Have you saved your late summer vacation for Stockholm? You must be clever! In the late summer, the city has turned dark green, and there is a huge amount of events going on in the city. Here are things to do in Stockholm in late summer.
Go for a pleasant (yes!) swim
If it’s any time of year, one can actually enjoy a swim in the lakes of Stockholm; it’s now! The water has been heated throughout the summer, and best of all – most residents of Stockholm have started working again after their holidays, so you might be lucky enough to have a cliff or beach to yourself. Some inner-city suggestions are Långholmen Beach (Långholmen/Hornstull), Smedsuddsbadet (Fridhemsplan) and Tanto Beach (Hornstull).
Enjoy all the outdoor festivals and activities
In August, there are plenty of festivals happening in town. Stockholm Culture Festival (August 15-20) is a week filled with culture, with live performances and shows all over town. In celebration of Finland’s 100-year anniversary, a collaboration festival called Sthlm/Soumi will take place in Kungsträdgården (August 24-26), where you will be able to listen to Finnish music, eat Finnish food and just experience the culture (there’s even a sauna, of course).
Midnattsloppet (August 19) is the biggest running race of the year in Stockholm; the course of 10 kilometres goes through Södermalm and usually attracts thousands of spectators who want to cheer the participants. The race starts at 21.20 and ends close to Midnight (thus, the name Midnattsloppet – The Midnight Race). A photo of the route can be found here.
Last but not least, you have Nytorgsfesten at Nytorget (August 18-20), in the heart of SoFo. It will be a three-day music and folk party with food experiences, a flea market, art, yoga in the park, Tivoli, and much more.
There’s no time of year when the island of Djurgården is as beautiful as August. The island has turned dark green and is as luscious as it can be. Out on Djurgården, there are plenty of stuff to see: Rosendals Gardens, Rosendal Palace, and of course all the museums found on the island (it’s no wonder it’s called the museum island) – ABBA Museum, Vasa Museum, the Nordic Museum and Skansen. One can, in other words, easily spend a day out there – and you should!