The world’s greenest amusement park goes even greener

Did you know that the garden history of Liseberg dates way back, to the 1600s? The area where the amusement park is located today, used to be filled with green pastures. During Liseberg’s Garden Days, you can visit around eighty exhibitors, listen to interesting lectures and get inspired by this years’ garden trends. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got green fingers or not – you’ll find everything you need (and more) to create a lush garden or balcony, just in time for summer.

Also: take the opportunity to visit Gothenburg Botanical Garden as they uncover the exhibition Blommor & Bin on May 10. As always, you can enjoy the impressive collection of plantations and flowers, or just take a minute to relax in the calm and lush environment. Can’t get enough of the ongoing blooming? Check out the guide to other green escapes around Gothenburg.

Exciting exhibitions coming up

Over 80 works by the mythical street artist Banksy are being put on display in Gothenburg. At the gallery Galleri Fredstan you’ll be able to experience the art that has both upset and impressed the world for years. The exhibition opens on May 11.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first moonlanding, Moonlight: 50 years of photographing the Moon is being exhibited at Hasselblad Center. An, to say the least, astonishing exhibition where you get to see the earth – and the moon – like you’ve never done before.

Curious about how the people of Gothenburg have dressed through time? Join in on the exciting fashion journey when the Museum of Gothenburg opens up the exhibition Gothenburg’s wardrobe on May 4.

Comic Con comes to Gothenburg for the very first time. On May 11 and 12, the event centre Åbymässan is going to be crammed with cool experiences inspired by TV and film. Meet and greet actors (you will recognise some of them from Stranger Things and Game of Thrones), or try out brand new games – before everyone else.

Take part in one of the many running events

May in Gothenburg means Göteborgsvarvet half marathon. It’s the world’s largest half marathon and this year it takes place on May 18. So, put on your running shoes – or join the 200 000 dedicated supporters along the race track. Either way you’ll have a unique experience. Also, don’t miss out on the Göteborgsvarvet EXPO at the Swedish exhibition & Congress Centre. Attend to discover and get inspired about the latest news in sportswear, fitness and health. Except Göteborgsvarvet, there are lots of other races to join in on, including Vårruset (May 8) and Skärgårdsmilen (May 11).

More sports await

On May 4 the cycling race Göteborgsgirot sets off. Experience the city by bike as you pedal your way through beautiful landscapes and Gothenburg neighbourhoods. But sometimes it’s nice to see others sweat, too. Check out when the Swedish women’s national football team and South Korea play against each other in the last World Cup rehearsal. The game kicks off at 18.45 on May 31 at the arena Gamla Ullevi.

Enjoy even more sports at the Gothenburg Basketball Festival, where as many as 650 international teams and referees participate. Hang out with likeminded basketball enthusiasts, support the teams – or why not play some yourself? You’ll find a street basketball court in the park Exercisparken in the middle of the city centre.

Explore the music scene

During May there’s lots of music to enjoy in the city. At Liseberg Amusement Park there’s a full line up waiting for you – check out our guide to some of the concerts here. Also, don’t miss out on our guide to live music venues around Gothenburg, offering live entertainment in various genres.

In the area around the square Järntorget the music scene of Gothenburg keeps on bubbling. Here are three concerts to check out: Maxida Märak (May 17), Stylo G (May 3) and Huset (May 29).

And there’s more. Gothenburg Concert Hall is giving the city something completely new, namely Point Music Festival. Listen to classical music like you’ve never heard it before. You’ll find four world premieres, three orchestras, two club nights, a film screening and some ten concerts on the agenda during the festival’s four days – May 23–26.

Maybe you’d rather shake loose to the sound of Latin American tones? Head out to Hammarkullekarnevalen, a festival in north east Gothenburg. A multi-cultural celebration full of carnival parades, dancing and music from all over the world – everything from samba and salsa to classic Swedish folk dance.

Psst. Forgot Mother’s Day is coming up on May 26? Here are our best suggestions for a nice (and sustainable) celebration.