Stockholm Pride Week is over, meaning that it’s time to look forward to other awesome events and things to do in and around our favorite city. One of the best ways to travel is to explore Stockholm through the lens of its annual and one-of-a-kind happenings. So what are you waiting for? Get out and about with these 11 events and festivals!
1. Cinema Under the Stars
For five nights in August, the Stockholm International Film Festival carves out an evening of entertainment on Rålambshovsparken. Bring a blanket, picnic and chairs if you like for a movie night under the stars. Films start at 9PM and popcorn, coffee and candy are on sale.
August 16: Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee
August 17: My Neighbor Totoro by Hayao Miyazaki
August 18: Dirty Dancing by Emile Ardolino
August 19: The Big Blue by Luc Besson
August 20: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown by Pedro Almodóvar
Where: Rålambshovsparken, Smedsuddsvägen 6
When: 9PM on August 16-20
The “Midnight Race” is a widely popular running race at (you guessed it) nighttime! Runners of all ages navigate a 10k course circling Södermalm. The starting gun bursts out at Ringvägen at 9:20pm, and runners compete to the finish line at Hornsgatan. Midnattsloppet is on its 36th year, and the biggest running competition in Stockholm proper. It’s usually a hot night, sweaty crowds and loads of music to keep you pumping on! Creatives can join the Masquerade, a hilarious mini-event where you can sign up to wear a costume during the race. You’ll be judged by referees and the five best costumes will be awarded on a big stage!
When: August 19
Finland’s throwing its 100th birthday this year, and Stockholm is getting in on the action! Finns in Sweden are going all out with a huge festival of music, food, exhibitions and fashion–all Finnish themed, of course. Some of the hottest Finnish musical artists will be in town, like ALMA, Krista Siegfrids or the trendy a capella stylings of FORK. Folk classics more your style? Stay for the traditional tunes of Darya & Månskensorkestern.
When: August 24-26
4. Stockholm Fashion Week
Fashionistas love Stockholm, and the city caters to its trend-minded public with a magnificent fashion week (or more appropriately, weekend). Twice per year, Stockholm’s leading designers and brands showcase their collections. This Fall, you’ll see greats like Björn Borg, Emelie Janrell, Naim Josefi and the Swedish School of Textiles. Tune into the schedule and catch a runway show, presentation or lecture from the experts.
Where: Throughout Stockholm
When: August 30-September 1
Who says you have to be in Germany for Oktoberfest? Stockholm throws its own homage to Bavaria, chock-full of amazing brews, saucy sausages, happy moods and music. Entrance is free on Thursdays, but you’ll have to cough up 50 kronor for Fridays and Saturdays. Best yet — you can dress up in traditional Oktoberfest clothes, original Dirndl or Lederhosen from Munich, for only SEK 30.
Where: Stockholmsmässan, Parkeringsvägen, Stockholm
When: August 31-September 2, September 7-9
6. STHLM Street Food & Food Truck Championship
All bets are off in this new culinary competitions, when food carts square off to compete for the title of Food Truck Champion. Drop by in the morning from 9 am to 12 pm to devour the competition, and stay until 8 pm for lunch and dinner. We promise there’ll be fish tacos.
When: September 9
Stockholmers sure love their sports, so it’s no wonder that Sweden is home to the biggest cross-country in the world! Beginning in 1965, Lidingöloppet is a beautiful and challenging course drawing thousands of runners to the small archipelago island of Lidingö. The best part is that you can join in no matter your skill level. TCS Lidingöloppet 30 is the classic, huge marathon of 30k, but if you’re looking for something a bit more medium-ranged, TCS Lidingöloppet 15 will take you halfway there. The Rosa Bandet is 10k exclusively for women, TCS Lidingörullet is a fun 2k race for wheels, TCS LidingöRuset is for the physically disabled, Lidingö On Walk is for those who prefer to power walk. There’s even races for kids: Lidingö Knattelopp is for 1-6 year-olds, and TCS Lilla Lidingöloppet is for 7-15-year-olds.
When: September 22-24
8. Vasa Museum
Head over to the Vasa ship museum for an incredible private tour through 500 years of Swedish naval history, tradition, and fashion. You’ll learn all about the massive warship’s construction, its 333-year-old “sleep with the fishes,” and its 20th-century restoration. The tour includes entrance into the museum, professional guide and a tour tailored to your interests.
When: Daily until August 31
9. Stockholm Open
Sign up to attend Stockholm’s most prestigious tennis tournament. Founded by tennis star Sven Davidson, with gathers around 40,000 spectators each year. In 2016, Stockholm Open received the respected title of Tournament of the Year from the ATP World Tour Awards. The tournament takes place on indoor hard-court in the northern area of Norra Djurgården.
Where: Kungliga Tennishallen, Lidingövägen 75
When: October 15-22
10. Nordic Light at the Nordic Museum
A special year exhibition at the Nordic Museum schools visitors in the importance of light in our lives, how it influences who we are and how we shape it ourselves. The exhibit asks, “What does it mean to live in a part of the world that has limited daylight during the winter and almost endless daylight during the summer?” Other exhibitions include: the Face of Migration, home-brewing traditions, and Sami life.
When: Until October 29
11. Do It Yourself with StikkiNikki
Throwing a special event yourself this Fall? Why not have it catered by excellent gelato-ists? StikkiNikki is a mouth-watering gelateria in town, with fabulous flavors and organic, high-quality ingredients. No chemicals or additives welcome here! A modest family-operated business, StikkiNikki is the birth child of Nicole Emson from Texas, and grew her incredible business to 8 locations all over Stockholm. Treat your guests with a frozen delight made with love!
Where: 8 locations all over Stockholm, see website
We wish you a great time in Stockholm!