Five great autumn events in Sweden this week

Food, music, movies and more food. What better way of helping yourself forget that the days are getting shorter and colder?

Five great autumn events in Sweden this week
Jazz in northern Sweden. Photo: Umeå Jazz Festival

1. Uppsala Short Film Festival

There are two strategies for beating the autumn blues. The first one is to fight it by braving the cold and stocking up on Vitamin D. The second: watch movies. This one does not come on your couch with a blanket and hot cup of cocoa, but at least it lets you tick the 'social activity' box when your colleagues ask how you spent the weekend. Uppsala International Short Film Festival was founded in 1982 and shows more than 300 short films every year.

When: October 24th-30th

Where: Uppsala, various venues

Tickets: 80-400 kronor

2. Umeå Jazz Festival

Jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis are only a few of the names to play the Umeå Jazz Festival in northern Sweden in the five decades since it launched. These days it is one of the staple features in Umeå's autumn calendar and includes ticketed concerts as well as free performances across the town.

When: October 26th-30th

Where: Various venues across Umeå

Tickets: 0-800 kronor depending on whether you catch the free 'Jazz In Town' gigs or buy a ticket for the entire festival.

New York-based Israeli guitarist Dida. Photo: Victor Muperphoto/Umeå Jazz Festival

3. Vegan Vikings

Treating yourself to good food is a foolproof way of making the best of autumn. Vegan Vikings is a new vegan food festival in Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen which kicks off on World Vegan Day on November 1st. It promises to offer special deals on great traditional food served the vegan way – international cuisine, cocktails, burgers and desserts. It is organized in collaboration with Yelp.

When: November 1st-6th

Where: Stockholm, various venues

Tickets: You have to download the Yelp app, click the link above for information

Vegan food like you've never seen it before. Photo: Vegan Vikings

4. Gothenburg Art Sounds

Gothenburg Art Sounds (GAS) describes itself as “Sweden's largest festival for sound art, modern composition, improvisation and electronica”. The festival, which has already started, includes live performances as well as sound installations, public talks and workshops. Its focus is to present contemporary artists, both national and international. “We regard music as an open source of knowledge, where different genres are able to meet and transform,” write festival organizers.

When: Until October 29th

Where: Gothenburg, various venues

Tickets: There are no festival passes. Buy the tickets from each venue.

Progressive jazz group Don-Qui Five will perform at the festival.

5. Kalmar International Street Market

The Geraud International Street Market is in Kalmar in south-eastern Sweden until and including Saturday. The market is already under way and offers everything from kangaroo burgers to British fudge. It's the perfect opportunity to enjoy food from all over the world and dream of warmer climes.

When: October 27th-29th

Where: Stortorget, Kalmar (the main square)

Tickets: Well, you obviously have to pay for the food you buy, but otherwise it's free.