Considering Scandinavia’s size, it’s rather amazing how many festivals the region offers especially during its long spring and summer days. Are you planning to visit Northern Europe this summer? Then check out the event calendar before you go. From old time traditional festivals and new age music to street parties and live bands, the Nordic festival season offers something for everyone.
Here are seven festivals to use as gateways to exploring Denmark, Sweden, and Norway on your next trip.
Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway
August 8-12th, 2017
Øya Festival is a well-curated gem in a beautiful setting. The festival takes place in the Tøyenparken, home to the Munch Museum and the Botanical Garden of the University of Oslo. The four stages of the festival are filled with a diverse line-up of big names as well as smaller thrilling bands, and local acts.
Way Out West in Gothenburg, Sweden
August 10-12th, 2017
In the past years, Swedish festival Way Out West has showcased some of the continent’s most profound and diverse lineups. Held in Gothenburg’s largest park, Slottskogen, the festival is alongside its original musical program, also renowned for its focus on sustainability. So is the food at the festival entirely vegetarian and is recycling and litter pick-up strongly encouraged. Apart from its music scene, there is the possibility to visit art exhibitions, lectures and film showings.
Fredagsrock in Copenhagen, Denmark
Although not a festival in itself, travelers to Denmark should know about Fredagsrock (FridayRock) in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. Every Friday night throughout the summer season, it is time for concerts with Danish and international artists on the amusement park’s outdoor stage.
Stockholm Culture Festival, Stockholm, Sweden
August 15-20th, 2017
The Stockholm Culture Festival fills for six days the streets and squares in the city center with all kinds of activities in various categories, for all ages. If you are planning a trip to Sweden, don’t miss out this festival, that is a tradition in the event calendar of Stockholm (and it’s free!)
Music genres extend from pop to rock, gospel, jazz, or soul. In addition to the music acts, you will find street art, dance workshops, photo exhibitions, theater performances, films, guided walks and much more.
Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
24th June-1st July, 2017
Roskilde Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe that welcomes stars of rock, pop, urban and electronic music. The profits from Roskilde Festival are every year donated to humanitarian and cultural projects. In addition to the excellent music scene and the social conscience, the festival also invites visitors to celebrate the street vibe in “Street City”. During the day, this area of the festival is full of skateboarding and rollerblading competitions and shows. At dusk, Street City is known for its great parties.
Distortion, Copenhagen, Denmark
31st May-4th June, 2017
Described as a “celebration of Copenhagen street life and international club culture”, Distortion is a largest annual gathering in the streets of Copenhagen. During the week, people can enjoy all kind of music genres at street parties throughout the city harbor and in the vibrant districts Nørrebro and Vesterbro, as well visitors can be inspired by contemporary and social art exhibitions.
Midsummer Celebration, Scandinavia
20-25th June, 2017
In Scandinavia, Midsummer is an important moment to celebrate the end of the long dark winters. Midsummer celebrations take place between 20th-25th of June. So if you find yourself in Scandinavia during this time, do as the locals do, cross your fingers for good weather and enjoy the fun during the longest day of sunshine.
Norwegians and Danes celebrate the start of summer on the June, 23rd every year on the day that they call “Sankt Hans Aften” which translates to Saint John’s Eve. Throughout Norway, Midsummer’s Eve is a great excuse for a cook-out, a town party, and bonfire on the beach. Anywhere you go in Norway; there is a good chance of finding a party on this evening, with plenty of music and live bands playing.
The Midsummer celebration in Sweden happens on the first Friday of the summer solstice. The Swedes prepare to enjoy a long weekend away from the city. Midsummer celebration classics include savoring deliciously homemade food, wearing flower crowns for girls, and dancing around the maypole. A nationwide event where you’ll find most of the country singing songs and tasting pickled herring throughout the day.