Dance, Theater, and Music
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
International touring orchestra features 105 of Sweden’s top classical musicians. Established in 1914, the orchestra’s home stage is in Stockholm's central concert hall, Konserthuset. Tel. 46 8 50 66 77 88. www.konserthuset.se
Regina Stockholms Operamathus
Live opera and dinner in beautiful harmony. Singers move among the tables to serenade you as you dine. For around $108-116 you can get a full meal and the performance. Drottninggatan 71 A; tel. 46 8 411 63 20.
Royal Dramatic Theatre
The place where playwright August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman, Darth Vader’s mom Pernilla August, and a whole bunch of Swedish actors you’ve never heard of cut their teeth. If it’s a chilly day, you can warm yourself by hugging the heated statue of actress Margaretha Krook outside. It’s on the left corner when you’re facing the entrance. Nybroplan; tel. 46 8 667 06 80. www.dramaten.se
Bounce Streetdance Company
"Fun and upbeat dance performance with an added benefit—language is not an issue.”—Doug Lansky, Stockholm-based travel writer. The most exciting dance group to come out of Sweden. Your kids will love it. Irregular shows at Dansens Hus on Norra Bantorget. Barnhusgatan 12-14; tel. 46 8 508 990 90. www.bounce.nu
Royal Swedish Opera
National stage for opera and ballet. Tickets $6-87. Lunch concerts are $30 including salad and coffee. Opera House, Gustav Adolfs Torg; tel. 46 8 791 44 00. www.operan.se
“It’s a tight squeeze, but as long as you’re not claustrophobic it’s a really good place to mingle if you’re over 30.”—Ann-Charlotte Jönsson, manager of press and information, Stockholm Visitors Board. Swedish food, crowded after the bar DJ cranks up the volume. Scheelegatan 8, Kungsholmen; tel. 46 8 650 98 09
“One of the tackiest nightspots in town but the fact it’s on a boat and always packed with a party crowd makes it an unbeatable magnet.”—Alannah Eames, Stockholm city guide editor, Scanorama magazine. Stadsgårdskajen 152; tel. 46 8 743 05 70. www.patricia.st
Saddle & Sabre
Small saloon with great steaks and an impressive bourbon collection. Saddle bar stools and Western knick-knacks attest to a welcoming insensitivity to trends. Tegnérgatan 9; tel. 46 8 20 30 34. www.saddleandsabre.com
A modern classic. Only a disco ball’s throw from Stureplan—the nave of Stockholm’s party scene. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Birger Jarlsgatan 20; tel. 46 8 545 037 01. www.spybar.nu
“This outdoor venue with a thousand seats, all with a great view of the water, is a summer favorite.”—Ann-Charlotte Jönsson. Sub-lit palm trees add a Mediterranean touch. Neighbor to the Vasa Museum. Open March through December. Galärvarvsvägen 10; tel. 46 8 664 10 04. www.josefina.nu
“A restaurant of two halves. Lunch draws an easy-going working crowd upstairs for Swedish/French classics. The basement bar offers arty locals, smooth DJ grooves, cold beer, and damn fine meatballs.”—Rob Hincks, owner of Stockholm-based publishing company. A classic on Odenplan, comfortably off the tourist trail. Odenplan, Karlbergsvägen 14; tel. 46 8 527 281 00. www.tranan.se
Stockholm Jazz & Blues Festival
Mid-July. One of Sweden’s oldest and most famous festivals; Celebrated 25th anniversary in 2008. Attracts some of the world’s top musicians. Past performers include Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Lauryn Hill, and Herbie Hancock. http://www.jazzfestival2012.com/stockholm-jazz-festival/
Mid-August. “Days and days of high-quality entertainment on scenes, streets, and squares. There’s something for even the most picky culture vulture.”—Ann-Charlotte Jönsson, manager of press and information, Stockholm Visitors Board. www.kulturfestivalen.stockholm.se
Late September. For mass physical culture, nothing beats this 18.6-mile (30-kilometer) sweat- and mud-fest. The world’s largest cross-country foot race attracts 30,000-plus runners to the suburb island of Lidingö. Shorter races for kids. Entry fee. www.lidingoloppet.se
Late June. In stubborn keeping with a pre-Christian tradition, the longest day of the year is celebrated with a vengeance. If you can, go to the countryside, where the real parties are held.
August. Swedes put on silly hats and engage in sing-alongs under the guise of eating crayfish. Some get the horrendously expensive Swedish ones, but most get the regular Chinese or Turkish varieties.
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