During the long summer days, Stockholm hosts all kinds of festivals to fill the days. From music festivals, to food festivals and street art festivals, there is a festival in Stockholm for everyone. These are some of our favourites during this year's summer months, even if they may disrupt our hop-on hop-off bus operations at times.
On June 1st Lustholmen, a festival of dance choreography, music and arts, celebrates the start of summer. The festival carries the name that was once used for the island of Skeppsholmen when it was used recreationally by the first Vasa-Kings. This year, Lustholmen has a three week long programme of dance and choreography, with performances in- and outdoors, on the island and inside the theatre.
WALLSTREET Stockholm – The City of Art – is a movement and public art exhibition in the city’s common outdoor urban space. Throughout all of June, the WALLSTREET Stockholm festival will bring together professional artists and locals to bring new life to their neighbourhoods. By creating 222 works of art with a variety of expressions, the festival will help to change how certain parts of the city are experienced by both locals and visitors.
From 8 to 11 June, the Rosendal Garden Party is the summer’s most magical music experience on Djurgården, with a different headlining act and accompanying artists and bands every night. With the amazing Rosendal Garden as a backdrop, this four day festival with national and international artists is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.
Gin lovers can enjoy themselves to their heart’s content at the Stockholm Gin Fest on 11 June, World Gin Day. Sweden’s first and only international Gin festival offers guests the opportunity to sample many types of gin from dozens of different distilleries, mix their favourite GT and even attend workshops and private tastings.
July kicks off when international music event Lollapalooza comes to Stockholm at the start of the month. 2022 will see the second edition of the colourful music event in Stockholm. After a two year waiting period the festival has a spectacular line-up, including acts such as Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Jimmy Eat World, Post Malone, Pearl Jam, Lewis Capaldi and Lorde.
On July 2nd and 30th you can watch a movie under the stars for free at the Pucko Summer Cinema Festival at Tantolunden on Södermalm. Both days offer a full day festival experience, with food trucks, DJs, artists and live bands. All you need is you and your company and a blanket, the rest will come naturally through the festival's fun vibes!
On the third of July, the world’s largest annual offshore race, Gotland Runt, starts in Stockholm. More than 300 boats will set sail in the centre of Stockholm to make their way through the Stockholm Archipelago to round the island of Gotland and finish in the classic KSSS sailing port of Sandhamn. In the days leading up to the start of the race you can see the boats as they prepare for the journey, as well as try your hand at different things yourself, and eat and drink in the event arena.
From 8 July to mid-August, jazz returns to Skepssholmen when Fasching in Bloom organises 13 concerts in ArkDes and Moderna Museet’s green garden. Among the performers are international greats like Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, Avishai Cohen, Cécile McLorin Salvant, John Scofield, Emma-Jean Thackray and The Comet is Coming as well as Swedish names like Joel Lyssarides, Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Amanda Ginsburg, Sara Parkman, Goran Kajfeš Subtropic Arkestra and Rigmor Gustafsson.
Stockholm Pride launches the city into August. For 2022, Stockholm Pride has the theme "Dags att bekänna färg" (Time to show your true colours), focussing on taking a stand and daring to be uncomfortable, spreading joy and love, getting back up and standing proud together. During the first eight days of the month, there are activities all around the city, including the famous Pride Parade on August 6th in central Stockholm.
From August 12, Södermalm turns into a big block festival for Nytorgfesten. During the weekend there is music, food, flea markets, a fun fair and much more to enjoy. The festival dates back to 1995 and has had tens of thousands of visitors over the years, all attracted by the lovely carnival feeling and the happy community, that celebrate the festival.
In August, Stockholm’s Film Festival Sommarbio brings five nights of free film screenings to Rålambshovsparken. From 17 till 21 August, films will show on a huge screen in the park and this year for the first time all films have been chosen by the public. Each year over 40,000 people come to watch movies on the summer nights in the park, where local partners are on-site to offer food, drinks and snacks.
At the same time as Stockholm’s Film Festival, the city also hosts it’s Culture Festival, the city’s largest cultural festival of the year. Six parts of the city play host to the Stockholm Cultural Festival: Sergels torg, Kungsträdgården, Karl XII:s torg, Skeppsbron, Norrbro and Gustav Adolfs torg. During the five day festival there will be a wide range of cultural experiences from around the world, new, modern and sometimes unexpected, with musical acts, activities, performances and wonderful hangouts.
Finally in the last weekend of the month, Sweden’s main Street Food Festival comes to central Stockholm. The festival offers all sorts of street food as well as beer, wine, drinks and a selection of sweets. To accompany the delicious food, there will be music and GraffitiSthlm will create art exhibitions and create new pieces of graffiti on the spot.