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Oslo Festivals

People of Oslo often celebrate different festivals to express their rich cultural heritage. There are regular concerts held at the places like the Norsk Musikkhogskole, the Spektrum Hall, the Vallehoven Arena and the Ullevaal Stadium.

The Holmenkollen Ski Festival is also quite a popular festival held in Oslo which is one of the biggest sporting events in Oslo and attracts many talented skiers from the Nordic countries and around the world. Browse further to know more about the different kinds of festivals and events that are celebrated in the city.

Holmenkollen Ski Festival (Holmenkollen skifestival or Holmenkollrennene)
Holmenkollen Ski Festival

Holmenkollen Ski Festival (Holmenkollen skifestival or Holmenkollrennene)

The Holmenkollen Ski Festival is a traditional ski festival that is held in Holmenkollen neighbourhood in Oslo. The event was started since the nineteenth century and is organised at Holmenkollen National Arena and also on the skiing hills like Midtstubakken and Holmenkollbakken. The event is planned by Skiforeningen and takes place every year around the month of March.

International Church Music Festival (Internasjonale Kirkemusikkfestival)
International Church Music Festival

International Church Music Festival (Internasjonale Kirkemusikkfestival)

The Church Music Festival was formed by Bente Johnsrud in 2000, and is marked with choirs, concerts, pipe organists and gospel groups performing in different churches and cathedrals, such as the medieval Old Aker Church. This event is hosted for 10 days in the month of March and is celebrated to support the church music in Norway.

Address: Skippergata 22, 0154 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 22 41 81 13 / 15

Oslo Jazz Festival
Oslo Jazz Festival

Oslo Jazz Festival

The Oslo Jazz Festival is celebrated every year in mid-August over six days with many live jazz performances ranging from blues and gospel to electronics and Latin jazz. The venues for the festival are the Oslo Concert House, Oslo Cathedral and the Grand Hotel.

Address: Ovre Slottsgate 3, 0157 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 22 42 91 20

Inferno Metal Festival
Inferno Metal Festival

Inferno Metal Festival

The Inferno Metal Festival is a popular event in Oslo which is organised during the period of the Easter. More than 40 bands perform during this four-day festival which makes it one of the biggest music festivals in the country. Formed by guitarist Jens F. Ryland and Radar Booking in the year 2001, this festival has witnessed performances by many national and international bands.

Address: Valerenga,0635 Oslo,Norway

Norwegian Wood Festival (Norske Wood Festival)

Norwegian Wood Festival (Norske Wood Festival)

The Norwegian Wood is a music festival in Oslo, held every year in the month of June in Frognerbadet in western Oslo. This festival was started in 1992 by Sten Fredriksen, Jørgen Roll and Haakon Hartvedt. The festival brings big names like the Foo Fighters and Nick Cave among others.

Address: Middelthuns gate 28, 0368 Oslo, Norway

Oslo World Music Festival

Oslo World Music Festival

The Oslo World Music Festival was founded in 1994 as Verden i Norden, to represent global music especially Asian, American and Latin American. This festival has brought many well-known and celebrated international artists to perform in the festival. Musical genres like hip hop, Chaabi, jazz, French chanson, samba, electronic, etc. are recited at the festivals.

Address: Sentralen, Øvre Slottsgate 3, 0157 Oslo, Norway

Christmas (Jul)
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Christmas (Jul)

The Christmas (Jul) season in Norway is a joyous occasion, which is based on Christian principles and traditions. Concerts and musical shows are organised prior to the Christmas holidays, while the Christmas Eve is reserved for big family dinners which include traditional delicacies like pinnekjøtt (lamb), ribbe (pork ribs), turkey or fishes. During the Christmas days, people usually visit their family and friends and indulge in some tasty Nordic cuisine.

Easter Festival

Easter Festival

Norwegian Easters are some of the longest in the world, as the festivities are carried out for more than a week. Easter eggs made of chocolates are exchanged by the kids, and homes are decorated to celebrate this occasion. Traditionally, Easter eggs, chicken and Easter bunnies are the symbols of the festival, but in the recent years its traditional importance has reduced and people celebrate it as a vacation.

Oslo Medieval Festival (Oslo Middelalderfestival)
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Oslo Medieval Festival (Oslo Middelalderfestival)

The Oslo Medieval Festival is a famous medieval folk festival based around the Stortorget area. Oslo Medieval festival features Norwegian fair and concerts along with traditional arts and crafts exhibitions. This festival is organised at the Akerhus fortress and takes you back about 700 years in time.

Chamber Music Festival ( Oslo Kammermusikkfestival )
Chamber Music Festival

Chamber Music Festival ( Oslo Kammermusikkfestival )

The Oslo Kammermusikk festival is an annual chamber music festival held for over a week in August at various venues across Oslo with Akershus Fortress as the main stage. The event is led by Norway's leading musicians such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Solveig Kringlebotn and Lawrence Power.

Address: 2 floor, Universitetsgata 14, 0164 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 23 10 07 30

Oslo Horse Show
Oslo Horse Show

Oslo Horse Show

The Oslo Horse Show is a three-day international equestrian event held every year on the second weekend of October at the Oslo Spektrum. This amazing show features everything, from show jumping and horse racing to riding classes, international dressage and top class entertainment. It is the epitome of Norwegian equestrian sport and a big date in the calendar for all horse lovers.

Address: Vækeroveien 207, 0751 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 41 20 44 86

Ultima Contemporary Music Festival
Ultima Contemporary Music Festival

Ultima Contemporary Music Festival

The Ultima Contemporary Music Festival is Scandinavia's largest contemporary music festival, held in Oslo for over ten days in September. The festival is all about music related concerts, workshops and exhibitions that take place at various venues around the capital.

Address: Ultima Ovre Slottsgate 3 N-0157 Oslo, Norway
Tel.: +47 22 40 18 90

Recommended Activities

Panoramic Oslo City Sightseeing Tour

Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

City Sightseeing Oslo Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Valid for 24 hours (approx.)

Visit Oslo Pass

Varies (approx.)

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