Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Sweden

Swimming in Kalmar, Sweden
Swedes don't waste their summertime — and everything's particularly festive around Midsummer's Day.
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Sweden.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Sweden. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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2018

October 12–21:  Stockholm Jazz Festival

November 2–3:  All Saint's Eve and All Saints' Day (closures)

December 10:  Nobel Prize Day, Stockholm

December 13:  St. Lucia Day (festival of lights, parade)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

December 26:  Boxing Day (closures)

2019

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 5–6:  Twelfth Night and Epiphany (closures)

April 19–22:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday; closures)

April 30:  Walpurgis Night (bonfires, choirs; closures)

May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 30:  Ascension Day (closures)

Early June (5 days):  Smaka på Stockholm ("Taste of Stockholm," outdoor food vendors)

June 6:  National Day (parades, closures)

June 8–9:  Pentecost Eve and Whit Sunday (closures)

Mid-June (1 day):  Archipelago Boat Day, Stockholm (steamboat parade)

June 21–22:  Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day (Midsommarafton and Midsommardagen; traditional dancing, feasts, closures)

July 4:  Fourth of July festivities, Stockholm

August 4–11:  Medieval Week, Visby, Gotland

Mid-August (weekend):  Way Out West, Gothenburg (indie rock festival)