20th Viking Festival ‘invades’ Vista!

There are lots of myths about Vikings. First, the Viking culture had a relatively brief run during the thousand-year Nordic-Scandinavian history.

Few back in those Medieval times were card-carrying Vikings. Most were just regular folks who cooked, black smithed, traded, fished and participated in other routine life.

And, by all means, Vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets.

But who doesn’t like a good sword fight? So, the Vista Viking Festival has battle demonstrations… along with other living history that more fully explains the Nordic culture. The festival includes a market featuring everything from authentic costumes to traditional food.

Music also will fill the air including Krauka, a Denmark-based folk band playing authentic instruments from the time. Instructors will be on hand for those who are interested in throwing axes, shooting arrows and tossing spears.

The festival expects to draw about 8,000 Vikings and non-Vikings alike… so come out and enjoy a weekend of family fun!

Check out the video to learn more. And visit Viking Festival schedule for more info.

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