The biggest Stockholm events in 2024
Publish date: 3 February 2024
Grab your calendar! Here are the biggest festivals, concerts, trade fairs, and concerts you don't want to miss.
Whether you're looking for beloved city-spanning festivals or specialized trade fairs, Stockholm has no shortage of large public events. You'll meet innovative filmmakers at the Stockholm International Festival, experience some of the world's biggest artists at Lollapalooza, or challenge yourself at the Adidas Stockholm Marathon or Lidingöloppet.
Here are some of the biggest events, fairs, concerts, exhibitions, and festivals to look forward to during 2024.
This guide is currently under review. More events will be added as soon as exact dates have been announced.
Recurring events in Stockholm
Some events attract attendees year after year and have become a mainstay in annual calendars. Some of the most popular recurring events are:
- Adidas Stockholm Marathon - Adidas has been the main sponsor of the Stockholm Marathon since 2022. But the annual event is much older than that, having been organized for the first time in 1979. It's usually held in late May/early June.
- The Baltic Sea Festival - The Baltic Sea Festival is a music event, that highlights classic and orchestral music from countries around the Baltic Sea. The festival is a collaboration between, amongst others, The Swedish Institute and the Swedish National Radio, and the concerts are held at Berwaldhallen on Gärdet.
- Bauhaus-galan - Formerly known as DN-galan, Bauhaus-galan has been around since 1967. The annual athletics meeting is part of the Diamond League and regularly hosts some of the world's most prominent athletes.
- Kulturnatt Stockholm - Kulturnatt Stockholm is a smorgasbord of Stockholm's cultural scene. During the one-night-only festival in April, many of the city's libraries, theaters, museums, and cultural institutions organize unique events, shows, and exhibitions free of admission.
- Lidingöloppet - With some 15,000 participants every year, Lidingöloppet is the world's largest cross-country running competition in the world. Although the track is "only" 30 kilometers long (18.6 miles), the difficult terrain has made it infamous, considered by some as one of the most challenging races in Sweden.
- Liljevalch's Spring Salon - 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the Spring Salon at Liljevalch's art museum. Since its inception, the annual exhibition has showcased works from established artists, side-by-side with virtual unknowns and amateurs. Each year's lineup is hand-picked by a jury.
- Stockholm Design Week - Stockholm Design Week is organized by the Stockholm Furniture Fair and is held two times each year; in February and August. It puts the spotlight on Swedish and Scandinavian design with design-focused events at galleries, showrooms, museums, and cultural institutions all over Stockholm. The February edition also coincides with the annual Stockholm Furniture Fair.
- Stockholm International Film Festival - The Stockholm International Film Festival took place for the first time in 1990. Although the program is broad with several categories, the competitive section is only open to young filmmakers.
- Stockholm Jazz Festival - Stockholm Jazz Festival is one of Sweden's oldest music festivals. As the name suggests, the festival focuses on jazz music with concerts by both jazz legends and rising stars.
- Stockholm Kulturfestival - an admission-free festival with various events, concerts, and exhibitions that take place in August, in central Stockholm.
- Stockholm Pride - The largest pride celebration in Northern Europe has been around since 1998. Festivities are spread across Stockholm, during the last week of July/the first week of August. But almost everyone views the Pride Parade, at the end of the week, as the obvious highlight of the celebrations.
- ÖTILLÖ Swimrun - Rumor has it that ÖTILLÖ started as a late-night bet between friends. The idea was to see who could get from Utö in the southern Stockholm archipelago to Sandhamn in the North, by a mix of swimming and running. The race has since become one of the most popular events in the archipelago.