Victoria, the Crown Princess of Sweden, is getting married to Daniel Westling on June 19th and Stockholm is celebrating with a two week long (June 6th-19th) festival called Love Stockholm 2010. The festival is a bit vague... but lots will be happening throughout the city: music, food & drink, culture, dancing, shopping and performances. All in the theme of love! Most of the venues are located around the royal palace, like Kungsträdgården, the Old Town and Skeppsholmen. Many local businesses are getting in on the action and offering special deals tying in with the love/wedding theme. Stockholm has wedding fever!
I spent yesterday at the festival, seeing what was offered at the different venues. The weather was perfect and it was fun wandering around, looking at all of the people. A lot of temporary restaurants and bars have opened up along the waterfront where you can sit both inside or outside. There are performances happening on stages both in front of the palace and in Kungsträdgården. At the Skeppsholmen venue they have gathered shops and restaurants from the archipelago and even erected a Midsummer pole. On the island of Djurgården, at Galärparken behind the Vasa Museum, they have lots of activities for children.
There are some cheesy elements, like cardboard cutouts of a wedding couple for photo oppurtunities, but all-in-all it's good fun with lots to do and see.
There is no entrance fee for the festival!
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