Events in 2008





A selection of the many events taking place throughout Sweden:

April 2008

April 30
Walpurgis Eve
Walpurgis Night, when spring is welcomed with bonfires, choral singing and fireworks. Festivities in many locations.
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Contact the regional tourist offices for information about regional celebrations.

May 2008

May 17
The Göteborg Half Marathon - Göteborgsvarvet
Over 30,000 enter annually, with a record of 36,095 entries in 2004.
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May 27
Bike race in Stockholm for female cyclists.
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May 31
Stockholm Marathon
The 30th Stockholm Marathon will be staged on Saturday 31 May 2008.
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June 2008

June-End of summer
Drottningholm Opera Festival
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June 4-8
Restaurants Festival: “A Taste of Stockholm”
Stockholm, Kungsträdgården
Restaurant Week. Stockholm’s best restaurants
show off the talents of their chefs.
The event takes place in Kungsträdgården
near the Royal Palace.
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June 5-7
Sweden Rock Festival
Sölvesborg Blekinge
One of Europes summer rockfestivals.
Sweden Rock Festival presents a
large numbers of great international artists.
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June 6
Sweden´s National Day
Traditional celebrations all over the country.
The largest and most traditional event will take
place at Skansen with the presence of the
King and Queen.
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June 13-14
The world’s largest bicycle race.
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June 20
Midsummer Eve/Solstice Celebrations
Traditional celebrations with dance and music around the maypole.
For further information:
Tourist office in Dalarna
Contact regional offices for local celebrations throughout the country.

June 24-29
Bergman week
The Bergman week is a six-day celebration of Ingmar Bergman’s art, with films, guests, seminars and tours to film locations on Fårö, Gotland.

June 28-July 5
Music at Lake Siljan
Music festival in Dalarna with more than 100 different programs and performances.

June 28-September 28
Gardens of Gothenburg 2008
For three glorious months from June 28 until September 28,
one of Northern Europe’s largest flower and garden
exhibitions will surprise and inspire young and old alike.

July 2008

Early july
Hälsinge Hambon
Musical and cultural events in Hälsingland.
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July 3 - 6
Stockholm Summer Games
Stockholm Summer Games are international sports games for children and youth in the age 8 to 18 years.
For further information:
Stockholm summer games

July 14
Borgholm, Öland
Celebrations to mark Crown Princess Victoria’s birthday on the island of Öland. The royal family attends this regal event.
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July 17-19
Karlshamn Baltic Festival
Karlshamn, Blekinge
Folk celebration during several days with cultural events from all over the world.
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July 28 - Aug 3
Europride 2008 Stockholm
The Stockholm Pride week is the highlight of the year for many gay, lesbian and transsexual persons in Sweden.
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August 2008

August 3-10
Medieval Week on the island of Gotland
Markets, pilgrim walks, music and games.
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Mid August
Dalhalla Opera Festival
Concerts at an outdoor auditorium in a
former limestone quarry in Dalarna.
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August 12-17
Stockholm Cultural Festival
Cultural Festival with 400 different acts
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August 17-24
The Malmö Festival
Malmö, Skåne
Experience a gigantic party with music, theater, specially designed fireworks, sport events, amusement
parks and handicrafts.
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August 8-10
Gothenburg Jazz Festival
The annual international Festival show cases some of the biggest international and Swedish jazz artists.
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September 2008

September 14-20
Umeå International Film
Umeå, Västerbotten
The small and beautiful city of Umeå in the North of Sweden is gaining an increasing reputation for its annual International Film Festival.
Umeå International Film Festival

September 24-8
Öland Harvest Fest
Borgholm, Öland

October 2008

October 8 (prel.)
The 38th annual ATP tournament in the Nordic countries. Tennis players from the world over will be announced at the end of September.
For further information:
Stockholm Open

November 2008

November 20 - 30
Stockholm International Film Festival
Stockholm’s 19th International Film Festival is one of the best in Northern Europe.
For further information:
Stockholm International Film Festival

December 2008

Liseberg Christmas Market
Gothenburg’s amusement park hosts a festive Christmas market with traditional handicrafts, ice-skating and lots of food.

Skansen Christmas Market
The open-air museum in Stockholm shows show Swedes celebrated Christmas in bygone days with traditional old-time Christmas festivities in historic buildings.

December 13
The coronation of Lucia, the bearer of light, is celebrated all over Sweden on this day. A young woman is chosen to lead the annual procession of light at Skansen open-air museum in Stockholm.
For further information:
Contact the local tourist offices for information in the various regions of Sweden.

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