Photo by Carpark Festival PR Photo
It’s July and Copenhagen is jam-packed with festivals including the Carpark Festival 2018 with up & coming artists, art, street food, and fun activities.
Foreningen Carpark Festival, the association that organizes the festival, believes that culture truly can make a difference and bring people together. Their vision of being the “banner leaders for the creation of innovative cultural projects that bring people together” drives them to utilize the city’s space to create movements for and by citizens.
Hence, the festival is not your “usual” festival. It only includes up and coming artists as well as art installations, street food, and alternative, fun activities. They call it Copenhagen’s coziest festival, which to us sound very appealing.
As mentioned earlier, there will only be up and coming artists present and performing on the stage. Altogether we’re looking at 20 artists, spread over two days within the genres of rock, pop, hip-hop and electronic music.
Some of them are Artifact Collective, Ravi Kumar, KOPS, Takykardia, Hôy la, VAKT, Baby Pool, Bette, Klaptrae, MONTI, MANILA and mono mono.
Aside from 20 artists performing on stage, you will most likely see other artists as well, whether they’re making food, art or something else.
The street festival will be held at the recreational space ‘Under Bispeengbuen’, which is here, on the 27th and 28th of July 2018. You can easily walk there from Fuglebakken St. and Nørrebro St. If you want to head there by public transport, you can catch the buses 250S and 4A. Parking should be available for both cars and bikes nearby. There is no entry fee, just walk in and enjoy the day. Could it get any better?
Photo by Fauzan Saari
The FIFA World Cup is running at the moment, and bars and other venues all over Stockholm are showing the games on large monitors, here are our favorite places to enjoy the games!
If the title appeals to you, you only have one place to watch the games – Tele2 Arena. The games with Sweden in it are shown at Tele2 Arena on Europes biggest screen. It’s 800 square meters large and the entry is free! It’s located here!
If you’re going to find somewhere to eat while watching the games, you’ve got several options, but might have to book in advance to get a good spot or even a guaranteed seat. Here are our favorite places to watch the games during dinner:
(The names listed below are links to their website, go there for more information)
The ‘Capital of Stockholm’s Archipelago,’ Vaxholm, is the perfect place to get the full archipelago experience conveniently when in Stockholm. With multiple boats and buses departing daily, it’s easy to get to and very rewarding once there. Here are our top picks on what to do while in Vaxholm!
There are several ways to get out to Vaxholm from Stockholm. You can go by public transport if that’s what you prefer, catch the subway to Tekniska Högskolan and then bus 670 out to Vaxholm. The most enjoyable way to get out there, however, would be to get on the boat that leaves from Kajplats 14 on Strandvägen which will take you there in about 50 minutes. You buy the tickets on the ferry itself, no pre-booking required!
Vaxholm has got a lot to offer, here’s the list of things we recommend doing:
If you’re in the Archipelago of Stockholm, give a prawn sandwich or toast Skagen a shot! It’s a traditional meal for the Swedes, and absolutely delicious and very recommended with a glass of white, or rosé, wine!
There are several cafés and restaurants on the island that will serve you great, authentic Swedish food along with other options. Here are the ones we like!
Where can you celebrate Midsummer in Stockholm 2018? We’ve listed where you can get the full Midsummer experience in Stockholm, traditional and alternative celebrations are all over the city, where will you celebrate?
If you’re going for a traditional celebration, the open-air museum of Skansen is the way to go! With Midsummer celebrations lasting throughout the weekend, this is the perfect place to get the full, traditional experience. There are a plethora of activities on for the weekend, such as helping to raise the leafy maypole (midsummers eve at 2 pm), bind traditional birch wreaths‚ dancing and play games around the maypole‚ folk music, folk dance and more. There will also be dance floors with both new and old music to dance your way into the, surprisingly bright, night! For more information, ticket prices and opening hours, have a look here on their website.
In most parks within and around the city, people will celebrate Midsummer by raising maypoles, dancing around it, along with other activities. Mitt i Stockholm have provided a reasonably comprehensive guide to the celebrations all over town, which you can find here, it’s in Swedish but can easily be translated if necessary. Good to know is that most maypoles are raised around between 12-2 pm, which we’d recommend not to miss!
Södra Teatern welcomes people of all ages to celebrate Midsummer on their terrace. Located just above Slussen, you’ve got a great view of the city, and it’s easy to get to. They’ve focused only on the best parts of the Midsummer celebrations with their some twists, according to themselves. To host their party, they’ve got drag queen Miss Inga as well as their CEO and Artistic Director Ingmari “Helga” Pagenkemper. If you wish to know more about the event, have a look here.
Photo by Ida Kroksæter / Piknik i parken
Picnic in the Park, Piknik i Parken, in Oslo is running for the 5th year in a row on the 15th to the 17th of June 2018. Don’t know about you, but a picnic in the park with some good music and a relaxed vibe is about the best thing you can do in the summer, according to us. Don’t miss out on this fantastic festival at Vigeland-Museet!
Picnic in the Park, Piknik i Parken, is a relaxed, laid-back festival organized for the 5th year in a row in Oslo. This year it’ll be at Vigeland-Museet in the southern end of Frogner Park. This is a festival that suits the more relaxed person, so bring your family, friends, a blanket and enjoy the music in the sun!
Spread over three days, there are a lot of artists performing live, Norwegians as well as international artists. Some of the performers are Susanne Sundfør, Phoenix, Travis, Jason Isbell and the 400 unit. The full list of performers can be found HERE.
You can buy tickets for individual days or the whole weekend; tickets can be found HERE.
If you wish to find more information about the event, have a look here at their website.
Photo by Johan Adelgren / Expressen
National Day of Sweden is on June 6th, but how do the Swedes celebrate their National Day? What is there to do in Stockholm? The story of the National Day of Sweden, June 6th, dates all the way back to 1523, but wasn’t the official National Day until 1983 and was made a public holiday in 2005. Here’s the story!
June 6th is a date that is significant to Sweden. On June 6th 1523, Gustav Vasa was crowned king and thus laid the foundation of Sweden as an independent state. The date also has a connection to the year 1809 when on June 6th a new, important constitution was adopted. It’s believed that the day was celebrated as early as in the 1800s and was named “the Swedish Flag’s Day” in 1916, up until 1983 when it became the official National Day of Sweden. In 2005 June 6th was made a public holiday after a parliament vote in 2004.
There are several ways to enjoy the day off and celebrate the National Day, here are our top picks:
The Royal Palace 10-17.00 – The west gates will opened by the Royal Family for the public to enter, free of charge.
Skansen 11-19.30 – On the National Day of Sweden, there are lots of activities for children all over Skansen. The Royal Family will also get escorted from the Royal Palace to Solliden, Skansen to deliver a speech at 17.55. Ticket prices HERE:
Gärdet 11.30-16.30 – Nationaldagsgaloppen will organize a folk-fest at Gärdet with activities for children as well as the annual National Day horse racing. Free of Charge.
Ballet in Hagaparken 11-16.00 – A Ballet show, picnic, music and more. Here you can relax in the park and enjoy your day. Free of charge.