• October 30, 2020
  • April 30, 2021
  • 7 sessions
  • October 30, 2020, 6:00 PM 11:59 PM (CDT)
  • November 27, 2020, 6:00 PM 11:59 PM (CST)
  • December 25, 2020, 6:00 PM 11:59 PM (CST)
  • January 29, 2021, 6:00 PM 11:59 PM (CST)
  • February 26, 2021, 6:00 PM 11:59 PM (CST)
  • March 26, 2021, 6:00 PM 11:59 PM (CDT)
  • April 30, 2021, 6:00 PM 11:59 PM (CDT)
  • Danish American Center - Minneapolis, MN


Fyr Aften is open to the men of DAC who are members and 18 years or older. 

The average age of the group is about 50 and about half speak Danish. As a group we have a connection and passion for Danish culture. Eating with a knife and fork, saying "Tak for Mad" when finished eating and knowing some Danish phrases are all important as we strive to keep our Danish culture alive.

We meet at the DAC on the last Friday of every month during the standard nine-month school year. Each month there is a choice cooking spot available to the first person to request it and everyone helps with the cleanup. The cost for dinner and dessert is the bargain price of $10 per person. We often play cards, games or darts after dinner, too.

If you are interested in joining or attending an upcoming Fyr Aften gathering please contact Paul Juhl at 612-437- 2430 or pjuhl727@comcast.net.


On the last Friday of the traditional school year months, a group of men at the Danish American Center (DAC) gather for food, drink, rich conversation and hygge. The tradition began about 10 years ago and has continued with just a brief hiatus. The name for the group came from Michael Petersen’s memory of his Farfar. “My Farfar used to always say/declare in his thick vestjysk dialect, ‘nu holder jeg fyraften” when he felt it was quitting time. So that’s where I came up with the name that I suggested to the rest of the guys...Fyr Aften has two meanings (depending on whether or not the two words are combined), ‘quitting time’ and ‘guys night’, and I like that play on words. It’s since become a Friday evening that we all look forward to. We’ve grown close and now know each other personally. The next generation needs to grow closer to give the DAC continuity and to keep the culture and ultimately the language alive.”

All men who are 18 and older and members of the DAC are welcome. The average age of those regularly attending is about 52. All have some tie to Danish culture. They are either Danes by birth, married to a Dane, have gone to school in Denmark, have Danish heritage, or just have a love of the culture and traditions and wish to be a part of continuing them. Speaking Danish is not a requirement, but roughly half of the group does.

For more information or to attend, contact Michael Petersen at hjemdemiguel@yahoo.com. Reservations are needed two or three days in advance.

Danish American Center
3030 West River Parkway South
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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