Finlandia Foundation

San Francisco Bay AREA Chapter

Promoting Finnish culture and traditions for anyone interested in
Finland and Finnish-American heritage


We invite you to attend our events. They are open to FinnsFinnophiles, and their friends and families.
  • Finnish Christmas Fair -Saturday Dec 14th 2019
    First Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
    1140 Cowper St, Palo Alto, 94301

    Opening Hours:
    Open to public 10am-3pm

    Set up for vendors 9-10am
    Clean up 3-4pm

    We are looking for vendors selling Finnish/Nordic inspired crafts, art, jewelry, and gift items.

    Any vendor selling food items is responsible for obtaining appropriate permits.

    All vendors are required to have a seller's permit (required for engaging in business in California if selling or leasing tangible property that would ordinarily be subject to sales tax if sold in retail).

    If you do not already hold a seller's permit and make sales during temporary periods, you must apply for a temporary seller's permit.

    You can apply for seller's permit online at:

    More info:

    If you have any questions, please email us at

    Cost of table:
    1 table (size 6' x 2.5') $65

    Registration available online until November 14, 2019.

    Fill in the registration form:

    After receiving and reviewing the registration form, Finlandia Foundation will follow with instructions for payment.

    Registration will be confirmed after receipt of payment.

    No refunds after registration.

    We will advertise our vendors actively on our Facebook event page leading to the event. Please make sure that you will email us pictures and more information about your products at

    Parking: There are some parking spots available on the church parking lot in addition to street parking.


We promote the cultureknowledge, and history of Finland.

About Us

The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter seeks to promote Finnish culture and traditions for anyone interested in Finland or Finnish-American heritage. We sponsor several cultural programs each year including appearances by the Finlandia Foundation’s Performer of the Year and Lecturer of the Year; concerts by visiting Finns or Finnish-Americans; symphony performances when a Finnish artist is featured; an annual picnic get together; and Pikkujoulu, a traditional Finnish pre-Christmas celebration with Santa Lucia processional and arrival of Joulupukki (Santa Claus). The venue for most events is the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto Fellowship Hall. Join us for upcoming programs listed in the Events section. 

Our Chapter publishes a periodic newsletter mailed or emailed to members. We invite you to become a member and help support our goals of keeping strong the cultural ties between the United States and Finland. Explore these pages and join us at our events. Contact us regarding membership. We are a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Membership and donations to the Chapter are tax-exempt.


Whether you are someone who has moved to this country only recently, or whether it was your great grandmother who immigrated to the United States, our mission is to keep Finnish-Americans connected to their Finnishness and to each other and to inform the larger American community about Finland, its culture, its history and traditions. We also want to shine a light on what Finland contributes to the world today through its contemporary culture, its innovations in business, education and technology.  And, we want to enable our members to get together, socialize, network, speak the language, and have fun!


We are one of 50 national chapters under our umbrella organization, the Finlandia Foundation National based in Pasadena, California. Founded originally as the Palo Alto-Stanford Chapter and closely associated with the university and its faculty at the time of its founding in 1956, we are one of the oldest chapters in the country. A few years ago, our chapter changed its name to reflect its broader Bay Area reach. 

Chapter Board of Directors

Heidi Saario and Nina Ehrsam - Co-Presidents •  Riikka Loughney • Katja Kotala • Tanja Makynen •  Anni Rein • Nina Dahlblom • Annukka Dickens • Meri Rajala

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Contact Us

Have a question about our organization or events? Send us a message!


Finlandia Foundation SF Bay Area
P. O. Box 1515, Palo Alto, CA 94302
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