Oslo Chamber Music Festival
First held in 1989, the annual Oslo Chamber Music Festival has developed into one of the most significant events of its kind in the country. During the 10-day event, visitors can expect a dazzling line-up of Norwegian and foreign musicians performing in some of the city's most magnificent buildings, performance venues and outdoor settings.
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues and locations in Oslo
With more than 10,000 participants vying to take the laurels and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the Oslo Marathon is one of the Norwegian capital’s biggest sporting events. The race starts and ends at Festningsplassen near Akershus Fortress, taking in Oslo Opera House and Aker Brygge en route.
Venue: City centre
Free to watch; start cost to participate.
Oslo Jazz Festival
One of Europe’s oldest jazz festivals, performers at this impressive Oslo event have included the Liberation Music Orchestra, the Espen Eriksen Trio and Kevin Dean's Nordic super group with Kåre Nymark Jr, Anders Aarum, Mads Vinding and Alex Riel all getting involved. The first day of the festival usually features a parade led by a brass band.
Venue: Various venues across the city.
Norwegian Wood Rock Festival
This annual rock-fest features a veritable who’s who of local and international bands in the picturesque Frogner Park. Recent years have seen the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Tori Amos, Foo Fighters, System of a Down, Keane and Duffy take to the main stage. The Underwood stage, meanwhile, gives up-and-coming local bands the chance to make their name in front of large crowds.
Venue: Frogner Park.
St Hallvard's Day
15 May is St Hallvard's Day, in honour of the patron saint of Oslo, also said to be the defender of innocence. Quite a sombre occasion, the day is marked by a ceremony in Oslo's Old Quarter with speeches by the city's Mayor, members of the church and other dignitaries. The ceremony is recognised by both Catholics and Protestants, who attend the event together. Guided tours of this historically rich area take place before and after the ceremony.Date: 15 May 2018 - 15 May 2018
Venue: Oslo's Old Quarter.
Nasjonaldagen (Norwegian National Constitution Day)
An annual national holiday celebrating the day the national constitution of Norway was signed at Eidsvoll in 1814. Parades of flag-waving adults and children led by various bands are the main event en route to see the royal family waving from the castle balcony.Date: 17 May 2018 - 17 May 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Royal Palace.
Oslo Medieval Festival
Oslo Medieval Festival takes you 700 years back in time, to the era when Oslo became the capital of Norway. During the festival, the fortress will be steaming with life: Knights, re-enactors, musicians and performers will bring you an experience to remember. Our historical market is full of craftsmen and sellers from all over Europe, who'll present historic crafts from the period. Discover history as you delve into a plethora of activities, performances and concerts, or simply relax with good food and drink, while you enjoy the atmosphere.Date: 25 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
Venue: Oslo Medieval Festival (Oslo Middelalderfestival)
ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival
Under the motto of 'Paths to Experience', the organisers of the annual Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival strive to draw attention to the artistic creative process. Each year the festival presents a programme of contemporary artistic performances ranging from dancing and music to art installations and exhibitions.Date: 13 September 2018 - 22 September 2018
Venue: Various venues.
Prices for single performances vary.
Oslo Church Music Festival
During this 10-day event, whose patron is Crown Princess Mette-Marit, visitors can experience a wide and diverse range of musical performances in Oslo's many wonderful churches and cathedrals. The line-up includes regional, national and international choirs and performers and always attracts large and enthusiastic audiences.Date: 22 March 2019 - 31 March 2019
Venue: Various churches and cathedrals in Oslo.