Under normal circumstances, Kalmar offers a wealth of attractive events, recurring every year. Due to the pandemic, there is currently a great deal of uncertainty regarding several of these events, but we will be sure to update here, as soon as we receive any new information.
APRIL–NOVEMBER: PREMIER DIVISION FOOTBALL
Kalmar has its own team in the Premier Division of the Swedish Football League. The home matches of Kalmar FF are played at the Guldfågeln Arena.
JUNE–AUGUST: MUSIC AT LARMTORGET
Around the Larmtorget square in central Kalmar are plenty of venues with outdoor seating. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at the height of summer, there are usually free concerts featuring popular Swedish artists on the stage in the square.
This year, the event is cancelled due to the pandemic.
3 JULY: KALMAR MALKARS 21 KM
Kalmar offers many different races to choose from. Among them is the half marathon Kalmar Malkars 21 KM, which takes the runners past many of the city’s beauty spots.
5–9 JULY: KALMAR INTERNATIONAL SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
Skilled sand sculptors visit Kalmar to create amazing works made entirely out of sand. Contestants start their work on Monday, and throughout the week, you are welcome to watch the gigantic sand sculptures take shape.
In the summer of 2021, the event will be hosted with all due precaution during the pandemic.
17 JULY: KALMAR SWIM RUN
A challenging swim run race, held in central Kalmar. In teams of two, contestants make their way through a course measuring 21.6 kilometres in total. They alternate between running and swimming.
23–25 JULY: SWEDISH BEACH TOUR
The Swedish Beach Tour is the elite tour of Swedish beach volleyball. In Kalmar, the tour is hosted at the Långviken Arena.
In July, 2022, the popular GuldAgility event will be held again. The event, drawing contestants from all over the world, was scheduled for 2021, but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. However, there will be agility contests held at Fredriksskans this summer, too. On July 15–18, the Swedish Agility Championships will be held there, adjusted for pandemic safety.
KALMAR CITY FESTIVAL
For three days in a row, there is a big festival throughout all of Kalmar! A wealth of free concerts and activities will be held around town. This year, the event is cancelled due to the pandemic. The next City Festival is held on August 11–13, 2022.
18 AUGUST: KALMAR MINI TRI
The Ironman week begins with a short-distance race, the Kalmar Mini Tri. Here, participants start by swimming 520 metres, after which they bike 18 kilometres, to finally run 4.2 kilometres before they cross the finishing line.
20 AUGUST: IRON KIDS
A fun footrace for kids, held during the Ironman week. The kids get to use the same finish line archway as the triathletes.
21 AUGUST: IRONMAN KALMAR
Kalmar hosts Sweden’s only full-distance Ironman contest (3.86 km swimming, 180.2 km cycling and 42.2 km running). The event is one of the world’s most popular Ironman contests.
In 2020, the Kalmar Ironman event had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Our aim is to be able to carry out the event this year, but the final decision is yet to be made.
27 AUGUST: KALMAR NIGHT RUN
Kalmar offers many different races to choose from. The Night Run, Nattloppet, is held late at night, and offers music, lighting and surprises along the way.
30 AUGUST–4 SEPTEMBER: KALMARSUND PRIDE
The annual Pride event in Kalmar usually lasts for a week, and is finished with a colourful parade. In 2020, the event was held in digital form.
11 SEPTEMBER: NEXT CHALLENGE
A very enjoyable obstacle race, on different terrain types such as grass, gravel, mud and water. Get through the course by running, climbing, crawling and swimming.
25–26 SEPTEMBER: HANSA BYGG GRAND PRIX KALMAR
The grand bike event of Kalmar includes both elite and recreational races. In 2021, an event will be held, adjusted for pandemic safety.
28 NOVEMBER–1 DECEMBER: CHRISTMAS FAIR
The weekends before Christmas welcome a host of Christmas markets around Kalmar. Among others, a Christmas fair with an extraordinary atmosphere will be held at Kalmar Castle.