Major Events in Stavanger

Stavanger city centre events

What's on in Stavanger: All the big festivals and events to look forward to in 2019.

Planning a trip to Norway this year? If you're passing through the Stavanger region on your travels, then why not time your visit to coincide with a special event or festival?

What's on in Stavanger in 2019?

We keep our eyes on the major concerts, festivals and other big events in Stavanger and the surrounding region so you don’t have to!

Whether you're a resident of Stavanger or Sandnes, or you're planning a visit, check out this guide to make the most of your time.

Øvre Holmegate in Stavanger

Stavanger Wine Festival

27 – 31 March: The 21st year of Stavanger's showcase of all things wine-related sees 12 of the city's restaurants and bars team up with exhibitors from all around Europe. Events include the wine train, surprise dinner, lunch, plus events hosted by the individual venues.


6 – 11 May: MaiJazz has been running for more than 20 years. Since the first festival in 1989 MaiJazz has developed to be one of Norway's leading jazz festivals presenting international jazz stars and the best in national and local jazz every year. This year's line-up will be announced soon.

Avaldsnes Viking Festival

6 – 9 June: Held on Karmøy island, north of Stavanger, western Norway's viking festival provides fun for all the family. Expect two hundred vikings from all over Europe living in their tents, selling crafts and homemade food.


14 – 15 June: A new music festival in beautiful natural surroundings at Vålandsskogen close to the city centre of Stavanger. Mablis seeks to be an inclusive festival and so is a family-friendly event with no age limit.

Rangle Rock at Bryne

12 – 14 July: This annual rock festival is held in the small town of Bryne, a short train ride south of Stavanger.

Gladmat Food Festival

24 – 27 July: As Scandinavia's biggest food festival, Gladmat attracts over 200,000 visitors to sample the flavours of the Stavanger region every year.

Carrots at Stavanger farmers market

The region enjoys a growing culinary reputation thanks to pioneering agriculture and Gladmat helps to showcase that work to a hungry audience.

Blink Summer Ski Festival

31 July – 3 August: Norway's summer ski festival. Contestants from the national elite in cross country skiing and biathlon race through the streets of Sandnes.

International Chamber Music Festival

6 – 11 August: One of the world's finest festivals of chamber music. Renowned musicians perform together with artists ranging from the young and promising to the truly great at venues across Stavanger.


23 – 24 August: The region's biggest music festival attracts international artists in pop, dance and urban music to the heart of Stavanger. Buy your tickets early as this event always sells out in advance.

Stavanger Marathon

31 August: Stavanger Marathon is a series of races both in and outside of the city centre. The 5k route is along the harbour promenade, with start and finish by the main square. The half and full marathon includes skirting two lakes and shorelines before returning to the city centre.


September 2019: A month when the streets come alive! Nuart is an independent international contemporary street and urban art festival.

Street art in Stavanger
Street art in Stavanger

The event aims to stimulate debate by challenging entrenched notions of what art is, and more importantly, can be. Dates for the 2019 event are yet to be confirmed.


September 2019: Stavanger's international festival of literature and freedom of expression offers five days of literature, film and debate, with many events held in English. The dates for the 2019 event are yet to be confirmed.

Norwegian Science Week

18 – 29 September: People of all ages can experience science through a multitude of different events, many of which are held at venues that today bear little resemblance to the traditional lecture hall with its podium and blackboard.

Events range from science fairs, demonstrations, lectures, “stand-up scientist” performances, exhibits and discussions, to tours, information stands, and cultural and hands-on activities.

Norwegian Organ Festival

12 – 15 September 2019: A festival with a focus on organ music, concerts, workshops and more. Further details on the 2019 event are still to be confirmed.

What's on in Stavanger, Norway

Did I miss anything? Let me know.

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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.


  1. Hi David

    Happy New Year! Thank you for the information on events in Stavanger.

    Do you have any further information on the Organ Music Festival in September, in terms of who is organising it?

    I am askiing in behalf of my son who is a senior organ scholar at a University in the UK.


    Mark White

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