Midsummer is one of the highlights of the year in Sweden. Most of the cities empty as everyone heads to their summer cottages, but there are parties all around Stockholm as well. Maypoles, dancing and drinking are the main activities. Midsummer is also one of the main events in Skansen, where celebrations last for a few days, and visitors can help make garlands of flowers for the maypole which they raise together with Skansen Folk Dance Team.Date: 22 June 2018 - 23 June 2018
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, including the EuroPride parade, a two-hour walk which goes from Pride City in Kungsholmen to Pride Park in Östermalm. Many of the main events take place at 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 spots in the city. Pride Ung (Pride Young) is a drug- and alcohol-free venue for younger visitors, while the Kinky Quarter is for adventurous people aged 18 and over.Date: 27 July 2018 - 05 August 2018
Venue: Various venues and locations in Stockholm.
Many events are free. Entry to Pride Ung (Pride Young) is free.
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, DJ's and musicians that line the route, as well as a masquerade competition. 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 40,000 participants and around 200,000 spectators who line the route cheering the runners on.Date: 18 August 2018 - 18 August 2018
Venue: The streets of Södermalm.
Free to spectate. Fee for runners start at Kr395.
An event solely for women, Tjejmilen is a running race that attracts close to 35,000 participants each year. It takes runners on a 10km (6.2 miles) course through the picturesque royal park of Djurgården in Stockholm. The event is open to women of all ages and running abilities and starts and finishes in Gärdet in central Stockholm.
Lilla Tjejmilen is a shorter route for girls aged 5-13, where the goal is simply to participate and have fun.Date: 01 September 2018 - 01 September 2018
Venue: The race starts and finishes in Gärdet.
Free to spectate. Fee for runners in Tjejmilen starts at Kr325.
Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival
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.
Note that although the legal drinking age in Sweden is 18, you must be at least 20 to enter the festival.Date: 27 September 2018 - 06 October 2018
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.Date: 30 April 2019 - 30 April 2019
Venue: Various venues, including Skansen.
Stockholm Early Music Festival
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.Date: 01 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various churches in Gamla Stan.
Part of the IAAF Diamond League, BAUHAUS-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. BAUHAUS-galan was first staged in 1967 and has grown to become the largest annual sporting event in Sweden.Date: 01 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Stockholm Olympic Stadium.
With participants from over 100 countries, the Stockholm Marathon sees competitors make their way around the city in a route that takes them past the waterways, City Hall, and through beautiful parkland In Djurgården. 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 20,000 participants and several hundred thousand spectators.Date: 01 June 2019 - 01 June 2019
Venue: Stockholm Olympic Stadium.
Free to spectate. Fee for runners start at Kr900.
Swedish National Day
Sweden's national day is celebrated with food, drink, song and dance for young and old alike. Stockholm's parks are filled with barbeques, live bands and musicians, as well as activities like bouncy castles and face painting. In the afternoon, the Royal Family leave their residence in horse-drawn open carriages, and along with their parade of riders on horseback they will head towards central Stockholm. Expect flags, balloons and plenty of waving. A celebration is also held in City Hall to welcome new citizens.Date: 06 June 2019 - 06 June 2019
Venue: Various public venues.