The annual gay hat parade!

On May 1,  it’s time for the annual gay hat parade at the waterfront on Kungsholmen.

The fabulous parade starts at the gas station at 14:30, goes along the beautiful Norrmälarstrand and ends at Mälarpaviljongen. At Mälarpaviljongen there will be a party and a jury will nominate the parade’s most beautiful hat!

The event also marks the start of collecting money for The Mälarpaviljongen Rainbow Fund. Read more about the fund>>

 

Celebrate Walpurgis Eve in Stockholm

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On Saturday we celebrate Valborg – Walpurgis Eve. We gather around a large bonfire to sing the winter away and welcome spring. One of the biggest walpurgis celebrations take place at Skansen, but there are bonfires lit in places all over town. In the Old Town, a torchlight procession goes from Stortorget to the bonfire at Riddarholmen (in the photo). If you want to participate, make sure to be at Stortorget at 20:00. The bonfire at Riddarholmen will be lit at 20:30.

Midsummer in Stockholm 2016

Let’s talk Midsummer! Many of you have trips to Stockholm planned for that weekend, June 24-26, and are asking how to join in the festivities.

First of all, read about what Midsummer is and how we celebrate it here http://sweden.se/traditions/midsummer/. Skansen has the biggest celebrations, but there are Maypoles risen in many parks around town. A really nice thing to do is to go out to the archipelago and take part in festivities there. The islands of Sandhamn, Grinda and Vaxholm will have official celebrations on Midsummers Eve (June 24).

Stockholmers tend to desert the city for their country houses, so visitors have a lot of space to themselves Expect some shops, museums and restaurants to be closed, but many are open, so finding things so do and eat is not impossible.

It’s a really nice holiday and if you have booked a trip here on that weekend you are lucky.

The Woodland Cemetery and Greta Garbo

The late legendary Hollywood movie star Greta Garbo’s niece spent several years searching for the proper burial place for her aunt. She found it at the Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) in Stockholm.

If you are a true Greta Garbo fan, make sure you take this tour, and follow in the “footsteps of Garbo”.

The Woodland Cemetery is place of sublime beauty and poetry. Created over a period of a quarter century (1915-1940) on about 250 acres of pine-covered boulder ridge under the direction of the famous modernist architects Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz.

Considered one of the most important works of the modernists, it evokes a Nordic philosophy on nature, life, and death. There are also a number of beautiful chapels and a visitors center. The Woodland Cemetery is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1994.

www.skogskyrkogarden.se

 

Mälarpaviljongen – the hottest LGBT spot in Stockholm

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Finally! You know it’s spring in Stockholm when Mälarpaviljongen is about to open.

On Saturday April 2 Mälarpaviljongen opens for the season. This is the place if you are looking for an atmospheric, cozy local restaurant and high-spirited bar with great music and people. It also happens to one of the hottest LGBT spots in town!

Overlooking Lake Mälaren this is a relaxed, green haven where you can chill out over a glass of wine, lovely lunch or just enjoy a coffee & cake after a pleasant walk along Norr Mälarstrand Promenade.

www.malarpaviljongen.se

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New exhibition: “Good Evening Europe”

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New interactive exhibition at ABBA the Museum, dedicated to everything that has to do with Eurovision Song Contest. The visitor can delve into hundreds of hours of Eurovision Song Contest Shows. Every existing contest has been digitalized and are displayed in a TV-like setting. From the first winner ever to Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015, visitors can immerse themselves in 60 years of great performances and classic television moments.

May 8 – September 1
www.abbathemuseum.com

Concert: Stockholm’s Gay Choir

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The Eurovision Song Contest is a big happening in Stockholm this year. To celebrate this, Stockholm’s Gay Choir invites you to a concert with the theme – “Kärlek & Schlager” – Love and Eurovision – a colourful concert about our love for music, love for men, love for Eurovision and love for you! They promise a fun mix of old and new favourites from ESC’s Promised Land.

Friday May 20, 7pm
Saturday May 21, 3pm and 6pm

Playhouse Theatre, Drottninggatan 71A, Stockholm
Tickets: 150 SEK

Tickets can be purchased at www.stockholmsgaykor.se

Art in the Stockholm subway

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The Stockholm subway system is said to be the world’s longest art exhibit – 110 kilometers long.Traveling by subway is like traveling through an exciting story that extends from the artistic pioneers of the 1950s to the art experiments of today.

Over 90 of the 100 subway stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 artists.

The stations below are definately worth an extra trip:

Blue line:
Kungsträdgården
T-centralen
Rådhuset
Solna Centrum
Tensta

Green line:
Hötorget
Thorildsplan
Bagarmossen

Red line:
Tekniska Högskolan
Stadion

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Stockholm Pride July 25 – 31, 2016

More than half a million people and a dead king can’t be wrong: Stockholm Pride is a perfect celebration of LGBT culture.

The festivals mix of party, politics and culture turns this summer hot capital into a bustling city painted in the colours of the rainbow flag. Since it was first held in 1998, Stockholm Pride has grown to become Stockholm’s largest annual festival, as well as the largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia.

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The week-long festival culminates in the annual Stockholm Pride parade with more than 50,000 participants and more than 500,000 spectators who gather to watch the procession of Viking Bears and butches, boy toys and drag queens, gay Christians and gay policemen … you name it!

And the aforementioned dead king? Well, the extravagant king Gustav III (1746-1792) would have loved the parade, which is why it stops at his statue, located below the Royal Palace, and lays a wreath of flowers at his feet.

Stockholm Pride 2016: July 25 – 31
stockholmpride.org

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