July 13, 2016

Upcoming Summer 2016 Festivals & Events

Open air concert on Djurgården. Photo by Jeppe Wikström/mediabank.visitstockholm.com
July is generally a quiet time in Stockholm when it comes to festivals and events as most Stockholmers have their summer vacation at this time and leave the city. However this just means there are that many more in August! Here are some upcoming festivals and events not to be missed if you are coming to Stockholm in the coming weeks.
Stockholm Pride. Photo by Yanan Li/mediabank.visitstockholm.com

  • July 25th to 31st- Stockholm Gay Pride. The biggest gay pride in the Nordic countries. A week long festival that is very popular across the spectrum... especially the Saturday parade. Recent parades have seen almost 50,000 participants and around half a million people lining the streets.
  • July 26th- Beyoncé concert at Friends Arena.
  • July 29th to 31st- Stockholm Music & Arts festival on Skeppsholmen with artists like Lauryn Hill, Joan Baez and Kraftwerk.
  • July 30th- BAO (Benny Andersson Orchestra) concert at Skansen.
  • August 5th & 6th- Weekend Festival at Östermalms IP. Dance music and DJ's.
  • August 13th- Midnattsloppet ("The Midnight Race"). A very fun and festive late evening 10K race around the island of Södermalm. Samba bands, masquerade contests, DJ's and more...
  • August 14th- free oudoor concert at Gärdet with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • August 16th to 20th- We Are Sthlm youth festival (13 to 19 years of age). Free festival with concerts and more in Kungsträdgården. Part of the Culture Festival (see below).
  • August 16th to 21st- Kulturfestivalen ("The Culture Festival"). Week long festival in the downtown area concering all types of culture... and free! The theme this year is France.  
  • August 17th to 21st- Outdoor cinema, put on by the Stockholm Film Festival, in Rålambshovsparken. The theme this year is the 1970's. Free admission, bring a picnic. 
  • August 24th to 27th- Formex. International Nordic design fair. If you like Nordic and Scandinavian design... this is the place to go! Takes place at the Stockholm International Fair in Älvsjö.
  • August 26th & 27th- Popaganda. Popular pop music festival. Takes place at Eriksdalsbadet.
  • August 28th to September 4th- Baltic Sea Festival. Classic music festival at Berwaldhallen
  • September 3rd- Tjejmilen. Women's 10K run. Popular race along a scenic route on Djurgården.
As you can see... a wide variety with something for everyone. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel, contact me directly for more information. Click here for a full 2016 calendar of festivals and events.
Outdoor Summer Cinema in Rålambshovsparken. Photo by Lars Gullnäs

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