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Concerts at Ullevi Stadium 

When rock legends Iron Maiden enter Ullevi Stadium on July 22, they kick off an exceptional month of stadium shows. Maiden are followed by the iconic industrial metal of Rammstein on July 28–30. The Germans will play three shows in three nights, the first ever rock act to do so at Ullevi. 

Ed Sheeran returns to Ullevi for two nights, August 10–11. The British pop songsmith will perform on a 360-stage in the centre of the stadium during what are sure to be two memorable evenings.   

Last but not least, the record holder for the biggest crowd ever at Ullevi, local hero Håkan Hellström will perform four concerts between August 19–27.  

Way Out West returns to Slottsskogen Ciy Park.

Music festivals you don’t want to miss 

If the Ullevi line-up doesn’t quite hit the spot, or if you just want more, there are several other options. Gothenburg is experiencing a festival frenzy this summer and it all starts on June 30 when Fragile Mountain Punk kicks off three days of local and international punk acts at Vädermotet on the island of Hisingen.  

That same weekend, July 1–2, Villa Belparc in Slottsskogen City Park welcome brilliant blues acts for Gothenburg Blues Festival. Not far away, at the sports venue Slottsskogsvallen, the one-day festival “We who love the 90s” puts E-type, Scooter, Haddaway and other 90s giants. 

Sävefestivalen is back for the third time on August 6, with a program suited for families and music lovers. The family festival between 12 pm – 3 pm is free of charge and will include face painting, raffles, hot dogs and more. The music festival starts at 4 pm (you need a ticket) and shifts the focus to concerts, food trucks and craft beer.  

Way out west will once again turn Slottsskogen City Park into one big party, August 11–13, with artists such as Chance the rapper, Tame Impala, First Aid Kit, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds coming to Gothenburg. The festival has gained a reputation not just for amazing concerts but for its ambitious sustainability efforts, and that work will continue this year. 

Live music at Liseberg Amusement Park   

Liseberg is not just one of the most fun places you can visit, but also one of Gothenburg’s top music venues. If you don’t believe us, just check out some of the highlights in their summer line-up. Reeperbahn and Lolita Pop July 9, Melissa Horn July 21, Brad Paisley July 27, Tom Jones August 4, We love the 2000’s August 6 and Clutch August 25.  

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Concerts at the Garden society of Gothenburg 

The green oasis Trädgårdsföreningen (the garden society) is one of our favourite spots in Gothenburg, with an amazing rose garden and an impressive palm house. This summer, it’s also a place to go for live music.  

Gunnebo House and Gardens

Summer next to Gothenburg

There is even more to discover just a short trip away from the city centre of Gothenburg. Lovely Gunnebo house and gardens will host concerts by Mikael Wiehe on July 1, Smith & Tell on July 8 and Weeping Willows on July 13.

A bit further south, the castle Tjolöholm Slott has a packed summer schedule, featuring theatre, concerts, and a car boot flea market. Or head north of Gothenburg to historic fortress Bohus fästning, and travel back in time at their market on July 16–17.  

The archipelago island Styrsö offers great walking trails and swimming spots, and July 16–17 you can visit local artists in their homes and studios during the Styrsö art tour.  

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All kinds of sporting events 

As you’ve probably noticed, the concert schedule this summer is quite something, but the sporting calendar isn’t bad either. On July 4, Childhood match cup on the island of Marstrand begins. It’s the biggest public sailing event in Sweden, and it ends July 9.  

July 4 is also the first day of the world’s largest handball tournamet, Partille Cup, when more than 1100 teams from all over the world compete on pitches in and around Gothenburg.   

When the handball goals have been moved from Heden, it is time for football to take over. On July 17, Gothia Cup is back, and the city is taken over by teams dressed in colourful jerseys from all over the world. 

We welcome a brand new equestrian event on July 26. Åby Arena in Mölndal will host a week of competitions in jumping and dressage in an area with a festival feel during Westcoast Equestrian Week. 

The stadium Slottsskogsvallen can be used for more than concerts. Athletics for example. At the Folksam Grand Prix, top Swedish athletes will face international opposition on July 30. 

Run and swim in the southern part of the Gothenburg archipelago during Ötillö Swimrun! Elite competitors and amateurs compete together in a wonderful archipelago setting on August 6. 

On August 13, there is reason to return to Åby when Åby’s Grand Prize will be decided at Åbytravet. The race is one of the world’s largest trotting races with 1.5 million SEK in the pot for the winner. 

Run in scenic surroundings during Gotaloppet on August 20 or the 10 island trailrun on August 21. Gotaloppet is 20 km and runs along paths, gravel and footpaths on the Gotaleden hiking trail starting at Jonsered’s IP. During the 10 island trail run, you will discover the islands in the northern part of the Gothenburg archipelago, you can choose between running 5km or 10 km. 

Ocean awareness, democracy, and creativity  

On August 6, it’s time for Västerhavsveckan. A week of activities from Landskrona in the south to Strömstad in the north, all with the aim of raising awareness of the North Sea marine environment and its challenges. 

Frihamnsdagarna is Gothenburg’s answer to Almedalen and Järvaveckan. A place where more voices can be heard. Frihamnsdagarna begin on 25 August and take place at Bananpiren. 

Let your creativity flow at the Sewing & Crafts Festival at the Swedish Exhibtion and Congress centre on August 19–21. The fair is Sweden’s largest for sewing, needlework, and jewelery making. Here you can buy everything you need for your hobby. The exhibition hall is full of color, materials, inspiration, and knowledgeable exhibitors.