In the summer of 2023, Gothenburg is once again inviting you to a fantastic summer of events – and many are offering both unforgettable experiencesand free entry:
Whether you have a specific question about the summer program or just want to know more about how we’re celebrating Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary, you’re welcome to visit Jubileumskompassen in Bältespännarparken. On-site, you can meet anniversary experts who can help you navigate the packed program and find activities and experiences that suit you. This is also the starting point for several guided tours happening this summer. Read more at goteborg2023.com.
Gothenburg’s Anniversary Celebration 2023
In the summer of 2023, from June 2 to September 3, we welcomed people from Gothenburg and visitors from all over the world to Gothenburg’s 400th-anniversary celebration.
On September 1–3, you can experience Gothenburg Culture Festival, a sustainable citywide festival that offers everything from big-name musicians to contemporary circus, children’s theatre, new food experiences and the opportunity to try out new activities. The events are free and open to everyone.
From June 2 to September3, Prototyping Gothenburg will showcase a city exhibition spanning from Frihamnen at Hisingen to the historic Kronhuskvarteret in the heart of the city. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of the city, presenting its possibilities, solutions, and challenges. Make use of the audio guide or explore the numerous activities organized throughout the summer.
Explore our events calendar to discover a wide range of free events taking place this summer.
At the square Stigbergstorget, the parking area has become a colourful summer square.Credit: Peter Kvarnström/Göteborg & Co
The street Teatergatan, located just of Avenyn, has been rearranged and now offers space for outdoor dining, seating areas, and plantings.Credit: Lo Birgersson
Playa Stenpiren is a place to recharge and unwind. Here, you’ll find sun loungers, a sandy beach, and parasols for shade.Credit: Anders Wester/Göteborg & Co
Relaxed hangouts on Gothenburg’s summer streets
This summer, 28 different streets and squares in Gothenburg will transform into car-free summer havens, perfect for relaxing and socializing. The initiative by the city’s Urban Environment Department is called Ta plats! (In English: “Claim the space”). Some of the places that will turn into summer streets and squares include Teatergatan, Andra- and Tredje Långgatan, Kungsgatan, and along the moat Vallgraven. At the square Stigbergstorget, the parking area has been adorned with a colourful ground mural by artist Frida Clerhage, and Playa Skeppsbron will return with its temporary riverside sand beach.
Find out more about the different summer locations on goteborg.se (only in Swedish).
Jubileumsparken offers swimming and play
Jubileumsparken in Frihamnen has been open to all since 2014, offering a wide range of free activities. This summer, everyone is welcome to enjoy the new Public Pool, featuring floating saltwater and freshwater pools, which will open on June 2. Additionally, be sure to visit the Excursion playground in Jubileumsparken, where children can climb, swing, explore, and be challenged by imaginative play sculptures.
Get out and discover the city centre
Hittaut is a fun and educational way to discover Gothenburg, where you look for checkpoints around the city via an app or physical map. The map is available at the Gothenburg Visitor Centre and the City Library.
Historical walk through Gothenburg
Want to see what Gothenburg looked like in the 17th century? Then take a virtual journey through time between 13 scenic viewpoints in the city. The tour begins at the Central Station, where you stand in the footsteps on the ground and scan a QR code with your mobile phone. In a flash you are in a virtual reality model of 17th century Gothenburg!
Read more and find the map of the historic walk at goteborg.se.
Go City Gothenburg
Are you looking to visit multiple attractions during your visit to Gothenburg? The Go City Gothenburg pass can grant you access to some of the most sought-after attractions, while saving you up to 50% off the price of entry. Operating in over 30 cities worldwide, this product is dedicated to simplifying the way that you experience a city. Whether you’re looking to see Gothenburg via a Paddan Boat tour or want to delve into the immersive museums including the Universeum or Maritiman Ship Museum, Go City offers these attractions plus 25 plus other Gothenburg attractions all on one pass.