What’s On in Stockholm: May 2019

The sun is staying out longer, and so are the people of Stockholm! Emerging from the winter hibernation is exciting, whether you are a morning person or a night owl. There are plenty of outdoor events in Stockholm throughout the month, including bird watching, a fun run, food festivals, and concerts.

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

Wednesday 1st – Sunday 12th

Memo Color at Galleri Glas

Gunnel Sahlin’s glass exhibit opened in April, and ends early this month. You don’t want to miss the chance to see her exquisite work!


Wednesday 1st May

International Worker’s Day

As with most of Europe, 1st May is a public holiday in Sweden. Enjoy a day off in solidarity with those who have fought for labor rights – and still do.


Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th May

Swedish House Mafia at Tele2 Arena

Back in 2012, this house music group went on a farewell tour, which only increased their fame. Now, years later, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello have reunited Swedish House Mafia. They will have three performances in their hometown of Stockholm, with tickets starting at 450 SEK.



Thursday 2nd May

Wiz Khalifa at Gröna Lund

The Gröna Lund summer concerts are starting off big with the Pittsburgh star rapper, Wiz Khalifa. If you are interested in attending more of the Gröna Lund concerts this summer, be sure to look into buying the Green Card for 290 SEK. Otherwise, the ticket price is the park entrance price: 120 SEK if you enter early, and 290 SEK if you enter during the evening.


Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May

Stockholm Writers Festival at Finlandshuset Konferens

If you’re a writer or in the publishing business, this is the place to be. Agents, editors, and English-language authors will all gather to network, to learn, and to be inspired. The main festival pass costs 2600 SEK, and there is the option to add on other classes as well.



Friday 3rd May

Trädgården Premiär

With warm weather in Stockholm comes a new season at Trädgården! Trädgården is an outdoor live music venue, with food, and an opportunity to embrace the midnight sun all summer long.


Saturday 4th May

Bug Run Picnic at Gärdet

This event is for all VW enthusiasts. All Volkswagen models, their drivers and passengers are welcome. Come rev your engines with your fellow bug-lovers.



Vernisage for “Dialog II” at Konsthantverkarna

Ceramicist Alexandra Nilasdotter and silversmith studio Murky Jewelry are showing their beautiful, minimalist pieces together at Konsthantverkarna on Södermalmstorg. They’re just one of the pairings in “Dialog II,” a group show that highlights artists and designers two at a time. Other mediums include textile, metal, and glass. Enjoy the opening event from 11 am – 4 pm.


Sunday 5th May

Beasts of the Southern Wild at Sthlm Under Stjärnorna

During the summer time, Sthlm Under Stjärnorna hosts weekly film evenings for free. This week features the 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild, an extraordinary film following six-year old Hushpuppy as her father’s health declines and her bayou community is flooded by melting ice caps.



Tuesday 7th May

Bird Watching at Nationalstadsparken

Start you morning spotting and observing birds, whether rare or familiar. Bring food, warm clothes, and binoculars. If you miss this Tuesday, don’t worry; you can enjoy the birds on the 14th, 19th, 21st, and 28th of this month.


Wednesday 8th May

SHY Martin at Obaren

SHY Martin is a notable songwriter, having written Mike Perry’s “The Ocean,” as well as other hits. In 2017, she began to focus on creating her own album. She released her debut EP “Overthinking” in December. Entrance to this concert is free.



Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th May

Tabletop Game Expo

Want to switch up your game nights from Scrabble and Monopoly? At the Tabletop Game Expo, you’ll experience a tradeshow, a flea market, and other activities. You’ll have the opportunity to play games, hear about the latest and best games, and even sell your own games if you’d like. A 1-day ticket is 150 SEK, and 2-day tickets are 250 SEK.


Saturday 11th May

Superior Challenge 19 at Cirkus Arena

Both local heroes and international stars will fight in this MMA event. The fightcard’s main event is Diego Nunes vs. Simon Sköld. Tickets start at 744 SEK.



Vinfesten at Färgfabriken

Enjoy delicious wine, food, and live music at this one day party that runs from 4:00 pm until the week hours of the next morning. This event is organised by Pompette and Färgfabriken; it’s bound to be fun!


Sunday 12th May

Lukas Graham at Cirkus Arena

Lukas Graham, the popular pop-music band from Denmark, is on tour with their third album, “The Purple Album.” Their newest album contains the hit “Love Someone.” Tickets start at 460 SEK.



Wednesday 15th – Thursday 16th May

Notting Hill at Bio & Bistro Capitol

Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant will grace the screen at Bio & Bistro Capitol as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the delightful romantic comedy Notting Hill (20 years! How old are we?!). The movie is in English and does not have subtitles. Tickets range from 160 to 210 SEK.


Thursday 16th May

Art After Work at Mister French

Mister French has joined up with Campo Viejo, Absolut Art, and the artist duo Thomas OKOK Gunnarsson and Jacqueline. You’ll have the chance to enjoy a new selection of art from Absolut Art, and watch as Thomas OKOK Gunnarsson and Jacqueline simultaneously paint on the same canvas, creating a new painting right in front of your eyes.



Saturday 18th May

Food Market at Täby Park

This event focuses on local, homemade, organic food, and a good time for all! There will be plenty to eat, lawns to hang out on, and fun activities for everyone.


Tuesday 21st May

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch at ArkDes

In this documentary, directors Jennifer Baichwai and Nicholas de Pencier explore how humans have had an impact on the earth’s climate and ecosystems. An important and timely film. Entrance is free.



Mumford & Sons at Ericsson Globe

This British band fuses bluegrass, folk, country, and rock for a sound that has captured the hearts of many since the band formed in 2007. Gang of Youths will support Mumford & Sons in this concert. Tickets start at 625 SEK.


Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May

Stockholm Burger Fest at Smålandstorget

The burger festival is back for a fourth year! Stay tuned to the Facebook page for more information about the restaurants that will be participating this year.



Friday 24th May

Gods of Rap at Skansen

Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, and De La Soul, three extremely influential American hip hop groups, will perform at Skansen with DJ Premier. This is HUGE, so get tickets while you can! Tickets are 795 SEK.


Radon Summer Fest

Creative Agency House of Radon is inviting all their clients, friends, and creatives around town to celebrate summer with some drinks, bites, and great music. Things kick off on their terrace at 5 pm and the party will go on through the night. Make sure to RSVP via this link.


Saturday 25th May

Namaste Stockholm at Kungsträdgården

Start your day doing yoga, then watch dance performances and enjoy food from different corners of India. If you are curious about planning a trip to India, you will have a chance to learn about travel and culture in intimate seminars. Entrance is free.


Sunday 26th May

The Recycling Party at Hornstull

The Conscious Consumption Association has organized the 15th recycling party in Hornstull! Residents of the area are welcome to set up a table and sell clothes, pastries, and more at this event. Come sell, browse, and buy.



Wednesday 29th – Thursday 30th May

Swan Lake at Cirkus Arena

Ballerina Irina Kolesnikova, accompanied by the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater, will perform the love story of Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette. Tickets start at 480 SEK.


Friday 31st May

ASICS Stockholm High Five

Join for this fun 5K run in Östermalm! The course will be mostly asphalt roads, with some gravel sections. This is a great starting race for those looking to get into long distance running. The price varies depending on when you sign up.



Ongoing in May

Absolut Art Collection at Spirit Museum

For the summer, Spirit Museum will showcase about 50 photographs by art and fashion photographers. Go get inspired by these painterly shots. Entrance to the museum is 130 SEK.


Gunilla Palmstierna-Weiss at Moderna Museet

This collection includes drawings, collages, models, and ceramic objects made by the Palmstierna-Weiss, who has been politically active in many liberation struggles around the world. The admission to this exhibit is free.



Ghosts, Generals and Goddesses at Dansmuseet

The works in this exhibit are from Japan, China, and Tibet. The pieces bring to life mythology, stories of historical heroes, and martial arts. Regular admission is 120 SEK, and is 80 SEK for students and seniors.


Sound Check at Scenkonst Museet

This interactive installation comes alive with sound by the visitors – a truly unique and sensory experience. Wednesdays are free admission; otherwise, admission is free for youth, 70 SEK for 21 – 25, and 140 SEK for those 26 and older.



Shadow Play at Carl Eldhs Ateljémuseum

Beginning Thursday 16th May, the Carl Eldh studio is celebrating its 100th year with an exhibit from the impressive Swedish architect, Rahel Belatchew. She strives for sustainability and adding to the public sphere. This firm’s architecture is recognized worldwide. Admission to the museum is 100 SEK for adults, 80 SEK for students and senior citizens.


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Vivian Tracy

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