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:
During the Anniversary Festival June 2-5, the Frihamnen area in Gothenburg will be brimming with music, culinary delights, exciting activities, and surprises. For four days, the area will be filled with celebration and joy as Gothenburgers and visitors come together to commemorate Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary. The festivities will continue until September 3, culminating in the Anniversary Finale. For further information about all the happenings, visit goteborg2023.com.
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.
Read more about Jubileumsparken at goteborg2023.com
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.
Find out more about how it works at hittaut.nu/goteborg
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.