Join us for a night full of glass blowing, outdoor games, live music, creative antics, street food and cocktails by FIKA, and DIY glass art at the American Swedish Institute’s historic Turnblad castle and contemporary Nelson Cultural Center.
Cocktails at the Castle is putting a contemporary Minnesota spin on the Swedish tradition of a hyttsill—where folks gather to watch glass artists create while sharing a meal and drink (or two). Hyttsill literally translates to “hot shop herring.” At ASI, we’ll fire up the grill and tap the keg at multiple bars across the grounds in what is sure to be one of the most innovative parties of the summer.
- Live local music by Southside Desire and The Golden Bubbles
- Street food and signature cocktails by FIKA, ice cream by Pumphouse Creamery
- FIVE bars across the ASI grounds
- Beer from Indeed Brewing
- Explore ASI’s new glasswork exhibit, Pull Twist Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of Crystal
- Glass blowing demonstrations by Swedish glass artist Fredrik Nielsen, Sweden’s post punk rebellious master glass blower of sorts
- DIY Glass Art
- Performances by Theatre Coup d’Etat
- Kubb Competition hosted by Minnesota Kubb—learn the traditional Swedish lawn game that pairs great with beer!
- Elements of the Unexpected throughout the night and in the mansion
This is a 21+ event. Advance tickets $10 or $12 at the door.
Ride to Cocktails at the Castle in style for free* with Uber! Download the app for iPhone or Android and enter promo CASTLEMSP, or sign up at uber.com/go/castlemsp. Request 5-10 minutes before needing a ride by setting your pickup location, and you'll receive a text when your car has arrived. Hop in, and ride in Uber style! *Up to $30 off. Valid MSP only. Expires 7/31/13.
ASI members and bikers that check in their helmets get $1 off drinks all night!
When & Where
American Swedish Institute
The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts & cultural center and museum. The historic Turnblad Mansion first became home to the organization in 1929. The new Nelson Cultural Center addition opened in June 2012 and added a welcoming reception area, café, gallery, event center, studio craft classroom, terrace, courtyard, and new Museum Shop space.