What's On in Oslo

There are many events in Oslo throughout the year, related to everything from performing arts to sports and history.

In the summer, festivals are recommended. In the winter, expats should check out the national and international sports competitions.

Some of the most popular annual events in Oslo include:

New Year's Fireworks (January)

The New Year is celebrated by often inebriated and happy Norwegians with free reign to set off fireworks. It is an amazing sight for those who are used to more regulated fireworks displays.

Sami National Day (February)

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History marks Sami National Day with a series of activities and entertainment for all the family. Attendees even get to sample Sami specialities, such as reindeer meat.

World Cup Ski Competition (March)

The annual World Cup ski competitions are held in March at the Holmenkollen ski jump, Norway's most popular tourist destination.

Easter celebrations (April)

Påske (Easter) is always in March or April and is usually accompanied by a lot of snow, and a four-day weekend, which often turns into a full week. This is a great opportunity for expats to head into the mountains for skiing, or down south for some sunshine.

Norwegian Constitutional Day (May)

Spring brings warmer weather and Norway’s Constitutional Day celebration on 17 May. Called Syttende Mai, it is celebrated by everyone, most dressed in traditional outfits and waving the Norwegian flag. It is an uplifting and colourful day when friends and family gather until the wee hours.

Midsummer Night (June)

June is the lightest month of the year and it culminates on Sankt Hans (Midsummer Night), which is celebrated on the Saturday between 20 and 26 June. Midsummer's Eve is celebrated with large bonfires and processions in the evening.

Øya Festivalen (August)

August is the climax of the festival season. Øya Festivalen, Oslo’s biggest rock (and indie) music festival with world-renowned artists, takes place in Oslo’s Medieval Park.

Oslo International Jazz Festival (August)

In mid-August, the Oslo Jazz Festival takes place around the city and attracts thousands of jazz lovers.

Ibsen Festival (September)

The Ibsen Festival celebrates Henrik Ibsen's work on several of the city's theatre stages. In late September each year, Oslo hosts Kulturnatt (Culture Night), when museums are free and all sorts of cultural events take place, including a torchlight walk along Akerselva, the city’s main river.

Oslo World Music Festival (November)

In the beginning of November, the Oslo World Music Festival invites star musicians from around the globe to perform. Concerts take place in venues across Oslo.

Nobel Peace Prize ceremony (December)

In December don’t miss the world-famous Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which begins with the ceremony, followed by a parade to the Grand Hotel where the winner greets the public.

Anna Maria Our Expat Expert

Based in Oslo, Norway, Anna Maria is an intercultural trainer and consultant. She focuses on supporting inpats, expats and repats through their transition periods. She has spent 25 years as an expat. She has lived and worked in 17 countries on five continents. Growing up she spent 4-5 years each in the Netherlands, the US, Peru, and Thailand. She travels extensively to keep up friendships, writes for expat online and print publications and is learning to ski to survive the dark winter.

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