Summer equals sunshine, long days and relaxation. Another key feature of summer is Pride – a colourful and vibrant festival to celebrate diversity! You can show your love and support for Pride at festivals in many different cities in the Nordics. We have put together a guide with plenty of tips on how best to enjoy Pride 2023!
Pride in Oslo | 23 June – 1 July 2023
Norway’s capital city will be hosting Oslo Pride, the largest Pride festival in the country. This nine-day long festival celebrates love and diversity, and everyone can be whoever they want to be. The purpose of the festival is to “visualise unconventional culture in order to promote greater acceptance and respect for the diverse citizens living in this capital city.”
Festivities include concerts, political debates, art exhibitions and the Pride Parade, the highlight of Oslo Pride. In 2019, there were more than 50,000 participants and 275,000 spectators, and this makes it Oslo’s most popular event after the annual National Day celebrations on 17 May!
This year, the Pride Parade will be begin at 1pm on 1 July. The exact route of the Pride Parade will be publicised on the Oslo Pride website nearer the time, but one thing is certain – it will be passing through a cheering sea of people lining Oslo’s streets, ending up in a fabulous show in the Pride Park. The Pride Park is as always located in Spikersuppa in the city centre, but the larger number of spectators has meant that it will this year be moved to Kontraskjæret, also in central Oslo, which has a greater capacity. In other words, we’re preparing for a big celebration!
As an example of just how popular Pride Park is, an incredible 77,000 people visited the Pride Park in 2018! You can come here to watch Norwegian and international artists perform, and enjoy all kinds of different shows, DJs, stalls and stands, as well as an amazing crowd of happy and inclusive people!
During Oslo Pride, you can also visit the Pride House, where there will be debates, presentations, workshops and more, between 24-28 June at Legenes Hus in central Oslo.
You can also go ahead and join Oslo Pride’s official closing party at Clarion Hotel® The Hub! There’ll be concerts, shows, silent discos, dancing and a flirtatious mood for you to enjoy! Find out more about the closing party and book tickets here.
If you’re planning to be part of Oslo Pride, you should book your stay in good time as there will be people coming from all over the country to attend this big celebration!
Pride in Bergen | 2 – 10 June 2023
The city of seven mountains will be hosting the second biggest Pride Festival in Norway. There are all kinds of different events taking place here during these days. Bergen Pride will also have a Pride Parade, Pride Park, art exhibitions, debates and concerts. Strawberry has 9 hotels in Bergen – book your favourite today!
There are several Pride Festivals taking place all over Norway, including Trondheim, Stavanger and Tromsø. How about a tour through Norway visiting all the various Pride events? These include Trondheim 1 – 10 September 2023 and Stavanger 25 August – 2 September.
We can provide the accommodation – Strawberry has hotels in big cities and small towns all over Norway.
Pride in Stockholm | 30 July – 6 August 2023
Stockholm is a beautiful summertime destination, no matter whether you’re looking for somewhere to go alone or with friends and family. Despite being a big city, it’s easy to get around on foot allowing you to explore all the wonderful attractions that Stockholm has to offer. This year the Pride Festival in Stockholm is taking place from 30 July – 6 August.
The large parade is a popular tourist attraction, with about 500,000 people turning out to cheer on the 50,000 participants! As a spectator, all you need to do is show up and find yourself a good spot along the 5km stretch to get a good view!
This year, the Pride Parade in Stockholm will be starting at 1pm on 5 August, and it will proceed through central Stockholm, passing many famous sights and historic buildings. You’ll find lots more reasons to visit the Stockholm Pride Festival here. We have several hotels in Stockholm – find your favourite and book today!
Pride in Gothenburg | 5 – 11 June 2023
Gothenburg is a popular destination all the year round, but the summer is by far the busiest season! Leafy neighbourhoods, great restaurants and close proximity to the sea attract all kinds of different visitors. There are also plenty of wonderful places to stay including luxury hotels and more basic accommodation.
From 5 – 11 June, you’ll also have the chance to experience West Pride in Gothenburg. The Pride Parade is being held on Saturday 10 June, and the streets will be filled with many people wishing to show their support and solidarity! The parade starts at Gibraltarvallen and ends at Gustav Adolf’s Square.
Pride in Copenhagen | 12 – 20 August 2023
Wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city, is preparing for grand Pride celebrations! Come here to enjoy free concerts, debates, pop-up shops, loads of love and happy people, as well as the Pride Parade of course!
This year, the Pride Parade will be held on 19 August, and it is expected to start at the Frederiksberg Town Hall before proceeding 3.3 km through central Copenhagen. Last year, there were 30,000 people taking part in the Parade and 300,000 spectators. In other words, Copenhagen is clearly the place to be on 19 August 2023!
Pride in Helsinki | 26 June – 2 July 2023
Pride will be celebrated in Finland’s capital city Helsinki from 26 June to 2 July. This year’s theme is Joy & Riot. During the Pride Festival, you can visit the Pride House located at Klaus K Hotel. Come here to listen to various panel discussions, seminars, workshops and other events. It's a great place to learn more about the Pride movement and gain greater understanding of the key issues.
The main event is the Pride Parade being held on 1 July. It will dance its way through the city toward the Kaivopusto Park, where the main party will commence with a wonderful picnic. Find out more about Pride in Helsinki here.
If you’re planning to visit Finland and Helsinki during the Pride Festival, it’s high time to book your accommodation. View all our hotels in Helsinki here!
Photo: Mika Ruusunen
Strawberry – Proud sponsor of Pride in the Nordics
We care about diversity at Strawberry, and we work hard to promote equal rights and opportunities. It is thus with great pride and joy we announce that we are sponsors of Pride all across the Nordics! Find out more about our CSR work at Strawberry – we call it WeCare.
You’re welcome just as you are at Strawberry. We are convinced that differences between our guests and employees contribute to creating unique hotel experiences and magical encounters. Diversity makes us better. Our doors are always open.
We have room for all.
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