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Major Events in Oslo 2019

Oslo Pride Park

What's on in Oslo: The biggest festivals and events taking place in the Norwegian capital throughout 2019.

Planning a trip to Norway in 2019? If you're starting or ending your trip in the capital, then why not time your visit to coincide with a special event?

We keep our eyes on the major concerts, festivals and other big events in Oslo so you don’t have to! Whether you're a resident of Oslo or planning to visit, check out this guide to make the most of your time.

By:larm

28 February – 2 March: Positioning itself as the SXSW of Norway, By:larm is an ambitious festival that acts as a meeting place for the Nordic music industry. After the lectures, seminars and debates of the day, everyone's attention turns to the concerts by night that focus on artists on the verge of breaking out.

Holmenkollen Ski Festival

8-10 March: Join thousands of people in the chilly yet fun atmosphere of Oslo's world-class winter sports arena for FIS World Cup Nordic action. The weekend event includes cross-country skiing, Nordic combined, and ski jumping. Entry on Friday night is free!

Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Arena
Holmenkollen

Biathlon World Cup

21-24 March: The season finale of the IBU World Cup comes to Oslo for this four-day celebration of this challenging winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Events include male and female editions of sprint, pursuit, and mass start.

Oslo International Church Music Festival

22-31 March: Held every March since 2001, the festival puts on concerts in atmospheric venues such as the medieval church Gamle Aker. Beyond organ music and hymns, you can experience sounds as diverse as the Gregorian chant and choral singing.

Melodi Grand Prix Final

2 March: Oslo Spektrum is once again the venue for the final of Norway's Melodi Grand Prix, the talent show that selects Norway's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. NRK says this will be the biggest finale yet.

Inferno Metal Festival

18-21 April: Dimmu Borgir, Opeth and Ragnarok are among the headliners for this year's edition of the four-day festival, which draws metal lovers from all over the world to Oslo's Rockefeller and John Dee.

Norway Constitution Day Parade

17 May: The annual parades through the streets of Oslo along with concerts and special events throughout the city streets. While attractions are closed on the day and it can be hard to find a restaurant that hasn't been booked out, it's still one of hte best days to visit Oslo.

Norwegians celebrate their National Day on 17th May
17th May in Oslo

Oslo Medieval Festival

24-26 May: As genuine a medieval experience as you'll find anywhere in 2019, this festival is suitable for people of all ages, with activities for children, wandering jugglers, longbow demonstrations, market stalls selling crafts from across Europe, and much more. Held on the grounds of Akershus Fortress.

Mini Øya Festival

25-26 May: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the annual Miniøya festival for children and youth held in Tøyen Park. 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.

Nor-Shipping

4-7 June: Not exactly an event for tourists, but Nor-Shipping is nevertheless one of Norway's biggest events, bringing together everyone who is anyone in the maritime and ocean industries. The event in Lillestrøm features a vast 21,000 square metres of exhibition space.

National Music Day

1 June: Musikkfest transforms the capital city into one big concert venue, with up to 30 outdoor stages spread across Oslo. It's always a fun day and the best approach is simply to wander.

Norwegian Wood

June: Last year's edition of the rock festival held at Frogner Park was cancelled, so it remains to be seen if it will be resurrected for 2019. Watch this space! In previous years, the likes of Bob Dylan, Sting, David Bowie, Roger Waters and Patti Smith have graced the stage.

Bislett Stadium in Oslo
Bislett Stadium hosts the Bislett Games

Bislett Games

13 June: The annual athletics meet at Bislett Stadion is part of the IAAF's Diamond League schedule. The Bislett Games has been hosted every summer in the Norwegian capital since 1965.

Oslo Gay Pride

14 – 23 June: The biggest LGBT+ pride event in Norway, Oslo Pride features a parade, concerts, shows, parties, debates, workshops and lectures in the middle of June. The main venues are the public squares Youngstorget and Spikersuppa.

Norway Cup

27 July – 3 August: This world-famous international football tournament for children and youth ages 10-19 attracts m more than 30,000 participants from around the globe. The 2018 edition featured teams from Senegal and Ghana.

Oslo Jazz Festival

11 – 17 August: The one-week festival includes about 80 individual events held across 16 different venues. The definition of jazz has broadened in recent years and there are also many events aimed at children and younger people.

Øya Festival

6 – 10 August: Considered by many to be THE music festival of Oslo, Øya is back at Tøyen Park for another year with a line-up that includes The Cure, Robyn, Sigrid, and Motorpsycho.

Øya Festival
Øya Festival

Mela Festival

August: The Annual multicultural festival held at Rådhusplassen is one of the largest events of its kind outside the Asian subcontinent. Expect concerts, arts, food, and a lot of colour. The dates are yet to be set for 2019.

Oslo Chamber Music Festival

15 – 24 August: Top chamber ensembles and soloists from Norway and around the world perform at Oslo's best concert venues, including the Royal Palace, The Opera House, Akershus Fortress, Oscarshall and Oslo Concert Hall. The festival's aim is to bring the music to a wider audience than usually attend such concerts.

Oslo Marathon

21 September: Held since 1994, the Oslo Marathon continues to gain in popularity and now attracts around 20,000 participants. Aside from the full marathon, a range of distances are available from the 73km ‘Oslo Triple' to a leisurely 10km and races for children too.

Film fra Sør

October: This popular film festival presents the best cinema from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East to a Norwegian audience. The dates for 2019 are yet to be set.

Oslo Innovation Week

October: One of Norway's biggest gatherings of entrepreneurs and innovators, Oslo Innovation Week challenge people to solve problems, collaborate and drive sustainable change.

CODA Oslo International Dance Festival

October: Norway's largest international dance festival aims to contribute to the development of Norwegian dance through performances, workshops, seminars and other events. The dates for 2019 are yet to be set.

Oslo World Music Festival

October – November: Featuring artists from all over the world, many of whom are in Norway for the first time. The theme and dates for the 26th edition in 2019 are yet to be set.

Woah. Quite a year ahead! Did I miss anything? Contact me.

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About the Author: 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 freelance writer for technology companies in Scandinavia.

2 Comments

  1. You didn’t. Mention the opera season or ballet. I’ve attended both opera and ballet at the opera house. I’d like to visit next time when the opera or ballet is on.
    I’m also Interested in crafts. Where in Oslo will i find them. I’ve heard and occasionally seen nordic crafts a d would like to see and if possible do.

  2. Visiting Oslo, Bergen and Tromso in September 2019… any ballet happening then..
    Kindly let me know

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