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People of Oslo often celebrate different festivals to express their rich cultural heritage. There are regular concerts held at 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. Not to forget, The Finken Cup; this is one of the biggest sporting events in Oslo and attracts many skiers from the Nordic countries and around the world.

January

  

Disney on Ice

Held in mid January at the Oslo Spektrum on Sonja Henies Plass, Disney on Ice is an event where all the family can come together to enjoy ice skating performed by some of Walt Disney's best loved characters.

March

  

Oslo Kirkemusikkfestival (Church Music Festival) ( Visit Site )

The Church Music Festival is marked with choir, concerts, pipe organists and gospel groups performing in different churches and cathedrals, such as the medieval Old Aker Church. This event is hosted throughout the month of March.

Lillehammer Winter Arts Festival

The Lillehammer Winter Arts Festival is also held throughout March. People come together to enjoy the natural winter

wonderland and frozen waterfalls in Lillehammer, close to Oslo.

Holmenkollen Ski Festival ( Visit Site )

This hugely popular winter festival calls for thousands of skiers to Holmenkollen, Oslo's famous ski jump, to participate in ski jumping and cross-country (Nordic) skiing competitions. Officially, this event is known as the Holmenkollen FIS World Cup Nordic.

April

  

Inferno Festival ( Visit Site )

Held in early April, Norwegian groups play to a fully packed auditorium at the Rockerfeller Music hall. This is the biggest heavy metal festival in Oslo.

May

Grete Waitz-Lopet

Grete Waitz-Lopet is a race for women athletes of all ages and generally, it is organized to take place at the start of May each year.

Norwegian Constitution Day / National Day ( Wikipedia )

After acquiring freedom from Denmark after 400 years of rule, Norway finally got its own constitution signed at Eidsvoll on May 17 in the year 1814. Norwegians celebrate their Independence Day with full glory by participating in colourful parades, processions and wearing traditional costumes. The highlight of the day is to watch the Royal family on the palace balcony.

  

Norwegian Military Tattoo ( Visit Site )

The Norwegian Military Tattoo, held every second year, at the Oslo Spektrum is a synchronized, streamlined performance by military bands marked by gymnastic displays and marching brass bands.

June

  

Norwegian Wood Festival ( Visit Site )

The most popular Nordic rock Music festival, Norwegian Wood is carried out throughout June. Held in Frognerbadet in western Oslo, the festival brings big names like the Foo Fighters and Nick Cave among others.

  

Bislett Games ( Visit Site )

The Bislett Games is an annual athletic event held at the Bislett Stadion. Once a part of the IAAF Golden League event, today it belongs to the IAAF Diamond League series. Since the event is sponsored by ExxonMobil, it is officially known as the ExxonMobil Bislett Games.

  

Oslo Middelalderfestival ( Visit Site )

A famous medieval folk festival based around the Stortorget area, Oslo Middelalderfestival features Norwegian fare and concerts along with traditional arts and crafts.

Ta Sjansen

One of the unusual festivals in Oslo, Ta Sjansen is a fun boat event. Thousands of people gather to watch contestants race down the Holmenkollen ski jump in homemade boats before they drop themselves into the water below. Prizes are awarded for the most innovatively decorated boat and the longest leap.

July

Oslo Grieg Festival ( Visit Site )

The Oslo Grieg Festival, held in remembrance of composer Edvard Grieg, is an annual celebration wherein concerts are held throughout the month of July at different venues in the city. The event is supported by the National Museum, Norwegian Council for Cultural Affairs, Oslo Municipality and Fund for Performing Artists

August

  

Norway Cup ( Visit Site )

Celebrated in July-August, the Norway Cup is a week long youth football tournament held annually at the Ekebergsletta field in Ekeberg, Oslo.

  

Oslo Kammermusikk Festival
(Chamber Music Festival)
( Visit Site )

The Oslo Kammermusikk festival is an annual chamber music festival held for over a week in August at various venues 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.

  

Oslo Jazz Festival ( Visit Site )

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.

  

Mela Festival ( Visit Site )

The Mela is a multicultural festival organized every year in mid August at City Hall Square (Rådhusplassen) in Oslo. Mela, meaning 'gathering' or 'to meet' is a congregation of artists from all over the world who come together to celebrate the many forms of music, arts and dance.

September

  

Ultima Contemporary Music Festival ( Visit Site )

Ulitma is Scandinavia's largest contemporary music festival, held in Oslo over ten days in September. The festival is all about music related concerts, workshops and exhibitions taking place at various venues around the capital.

  

Oslo Marathon ( Visit Site )

The Oslo Marathon Event is a central race held in late September every year. Over 17,000 participants start their journey outside the Akershus Fortress and make their way through the many sights of Oslo. The marathon comprises of three races - a 10km, a half marathon and a full marathon.

  

Autumn Art Exhibition (Høstutstillingen) ( Visit Site )

The largest and most controversial contemporary art exhibition takes place in Oslo during the months of September and October. Paintings, sculptures, video installations and performances of established and newbie Norwegian artists appear side by side.

October

  

Oslo Horse Show ( Visit Site )

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.

November

  

Samler and Antikk Messen ( Visit Site )

Held at the Norges Varemesse in mid November, Samler and Antikk Messen is the biggest antique fair held in Lillestrøm-Oslo. Here, one can buy an exclusive collection of books, magazines, coins, furniture, lamps and much more.

Oslo World Music Festival ( Visit Site )

Planned from late October to early November, the Oslo World Music Festival presents music from around the world with key focus on Asia, Africa and Latin America. Many big names attend the festival, but most of the artists are new to the Norwegian audience. Look out for all kinds of music, from flamenco, electronica and hip-hop to Nigerian soul and fado.

December

  

Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony ( Wikipedia )

Hosted by the Norwegian Nobel Institute, the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is an internationally organised, world-renowned event held on December 10th every year at the Oslo Town Hall. Along with prizes in Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, the Peace prize is awarded to those who have contributed significantly in promoting peace and for the abolition or reduction of standing armies.

  

Christmas Markets ( Visit Site )

Norwegian Christmas is marked by traditional Scandinavian fairs, celebrated throughout November and December. The most famous open-air market selling local Norwegian handicrafts, Christmas decorations, and seasonal food is held at the Folk Museum on Bygdøy, Oslo.