This post covers the best things to do in Stockholm in April, including family-friendly, nighttime, as well as free activities, festivals, and events, all updated for 2020.
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TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN APRIL
The following list will provide a variety of fun activities in Stockholm for April 2020.
We include cultural events and activities, as well as Swedish traditional events that are happening this month.
Stockholm Culture Night
This free event is on April 18, 2020. Over 80 venues located around the city are open from 6 pm to 12 am. All kinds of events and activities take place
There will be dancing, live music of all genres, art exhibitions, theater, improv, and free access to some cultural attractions like the Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum.
There are even free boat rides and free walking tours around the city! Check the official website for details.
If you aren't in town for Culture Night, you can still find free things to do in Stockholm.
You can take a free walking tour offered throughout the week. See just below for information.
Take a Free Walking Tour
A free walking tour will expose you to different areas of Stockholm and won't bust your budget.
On free walking tours, you tip only what you think the tour was worth and you aren't required to pay anything. Tours run multiple times daily.
Read our post on a few different companies that offer free walking tours.
Walpurgis Night in Sweden
April 30th throughout Scandinavia is this official celebration of welcoming the Spring and saying goodbye to Winter.
One Walpurgis tradition in Sweden is to light large bonfires. This tradition dates back to the 18th-century people thought that bonfires would keep evil spirits, demons, and witches away.
The biggest celebration in Stockholm will be at Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum. Stand around the huge bonfire and listen to traditional songs.
Read more here about the April 30th Walpurgis celebrations at Skansen.
Take a Ghost Tour of Stockholm
If Walpurgis isn't spooky enough for you, the Original Stockholm Ghost Walk and Historical Tour might be for you.
This 1.5 hour night walk takes you through the alleys and courtyards of Gamla Stan, old town Stockholm, the very place you’d expect to find ghosts and other night visitors.
Your English-speaking guide will tell you tales of "murders, unsolved mysteries, myths, and legends”. You will also get an overview of the history of Gamla Stan.
Tickets cost 286 SEK (€27). Find out more here.
Drink Påskmust for Easter
Påskmust is a Swedish soft-drink that you can find in shops only two times a year - around the Easter holiday and again around Christmas.
When it comes out in April, it is called Påskmust (Påsk means Easter). In December it is called Julmust (Jul means Christmas).
Here’s a tip on where to find Påskmust easily and get a free bus tour at the same time: take the free Ikea bus to and from the store, grab a bottle of this twice-yearly Swedish beverage and enjoy the sights along the way!
Find out more about the free Ikea bus from our post on free things to do in Stockholm.
Go on a Pub Crawl
If you like your beverages a bit stronger than a soft drink, skip the Påskmust and take a pub crawl instead!
The Stockholm Pub Crawl website says it all: 7 hours, 3 bars, free shots, cheap drinks, games & competitions, and the chance to meet folks from all over the world.
Tickets are 253 SEK ($27) per adult. Learn More.
If you're looking for more evening events, check out our full post covering things to do at night in Stockholm.
Get Out On the Water
Water is a huge part of Swedish culture and in Stockholm, there are a variety of boat rides and cruises you can take.
A Royal Canal Sightseeing Tour takes you through some of Stockholm’s most well-known places along the Djurgarden canal.
Tickets are 233 SEK ($25) per adult. Learn More.
Stroll Through Gamla Stan (Old Town)
Gamla stan, the old part of the city, is a pedestrian-friendly district filled with medieval houses and cobblestone streets. Stockholm itself was founded here in 1252.
There are lots of cafes and restaurants to stop at, including Den Gyldene Freden, a cozy restaurant that opened in 1722.
Gamla stan is a wonderful area to stroll through. There are also several museums in the district as well as the Royal Palace and three medieval churches.
It is easy to explore on your own but you can join a free walking tour and have a knowledgeable guide tell you about the district's history.
Save Money With a Tourist Pass
If you’re planning to visit multiple popular attractions while in Stockholm, you could save 50% or more off admission prices by using a tourist pass.
There are three passes to choose from, each offering a different approach to saving you money.
While the all-inclusive pass is excellent for anyone planning at least 4-5 activities per day, a preset package might be better for visitors with limited time.
For more information on how passes work and how you can save by using one, read our post covering Stockholm tourist passes.
Gröna Lund's Amusement Park
Opening Day at Stockholm’s amusement park is April 25, 2020.
For adults and teens, there is the Vertical Spinning Coaster, the Giant Wave Swinger, and the Jetline Roller Coaster and more.
For young children, there are several rides, like the Swirling Tea Cup, Flying Elephants, and the Kiddie Coaster.
The park is located right next to the water on the Djurgården part of Stockholm so the views from your sky-high ride are spectacular.
Besides over 30 rides, the park hosts concerts by popular artists, various dining options and several bars with views of the water.
The Ride Package costs 445 SEK per person (aged 7 - 64). It includes admission and unlimited rides for the entire day.
Entry is free with the Stockholm Pass, one of several tourist discount attraction passes available for purchase.
See Stockholm on a Bus Tour
In April, temperatures in Stockholm can occasionally be a bit chilly. On colder days, a bus tour is an option worth considering.
With hop-on hop-off bus tours, you can get off and back on a bus for the entire time you have a ticket (usually a choice of 24, 48 or 72 hours).
You can also choose to stay on the bus for a full loop and get an overview of the city in a few hours.
Hop-on hop-off bus tours stop at popular sites like the Royal Opera, the Royal Palace, the Old Town, Skansen, and other places attractions.
These tours are an excellent way to move from location to location as you explore Stockholm.
Read our post comparing various Stockholm bus tours.
Learn About Vikings
Vikings are almost synonymous with Sweden. We've seen them battling on TV and movie screens.
But there is much about Viking history and culture that isn't included in fictional tales.
The Viking Museum educates guests about the true story of the Vikings through an engaging style of teaching.
The Viking Museum is suitable for people of all ages, especially so for kids, who can watch interactive videos and play with hands-on exhibits.
Tickets cost 170 SEK ($18) per adult. Get more info here.
Take the Kids to Mulle Meck Park
Mulle Meck Park is a highly interactive park, making it ideal for children. It’s located in Järvastaden, the children’s district of Stockholm.
Kids can play with mini versions of airplanes, boats, houses, rocket-ships, a garage, a zip line, a water pump and more.
It's free, it's fun, so check it out! Get more information here.
Go to a Concert
Several top performers are playing in Stockholm in April. They are listed below the video.
- Santana - April 3 at Ericsson Globe
- Howard Jones - April 19 at Berns Salonger
- We Love the 2000s - April 25 at Tele2 Arena
- Kim Wilde - April 26 at Berns Salonger
See who else is playing in Stockholm this month.
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