28 June, 2019

Boost your Swedish summer with these TOP TEN events

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No doubt summer is crowned the peak season of the year in Sweden. Long light nights, mild temperatures, breath-taking nature with thousands of possibilities for a refreshing swim. But there’s more to do in Sweden. Dive into our seasonal guide to get the most of your  Swedish summer experience.

4-6 July

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No Swedish experience would be complete without attending the legendary music festival in the heart of Dalarna. Though significantly smaller during the past years, Peace & Love didn’t lose any of its charm and magic. It´s more than yet another music festival, it´s a meeting place and an experience. As a plus enjoy the genuine Swedish landscape on your way there.

12.-13. July

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Kungsträdgården aka Kings Gardens is renowned for its free events covering all from music to food. Pop up there in July for an authentic Thai food experience. The middle of Stockholm turns into the exotic paradise, full of spicy, delicious food, music and dance.

More info here.

14. -20. July

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Revive the inner child in you and join the world’s largest youth football tournament. Absorb in the international atmosphere with more than 80 nations taking part in this unique sport even. No need to be a football freak to dive into the addictive atmosphere of fellowship or simply enjoy a good old fashioned game with your youths.

More info about the event here.

15-16. July

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Found yourself in southern Sweden wishing to experience something out of ordinary? Kiviks market might as well hit the nail on the head. Country’s most visited market draws more than 100 000 greedy visitors each year. Selling all from local food specialities to bizarre must – have souvenirs this event will certainly satisfy your inner shopaholic.

More info on the official webpage.

29.July – 3. August

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Is there a better way to celebrate summer than with love, joy and Pride? No need to think twice. Stockholm’s Pride kicks up the 29th July offering a wide range of concerts, talks, exhibitions and activities literary for everyone. With more than 500 000 visitors each year this much-needed celebration of equality and uniqueness ranks the Nordic biggest Pride festival since 1998. Hurry up to get your ticket!

More info on Pride website.

8-10. August

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Ever dreamt about seeing The Cure live? In love with Zara Larsson’s public statements? Always sing along with Veronica Maggio’s catchy songs? Then the biggest music festival on the west coast is the right place to be. For a music enthusiast, there is no better place to land in August than in Gothenburg. Four days filled with music, dance and food are awaiting you there.

For more info click here.


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Now for a more cultural experience for those enjoying the beaches of Öland island. Kalmar City festival just a stone thrown from the peaceful island offers three days filled with music, theatrical performances, dance shows and competitions. Take a break from your island break and head over the bridge for some juicy dose of culture.

More info.

9-16. August

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If you´re more of an explorer, Fjällräven Classic track is an event you don´t want to miss.  This traditional hike covers more than 110 km through the Swedish wilderness. Self-proclaimed “celebration of the outdoors” is a one-time life experience. Pack your bag, get your core hardened and head to Fjällräven official Facebook page for a chance to get last tickets.

More info about the event.

9-16. August

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Malmö for sure doesn’t fall behind much bigger Swedish cities. For eight late summer days fills the streets and squares with music and dance. Throughout years Malmö Festival has seen the stars such as Zara Larsson, Timbuktu, First Ait Kid, you name it. Even this year we have top acts awaiting us and on top of that all for free.

Check the official webpage for more info.

13-17. August

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Fancy a free of charge festival with Stockholm streets as its venue? More of a dream scenario, right? Not in the Swedish capital in August. Culture Festival is an event not to be missed. Experience jazz, opera or rock music, theatres, pop up exhibitions or city walks, children friendly activities, dance lessons, whatever your soul desire without spending a krona. 

More info to be found here.

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Veronika Opatrilova
Veronika works as a Stockholm guide, writer and translator from Swedish. She was born in the Czech Republic, but, as she says, her heart and soul belong to Sweden. Sometimes she leaves for new adventures and lives in different countries, but she always comes back. She is in love with black Swedish coffee, cardamon buns and a ferry to Djurgården.