Things to Do in Sweden in March in 2020

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As Sweden transitions from winter to spring, the weather can be unpredictable. Here, a group of friends take a break across the river from the Stockholm City Hall. Photo Credit: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se.

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Is March a good time to visit Sweden? It starts with a documentary film festival and ends with a SciFi fair. In between are several food and beverage events and a skiing competition in the heart of Stockholm! And it’s off season so you might score a discount on hotels!

Key Events in Sweden in March

Tempo Documentary Festival – 2 to 8 March 2020

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Alltid Amber, the feature film debut by Lia Hietala and Hannah Reinikainen, opens the 21st edition of the Tempo Documentary Festival on 2 March.

More than 100 documentaries from around the world will be shown during Sweden’s largest documentary film festival of the year. And most will have English subtitles.

In addition to film, other events will include audio documentaries, master classes, photo exhibitions, transmedia projects, and experiential forms of expression.

Finally, cocktail parties will offer great networking opportunities.

Sausage Festival Stockholm – 6 to 8 March 2020

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Cajsa Warg is a food store that focuses on products from small-scale, ecological, and local producers. Photo Credit: Tuukka Ervasti/imagebank.sweden.se.

If  you like sausages, you will love the Sausage Festival! Why? Because about 40 vendors will show off their yummy wares at the mouthwatering festival!

In addition, there will beEvents will include sausage safaris, seminars, sausage tastings, beer tastings, talks, and master classes.

Open to the trade and the general public. Hundreds of kinds of sausage will be on sale.

  • Sausage Festival Stockholm – Munich Brewery, Münchenbryggeriet, Torkel Knutssonsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden.

Sparkling Stockholm – 7 March 2020

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Pouring champagne. Photo Credit- Tristan Gassert.

Time to bubble up and sample Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Spumante, Sekt, and other sparkling wines at the first ever Sparkling Stockholm.

Importers will offer beverage tastings and tastings of beverages paired with delicatessen.

  • Sparkling Stockholm – Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre – Stockholm Nils Ericsons Plan 4, 111 64 Stockholm, Sweden.

Hammarbybacken 2H – 10 March 2020

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With four slopes and two lifts, Hammarbybacken provides for downhill skiing in central Stockholm. Photo Credit: Sara Ingman

Now in its ninth year, Hammarbybacken 2H is a competition to see who can make the most trips up and own a 90=metre high hill on skis.

There will be solo as well and two- and three team races. And the competition will last two hours.

In fact, Hammarbybacken offers most of the facilities that you would find at a ski resort. For example, there is a ski school, ski rentals, and a restaurant.

Moreover, there are lifts and slopes for every age. Finally, there is a fun park for skiing enthusiasts.

Malmo Beer & Whiskey Festival – 13 to 15 March 2020

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Sampling beer and whiskey. Photo Credit: Malmo Beer and Whiskey Festival.

Malmö Beer & Whiskey Festival is a celebration of  beer and whiskey.

And everyone from established suppliers to tiny start-ups will showcase their wares.

In addition, drink and food pairings will be offered. And it is open to the trade and the general public.

Explore Outdoor Fair – 13 to 15 March 2020

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Canoeing and kayaking are popular pastimes in Sweden. Photo Credit: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se

Sweden’s largest outdoor activities fair will offer a wealth of information on outdoor adventure travel.

For example, there will be talks and lectures on hunting, arms, angling, and related topics. In addition, gear will also be for sale.

And it is open to the trade and the general public.

Drinks of Skane – 21 March 2020

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Photo Credit: Drinks of Skane.

Sample local beverages from Southern Sweden at this one day event. There will be gastro talks, juice walks, cocktails classes, and tastings.

Stockholm Carnival – 21 March 2020

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Dancing the samba. Photo Credit: Ugar Arpaci.

Now in its 27th year, Stockholm Carnival is the biggest indoor Brazilian festa in Scandinavia.

More than 1,500 fans of samba, salsa, reggae, and Afrobeat will get down as 100 musicians perform and 10 DJs spin discs at Bar Brasil.

Waffle Day – 25 March 2020

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Swedish waffles topped with fresh berries. Photo Credit: Mikaela Vázquez Rico/imagebank.sweden.se.

Waffle Day started out as a religious holiday, Our Lady’s Day, a.k.a. Feast of the Annunciation. And it slowly evolved into a celebration of waffles.

So how did this come about? The Swedish name of the holiday is Vårfrudagen, which sounds a bit like waffles in Swedish. So Swedes started eating waffles on this day to celebrate.

And nobody makes waffles as delicious as the Swedes!

The Licorice Festival – 27 to 29 March 2020

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Liquorice shop in Lakritsroten, Stockholm, Sweden. Photo Credit: Tina Stafrén/imagebank.sweden.se.

Swedes love licorice because of its distinctive sweet yet salty taste.

Not only that, licorice is also thought to be healthy. In fact, it was used as medicine as early as 4,000 years ago.

The 10th annual Licorice Festival will celebrate all things licorice.

Suppliers will offer tastings and workshops. Included will be old favourites and new products.

  • The Licorice Festival – Fotografiska, Stadsgårdshamnen 22 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden.

Scifiworld – 28 to 29 March 2020

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Sci-fi comic books, video games, and movies will be in the spotlight at Scifi World in Gothenburg. And venders will sell figurines, posters, jewellery, and costumes.

In fact, you might run into Darth Vader. And why not have a sci-fi tattoo done while you’re there?

Weather in Sweden in March

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Looking forward to spring. Photo Credit: Maskot/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se.

Spring arrives in Sweden in March. Consequently, the weather is quite changeable.

While one day, it might rain, the next day could be sunny. And then there is a chance of  late-season snow.

While the temperature might be pleasant, icy winds could still blow in from the coast.

But spring is in the air! Even in the north, there are the first signs of spring. For example, the days are getting longer. But you still might catch glimpses of the Northern Lights.

Stockholm Weather in March

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Going for a walk in Djurgården, a leafy park in Stockholm. Photo Credit: Helena Wahlman/imagebank.sweden.se.

Stockholm is Sweden’s largest city and the nation’s capital. Because it is built on a series of islands, Stockholm is a stunningly beautiful city. For example, it has countless lakes, bays, canals, and wetlands.

The average high temperature in Stockholm in March is 3 degrees Celsius, or 37 degrees Fahrenheit. And at night, the temperature drops to an average low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, or 27 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 4 hours of sunshine in Stockholm in March.

And there is an average of 13 rainy days in Stockholm in March. In fact, it is the least rainy month of the year.

Gothenburg Weather in March

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Boarding a tram in Gothenburg. Photo Credit: Emelie Asplund/imagebank.sweden.se.

Gothenburg, or Göteborg, is the second largest city in Sweden. Situated on the west coast, the city is home to Volvo. In addition, it has two major universities.

Gothenburg is a popular destination for tourists. In fact, it has many important cultural and architectural attractions.

Moreover, it holds several major cultural and sporting events each year.

The average high is in Gothenburg in March is 5 Celsius, or 41 Fahrenheit. And the average low is minus 2 degrees Celsius, or 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 3 hours of sunshine in Gothenburg in March.  And there is an average of 12 rainy days.

Malmo Weather in March

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Öresundsbron is a 15,9 km long bridge and tunnel connecting Sweden and Denmark. Photo Credit: Silvia Man/imagebank.sweden.se.

Malmo is Sweden’s third largest city. And it sits at the southwestern tip of Sweden. Most important, it is directly across the Oresund River from Copenhagen, Denmark. 

The average high temperature in Malmo in March is 3 degrees Celsius, or 37 degrees Fahrenheit. Meanwhile, at night, the temperature drops to an average low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, or  27 degrees Fahrenheit.

While the chance of rain iis 33%, there is 0% chance of sunshine.

Uppsala Weather in March

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A river is Uppsalas. Photo Credit: Niclas Lundin/imagebank.sweden.se.

Uppala is Sweden’s fourth largest city. It is 71 kilometers, or 44 miles, north of Stockholm. 

The average high temperature in Uppsala in March is 4 degrees Celsius, or #39 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of minus 4 degree Celsius, or 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 6 hours of sunshine in Uppsala in March. It is the fifth sunniest month of the year. There is an average of 11 rainy days in Uppsala in March. The average humility is 75%.

Umea Weather in March

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Väven is a cultural centre in Umeå. Photo Credit: Anton Olin/imagebank.sweden.se

Umea is Sweden’s 13th largest city. More importantly, it is the gateway to Swedish Lapland.

The average high temperature in Umea in March is 4 degrees Celsius, or 39 degrees Fahrenheit. At night, the temperature drops to an average low of minus 4 degrees Celsius, or 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is an average of 5 hours of sunshine in Umea in March .

What to Pack for Sweden in March

Spring lasts from March to May. And the weather can be very confusing, making packing difficult.

In fact, it can be as warm as summer or as cold as winter. Consequently, you should bring windproof and rain apparel as well as t-shirts and sweaters.

The landscape is quite beautiful in March. For example, flowers are just beginning to bloom.

One of the advantages of visiting Sweden in March is that it is off season. So you might get discounts at hotels. And you won’t have to fight crowds at tourist attractions!

Things to Do in Sweden in March is part of a series of monthly travel guides to Sweden.

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