Exhibitions for dog lovers and motorcycle enthusiasts
If you own a dog or just like the fluffy creatures in general, a visit to the MyDog Exhibition at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is a must! Over 9000 dogs will be there to compete in different dog sports such as agility and nose work. The exhibition starts on January 4 and ends January 7.
If you like dogs but prefer horsepower, the motorcycle exhibit MC-Mässan is right up your alley. Four days packed with power sport vehicles such as motorcycles, scooters and motorbikes and recreational vehicles such as snowmobiles, quads and watercraft will keep you busy from January 25-28.
Celebrate film and music
The leading film festival in Scandinavia is back. Enjoy 11 days of great films all around the city, starting January 26! This year’s Nordic Honorary Dragon Award recipient, Gothenburg-born Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, will attend the festival to receive the award. Göteborg Film Festival will also screen a retrospective of a selection of films starring Alicia Vikander.
On January 20, Swedish Public Radio host the P3 Guld-Gala, a celebration of Swedish pop music and a night to hand out awards to the best music of 2017, as voted by the listeners. Silvana Imam, Jireel and Little Jinder are just some of the many stars that will perform live at Partille Arena.
Ice acrobatics and graceful swans
A fast and fun family adventure awaits at the Scandinavium arena when the characters from Disney favourites such as Frozen and Toy Story put on a spectacular ice show. Disney on Ice is on from January 11 to January 14.
The graceful ballet dancers of the The Russian National Ballet Theatre in Moscow are in Gothenburg for two shows of the classic Tjajkovskij piece “Swan Lake”. A unique opportunity to experience some of world’s best ballet dancers in action. Swan Lake is performed at the theatre Lorensbergsteatern.
Classic music and soothing folk-rock
When Daniel Lozakovich and Valery Gergiev perform at the Gothenburg Concert Hall, they’ll do so under the billing of “Two Nordic geniuses”. A perfectly reasonable moniker for the 16-year-old violinist and 21-year-old conductor. Make sure to catch them on January 18 and 19.
Iron & Wine is American folk indie rock at its best, and when Sam Ervin Beam brings his acoustic guitar to Pustervik on January 20, you want to be there.
Go for a winter run or enjoy a massive floorball tournament
The Gothenburg Winter Run takes runners from Liseberg Amusement Park, on a 5 or 10 km route and back for a grand finish among the swings and rollercoasters of Liseberg. Torches and fire artists help light up the way along the route, making sure you have a spectacular race. The race takes place on January 20.
One of the world’s largest floorball tournaments, Gothia Innebandy Cup, is played in Gothenburg from January 4 to January 7. Almost 500 teams from 8 nations will compete in over 1300 matches. Admission is free all days, so go and have a look at the future stars of floorball.
New coffee bars and the natural wine trend continues
Gothenburg is a great place for coffee lovers, and it just got even better. Famous roaster Johan & Nyström recently opened at three locations around the city, including a ping pong table-equipped coffee bar in the Nordstan shopping centre.
The neighbourhood Vasa has plenty of cosy cafés, go ahead and add Alpluft Kaffebar to the list. The café takes its inspiration from the Swiss alps (where the owners previously ran a hotel and restaurant) and you’ll notice the swiss influence in everything from the food to the interior. The café opens December 30.
The restaurants Natur and Bord 27 have both become hugely popular, not least thanks to their selection of natural wines. Now they’ve added restaurant Totale to their portfolio. It’s a little more relaxed, with the main focus on pizza and natural wine, and located just off the main boulevard Avenyn.
Budget friendly activities
January is famous for being the time of year when money might be a little tight, but don’t worry, there’s plenty to see and do in Gothenburg that doesn’t cost much. Check out our guide to budget friendly activities.