Evert Taube Festival, Ängön

Visitors enjoy their favourite Evert Taube songs in the Bohuslän archipelago. The performing artists are some of Sweden´s finest such as Sven-Bertil Taube and Peter Harryson. It was on the island of Ängön that famous Swedish singer/songwriter, Evert Taube, wrote some of his finest songs during the 1940’s.

Hova Jousting Week

Each year, a medieval week is held in Hova, about two hours from Göteborg, to celebrate a famous battle. A jousting festival with all manner of activities for the whole family is part of nine days of events attracting over 100,000 visitors. See the biggest medieval parade in the Norse countries as villages turn out in costume. There is also a medieval playground called ‘Barnens Riddarland’ for the little knights and princesses.

Match Cup Sweden

The Swedish Match Cup resurrects under a new name – Match Cup Sweden. Some 100,000 visitors throng the cliffs and quaysides of Marstrand to follow the gripping match races which attract sailing competitors from the Olympics, World and European Championships and America’s Cup.

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Midsummer’s Eve

Midsummer is one of the most popular holidays in Sweden – it’s a celebration of summer and of the long light nights. Most Swedes take to the countryside for public and private parties, which comprise dressing the Midsummer Pole with fresh leaves and flowers for children and grown-ups alike to dance around. Midsummer is celebrated all over Sweden the weekend nearest Midsummer’s Day itself, 24 June. Below are examples of public midsummer celebrations in West Sweden on 21 June.

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Daniel Forrester, Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Daniel Forrester, Volvo Ocean Race

It’s been called the Everest of Sailing, the Volvo Ocean Race, is a test of endurance for the bold sailors who during nine months cross the most demanding seas around the globe. Fortunately they are allowed to get ashore now and then and the 10th of June the boats will arrive at the picturesque Marstrand Island just outside Gothenburg.

Apart from being a center for sailing, the tiny island holds restaurants and hotels as well as a medieval street grid, the mythical Carlsten fortress from 1658 and grand buildings from the brilliant epoch in the late 1800s when the Swedish King Oscar II spent his summers here.

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