If there’s one thing I learned from my first winter in Malmö, it’s that I am not a fan of winter.
AT. ALL.Though I do like mulled wine…
Whether I like it or not (which I very much don’t), it’s about that time again... WINTER. IS. COMING! Right after a crisp, sweet, (and hopefully not so short) fall.
If it’s your first time in Sweden during the fall, take my advice. You HAVE to get outside and enjoy ALL of the outdoor activities (and daylight hours) while you still can. All of them… Seriously! - You’ll thank me in the dead of winter when the sun sets by four and you’re all but hibernating.
Believe it or not, there are a lot of unique things to do in Skåne in the fall, though I unfortunately missed out on a lot of them last year, (hence the lack of photos in this post)! Now that I’m a year older, wiser, and a bit more familiar, I did my research ahead of time and put together this handy dandy little guide to help you (and me) make the most of fall in Malmö this year!
First things first - Get out your calendar
Here are the events happening around town this fall that you won’t want to miss!
KIVIK APPLE MARKET FESTIVAL
Nothing says fall more than apple picking… okay, and also pumpkins.
Now, I haven’t heard about any pumpkin festivals happening around town (unless you count Tivoli’s elaborate Halloween get-up… more on that in a sec), but I DO KNOW that you can get your autumn apple fix in Kivik.
Celebrate the fruit harvest by sampling different kinds of apples and ciders from the region, listening to live music, and, of course, snapping photos at the Apple Market Festival’s very IG-worthy apple wall!
Visit their website to book your ticket in advance. Entrance is 120 SEK and free for kids under 15.
When: Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 10am - 4pm.
Where: Kivik… literally… that’s the only location I’ve got for ya. Apparently you can’t miss it!
Miss the festival? I would say hard luck, but turns out that’s not the case!
VINOKILO VINTAGE SALE
Give your fall wardrobe an eco-friendly upgrade! Germany’s biggest pop-up event for second hand clothes is coming back to Malmö this fall!
VINOKILO is a social enterprise inspiring more people to shop sustainably, and aims to become Europe’s largest touchpoint for reusing second hand clothing. Their items are hand-picked from clothing waste containers, curated, cleaned, revamped, and then sold at events throughout Germany, the Netherlands, and the Nordics.
At this fall’s event in Malmö, you can expect to find food, wine, good music, and, of course, high-quality vintage clothes and accessories for 500sek per kilogram!
Tickets are 40sek at the door!
Where: Moriska Paviljongen
When: 11am – 6pm
The Danish Giant Pumpkin Championship
Not in the mood for shopping? Get in the Halloween spirit at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen instead.
…I know, I know…technically speaking, this isn’t actually in Skane. As a matter of fact, it isn’t even in Sweden. And THAT, my friends, is one of the beautiful things about living in Malmö. Copenhagen is just a half hour train ride away!
Each fall, this theme park is filled with ghosts, scarecrows, over 20,000 pumpkins, countless Halloween photo-ops, and even hosts a Giant Pumpkin Championship! Will this year’s pumpkin beat last year's record of 589.4 kilograms? Head across the bridge to Denmark and see for yourself on October 12!
Click here to purchase your entrance ticket ahead of time!
Where: Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
Malmö INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL
At the end of October, make your way to Malmö’s Big Square for the International Food Festival.
At this popular bi-yearly food festival, you can try foods from more than fifteen countries around the world, and even take some home with ya. There’s a magical olive stand that I FULLY expect I will be returning to this year… right by the macaroons.
Where: Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmö
When: Tuesday: 10am - 4pm, Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm
GREAT SWEDISH BEER FESTIVAL
There’s another festival in town on October 26!
Get your fill of international flavors at the food festival, then head over to the Great Swedish Beer Festival to wash it all down with some local brews.
This is the biggest beer event focused solely on independent craft beer companies in Sweden, so it’s a must for all you craft beer lovers! Regular tickets are 320sek, or go all in for the Beer Lover After party package for 530sek.
View the full list of breweries and purchase your tickets at www.greatswedishbeerfestival.se.
Where: Slagthuset - Malmö, Sweden
When: 11am – 9pm (Yellow Session: 11am – 3/Blue Session: 5pm – 9pm)
MONSTER’S NIGHT OUT parade
The 26th is a busy day in October, and, according to the folks over at Tivoli, it’ll also be the spookiest day of Autumn. Head back over the bridge to Copenhagen for Monster’s Night Out, a parade of zombies, ghosts and other terrifying (impressively made-up) creatures.
Where: Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
If you miss the parade and the great pumpkin festival, you can still visit Tivoli to get in the Halloween spirit from October 11 to November 3.
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Here’s where you you can find me/what I’ll be getting up to for the next couple of months!
TAKin’ A WALK WITH AN ALPACA
Maybe it’s just me, but this is prettyyyy high on my to-do list for this fall.
If you’re thinking… “Y tho?” I hear ya.
Well, for one, because alpacas are adorable… and also because WHY NOT!?
You can expect some pic updates on this one real soon… Promise…
PICNICin’ AT THE PARK
This is obviously more of a summer activity than anything… buttttt in the name of encouraging you (quite persistently) to enjoy as many sunny, warm-ish days as you can before winter closes in, I had to put it on the fall list, too.
The parks around town are beautiful when the leaves changes colors this time of year, especially Malmö’s Kungsparken and Pildammsparken!
SÖDERÅSEN NATIONAL PARK
Covering over sixteen square kilometers, Söderåsen National Park is the largest unbroken area of protected woodland in Northern Europe. It’s only about half an hour away from Malmö, and a great place to go for a breath of fresh air.
You can also enjoy outdoor activities like biking, canoeing, horseback riding, and hiking! For the best fall foliage views, hike up to Kopparhatten - the park’s highest point and most popular viewpoint.
Måkläppen Nature Reserve
For a nature escape by the sea, head south to Falsterbo.
At the Southernmost point of the peninsula, about 30km from Malmö you’ll find Måkläppen. This wildlife sanctuary is Sweden’s oldest nature reserve and an important breeding ground for shorebirds and seals.
It is only open for visitors for 12 weeks every year from November through January. Come in early November (before it gets too cold) to enjoy the beach and see seals in their natural habitat!
…And other unique Getaways
To be honest, I’ve still yet to explore much of Sweden outside of Skåne.
While researching things to do and places to go in the fall, I came across some dope little hideaways… and they look to me like the PERFECT spaces to spend some cozy autumn weekends. I’m talkin’ cozy tents, quirky eco-lodges, and dreamy tree-houses… which I (fingers-crossed) fully plan on experiencing for myself… ASAP!
Stay tuned, and I’ll let ya know how it all went not so ASAP… aka probably this winter when I enter full on hibernation/indoor activities mode!
Need help getting around?
You’ll find the events and fall hotspots mentioned in this article pinned in the map below!
Happy fall, y’all!
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