Average temperatures

The heat from the Gulf Stream makes the average temperatures in southern Sweden no lower than –3°C in February, rising to +21°C in July. On sunny days between May and August temperatures can rise to +30°C in the air and swim-friendly +24°C in the sea and lakes especially in July and August.

Photo: Beatrice Törnros

Spring

Winter is beautiful and full of lights, but as spring arrives the locals embrace every chance to enjoy the sun and the warmer weather. On a fine day you might see the locals standing, face towards the sun, truly soaking up the first spring sunbeams. Gothenburg has many lovely parks - why not visit the Botanical Garden, The Garden Society or go for a Segway ride in Slottsskogen City Park?

What would a local do?

As soon as the sun is out the Gothenburger will sit outside and grab a coffee or drink.

Seasonal highlight

Welcome  spring at Walpurgis Night falls on April 30. The public celebration often includes bonfires, music concerts and speeches and the park Slottsskogen is one of several options. Bonfires are very typical along the west coast, and you will see them in small coastal villages and on islands too on this day.

Annual events

February: Gothenburg Horse ShowGothenburg Boat FairBröllopsfeber Wedding Fair
April: The International Science FestivalGothenburg Beer and Whisky FairGothenburg Wine & Deli
May: Vitalis, Elfack (biennial), Göteborgsvarvet Half Marathon

Summer

The Swedish summer is characterised by seemingly endless days and nights. The light evenings are something special not seen in many places outside Scandinavia. This is the perfect time of the year for staying out late to enjoy al fresco dining, music festivals and outdoor concerts. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy swimming in the clear waters off the coast and all other perks of the high season. Also, why not treat your guests to a Swedish Midsummer celebration?

What would a local do?

Go on a day trip to the archipelago to enjoy picturesque car-free islands, beaches and boat rides. There is also a pool (pictured above) on the north side of the river Göta Älv that runs through the city. Don't miss the opportunity to try the spectacular sauna at the same location.

Seasonal highlight

Midsummer falls on a Friday around June 20 to mark the summer solstice. The typical dinner is pickled herring and fresh potatoes (with snaps for grown-ups), followed by strawberries and cream. Home-made flower wreaths, Maypoles and folk dance are other essentials.

Annual events and large events in 2019

June: Gothenburg Youth Games – The largest athletics championships in Scandinavia for young people, West Pride – Gothenburg’s LGBT festival, Summerburst - upbeat electronic music festival, Bob Dylan.
July: Gothia Cup – The world’s largest youth soccer tournament, Partille Cup - The world’s largest youth handball tournament, Metallica
August: European Choir Games - one of Europe’s most spectacular choir events, Gothenburg Culture Festival – One of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia, Way Out West – Internationally acclaimed music festival. 

Autumn

The colourful yellow-red leaves paint a pretty picture, the air is crisp and locals are getting back in the daily routine after summer. Especially when it comes to theatre, opera or music there is a lot going on. It’s also the peak season for exhibitions in the many galleries and museums and simply a good time to enjoy great food and drinks. Gothenburg is famous for great shellfish – and they actually get even tastier when the waters cool off in autumn. A great time to visit Gothenburg's acclaimed seafood restaurants.

What would a local do?

You can never go wrong with a Swedish ‘fika’. The word means sitting down for coffee and something sweet and the classic choice would be black coffee and a cinnamon bun. Autumn is an especially great time to bring a friend and cosy it up in one of the many cafés.

Seasonal highlight

Join a lobster safari or fishing excursion at the start of the season on the first Monday after September 20. Or simply enjoy a lobster-based dinner on dry land. In late october the amusement park Liseberg celebrates Halloween with spine-chilling experiences and butterflies in the tummy throughout the school autumn break.

Annual events + large events in 2019

September: Göteborg Book Fair, Lobster season starts, Buying property abroad
October: Kulturnatta – Gothenburg’s annual culture night, Scan Pack (every third year, next 2021)
November: Autumn City Gothenburg with Halloween at Liseberg Amusement Park, Student & Knowledge FairSwedental (biennial), Scanautomatik (biennial).

Winter

Gothenburg have rather mild winters, compared to the north of Sweden, but snow is not unusual and sometimes there is plenty of it too. December is the perfect time to explore Swedish holiday traditions, plus Gothenburg is dressed in its finest suits of glimmering lights from late November until the New Year. Dark falls quickly in the afternoons, but Swedes are quick to compensate with candle lights in homes, restaurants and cafés.

What would a local do?

Swedes are outdoorsy types and enjoy nature even when the temperature drops. Activities can range from a simple walk in the park Slottsskogen (followed by ‘fika’ of course) or a visit to an ice-rink. Skates are usually available for rent. It’s perfectly accepted for grown-ups to bring out the inner child on a snowy day and challenge friends to make a snowman or have a pulka-race too.

Seasonal highlight

Visit the major Christmas market at Liseberg amusement park that opens in mid-November. This is a must for traditional sweets (some ginger snaps and mulled wine perhaps?), handicrafts and the general Christmas spirit with millions of glimmerings lights.

Annual events:

December: Gothenburg Christmas City – the city is filled with activities and Christmas lights
January: MyDOGGöteborg Film Festival.