As Stockholm begins to transition into earlier sunsets and the fall coats are donned, we have found you a few last opportunities to bask in the summer rays. And when the rays are tucked behind the clouds? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered then, too. From film festivals and evenings at the opera, to tastings (think Italian food, wine; think whiskey and beer) and art exhibits, Stockholm in September has so much to offer today.
Here’s what’s happening this month in September:
Sunday 1st – Sunday 15th September
Over the course of two weeks, this international mural festival will turn a public space into an outdoor gallery. Artists from all over the world have been invited to participate, and everyone is welcome to view and celebrate the street art that will be created. There will be an inauguration event on Sunday 1st, and a closing event on Sunday 15th; more information about these events will be released soon on the Wall Street Nacka website.
Sunday 1st September
Take a trip to the charming city of Uppsala this weekend. You can take a stroll around the city, see the famous cathedral, and then head to this flea market, the proceeds of which will go toward sending a girl from Nairobi, Kenya to university. Shop for clothing, interior decorations, books, jewelry and more. There will be a fika corner where you can buy homemade baked goods, as well.
Learn about the diversity of plants at this family-friendly event. You can ask the gardeners and botanists questions about plant care, or what a weed from your garden is. Visit the Victoria House to taste tropical harvests for 20 SEK, or visit the greenhouse for 80 SEK. All outdoor activities are free admission.
Ralph and Ruth Erskine’s first home, Lådan, will be open for viewing. Ralph Erskine was a British architect and planner, who created this small house (20 square meters) that is full of smart solutions. As tiny houses become more popular, seeing this house may give you inspiration!
Welcome to the first Kazakh film festival! Sunday is the final day of the festival organized by “Youth of Kazakhstan in Sweden” association. The festival has been feautring 8 films produced by JSC Kazakhfilm, all in Kazakh/Russian with English subtitles. The two films showing on Sunday will be “Night God” by Adilkhan Yerzhanov and “Diamond Sword” by Rustem Abdrashev. Entrance is first come, first served, and all screenings are free.
Are you a cyclist? This 50 km course takes you through the city of Stockholm at your own pace. The course begins in front of the Royal Palace, and has two energy and water stops, as well as healthcare and bicycle services around the course. There will be breakfast after the finish. Registration cost is 700 SEK.
Monday 2nd September
The story of Cinderella is a classic tale, and a beloved opera. This performance will be in Italian with Swedish text. Even if the languages are foreign to you, come and be swept away by the performance of this familiar story. Tickets start at 110 SEK. If you miss the first night, don’t worry, you can also catch it on the 4th, 10th, 13th, 21st, and 25th.
Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th September
Over the course of five days, and at eight different venues, the Stockholm Fringe Festival will feature the work of women, non-binary and trans artists. Included in the festival will be visual art, dance, music and theater. Some of the events are even free. If you haven’t bought a ticket when you go to the performance, staff and volunteers will be available to help you make the purchase.
Wednesday 4th and Wednesday 18th September
Walk the cobblestones of Gamla Stan, and learn of life in medieval Stockholm. You’ll hear of everyday life, festivities, and even the merciless punishments of the times. The tour ends with a trip to Blackfriars’ cellar. Tickets for the tour, arranged with the Medieval Museum, are 120 SEK.
In celebration of a great summer, Eataly is having a wine tasting event with 50 different wines to choose from, and a buffet of Italian food made by Eataly’s chefs. You can choose between two wine tasting packages, one with 5 wines for 285 SEK, the second with 12 wines for 485 SEK. Both packages come with delicious unlimited food from the buffet. Reserve your spot soon, because tickets will go quickly!
Thursday 5th – Sunday 15th September
In this play, we see Beethoven after he has received a lukewarm reception to the Ninth Symphony. Deafness is a piece about hearing, emotional deafness, and creativity. Peter Langdal directs the play, which will be in Swedish, with English subtitles. Tickets range from 150 SEK to 550 SEK.
Friday 6th September
Catch the last few Bachata dance Fridays this summer! The first hour is a dance class, followed by dancing for the remainder of the evening. To attend the classes, use your Gröna Lund Green Card, or buy an entrance ticket to the park. Other dates this month are the 13th, 20th, and 27th.
Friday 6th – Saturday 7th September
Taste street food from all over the world, while enjoying performances, competitions and the work of graffiti artists. In addition to food truck competitions, this year there will be a Sweet Food competition (yum!). The festival is open to everyone.
Saturday 7th – Sunday 8th September
At the 15th annual Viking market, there will be many fun things to do, for both children and adults. There will be a market, craft courses, storytelling, archery, battle shows and lectures. Entrance to the market is free, but remember to bring cash, as not all of the market vendors will have Swish.
Saturday 7th September
For this race, runners will begin near the Royal Palace, make their way through the city of Stockholm, and finish where they began. This is the 19th year of this race, a race with participants from over 80 nations. After the race is complete, participants can enjoy a beer at Halvan Klar for a well-deserved After Run celebration! Register soon, as prices increase as we get closer to the event.
Sunday 8th September
This is one of the more popular flea markets in Stockholm. Residents of the area are able to sell their second hand clothing, books, toys, and more. On top of the fantastic browsing to be done, there will be performances. If you are interested in performing (maybe you’re part of a choir or a band!), get in touch with the organizers via the Facebook event page.
Once a year, the museum opens to show the world’s largest collection of Adriaen de Vries sculptures. Dutch artist de Vries was one of the foremost sculptor’s in the late 16th century. Sweden’s collection used to be on display in the castle park, but they have been replaced with bronze castings due to weather damage of the original works. Enjoy a tour of the exhibit while the kids go on a statue hunt. Tickets for adults are 100 SEK, and for youth are 50 SEK..
Monday 9th September
William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in English by TNT Theatre Britain. The play is a comedy, with cases of mistaken identity, love scenes, and some magical happenings. Tickets are 300 SEK for adults, 150 SEK for students. It is an open-air theater, so bring a sweater!
Wednesday 11th September
Khalid is on tour with his second album, “Free Spirit.” This young American singer-songwriter began his career fresh out of high school, and has now become one of the world’s most streamed artists. He’ll be supported by Mabel and Raye for this concert. Tickets range from 445 to 545 SEK.
Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th September
In this festival, you will have the opportunity to hear organ recitals performed by international artists. If you are interested in meeting the musicians, there will also be a chance to go to meetings, lunches, and dinners after the concerts. With the exception of one, the concerts are free.
Thursday 12th – Friday 13th September
The Gather Festival is a unique festival, as it combines music, art, performances, labs to learn skills, and talks. The speakers and artists are international. The whole event revolves around collaboration. The festival will be hosted in multiple locations, from small venues to larger clubs. All tickets grant access to the whole event; prices increase as the event approaches.
Thursday 12th September
Cherrie grew up in Sweden, after her parents fled Somalia. Her album, “Araweelo,” has had two Grammy nominations. The up-and-coming artist will perform at Gröna Lund in one of their final outdoor concerts of the summer season. To see the concert, you can use your Green Card for entrance, or purchase entrance to the park for 290 SEK.
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September
Comic-Con brings together movies, gaming, comics, television, youtubers, and cosplay for a weekend. There will be exhibitors from companies, like Playstation and HBO Nordic, as well as comic book publishers. You’ll have the chance to dialogue with experts, participate in game demonstrations, and see live cosplay competitions. Ticket prices vary.
Friday 13th September
On Friday, this new photography exhibit opens. From the sneak peaks, we are already enchanted. Photographer Saga Wendotte has captured thought-provoking juxtapositions over the past 9 years that create this show. Entrance to Fotografiska is 165 SEK.
Saturday 14th September
The works of Japanese artist Atsuko Tanaka are playful. Tanaka, along with the Gutai group, broke away from academic art to experiment with simple, everyday materials to create a new era of art. Admission to this exhibit is 100 SEK, and includes admission to the Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd exhibit as well.
Sunday 15th September
This is a unique experience to run 40 meters below ground in Stockholm’s hidden mine! The entire course is 2.5 km, but if you want a greater challenge, you can run the 10 km Sicklaloppet afterward. 50 SEK of the registration fee (between 300 and 380 SEK, depending upon when you register) goes toward Epiroc’s charity project “Water for All.” There are only 800 spots for this race, so sign up soon!
Tuesday 17th – Sunday 22nd September
Panoramica brings the latest quality Latin American films to Stockholm in an effort to diversify the film options in Stockholm, and to create a cultural and artistic exchange between Sweden and Latin America. The theme for this year’s festival is Borders. Tickets are sold separately for each film.
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st September
The dance company, Cie Massala, combines forms from Moroccan folk dance, hip-hop, contemporary dance, and circus for this performance. Ticket prices for Näss range from 97 to 345 SEK.
Friday 20th September
Hugar played at Obaren last year, and this year, the Icelandic duo return to play at Nalen. They play peaceful music, featuring gentle piano. Tickets for the concert are 235 SEK.
Tuesday 24th – Sunday 29th September
The Cinema Queer International Film Festival presents a series of films with the aim of expanding beyond the typical hetero-normative film options available in Stockholm. The festival focuses on bringing light to stories that would normally go unnoticed and films that question the norms. Stay tuned to their website, or head to the launch party on Monday 2nd September to get the program. You’ll be able to purchase discounted tickets for the festival at the launch party.
Wednesday 25th September
One of Britain’s biggest comedians is coming for one night to get Stockholm laughing. Paul Merton’s is a fixture on BBC’s “Just a Minute,” and is the star of London’s “The Comedy Store Players.” Tickets to Merton’s show are 365 SEK.
Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th September
Are you on your way to becoming a beer connoisseur? Do you want to develop your knowledge of whiskey? Check out this festival, with opportunities to taste beer, whiskey, cider, calvados and more. In addition to the tastings, there will be two food courts, and a band on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are 250 SEK on Thursday and Friday, and 295 SEK on Saturday; tickets include a test glass that is yours for the keeping.
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th September
Lidingöloppet is a weekend of running events. No matter your preferred distance or level, there is an event for you. The longest is a 30 km course. Registration fees vary based on the course you choose. Some of the race options donate part of your registration fee to the Cancer Foundation.
Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th September
This event is an annual fixture at Skansen. The market includes textiles, toys, vegetables, jams, bread, candy and more. In addition to the market, you’ll hear traditional music, see dancing, and be able to participate in activities like tug of war. Admission for children is 60 SEK, and 195 SEK for adults.
Saturday 28th September
This is Stockholm’s longest arts and crafts fair, stretching 1000 meters. Amateurs and professionals alike will be selling their work. Have a look at the crafts this year, and maybe you’ll join the exhibitors next year! In addition to shopping the hand-made crafts, there will be activities for the whole family. The full program will be released soon on their website. Entrance is free.
Ongoing in August
The exhibit “Soul Reflections” is just what you need on a rainy September weekend. My Olsson’s colorful work is sure to cheer you up. There will be an opening event for the show on Friday 6th September and the exhibition runs until the 29th.
Swedish-Persian artist, Roja Shams, grew up in Northern Sweden in the wilderness, which spurred her love of nature. Through her artwork, Shams seeks to raise awareness of the destruction of ecosystems and the extinction of species. When you purchase one of her works, part of the proceeds will go to charities that support environmental preservation and animal welfare.
Until Saturday 28th September, you can see artist Amy Simon’s collection of drawings. Simon’s work invites the viewer to examine concepts of memory and belonging. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday; appointments can be made outside of business hours as well.
This exhibit focuses on how human rights are ignored and violated. Included in the exhibit will be Santiago Sierra’s “Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain,” a work that gained attention when it was censored at the ARCO Madrid 2018 art fair. Maikel Dominguez, Mireia Rocher, Matt Miley, Serinyá, Lana Stephens, Alannah Robins, Anthony Mills, and Michel Östlund will also exhibit their work in Democracy Under Siege. The show is open until Sunday 22nd September.
Did you miss the performance of Giselle in the park in August? Or did you love the sneak peek so much that you can’t wait to see the whole show? On select days in September, watch the ballet about Giselle, a farm girl, who dies from a broken heart. Ticket prices vary for this show.
Thursday 5th – Sunday 29th September, Cirkus Cirkör’s show “Bloom” will be performed at Södra Teatern. Bloom is a performance filled with classical music, circus acts, and, as the name suggests, flowers. The ensemble is an international team of 5. Tickets are 260 SEK.
This year marks thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the exhibit “1989 – Culture and Politics,” the shifts that happened in visual culture between the 1980’s and the 1990’s are examined. The themes you’ll notice in this exhibit include freedom, liberation, and resolution. Admission is 150 SEK.
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