Kalmar hosts many attractive events, recurring every year. Below are a few tips regarding the many things planned for 2024.

Fantastic sand art is created at Kalmar International Sand Sculpture Festival



For most of the year, there is Swedish premier division football to watch. Kalmar has two teams in the top tier of the Swedish football league system: Kalmar FF and IFK Kalmar.

April 20th: Kalmar Backyard Ultra

This Kalmar ultra race is a lap race along a course of 6 706 metres. Neither the end time
nor the total distance is decided when the race begins.


May 4th: Energy and Sustainability fair

New fair at the Hat Store Arena presenting solutions within energy, environment and sustainability.

May 5th: Glenn Miller orchestra

Concert in the Kalmarsalen Arena.

May 9th-12th: Kalmarsund Floorball Cup

International youth tournament.

May 13th-20st: World Tennis Tour

International tennis tournament.

May 18th: Hansa Bygg Kalmar Grand Prix

Cycling event.

May 22nd: Vårruset



June 1st: Garden Days

Garden Days at Skälby.

June 1st: Free concerts

The opening of the event series Musik på Larmtorget, offering six free concerts from June 1st to September 14th.

June 8th-9th: Sailing Event

Nordic Championship.

June 15th: Helene Sjöholm, Jojje Wadenius och Martin Östergren


June 17th-20th: Expedition Future

Art event.

June 19th: Music in the City Park

The opening of an event series offering free concerts in the City park from June 19th to August 21st.

June 29th: Kalmar Malkars 21km



July 2nd-6th: International Rose Convention

Rose aficionados from all over the world come to visit Kalmar. The World Federation of Rose Societies is hosting an international meeting in collaboration with the Swedish Rose Society, Svenska Rosensällskapet.

July 5th: Lars Winnerbäck

Consert in the Fredriksskans Arena.

July 5th-6th: Metal Theatre Festival

Festival at the Teatervallen Arena.

July 8th: Sing-Along

Sing-along event in the Krusenstierna Garden.

July 10th-14th: Guld Agility

Sweden’s largest agility event is hosted at the Fredriksskans Arena. This year, we welcome some 1 500 dogs from a dozen countries all around Europe.

July 13th: Kalmar Swimrun

A challenging swim/run race held in the middle of town.

July 14th: Tommy Körberg

Concert at Skälby.

July 15th-19th: Sand Sculpture Festival

The annual sand sculpture festival in Kalmar has become a popular tradition. Over the course of a week, skilled sand sculptors create amazing works made entirely of sand.

July 20th: Bolaget


July 22nd: Sing-Along

Sing-along event in the Krusenstierna Garden.

July 24th: Atea Kalmarmilen


July 29th-August 1st: Kalmar FF Sommarcup

International youth tournament.

Kalmar hosts Sweden’s only full-distance Ironman contest.


August 2nd: Benjamin Ingrosso

Concert in the Fredriksskans Arena.

August 3rd: Rock the Night Festival

Sweden´s largest tribute festival takes place in the Kalmarsund park.

August 8th-10th: Kalmar City Festival

For three days, there is a great party throughout Kalmar! A wealth of free concerts and activities will be hosted around town.

August 14th: 4:18:4 Kalmar

The Ironman week opens with a short-distance triathlon.

August 16th: Ironkids

A footrace for children, held during the Ironman week.

August 17th: Ironman Kalmar

The event is Sweden’s only full-distance Ironman contest. The race always gets high marks from participants, and has on several occasions been voted the Ironman race in the world that most contestants would recommend to a friend.

August 17th: Sing-along Event

Event in the City Park.

August 23rd: Nattloppet


August 24th-25th: Swedish Beach Tour

The Swedish Beach Tour is Sweden's elite beach volleyball tour. This year, the finals are held at the Långviken Arena in Kalmar.

August 25th: Paintings in the trees

Come and see the art displayed in the Krusenstierna garden.

The Swedish Beach Tour is the elite tour of Swedish beach volleyball.


September 7th-8th: Next Challenge

Thrilling obstacle race run on different surfaces. You make your way through the course by running, climbing, crawling and swimming.

September 13th-15th: Tournament at Kalmar Castle

Medieval market, and hands-on activities for children.

September 14th-15th: Kalmar County food trek

Discover a wealth of delicious flavours visiting farm shops, food artisans, cafés and restaurants.

September 21st: Kalmar Pride

September welcomes the Kalmar Pride, ending with a colourful parade.

September 24th: TechHeads

Discover the tech and trends of the future at the annual tech conference in the Kalmarsalen Arena. The main theme for this year is “Journey into the AI frontier”.


October 5th: The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Concert in the Kalmarsalen Arena.

October 5th: harvest Festival

Harvest Festival in the Krusenstierna Garden.

October 13th: Nanne Grönvall - The music of Tina Turner

Concert in the Kalmarsalen Arena.

October 19th: Dreadrun

The Dreadrun, Skräckloppet, is an exciting combination of both footrace, obstacle course, and horror. Partcipants make their way through a fivekilometre course through central Kalmar.

October 25th-November 3rd: Ljus på Kultur

Culture festival in Kalmar and Öland.

The cultural festival Ljus på Kultur.


Advent Weekends: Christmas Fairs

The weekends before Christmas welcome a host of Christmas markets around Kalmar. Two of the highlights among them are the Kalmar Castle Christmas Fair, and the Kalmar Christmas Market held at Stortorget.

December 7th: Kalmar Fight Night

Kalmar Fight Night is held at the SBB Arena, welcoming some of Sweden's best fighters for a showdown.

December 31st: Sylvesterloppet

The last footrace of the year is held on New Year’s Eve.


There are many concerts, all year round. There are also recurring live music events in
several of the Kalmar restaurants and pubs.


Kalmar has many dedicated organisers of cultural events, and thanks to them there is a wide selection of shows throughout the year. Experience anything from stand-up comedy to opera performances.

Kalmar Castle during Christmas time.