Even though now might be the time when everyone has returned from their holidays and summer is officially over, that doesn't mean that we should deprive ourselves from an autumnal weekend getaway! Head for the 3 main towns in Sweden when we have selected 5 of this season's most interesting events.
1. Arty weekend in Goteburg
If you're a fan of contemporary art, be sure to visit Goteburg between September 12 and November 22, where the International Biennal for contemporary art is taking place. Most of the collections are by Nordic artists and the exhibition is considered to be one of the most dynamic biennals in Europe. In a weekend you will have the time to discover museums and art galleries around the town. These include : Konstmuseum, Konstepidemin and Jamhall Ringons art centre. Food wise, Dorsial Hotel is thoroughly recommended as well as Mr P located in the same building as the museum for fine arts.
2. Crustacean filled weekend
All round foodie or simply a crab or lobster lover? Give Goteborg and Bohuslan a whirl on the west coast for a tasting adventure. Every year on the 21st September, a time where seafood delicacies are at their best, ?crustacean day' becomes the centre of attention at all the fishing restaurants and hotels around the region. Therefore it's the perfect time to explore the traditional fish restaurants around the area. There's even the chance to be accompanied by fishermen as they teach you to fish and cook several savoury dishes.
3. Jazzy weekend in Stockholm
If you're an avid jazz fan Stockholm is most definitely the Swedish getaway destination for you. The Jazz festival here takes place from the 9th to the 18th October and the biggest jazz clubs, aswell as hotels and restaurants, come together to create a musical programme abundant with big international names for example Chick Corea, Alice Russel, Rickie Lee Jones, Lizz Wright and some Swedish stars. Wander the streets of Stockholm and you'll also come across some of the best record shops around town, the ones that specialize in Jazz are Andra Jazz and House of Oldies in Vasastan.
4. Trendy weekend in Malmo
If 'shop ?til you drop' sounds like a familiar and loved expression to you, then Malmö is definitely the right city break for you. Home to stylish boutiques with fresh, Scandinavian designers lining the rails, it is a charming place to wander around and to take in the lovely architecture while also doing your favourite hobby. Davidshall torg square is an interesting place to spend some money, with its unique vines covering the buildings and its relaxed atmosphere. If vintage is more your style then you are also in luck as Malmö is known for its great market. Mani market sells original items from the 70s and that era.
5. Halloween weekend in Göteborg
If you are an adrenaline junkie then this Southern pocket of the country is for you. As well as being a quaint, beautiful, typically Swedish city, the largest theme park in the whole of Scandinavia can be found only a few miles down the road. Halloween is a particularly popular time because the whole park becomes absolutely covered in decorations and there are thematic activities that bring people to the attraction from all over the world. From 24 October until the first week in November, the park is transformed and due to its commitment to the fun holiday Liseberg theme park is extremely popular, and for good reason.