What’s On in Stockholm: August 2019

We hope you’re ready for August in Stockholm, because we have found so many fun and unique events for you in the final summer month! There are a couple of Pride activities to check out at the beginning of the month, concerts throughout, a few athletic endeavors for anyone looking for a physical challenge. And between all of these great events? We’ll be foraging in the Swedish forests for fresh berries and soaking in the rays of summer.

Here’s what’s happening in Stockholm this August:

Saturday 27th July – Saturday 3rd August

Stockholm Pride

Happy Pride, Stockholm! The largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia, with over 600 events taking place throughout the week and 45,000 people participating in the parade, Stockholm Pride is a joyful celebration of life, as well as a time to learn and reflect. The culmination of the week, the Stockholm Pride Parade, takes places on Saturday, 3rd August from 1:00 pm at the Stockholm Stadshus.


Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd August

Flaming Viking Guided Tour

This tour, led by Alex and Veerle, is part stand-up comedy and part history. You’ll learn Stockholm’s LGBTQ+ history, dating back to the Viking era. You’ll learn of the scandals of Old Town, women who lived as soldiers, and gay royalty. Reserve a spot for 250 SEK.



Thursday 1st – Friday 9th August

The Sweden Game Show at Mälartoget 19

This event is for visitors to Stockholm. Teams should be two to six people, and at least one person on each team needs to speak English as the show is hosted in English. The games are 90 minutes. You’ll find a cafeteria with Swedish fika and refreshments in the building. Tickets to participate are 350 SEK for adults.


Friday 2nd – Saturday 3rd August

Rainbow Weekend in Kungsträdgården

Celebrate love at this free festival. Rainbow Weekend is for everyone! Food vendors will be available. Although entrance is free, you can give a donation that will go to supporting LGBTQ+ communities throughout the world.



Friday 2nd

Guided Tour of Stockholm City Library

The Stockholm City Library is one of Stockholm’s most notable buildings. The architect was Gunnar Asplund, a Swedish architect known for his work in Nordic classicism. Tickets for this English tour are 120 SEK; the tour is held every Friday of August.


Rendezvous – The History of Love and Passion at Drottningholms Palace

This guided tour takes you through the court theatre, as you hear about everything from serenades and royal weddings to homosexuality and prostitution in the 18th century. Tickets are 150 SEK.



Saturday 3rd

Farmers’ Market at Tessinparken

Buy local produce and meet the farmers who grow it. We love farmers’ markets; they are the ultimate wholesome weekend activity! Missed the first one? No worries, it will run every Saturday this month.


P!nk at Tele 2 Arena

American pop icon P!nk is headed to Tele 2 Arena for the first time in six years, accompanied by Vance Joy and Bang Bang Romeo! Tickets for the Beautiful Trauma Tour start at 650 SEK.



Sunday 4th August

Mountain Biking Tour on the Outskirts of Stockholm

You’ll meet at the Adventure Café, get fitted with a bike, and take off to the outskirts of the city for some trail rides. Once in the forest, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the forest and lakes on the three-hour excursion. The tour, guided in English, is 990 SEK per person. The same tour will also take place on the 11th, 18th, and 26th of the month.


Stockholm Royal Park Aquathlon & Swim

This race offers multiple options within it. You can choose between the Aquathlon, which includes swimming and running, or the swim race, which is only swimming. You can also choose between different distances, for both the Aquathlon and the swim race. Prices vary, based on the option you choose.



Music at Riddarholmen Church

Each summer, Riddarholmen Church offers a music program with classical, medieval and Gregorian music. This Sunday is the final day of the 2019 program. A ticket to the Riddarholmen Church is 50 SEK; combine your visit to the church with the Royal Palace for 200 SEK.


Tuesday 6th August

Pale Honey at Gröna Lund

Pale Honey is a women-led rock trio from Gothernburg that has gained lots of acclaim since the released their EP back in 2014. Go find out what all the fuss is about! Admission to Gröna Lund, and the concert too, is 120 SEK.



Friday 9th – Saturday 10th August

Olympic Day in Kungsträdgården

This is an opportunity for children and young people to try out Olympic sports, chess, parkour and cricket, and even meet some Olympic athletes. Olympic Day is free to attend.



Club Atlético de Madrid and Juventus at Friends Arena

Are you a soccer fan? Catch this match, one of the 18 games in the International Champions Cup (ICC). Goooaaallll! Ticket prices vary.


Rigmor Gustafsson at Artipelag

Enjoy an evening of jazz at Artipelag for one of their summer concerts. Tickets are 395 SEK, and you can add on bus ticket, buffet and snack when you purchase your ticket.



Sunday 11th August

STHLM Urban Trail

This isn’t your average running event. This 10 km run will take you not only around, but also through buildings. The run begins and ends in Galärparken. Runners will have a good breakfast post-run. The entrance fee increases the later you sign up, so sign up now! The cost day of is 500 SEK.


Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th August

Stockholm Culture Festival

For five days and nights, this festival fills the city center’s streets and squares with activity. The theme this year is space. Everything at the Culture Festival is free, with the exception of guided city walks that cost 30 SEK each. The festival includes many varieties of music, street art, theater, dance, art, international guest performances, and more. enjoy this special taste of Stockholm’s unique culture.



Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th August

Ceramics Performance at the East Asian Museum

Lee Kang-Hyo, a famous contemporary ceramic artist, will create a new piece of art in front of an audience over the course of a few days. He will use traditional Korean materials and methods. Entrance to this performance is free.


Wednesday 14th – Saturday 17th August

Oktoberfest Stockholm at Gärdet

Celebrate Oktoberfest with beer from Bavaria, German food, and live bands! Entrance is free on Wednesday and Thursday, and is 60 SEK on Friday and Saturday. You can also make a reservation with food and drink for 415 – 485 SEK.



Wednesday 14th – Sunday 18th August

Wikimania at Stockholms Universitet

Wikimania 2019’s theme is “Stronger together: Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals.” The annual conference will be three days of seminars, discussions, meet-ups, training, and workshops. If you’re interested in participating, registration is open!


Summer Cinema in Rålambshovsparken

Bring a picnic and a blanket, and enjoy film outside with this annual outdoor cinema event. The film that will be shown are Pulp Fiction, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Darjeeling Limited, Winter’s Bone, and Call Me By Your Name. All of the films are free. This is a wonderful summer activity!



Thursday 15th – Saturday 17th August

Night Market by Misshumasshu, Estrella Damm and Gigital

The passage stretching diagonally from Smålandsgatan to Birger Jarlsgatan will be packed with street food, live music, arcade games, and art to buy. Now is your chance to try kimchi!



Thursday 15th August

SUS Live at Sthlm Under Stjärnorna

Teddybears, who will be performing at SUS Live, are one of Sweden’s best-known groups. They transitioned from a punk-rock band to a genre that combines rock, pop, hip-hop, dancehall and electro. Tickets are 350 SEK.


Friday 16th – Saturday 17th August

Gränslandet – Symphony Fest

Listen to the Borderland Symphony Orchestra and others play classical, modern, and pop music over two full days. You’ll hear performers play Tchaikovsky, Phillip Glass, and pianist David Huang play Bach’s Goldberg Variations in a unique silent concert. This is a wonderful festival that takes place in a gorgeous oasis in the city. If you’re a fan of symphonic music, this is definitely for you!


Friday 16th – Sunday 18th August


Experience music, art, food and a great atmosphere in the heart of Södermalm with this three-day festival. The festival is in collaboration with the popular photography exhibit “Planket STHLM” and the Stockholm Hippie Market.



Friday 16th August

Love Potion: A Trip Through The Archipelago at Teaterskeppet

The line-up for this open-air party will remain a mystery, so you’ll have to go to learn! Are you as curious as we are?


Reggae Festival at Hågelbyparken

The Reggae Festival occurs in conjunction with the Food Truckfest, so there will be plenty of tasty food from all over the world, in addition to the free music and great atmosphere.


Vinterviken Sunset Session

Enjoy great music and drinks at Vintervikens Trädgård. There will be three bands, a DJ, food and drink. Tickets are 150 SEK and 99 SEK for early birds!



Saturday 17th August

Sky’s the Limit Music & Market

On Hötorgsterrassen from 11 am to 10 pm, enjoy a rooftop party that includes DJs and other performances, as well as designers and crafters selling their beautiful handmade goods. There will also be secondhand shopping. Go have a browse and enjoy the creative energy. Was previously scheduled for the 10th, but was postponed because of endless rainy days in Stockholm!


The Midnight Run in Södermalm

Whether you choose to run a 5 km, a 10 km, or cheer on the participants, this is a fun annual event! Along the route there are stations set up with live music, DJ’s and light shows that’ll keep your energy levels up! Registration fee for the 10 km is 475 SEK, and 375 SEK for the 5 km.


Sunday 18th August

Book Table on Drottninggatan

Are you a book collector or an avid reader? The annual Book Table event has brought together book enthusiasts for over 25 years. This year, author Helena von Zweigbergk will speak, as well as three other as-yet unconfirmed writers. For the first time this year, there will be children’s events as well, including music and theatre relating to children’s literature. The whole day’s event is free.



Monday 19th August

Bastille at Gröna Lund

This Indie group wowed the world with their single “Pompeii” in 2013. They’ve recently released their newest album, Doom Days, with the popular “Quarter Past Midnight.” Entrance to Gröna Lund (120 SEK) grants you access to the concert.


Thursday 22nd August

Tough Viking

The extremely challenging Obstacle Race is back in Stockholm. This event has the participants race through water, mud, monkey bars, and barbed wire in the 15 km course. If you want to participate, registration is 895 SEK. Tough Viking is always looking for volunteers, too.



Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August

Hötorget Jazz at Hötorgsterrassen

This is the second year that Hötorgsterrassen offers this three-day jazz event, and we’re so excited! Head to their Facebook page to see the full line-up, and all the food vendors that will be there. They’ll also have a flea market, the sites of which are free if you are interested in selling products.


Friday 23rd August

Crayfish dinner at Blique by Nobis

Have you been to a crayfish dinner party before? If not, you’ll want to check this out; and if you have, you know you want to be at this dinner! It’s a Swedish tradition that is not to be missed. Stay tuned to their Facebook event for more details.



Seinabo Sey at Gröna Lund

Seinabo Sey is a Swedish-Gambian singer-songwriter who does not shy away from exploring any topic under the sun. We’re thrilled to see her perform this summer on the big stage of Gröna Lund. Entrance to the park, which includes entrance to the concert, is 120 SEK. If you are headed to the amusement park for multiple concerts this summer, be sure to look into the Green Card the gives you entrance for the season for 290 SEK.


Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th August

Summer Market at Färgfabriken

Shop directly from the designers at this market and find something unique! You will discover jewelry, drawings, clothing, prints, ceramics, and more. There will also be live music, food, and drinks available.



NeoArctic at Berwaldhallen

As part of the Baltic Sea Festival, NeoArctic is coming to Stockholm. This opera is all about the climate. It has the audience travel through post-apocalyptic landscapes. Tickets to this performance are 300 SEK.


Saturday 24th August

Giselle at Vitabergsparken

The Royal Ballet presents the second act of “Giselle” in the park, before the show has a revival at the Opera in September. The performance in the park is free.



Sunday 25th August

Film City Day at Filmstaden Råsunda

Spend a day celebrating film by watching and discussing them, trying innovative film techniques in workshops, and going on tours around the city. The event is free and a real treat for film buffs of all ages.


Thursday 29th August

Casablanca at Bio & Bistro Capitol Stockholm

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman are on the big screen once again in their classic love story. The film will be shown in English. Tickets start at 160 SEK.



Fricky at Gröna Lund

This will be Fricky’s first performance at Gröna Lund. His songs are known for their witty lyricism and playful melodies. To see concerts at Gröna Lund, you either need a Green Card (290 SEK) or to pay the 120 SEK entrance to the park.


Saturday 31st August – Sunday 1st September

Foodstock at Fjäderholmarna

Fjäderholmarna will be bursting with flavors for these two days, as the festival Foodstock pays tribute to artisanal food. Prices for Foodstock festival start at 500 SEK.



Saturday 31st August

Tjejmilen 2019 at Gärdet

This run is all about girl power. For the 36th year, thousands of women will gather to run 10 km together. Registration cost increases the closer to the event we get. If you register the day-of, it is 525 SEK.


Nobelberget Night Market

Head to Nobelberget to wrap up the summer season with food, drinks, crafts, a flea market, and live music. Entrance is free.



Ongoing in August

Viking for a Day at the Swedish History Museum

Are you interested in the history of the Vikings? Check out this free outdoor exhibit, on until Sunday 25th August, for Viking crafts and games.


Garden Tales at Thielska Galleriet

Kamarade has curated this exhibit that features the work of three sculptures. Linda Pedersen, Fia Backström, and Christian Andersson are the artists, each of whose work challenges Thielska Gallery with concepts such as climate issues, activism, and perspective changes. Admission to the museum is 130 SEK.



Horseback Tours in Central Stockholm

Enjoy the charm of downtown Stockholm on horseback. If this isn’t straight out of a fairytale, we don’t know what is. These dawn rides are 1,180 SEK on weekdays and 1,280 SEK on weekends.


Sea of Artifacts at Fotografiska

Mandy Barker’s exhibit runs until Sunday 25th August. She began her campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of plastics by taking photos of garage on beaches. When that didn’t capture people’s attention, she began collecting trash and arranging it into stunning displays. Entrance to Fotografiska is 135 SEK.



Summer in Hammarbybacken

You may think of Hammarbybacken as a place to venture during the snowy months. There’s plenty to do during the summer as well! You can mountain bike, or rent a paddle board and get out into the water. Check out their website for all of the activities offered.


If you’re a business or organisation that would like us to add your event to next month’s calendar, please contact us at hello [@] scandinaviastandard [dot] com. Thank you!


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Vivian Tracy

Vivian Tracy is a recent graduate from Occidental College, currently living in Stockholm. Follow her on Instagram @vivels.