Bergen Events: What’s on in Bergen in 2024

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As Norway's second biggest city, Bergen hosts many festivals and major events throughout the year. Here's our rundown of what you can expect in Bergen during the next twelve months.

Bergen is a beautiful, bustling city known for its natural scenery and rich cultural heritage. With a picturesque harbour and historic wooden buildings, Bergen is a popular tourist destination in Norway.

Festivals and events in Bergen, Norway

Throughout the year, Bergen plays host to festivals and events that celebrate the unique character of the city. From music festivals and cultural celebrations to food and drink events, there is something for everyone in Bergen.

Are you planning a trip to the west coast of Norway in 2024? I know from the emails we get here at Life in Norway that many of you are. There's plenty to see and do whenever you visit, but perhaps you want to experience something a little different?

If you're starting or ending a Hurtigruten or fjord cruise in Bergen, then why not time your visit to coincide with a special event or music festival?

Major events in Bergen

Interested? Then you're in the right place! That's because we keep our eyes on the major concerts, festivals and other big events in and around Bergen so you don’t have to.

Cloudy Bergen waterfront
The waterfront in Bergen.

Whether you're a local or planning to visit, check out this guide to make the most of your time. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we'll keep it updated throughout the year.

Bergen Seafood Festival

12-17 February, 2024: Norwegian seafood is known the world over. See for yourself why that is during this winter event.

Throughout the week, various restaurants in Bergen will host events. But the main event is held on the Saturday, when the Fish Market transforms into a family-friendly food festival venue for the day.


13-17 March, 2024: Borealis is a festival for contemporary music and experimental listening. Although sound and music are at the heart of Borealis, the festival also features talk, cinema, literature and visual arts events, as a way of expanding the conversation about music and its place in our lives.

Individual tickets are available for events. In previous years, a festival pass can be purchased, which gives reduced entry to individual events. Keep an eye out on the website to see if this is available this year too.

Bergen City Marathon

27 April: The 11th annual city marathon will be staged in April of 2024 through some of Bergen’s most famous neighbourhoods. It's a great occasion for participants and spectators, as the start and finish line is at the iconic Bryggen.

Thinking of taking part? It's not the flattest marathon route, but participants do get to enjoy views of the city from Fjellveien. Registration is open now. If a marathon is a bit much for you, there's various shorter distances available too.

Norwegian Constitution Day

17 May, 2024: Join Bergen's locals to celebrate the biggest day in Norway on the city streets. Watch the parades throughout the morning and listen to the marching bands before fireworks round off the day an hour or so before midnight.

Constitution Day parade in Bergen, Norway.
Constitution Day parade in Bergen, Norway.

If you want to attend this important national celebration, you’ll need to book hotels well in advance. You must also expect many restaurants to be fully-booked. Never attended a syttende mai before? To get an idea of what to expect, here is Norway's National Day in pictures.

Bergen International Festival

22 May – 5 June, 2024: The Nordic art community descends on Bergen for two weeks every year for the largest event of its kind in the region. The Bergen International Festival presents art in all its guises – music, theatre, dance, opera and visual art – at more than 150 individual events.

This year's opening of Norwegian classic Peer Gynt is sure to be among the highlights. Despite its fame, the play is rarely performed the way Ibsen and Grieg had planned, with both the play and the music performed live from the same stage. At BIF 2024, this is exactly what will happen.

Natt Jazz

24 May – 1 June, 2024: The longest jazz festival in Northern Europe hosts concerts that blur the lines between jazz, rock, ethno and electronica. Artists for this year's event will be confirmed closer to the time.

Tickets are available now for individual concerts or a festival pass for the entire event. Just note that festival pass holders must still reserve a place for some of the highest profile concerts to gain entry.

7-Mountain Hike

May TBC: As the name suggests, the annual 7-mountain hike sees keen participants hike the seven mountains that surround Bergen. The whole day can be used to complete the 30km course which includes a total ascent of 2,200m.

Is that a bit much for you? I can't say I blame you! You could always try the three or five mountain hikes instead. Alternatively, there's no shortage of great hiking opportunities in the city if you're visiting at another time.

At present, the date for the event in 2024 is yet to be confirmed, but it usually takes place at the end of May.

Bergen Gay Pride

TBC June 2024: The Regnbuedagene (Rainbow Days) festival offers political debates, art shows, concerts, youth-events, film screenings, a colourful parade and different social events throughout Norway's second city.

Photos from Bergen Pride
Bergen Pride.

Exact details of this year’s festivities are yet to be announced, although in the past the parade has brought to an end the several days of the ‘Pride Park’ festival. Prior to this, Pride House will host the educational and political events.

Bergen to Voss cycle race

1 June, 2024: The ‘west Norway classic' is one of the country's best-known cycling events. It also happens to be one of the most scenic tours in Europe. Cyclists of all abilities take part in this unique annual event.

The 170km route follows fjords and mountains from the coastline of Bergen to the ski and extreme sports resort of Voss.


12-15 June, 2024: In recent years Bergenfest has firmly established itself as a modern music festival of both national and international interest. Day tickets or festival passes covering all four days are available now.

Although the dates are confirmed, the line-up for 2024 has yet to be announced.

Beyond the Gates

31 July – 3 August, 2024: Beyond the Gates, birthed from the iconic Hole in the Sky festival in 2013, stands as a premier extreme metal event.

Hosted across venues like USF Verftet and Grieghallen, it draws global fans to its exceptional lineups and deep dive into 90s Norwegian black metal. Beyond just music, attendees explore Norwegian metal culture with guided tours, art displays, a tattoo fest, and more upcoming surprises.


23-24 August, 2024: Feelings is an outdoor music festival at the scenic Bergenhus Fortress. Featuring top names in pop, hip-hop, and EDM, it offers a memorable summer finale.

Still relatively new to the Bergen events scene, the historic grassy locale with city mountain views will host the festival's second edition in 2024.

Bergen Food Festival

30-31 August, 2024: Farm-based food businesses from the counties of Hordaland and Sogn & Fjordane promote their products to locals and visiting tourists alike in the bustling centre of Bergen.

Ung Matfest is for children between 6 and 16 years old, whereas for the adults there is an adjacent beer festival!

Mountain Race

September TBC: Billing itself as the ‘world's steepest race', Stoltzekleiven opp is not for the inexperienced. For more than forty years now Bergen's toughest and fittest competitors have taken part. The goal? To be the first to make it up the rough stone stairway from Fjellveien to Sandvikspilen.

Bergen International Film Festival

October TBC: More than 120 documentary films, fiction and short films from around the world are presented at what the organisers claim is Norway’s broadest film festival.

Held at Bergen Kino, USF and Det Akademiske Kvarter, BIFF has become one of the biggest and most important cinema events in Norway. BIFF also organises dedicated screenings for local schools. Dates and the program for 2024 are yet to be announced.


December TBC: Pepperkakebyen is one of the world’s largest gingerbread towns, and it's right at the heart of Norway’s second city.

Boat and train at Bergen's gingerbread town.
Bergen's gingerbread town.

Kindergartens, schools, businesses and thousands of individuals have contributed to the annual event since its creation in 1991.

What can you expect? Bergen in sweet miniature, and a whole lot more! There's houses, trains, cars and ships made from real gingerbread. It's not a reason to go to Bergen by itself, but if you're in town, stopping in is a must.

What big events do you enjoy in Bergen? Let me know in the comments. If you enjoyed this post, why not share it on Pinterest so that others can find it too? We've got just the pin for that. Just hit those social sharing buttons.

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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2 thoughts on “Bergen Events: What’s on in Bergen in 2024”

  1. With so many exciting festivals happening we would have to stay for a whole year to enjoy every one of them. Thanks for the informative post.


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