March to May is the driest time of the year in Stockholm. Bars and cafes start opening their terraces (although blankets and heaters are usually still needed) and locals tend to be a little chirpier than you’ll find them during the long, dark winter. On the other hand, the city’s spring weather is sometimes fickle; snow could still make an appearance, or days might be gloomy and chilly. Seasonal highlights include the canopy of pale-pink cherry blossoms in Kungsträdgården park, Hornstull’s weekly food and vintage market, which starts up in April, and Kulturnatt, an annual free celebration of music, art and literature, which typically takes place a few weeks after Easter.
Stockholm is pretty much great all year round, but depending on which trip you want, you might want to think a little bit about the time of year you’re visiting. Come in summer for your boat trips, and in winter for your cosy bar crawls. That sort of thing.
So we’ve laid out the ultimate guide to when to visit Stockholm, including everything from when festivals are on to when it gets dark. Whether you’re a winter, summer, spring or autumn kinda person, read on for when to visit Stockholm.