With its long, dark winters, it is not surprising that the natives of Sweden would like to take advantage of the brighter, sunnier months. And with its endless coastal islands, inland lakes, vast boreal forests, and icy mountains, there is certainly no shortage of dramatic scenery that would provide countless backdrops for festivals and fairs across the country over the summer. There are inevitably many reasons for these events in Stockholm, the country’s most famous city. But there are also a number of summer festivals and fairs held beyond the 14 islands of the capital. If you are planning a trip to Sweden in the summer, we have selected the best summer festivals and events in Sweden:
- Summer Events and Festivals in Sweden
Summer Events and Festivals in Sweden
1. Stockholm Writers Festival
Anyone who has visited Sweden proves that English is spoken almost as fluently as their mother tongue. It’s no surprise, therefore, that this annual summer festival in Sweden focuses on English-language writing, bringing together writers, authors, and industry professionals to help people hone their writing skills, learn about the publishing and professional writing business, and connect with other established and emerging swordmasters.
Where: Finlandshuset, Downtown Stockholm
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2. A Taste of Stockholm
About 200,000 servings of food, 100,000 beers, and 65,000 glasses of wine are made during A Taste of Stockholm each year, one of the largest food and beverage festivals in the world. By providing a forum for chefs and collaborators to flaunt a wide range of enjoyable delicacies from a wide range of eating traditions and cultures, this famous summer event in Sweden attracts large numbers of natives and visitors alike. In addition to the gastronomic offer, there are also fun activities to attend and watch, including “chef duel” and plenty of fun for children.
3. Cars & Coffee Stockholm
This top summer festival in Sweden is home to a mesmerizing collection of sports and supercars on the tranquil island of Djurgården in the heart of Stockholm for just one day each year. Fans of the car are attracted from afar by the island’s Maritime Museum, which exhibits 100 models ranging from Ferraris, Lamborghini, and Porsches to classic Alfa Romeos and Rolls-Royces models.
Where: Maritime Museum, Djurgården
4. Drakamöllan Opera Festival
Sweden has a rich opera heritage and the heart of the country’s classical musical landscape is located in Drakamöllan in southern Sweden. Every year, the city hosts a magical opera festival in the open air, bringing music lovers up and down, and Glyndebourne, Sweden, is gaining a reputation for its famous opera house in East Sussex, England.
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5. Saxå Chamber Music Festival
Located in a beautiful part of central Sweden on Lake Saxen, this historic castle is a stunning venue for a renowned summer music festival in Sweden. First-class music played in beautiful surroundings is at the heart of the list of participating musicians, a group of leading-strings from the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, along with various guests.
Where: Saxå Herrgård
Lollapalooza, which is already a definite favorite of music lovers in many cities around the world, will debut in Sweden this June in the beautiful park Gärdet in the heart of Stockholm. More than 70 artists will perform on 4 stages at the inaugural weekend. There will be even more innovative culinary selections, art, and much more.
Where: Gärdet, Stockholm
7. Stockholm Pride
Stockholm Pride, the largest Pride event anywhere in Scandinavia, has grown rapidly since its 1998 debut, with around 60,000 attendees and 600,000 spectators attending regularly each year. This popular summer event in Sweden usually begins with performances and exhibitions in the city celebrating LGBT rights, lifestyles, and culture, culminating in the grand finale – a dazzling, kaleidoscopic parade.
Where: Venues across Stockholm
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8. Malmö Festival
The Malmö Festival, also known as the “Malmöfestivalen”, is a bustling, vibrant street festival held every week for a week in August. Founded more than three decades ago, the event, which has become Northern Europe’s oldest urban festival, has grown stronger and stronger, and today you will find everything from pioneering art, music, and culture to a variety of dishes that reflect today’s Malmö. Admission is free for all visitors.
Where: Central Malmo
9. Stockholm Culture Festival
For five bustling summer days and nights, the streets and squares of central Stockholm are taken over by a cultural festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. All kinds of events and activities take place during this major summer festival in Sweden, including genres in the sunshine, street art, dance workshops, stand-up comedy, photo exhibitions, theater performances, movies, talks, guided walks, and much more.
Where: Venues across Stockholm
Every year, stamp collectors from all over the world descend to Stockholm for one of the best stamp exhibitions in Europe. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society in London this year, the 2021 event promises to be bigger and better than ever. You will have the opportunity to appreciate your stamps as well as view the most valuable and sought-after stamps in the world, all in the picturesque setting of the Waterfront Convention Center.
Where: Waterfront Congress Centre
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11. Stockholm Early Music Festival
Held in the historic setting of Stockholm’s Old Town, the 17th edition of the Stockholm Old Music Festival will return to the Swedish capital in June this year, again promising historical music from the Baroque, Renaissance, and Medieval times. The popular summer events in Sweden include lunch, afternoon, and evening concerts, seminars, and masterclasses aimed at promoting 1000 years of musical heritage in Swedish and European music life.
Where: Stockholm Old Town
12. Sweden Rock Festivals
Combining classic rock, hard rock, metal, and blues with a friendly atmosphere, one of Sweden’s most popular summer festivals. Between the ocean and the grassy hillsides, in front of the town of Sölvesborg, on the southern coast of Sweden, the event will feature performances on five stages, providing plenty of variety to satisfy the musical tastes of revelers. Unlike many other festivals, the organizers also place great emphasis on the comfort of visitors, with real toilets and 200 staff keeping the venue clean at all times.