If you’re in Stockholm this July, there’s plenty to do! We’ve found all the best events to keep you busy, so you can fill those long Swedish summer days with yoga classes, kayaking, making gelato (or just eating it), taking a jogging tour of the city, or whatever floats your boat.
Here’s the best events happening in Stockholm this July, including festivals, exhibitions, protests, and more:
Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th July
Drive-In Theater at Gärdet
Nothing says summer like a drive-in movie theater. Plus, you can keep a safe distance from others while you enjoy a film! There are two movies each night, including Knives Out and La La Land.
Saturday 4th July
4th of July BBQ and Country at Brisket & Friends
Celebrate the 4th of July with classic American barbeque and country music from Fredrik Lundman. Be sure to book your table in advance as capacity is limited to 50 people as per government advice.
Sunday 5th July
Sweden Against Systemic Racism at the Swedish Parliament House
Join forces and march to parliament on Sunday 5th to demand reform and challenge systemic racism. The protest will be peaceful, and organizers have recommended bringing a mask, gloves, and sanitizer to the march. If you are unable to physically join, there will also be a digital protest staged. Check the Facebook event for more details.
Thursday 9th July
Yoga and Breakfast at Clarion Sign
Start your day right with a yoga class on the rooftop, followed by a healthy breakfast at Clarion Sign hotel! The theme of the class is “Gratitude” and mats are available to borrow – something to be grateful for. Price for the yoga class and breakfast is 200 SEK.
Saturday 11th, Saturday 18th, and Saturday 25th July
Italian Gelato Course at Al Dente
Who doesn’t love Italian gelato? This course will teach you how to make your own at home! If you have an ice cream machine, bring it with you; otherwise, you can borrow one onsite. While waiting for the ice cream there will be snacks and coffee. If you would like to bring wine or another beverage, you are welcome to. The course is 790 SEK.
Saturday 11th July
Experience top rope rock climbing with Sisters in the Mountains. For 1500 SEK, you will try out climbing while receiving feedback from knowledgeable guides, learn equipment basics, and how to tie a figure 8 knot.
Monday 13th – Saturday 18th July
Are you interested in choreography and training your body? This 6-day course is for you! The course costs 2500 SEK. Space is limited due to COVID, so sign up soon and start grooving!
Friday 24th July
Nostalgia Club at Calexico
All your favorite hits from the past 20 years – back to back Destiny’s Child in our case – hit the dancefloor at Debaser in the next edition of this clubnight. Due to COVID-19, this event will have limited capacity of 50 people, but don’t let that stop the fun – this is your very own private party! Entrance is free.
Tuesday 28th July
Run for Pride on Djurgården
Run either 5 or 10 km to support The Rainbow Fund! Tickets for this fun run are 495 SEK, though you can choose to pay an extra 10 SEK as a donation to The Rainbow Fund. The ticket includes a medal, goodie bag, and admission to the race. Like last year, there will be performances as well.
Friday 31st July – Sunday 2nd August
Stockholm Pride is going to look different this year as a result of the pandemic. All events, which this year includes seminars, artists, a parade event, and concerts, will be digital and all free. A new Winter Pride festival is also in the works!
Ongoing in July
Weird Sensation Feels Good at ArkDes
This exhibit seeks to bring the world of ASMR into a public space. ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, has been making an impact on YouTube, with videos that use sound, touch, and movement to create a low-grade feeling of euphoria or a feeling of calm. ArkDes is free entry, so even if you are just curious about the ASMR scene, this exhibit will be fun to check out.
Jog along with an experienced guide who can tell you all about the history of Stockholm (in between breaths) and maybe give you some new route ideas as you go! There will be water stops along the way. The tour is intended both for locals and visitors to Stockholm, with the default language as English. The tour is 300 SEK per jogger.
Maisie Cousins: Rubbish, Dipping Sauce, Grass, Peony, Bum at Fotografiska
Cousins’ macro photography challenges the viewer to either find joy or horror in her images. She captures genuine moments of life that some may choose to overlook, like fruit that has gone ritten or leftover pasta. Due to COVID-19, visiting Fotografiska is different than in the past. When you purchase a 170 SEK ticket, you secure a 90-minute visit to the museum with 24 others. This is to ensure the safety of all.
Toulouse-Lautrec and the friends in Montmartre at Millesgården
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the artists who elevated poster design into the realm of fine art, which many adverts today still influenced by his work. This exhibit showcases over 100 of these works from Toulouse-Lautrec, his predecessors, and his contemporaries. Admission to the museum is 150 SEK for adults.
Monumental Sculptures by Alice Aycocks at Djurgården
In an effort to make contemporary art more available to all, Princess Estelle’s cultural foundation has organized a free exhibit of Alice Aycocks sculptures at Djurgårdsbrunnskanalen. Aycocks is an artist based in New York and this will be her first solo exhibit in Sweden.
Mini-Golf at Hellasgården
Play a round of mini-golf on the newly renovated course in Hellasgården. Clubs and balls are available for rent. Mini-golf is a great activity for being outside and spending time with friends or colleagues. Adults play for 70 SEK, and children play for 40 SEK. If you are feeling active, you can pair the game with a hike near by!
Do you want to delve a little deeper into the history of Vikings? On this tour a guide will tell you about runes and what the runestones say, as you venture outside of Stockholm to places Vikings walked 1000 years ago. Tour prices start at 750 SEK.
Suspended Animation at Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum
Bella Rune’s sculptural body of work, Suspended Animation, incorporates thread and weaving. She is a professor at Konstfack. Admission to the museum, which includes a guided tour, is 100 SEK for adults.
Singing Tunnel at Sergels Torg
Max Björverud and Håkan Lidbo designed this musical public exhibition. When you sing inside the tunnel a computer analyzes the sound, then sings back the same melody with the voice of an angel. Their intention was to make a part of the city that can have a negative perception into a place that feels positive and safer to the citizens. Their exhibit extends into other sections of Sergels Torg, so be sure to take a walk around with a keen ear.
John Baldessari at Moderna Museet
John Baldessari explored the relationship between text and image over the course of his career, the resulting work often steeped in humor and irony. This exhibit shows paintings, photos, and moving images from his entire career. Admission for this exhibit is 150 SEK.
Konserthuset Play: The Weekend Pick
Each weekend, Fredrik Andersson presents an online concert of the weekend pick. This is a great way to enjoy “live” music while staying at home during the pandemic.
Using the Guidigo app, you can do a 30-minute self-guided tour of the City Hall park. A perfect lunch break activity!
Art Walk at Subtopia
This outdoor gallery has urban art from local artists as well as international big names. By using the Art Walk link, you can do a self-guided tour. When you click on a marker, indicating where a piece of art is, you will find the artist, the year it was created, and other information regarding the work.
Infield by Linda Tegg at Swedish Centre for Architecture
Tegg uses this exhibit to examine the relationship between humans and nature, and to spur the viewer on to think about ecosystem services. This exhibit is free admission.
Hyper Human at Tekniska
The new exhibit Hyper Human asks us to think critically about the line between human and machine in the future. How will genome editing, replacement body parts, or artificial intelligence affect our future and daily lives? Admission to the museum is 150 SEK.
Ulrica Hydman-Vallien at Liljevalchs
Hydman-Vallien is best known as a colorful glass designer, though she also works with pen and brush. This exhibition shows work that intertwines energy and joy with an undertone of darkness. Admission is 80 SEK.
Escape from the city life for a day, catch a boat, and experience island life on Fjäderholmarna. This can be a great solo trip, or something to do with friends and family. Tickets are 130 SEK.
Photosynthesis at Wetterling Gallery
Photosynthesis is a group show, with work focusing on light as the prerequisite to art. The show can be seen at the gallery or online.
Outdoor Tours at Moderna Museet
Take a tour, free of charge, of Moderna’s outdoor sculptures! Space is limited per viewing, and tickets must be collected in advance. If you would prefer to explore the sculptures on your own, you can find a map on the Moderna website to guide you through the exhibit.
Déjeuner sur l’herbe
Frukost i det gröna
Lena Cronqvist at Waldemarsudde
Although Cronqvist is best known for her paintings, the prominent Swedish artist also works with sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and textile art. This exhibit will have work from the 1960s to the present, including some works that have not been presented publically before. Admission to the museum is 150 SEK for adults.
Lake Mälaren Cruise to Sigtuna
Sigtuna, founded in 980, is a historical town that shows the transition from Viking times to medieval ages. There are rune stones and churches, and wooden houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Not to mention, you can find great ice cream here! Tickets are 295 SEK.
Contagious-viruses, pandemics, and the Nobel Prize at the Nobel Prize Museum
This new mini-exhibition focuses on Nobel Prize-awarded scientists who increased our knowledge of viruses and immune systems, and helped develop vaccines. The museum is currently open and the exhibit is available digitally as well. Admission to the museum is 130 SEK for adults.
Kayaking at Paddla i Pampas
Regardless of your kayaking skills, you are welcome to this guided weekly evening event held every Wednesday. Take to the water for a paddle, learn new skills from experts, then stick around for chat on the jetty after. If you bring your own kayak, the event is 200 SEK. If you wish to rent, the total is 400 SEK.
Work is Play at Frihamnstorget
Frihamnstorget is a communal space being developed for art and culture through an initiative by the local community. On Fridays, anyone is welcome to come help develop the space. There will be a soup lunch and a hotdog dinner available with Swish or cash payment. Bring your friends, something to drink, and some work gloves!
Sunday Dreams at Kvarteret
This summer-long festival focusing on Afro music has returned for the third year! This year summer cards have been introduced, which will grant you access to the VIP queue and shorten up waiting times
Sing-along at Skansen Online
Every year, Skansen has televised sing-alongs. Although there will be no live audience for these performances this year due to COVID-19, that shouldn’t stop you from singing your heart out at home in front of your TV screen. The weekly broadcast happens every Tuesday in July.
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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Header image: David von Krafft Portrait of Hedvig Eleonora, Queen of Sweden from 1654 until 1660 by marriage to Charles X Gustav of Sweden, and the mother of Charles XI.