Young Patrons.



Young Patrons will get a chance to meet with the film director Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen over some Nordic snacks! The event takes place in the Halldor Laxness Library.


Afterwards, we will make our way downstairs to Victor Borge Hall for the screening of his film The Rift/Rökkur, an Icelandic psychological thriller.


Read more about the film here.


Mr. Purple, 180 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
WED—Feb 21—6 PM




Join Young Patrons and friends in the Nordic Lounge at Mr. Purple on Wednesday to watch athletes compete in this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.


Young Patrons get one free drink! To redeem, please present your membership card.


Wednesday’s events include: Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Nordic Combined, and Speed Skating.



Home Made Glögg In The Library

Free for ASF Young Patrons
WED—12–13—6 PM



28 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

WED—11-86:30 PM


Join the ASF Young Patrons for dinner at the newly opened Fiskur Bistro in the West Village. The restaurant offers classic fish & chips meals with an Icelandic twist, including fresh Icelandic fish and sauces made from skyr.

Price of $15 for Young Patron members and $35 for friends of Young Patrons. Price includes dinner and a drink.




FRI—11-3 & 12-1—6-8 PM




It’s time for another ASF Young Patrons Fredagsøl! This First Friday, we’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with BÚÐIN, a Nordic style coffee shop and craft beer bar located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Come by BÚÐIN after work to meet fellow Nordic friends and share a Fredagsøl! Literally meaning “Friday beer”, Fredagsøl is the Danish custom of meeting up with your friends after work to have a couple of beers and celebrate that the weekend has finally arrived. Members of the Young Patrons program receive one free drink.



Young Patrons Celebration

Scandinavia House, Volvo Hall

The Young Patrons’ program will soon be turning 2 years old! To celebrate the program and thank all of you for supporting ASF, we are arranging a big party on OCTOBER 19. The party will feature Nordic food, ciders and beers, and there will be gift bags for all current and new Young Patrons.  DJ Lovestory, who will be joining us from Stockholm, will be spinning tunes for us all night.


Concert With Icelandic Ásgeir

WED—9–27–2017—7 PM
$5 for ASF Young Patron and 1 guest
Join the ASF Young Patrons as we visit the concert with Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir. Young Patrons pay only $5 to attend the concert, the rest will be sponsored by ASF. Each Young Patron gets a maximum of 2 tickets for $5 each.



Independent Visions Guided Tour & Nordic Cocktails

WED—7–26–2017—5:30-8 PM, free

Join the ASF Young Patrons on a guided tour of the celebrated art exhibition Independent Visions: Helene Schjerfbeck and Her Contemporaries, from the Collection of Ateneum, Finnish National GalleryEmily Stoddart, Exhibition Coordinator at Scandinavia House, will tell us more about the four artists Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), Sigrid Schauman (1877–1979), Ellen Thesleff (1869–1954), and Elga Sesemann (1922–2007). After the tour we will go to the bar at Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central. The menu includes a variety of exciting cocktails that feature local ingredients with a Scandinavian twist.


 An evening with Norwegian Coffee Roaster Tim Wendelboe

BÚÐIN, Greenpoint



 Young Patrons at the Swedish Midsummer Festival

Battery Park



 Lake Bodom 

Scandinavia House, A-level
58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

FRI—6–2—7:30 PM

June 5th, 1960, Finland was shocked by the news that three teenagers had been stabbed to death while camping near Lake Bodom in the south of Finland. Now, almost to the day 57 years later, you have a chance to see the scripted film based on these events. All Young Patrons receive 2 tickets to this invite-only screening, where director Taneli Mustonen and screenwriter Aleksi Hyvärinen will be present. There will be a reception after the screening.



 An Evening With Sofia Talvik

2 Complimentary Tickets for ASF Young Patrons
THU—4–27—8 PM


 Coffee Tasting

Great Northern Food Hall, Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall West
89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

SAT—3–25—2 PM, free


We will visit Brownsville Roasters to join their weekly coffee tasting. Meeting point is at the cafe, located in the Great Northern Food Hall in Grand Central Vanderbilt Hall, at 2 PM.



Kettlecorn New Music

2 Complimentary Tickets for ASF Young Patrons
SAT—2–11—7 PM


A Visit to the Nordic Artist’s Studios at ISCP

ISCP, 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Free for ASF Young Patrons
THU—1–26—6:30 PM
Join us for a visit to the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) for a private tour of their Nordic artists’ studios in East Williamsburg. The tour includes refreshments, networking, and conversation with the artists.iscp-photo-linda-haglund-asf-1-of-5




Home Made Glögg In The Library

Halldór Laxness Library, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave
Free for ASF Young Patrons
TUE—12–13—7 PM


An Evening With Aska

Aska, 47 S 5th St, Brooklyn
$30 ($15 for ASF Young Patrons)
WED—11–30—7:30 PM


Halloween Movie Night

Victor Borge Hall, Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave
Free for ASF Young Patrons
WED—10-26—7 PM


Exhibition tour with reception: Artek and the Aaltos

18 W 86th St, Bard Graduate Center Gallery
Free for ASF Young Patrons
TUE—9-20—6:30 PM


Nordic Beer Tasting at Budin

Budin, 114 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn
$20 (Free for ASF Young Patrons)
MON—8-29—7 PM


Scandinavian Lawn Games

Bryant Park, Manhattan
Free for ASF Young Patrons
CANCELED due to weather


9/11 Pavilion Tour with Snøhetta

180 Greenwich St, Manhattan
Free for ASF Young Patrons
TUE—6-14—6:30 PM


A Doll’s House at TFANA

262 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn
Free for ASF Young Patrons
SAT—5-21—2 PM


Norwegian design party at Budin

Budin, 114 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn
Free for ASF Young Patrons
WED—5-11—6 PM

Hello Monday After Hours Tour

Hello Monday, 5 White Street, 2A, New York
Free for ASF Young Patrons
WED—4-13—7 PM


Jacob A. Riis Exhibition Tour

At the Museum of the city of New York
Free for ASF Young Patrons
TUE—3-15—5:30 PM


FIKA Chocolate Tour & Tasting

450 Washington st., NYC
$45 ($20 ASF Young Patrons)
THU—2-10—6:30 PM


Nordic Beer Tasting at Budin

Budin, 114 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn
$20 (Free for ASF Young Patrons)
THU—1-28-2016—7 PM