Oslo Bislett Games

Major Events in Oslo 2013

We keep our eyes on the major concerts, festivals and big events around Norway so you don’t have to!

Here is the Expat Weekly guide to what’s going on in Oslo throughout 2013.


13 – 16 February
A focus for the Norwegian music industry, By:larm features concerts from Norwegian and Nordic acts alongside a music conference. On the bill for 2013 are Neneh Cherry, Turbonegro, Oslo Ess and many more.
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World Cup Biathlon

28 February – 3 March
Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Arena hosts a weekend of elete biathlon competition.
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Holmenkollen Ski Festival

15 – 17 March
A weekend of world class skiing at the Holmenkollen ski arena, incorporating the FIS World Cup Nordic.
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Inferno Metal Festival

27 – 30 March
45 bands converge on Oslo for a celebration of Norway’s black metal heritage. The festival features an industry conference alongside the concerts.
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Eddie Izzard

14 April
One of Britain’s most popular comedians brings his latest tour to Oslo’s Spektrum.
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Justin Bieber

16 – 18 April
Canada’s teenage pop sensation is back in Oslo after the chaos he caused in 2012. Three nights at the Telenor Arena.
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Bon Jovi

21 May
Valle Hovin is the venue for the Oslo leg of Bon Jovi’s “Because We Can” tour, the third time in five years the band will play in Oslo.
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Musikkfest – National Music Day

1 June
Fast becoming a hugely popular annual summer event, Musikkfest features local bands playing on over 20 outdoor stages across the city centre and Grünerløkka.
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Miniøya Children’s Festival

8 – 9 June
A music and cultural festival for the whole family at Tøyenparken. Programmed with children firmly in mind, Miniøya 2013 will feature performances from Valkyrien Allstars and Pippi Langstrømpe.
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Bislett Games 2013

13 June
Now part of the IAAF Diamond League, the Bislett Games is a famous athletics meet at Oslo’s Bislett Stadion, at which 60 world records have been set over the years.
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Norwegian Wood

14 – 16 June
Frogner Park is the setting for the Norwegian Wood rock festival, which brings some of the biggest names in music to Oslo every year. The 2013 line-up includes Rod Stewart and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
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Oslo Gay Pride

21 – 30 June
Oslo’s “Skeive Dager” festival is a celebration of LGBT culture in Norway. The highlight of the week-long festival is the colourful carnival parade through the streets of Oslo.
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Green Day

30 June
Oslo welcomes legendary American pop-punkers Green Day to Ullevaal Stadion for this one-off show.
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24 July
One of Britain’s best live bands, Muse, visit Oslo’s Ullevaal Stadion for this re-arranged show.
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Norway Cup

28 July – 3 August
Over 30,000 children and young people from around the world will gather in Oslo for Norway’s international youth football tournament. The matches take place on Ekebergsletta, above the city.
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Øya Festival

6 – 10 August
Blur, Slayer and Electric Wizard top the bill for this annual music festival, just a short distance from the city centre at the Medieval Park.
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Oslo Jazz Festival

12 – 17 August
This year’s Oslo Jazz will celebrate the 90th birthday of Nora Brockstedt, Norway’s jazz veteran.
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Mela Festival

16 – 18 August
A free multicultural festival, one of the largest outside the Asian subcontinent. Takes place at Rådhusplassen.
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Ultima Contemporary Music Festival

5 – 14 September
An annual festival produced by 18 leading music and art institutions in Oslo.
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Oslo Marathon

21 September
The Danske Bank Oslo Marathon through the streets of Oslo. In addition to the full marathon, there is a half marathon, 10k race and 3k race, along with a race and activities for children.
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Film Fra Sør

10 – 20 October
The unique “Films from the South” festival presents over 100 of best films from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
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Oslo World Music Festival

28 October – 3 November
300 artists from across the globe performing over 13 stages around Oslo.
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