In collaboration with Stockholm LGBT, we’ve put together a guide to some of the amazing events, parties, and places to explore during this year’s Stockholm Pride.
2023 is a big year of celebration for Stockholm. It’s the 500th anniversary of the Vasa Royal Family, the 10th Anniversary of the ABBA Museum, and the 25th Anniversary of Stockholm Pride. With all of this celebration, it’s a great time to visit and enjoy all that’s going on in Stockholm.
Stockholm Pride is especially exciting for us. It’s a time to celebrate the lives, culture, and activism of the LGBTQ+ community. Stockholm Pride started in 1998 and is now the largest pride in Northern Europe.
Stockholm Pride takes place July 31st, 2023 through August 6th, 2023. The event has a variety of celebrations going on, including Pride House, Pride Park, Pride Parade, Pride Youth and Pride Kinky. You can find ways to have Pride fun for all ages and interests.
Pride House is a great space to go for a calm, reflective pride area. With an art gallery, author talks, debates, and workshops, this is a space where you can talk about obstacles, issues, experiences, and more facing the LGBTQ+ community. Everyone from individuals to organizations and more convene at Pride House to discuss and reflect.
Pride Park is another great experience at Stockholm Pride. It’s a great community and party scene. With music, performances, and a variety of bars and restaurants, it’s the hot spot to be. At Stockholm’s biggest festival, you’ll be able to party the night away enjoying delicious food, drinks, friends, and more.
Of course there is an iconic Pride Parade through central Stockholm. This parade is a large-scale event, drawing in about 500,000 people in attendance. Color, joy, and love fill the streets as the LGBTQ+ community is uplifted and cheered for.
Pride Youth is a great space for young people in the LGBTQ+ community to get involved and meet other young community members. It’s full of events and programs for folks aged 13-25, including a Pride Family day for the whole family.
Pride Kinky is for those 18+ that want to celebrate fetish, leather, and BDSM. Pride Kinky takes place in a specific area where, during the time, it’s safe to explore and take part in those types of activities.
More Fun to Explore During Pride
Aside from the Pride official affiliated events, there are so many queer events and parties to explore in Stockholm. From the biggest lesbian club in Sweden to an interactive ABBA museum, you’ll need to add these to your bucket list.
Moxy Stockholm is the biggest lesbian club in Stockholm that throws amazing parties year-round. For over 10 years, they’ve been throwing parties, cruises, dinners, and running the restaurants and bars in Pride Park.
Moxy is open to everyone and plays a variety of music genres, including pop, R&B, disco, and house music.
Tuck O’Hej is a queer drag show in Stockholm with amazing shows like “The House Down Bootcamp,” “The Glamorous Glitter Gala,” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” They also host drag brunches throughout the year. They’re a fantastic way to see some incredible drag performances!
HERA is Lesbian club party where all staff are women or non-binary. They call it a party “by lesbians for lesbians,” with a main lesbian audience, but open to all queer people. They have queer DJs playing genres including hip hop, R&B, dancehall music, and more.
HERA takes place in a Stockholm club that has two dance floors and a large patio, so there is a lot of room to dance and have a great time!
Club Backdoor is another great gay club to check out. With drag performances, themed parties, and more, this nightclub is a great LGBTQ+ spot.
The Blue Oyster Stockholm
The Blue Oyster is a LGBTQ+ cocktail bar with an amazing atmosphere. They have drag bingo, drag queens, and amazing DJs for all your party needs. They were awarded the “Best Place 2022” award by QX Magazine, Scandinavia’s top LGBT news magazine.
The Secret Garden
If you’re looking for a great queer space to grab a drink and also a bite to eat, The Secret Garden is a fantastic choice. Their menu has delicious options, including lamb, vegan burgers, and vegetarian pasta.
They opened in 2014 and have been awarded the “Gay Place of The Year” award by QX Magazine multiple times. They strive to cultivate an inclusive environment for everyone with warm and inviting vibes and a friendly staff.
ABBA the Museum
ABBA is an iconic music group, only amplified by the use of their music in Mamma Mia! Who doesn’t love a good “Super Trouper” moment? At ABBA the Museum, you can get up close and personal in the history of the band and participate in the interactive portion that lets you pretend to be a fifth member of the group.
2023 is the 10th year anniversary of the museum, so it’s a great time to check it out!
Stockholm is a great place to celebrate Pride and is full of amazing experiences to explore. With fantastic restaurants, bars, clubs, and museums, there are places everyone will enjoy.