Where to celebrate Walpurgis night in Stockholm
Updated 24 Apr 2019
Walpurgis Night, Valborgsmässoafton in Swedish, takes place every year on the last day of April. The holiday is celebrated in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany and Sweden. The name Walpurgis is taken from the eighth-century English Christian missionary Saint Walburga but Valborg, as it's called in Swedish, is now mainly associated with the arrival of spring. In Sweden, the day is traditionally marked by singing in the spring and lighting bonfires (majbrasor) and as it's mainly a public, rather than family, event everyone is welcome to join in their local community celebrations. We've listed some of Stockholm's most popular bonfires and other events taking place on April 30th to see in the spring.
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Djurgården
Skansen hosts major festivities with student choirs and orchestras, speeches welcoming the spring and entertainment from Sousou & Maher Cissoko Band. The bonfire is lit at 9pm. Students get in for free with valid student I.D.
- Time: 3-10pm
- Entrance fee: Adults 140 SEK, children 60 SEK, senior citizens 120 SEK
Smedsuddsvägen 6, Kungsholmen
Valborg for everyone
The non-profit organisation Nema Problema is repeating last year's event with an integration festival in Rålambshovsparken in Kungsholmen. Both new and established Swedes are welcome and joy and community are the watchwords. As well as a traditional majbrasa bonfire, choral singing, performances, dancing and activities for children of all ages are on the programme.
- Time: 7-9.30pm
- Entrance fee: Free
The Sprallen outdoor dance floor in Södermalm opens for the season and you can dance in the spring with their "Swing Valborg". The evening kicks off with choral performances before the club P-Tzz-Dah! takes over with lively swing and R&B.
- Time: 5-9pm
- Entrance fee: Free
- Where: Hammarby Slussväg 15, Skanstull, Södermalm
At Baset community centre on the shores of Lake Mälaren you can listen to musical performances, jump on the bouncy castle, grill hot dogs, eat popcorn and candyfloss and take part in the activities. Parking is limited, so best to leave the car at home. The bonfire will be lit at 8.40pm.
- Getting there: Bus 564V to Prismavägen, followed by a 1km walk
Why not head out into the archipelago to celebrate Walpurgis night? A torchlit procession leaves from Sandhamn Värdshus at 8pm and makes it way up to the bonfire on Fläskberget hill, where complimentary drinks and ginger biscuits will be served.
- Getting there: Ferries go from Strandvägen with Strömma and from Stavsnäs with Waxholmsbolaget