I keep my eyes on the major concerts, festivals and other big events happening around Norway so you don’t have to!
Whether you’re a resident of Oslo or planning a trip, check out this guide to make the most of your time.
Holmenkollmarsjen Ski Race
Saturday 8 February
56km classic ski race through the forests of Oslo.
26 Feb – 1 March
The SXSW of Norway! An ambitious festival comprising music, conference and interactive elements.
Holmenkollen FIS World Cup Nordic
7 – 9 March
Holmenkollen Ski Festival, part of the FIS World Cup Nordic Disciplines.
Eurovision Song Contest – Norwegian Final
Saturday 15 March
Oslo Spektrum hosts the concert at which Norway’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 will be selected.
Oslo International Church Music Festival
21 – 30 March
Oslo International Church Music Festival is held for 10 days each March. The festival’s concerts are held in the churches of Norway’s capital city, with Oslo Cathedral as the main venue.
Inferno Metal Festival
16 – 19 April
Norwegian metal legends Dimmu Borgir headline this year’s Inferno, which draws metal lovers from all over the world.
Norwegian Military Tattoo
9 – 11 May
The Norwegian Military Tattoo is the biggest indoor event in Norway, presented every other year in Oslo Spektrum. The Tattoo has developed into a very popular event, which attracts military music enthusiasts from all over the world. It is also very much a family show.
Norway Constitution Day Parade
The annual children’s parade through the streets of Oslo. Not to be missed!
Oslo Medieval Festival
23 – 25 May
Medieval experiences for people of all ages, with activities for children, market stalls selling crafts and food, and much more, at Akershus fortress.
Mini Øya Festival
24 – 25 May
The annual Miniøya festival for children and youth is held in Tøyenparken. Music is the main element of the festival, which also features art, dance and theatre. The main target group for Miniøya is children ages 4-12, but this is a family event, and everyone is welcome.
National Music Day
Musikkfest sees the capital city become one big concert venue, with up to 30 outdoor stages spread across Oslo.
Annual athletics meet at Bislett Stadion, part of the IAAF Diamond League.
Annual rock festival held at Frogner Park, this year featuring Arcade Fire and John Mayer.
20 – 29 June
This year Oslo’s Gay Pride festival becomes EuroPride, home to 200 different events, concerts, shows, parties, debates, workshops and lectures.
27 July – 2 August
An international football tournament for children and youth ages 10-19, attracting over 30,000 participants from around the world.
5 – 9 August
Queens of the Stone Age, Röyksopp and Robyn headline the annual music festival, this year moving to Tøyenparken.
Oslo Jazz Festival
12 – 17 August
The one-week festival includes about 80 events.
15 – 17 August
Annual multicultural festival at Rådhusplassen, one of the largest events of its kind outside the Asian subcontinent.
This unique rock and hip-hop festival is held in the forest of eastern Oslo. There is no age limit, there is plenty of room, and best of all, it’s free!
ULTIMA Contemporary Music Festival
10 – 20 September
An annual event that aims to present modern music and related art forms.
Nordic Music Days
One of the oldest music festivals in the world.
The first Oslo Marathon took place in 1994. The distances are marathon, half marathon, 3k and 10k
Films from the South Festival
10 – 20 October
The festival presents the best films from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Oslo Innovation Week
13 – 17 October
A collection of innovation-themed events in the Norwegian capital.
Oslo World Music Festival
29 October – 3 November
Your opportunity to hear fantastic voices from all corners of the world.
Nobel Peace Prize
10 – 11 November
The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony takes place on 10 December, followed by a celebratory concert the next day.
Did I miss anything? Let me know!