This year, 2018, has loads in store for visitors to Stockholm, from a citywide celebration of Ingmar Bergman to the ever-popular, ubiquitous marathons. Enrich your holiday around one of these events and you’ll have unforgettable memories that you’ll enjoy long after you return home.
The Lobby is located in Mood Stockholm – Photo credit: © Arild Vågen/Wikimedia Commons
The Lobby, located in the mall Mood Stockholm, is a pop-up mall for brands and consumers to meet and interact right in the middle of the city. From curated wardrobes to trendy collectors, the Lobby Market is a fantastic place to meet small and up-and-coming designers, artists and startups. Brands can rent a physical space in the Lobby by month, meaning that any season you’ll visit, you’ll see something different. Opens in April 2018.
Mood Stockholm, Regeringsgatan 48, Norrmalm
The Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska museet)
The Hallwyl Museum – Photo credit: © Erik Lernestål/Wikimedia Commons
The Hallwyl House is one of Stockholm’s most eccentric museums. Completed for the Count and Countess Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl in 1898, it was designed by renowned architect Isak Gustaf Clason (1856-1930). The lavish lifestyle and wealth of the couple gave way to freedom of the designer, combining a wild Mediterranean palazzo with a combo of Venetian Late Gothic and Early Spanish Renaissance.
What makes it stand out this year, is the exhibition of the collection of Ingmar Bergman’s incredible period costumes from a few of his choice period pieces: Sawdust and tinsel (1953); Smiles of a Summer Night (1955); Wild Strawberries (1957); The Virgin Spring (1960); The Pleasure Garden (1961, directed by Alf Kjellin, written by Ingmar Bergman); All These Women (1964); Cries and Whispers (1972); Fanny and Alexander (1982); The Best Intentions (1991, directed by Bille August, written by Ingmar Bergman); Sunday’s Children (1992, directed by Daniel Bergman, written by Ingmar Bergman); In the presence of a clown (1997).
In Bergman’s films, women were associated with color and light, a role that was accentuated by their costumes. Designed by Nils Harning, teacher of costume and props at Stockholm University of the Arts, together with the Stockholm Costume & Fashion Institute, this awesome exhibit is not one to miss. This particular exhibit closes March 18, 2018.
Hamngatan 4, Norrmalm
Viking Museum (Vikingaliv)
Ragnfrid’s Saga at Vikingaliv – Photo credit: © Vikingaliv
The history of the Viking Age is unleashed into Stockholm last year, with the opening of Vikingaliv. The exhibition is based on the archaeological and historical findings of the Viking Era, from sweeping trade and travel routes to everyday life. See how religion, geographical discoveries, and the slave trade shaped Viking history. There is a life-size Viking created using DNA from bones preserved at the Sigtuna Museum.
If you’re lost among the bones and embroideries, the museum also offers daily guided introductions to the exhibition in Swedish and English. Interactive exhibits of exciting tales. Bring along the kids – the Viking Ride – Ragnfrid’s Saga is recommended from age of 7, an 11-minute journey through 10th-century landscapes. If you’re hungry you can grab hearty stews and sandwiches at the museum restaurant Glöd.
Djurgårdsvägen 48, Djurgården
Culture Night in Stockholm
A carnival parade during Kulturnatt Stockholm – Photo credit: © Frankie Fouganthin/Wikimedia Commons
Welcome once more to Stockholm’s Culture Night (‘Kulturnatt Stockholm’), the city’s annual festival of exhibits, shows, installations, celebrating art, dance and music! With over 100 different events taking place all over town in public spaces, all of them will be free.
Various venues in the city
April 21, 2018
The Liquorice Festival (Lakritsfestivalen)
Lakritsfestivalen Stockholm – Photo credit: © Anders E. Skånberg
Swedes do love their licorice, so do as the locals do and jump right in the Liquorice Festival. The event returns to the Annexet at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on April 14-15, 2018. Discover new licorice flavors, grab your old-time favorites, participate in workshops and taste all sorts of yummy licorice-infused goodies. Since 2009, the celebration has been lauded all over the world, drawing up to 11,000 visitors in 2017.
Annexet at Ericsson Globe, Arenatorget 1, Johanneshov
April 14-15, 2018
Bergman’s Filmstaden Exhibition
Filmstaden in Solna – Photo credit: © Tage Olsin/Wikimedia Commons
In 2018 it’s 100 years since Ingmar Bergman was born, and that’s celebrated all over the world including Stockholm. So hop on a train to Filmstaden in Solna, just north of Stockholm, where Bergman made his debut and created his most famous films for decades. It will celebrate through guided tours, film screenings and an incredible outdoor exhibition in Bergman’s honor that opens April 12.
Filmstaden was built in 1919 and became Sweden’s own Hollywood, welcoming Ingmar Bergman in 1942 first as a script editor. They will have film screenings, and also walking tours, shown in Bergman’s room ‘The Opera,’ a little theater under the Little Studio where Bergman saw all the world’s film classics in his own movie club in the 50’s. The screenings will be every 2 weeks or so, from February into autumn.
Filmstaden Råsunda, Greta Garbos väg 3, Solna
April 12 – December 31, 2018
Ingmar Bergman International Theater Festival 2018
Dramaten – Photo credit: © Anders E. Skånberg
Join in one more Ingmar Bergman event. The Royal Dramatic Theatre (‘Dramaten’) is celebrating the Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival, which will include screenings of Bergman’s work in the heart of Stockholm, but also performances with no direct connection to his works. For eleven days, Dramaten will present performances, concerts, dialogues, discussions, lectures, film screenings, radio theater, and more.
Royal Dramatic Theatre, Nybroplan, Östermalm
August 23 – September 2, 2018
Summerburst – Photo credit: © Caesar/Wikimedia Commons
Began in 2010, Summerburst is a premier music festival in Östermalm every summer. This two-day music extravaganza is celebrated in both Gothenburg and Stockholm. The artist lineup for the Stockholm festival includes Axwell and Ingrosso, Benny Benassi, Deorro, Diplo, Jax Jones, R3HAB, Will Sparks, and many more. Get ready to dance your feet off!
Östermalm IP, open air venue
June 15-16, 2018
ASICS Stockholm Marathon 2018
ASICS Stockholm Marathon – Photo credit: © Stefan Holm/Shutterstock.com
Stockholm Marathon kicks off its 40th year this summer 2018. Join amateurs and professionals run all through Stockholm, past the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Royal Palace, City Hall and Central Station. The race kicks off from Lidingövägen just outside the Stockholm Olympic Stadium. And if you love running, don’t miss our guide to running races in Stockholm 2018.
Various venues in the city
June 2, 2018
ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2018
If you’re a skating fan, look no further than the world-class Synchronized Skating Championships. The Swedish Figure Skating Association welcomes champions from all over the world to compete for the gold.
Ericsson Globe, Johanneshov
April 6-7, 2018
Europride in Stockholm – Photo credit: © Anders E. Skånberg
For one week, Stockholm transforms into a celebration of LGBTI rights, with rainbows, clubs, live shows, workshops, and food. It’s the largest pride festival in Scandinavia, and in 2018, Europride will be hosted in both Stockholm and Gothenburg to honor the LGBTI community.
July 27 – August 5, 2018
Popaganda – Photo credit: © Kim Metso/Wikimedia Commons
A popular outdoor music festival, Popaganda features small, independent bands alongside fun dancing and swimming activities.
August 31 – September 1, 2018
Tough Viking – Photo credit: © Stefan Holm/Shutterstock.com
The largest obstacle race in Scandinavia, Tough Viking is not for the faint-hearted. Watch (or join in!) as competitors race past obstacles of fire, water, mud, monkey bars, electricity, and barbed wire. Designed in part by the Swedish Elite Maritime Special Forces unit Kustjägarna, this race goes the extra mile to put you to the test.
August 25, 2018
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
Game of Thrones Live Concert – Photo credit: © Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons
The beloved composer of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ramin Djawadi, comes to Stockholm for a captivating light-and-sound show, featuring music from seven seasons of the hit TV series. The lavish and exciting concert features both orchestra, choir, and soloists.
Ericsson Globe, Johanneshov
May 31, 2018
So there you have them, the top things to do in Stockholm 2018. Which one excites you the most?