Heralding the arrival of spring, Walpurgis Night (otherwise known as Valbor ......
Heralding the arrival of spring, Walpurgis Night (otherwise known as Valborg) is an often frenzied celebration involving copious bonfires, alcohol and singing. The party takes place all over the country – there are especially lively festivities in the nearby student city of Uppsala.
Attracting participants from over 40 countries, the Stockholm Marathon sees ......
Attracting participants from over 40 countries, the Stockholm Marathon sees competitors make their way around two laps of the course that runs through the centre of this fabulous city. It starts and finishes at Stockholm Stadium, which is one of the most popular sites for spectators to soak up the fun and excitement of the annual event. Open to runners over the age of 18, the Stockholm Marathon was first held in 1979 and today attracts approximately 17,000 participants and several hundred thousand spectators.
The world's oldest open-air museum, on an island near the centre of Stockho ......
The world's oldest open-air museum, on an island near the centre of Stockholm, consists of historic buildings set in parkland, with a zoo for further amusement. Each year on 6 June, it welcomes Swedish Royal Family arrive to celebrate National Day, a patriotic occasion celebrated mainly by nationals, but also offering much in the way of pageantry for the tourist to enjoy. Expect flag waving, speeches and music throughout Stockholm, before the royals proceed to Skansen, where further events are held. The release of 50,000 yellow and dark blue balloons takes place at Skeppsbron outside the Royal Palace.
Skansen Open-air Museum.
Stockholm Early Music Festival
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Taking place in Stockholm's historic Old Town, the annual Stockholm Early M ......
Taking place in Stockholm's historic Old Town, the annual Stockholm Early Music Festival presents a musical programme that includes a mix of international stars as well as young and emerging talent. The event was first held in 2002 and has already established itself as a favourite among fans of early musical styles, showcasing pieces from the middle ages, renaissance and baroque periods. The festival includes three series: evening concerts in the German Church, afternoon concerts in the Finnish Church and lunch-time concerts in the Royal Coin Cabinet. There are also a number of seminars and events for children.
Midsummer is one of the highlights of the year in Skansen. Celebrations las ......
Midsummer is one of the highlights of the year in Skansen. Celebrations last for three days. Visitors help in making garlands of flowers for the maypole which they raise together with Skansen Folk Dance Team.
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July 2014 - August 2014
The Stockholm Pride is the largest gay and lesbian event in Scandinavia and ......
The Stockholm Pride is the largest gay and lesbian event in Scandinavia and each year attracts thousands of revellers of all persuasions for the week-long celebrations, which take place on the largest (and trendiest) of Stockholm’s islands, Södermalm. The entire island turns itself over to the event, with many of the streets and shops bedecked with rainbow flags and decorations. Many of the events take place at the Pride Park where there is a stage, stalls, food and drink vendors and other entertainment. Numerous other events, ranging from political debates to film screenings, take place at various venues outside of the park.
One of Stockholm's most popular sporting events, the annual Midnattsloppet ......
One of Stockholm's most popular sporting events, the annual Midnattsloppet combines a 10km (6.2 miles) run with a great party atmosphere involving live bands and samba musicians that line the route. The fact that the race begins in the evening only adds to the special atmosphere. Taking place in Södermalm in Stockholm, the event attracts over 16,000 participants and around 200,000 spectators who line the route cheering the runners on.
Part of the IAAF Super Grand Prix, DN Galan is one of the leading track and ......
Part of the IAAF Super Grand Prix, DN Galan is one of the leading track and field athletics events in Sweden. Held in the impressive Stockholm Olympic Stadium, built in 1912, the event draws in some of the biggest names in world athletics – Usain Bolt himself returned in 2011. Adding a little extra incentive for competitors, since 1994 every athlete that sets a new stadium record is awarded with a 1-carat diamond. DN Galan was first staged in 1967 and has grown to become the largest annual sporting event in Sweden.
An event solely for women, Tjejmilen is a running race that attracts close ......
An event solely for women, Tjejmilen is a running race that attracts close to 25,000 participants each year. It takes runners on a 10km (6.2 miles) course through the picturesque royal park of Djurgarden in Stockholm. The event is open to women of all ages and running abilities and starts and finishes in Gardet in central Stockholm.
Since 1992 this has been the leading festival in Sweden for beer, cider and ......
Since 1992 this has been the leading festival in Sweden for beer, cider and whisky. The event is held over two weekends in late September and early October and showcases some 500 national and international beers, ciders and whiskies. There are tastings, expert seminars and awards. For further refreshment, restaurants serve everything from sausages to oysters as well as many beer-based dishes. A programme of lively on-stage entertainment accompanies the festivities.