|Oslo Travel Guide|
The city offers a great variety of theatre, opera, folk dance, concerts and music throughout the year. The city is host to a number of annual festivals of: theatre, chamber music, jazz, rock, contemporary music and much more.
Arenas like Valle Hovin (capacity of 30 000 people) and Oslo Spektrum (10 000 people) host world famous artists like Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Oslo Concert Hall is the home of the famous Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to several large stages for concerts, shows and theatre, Oslo also has a variety of smaller scenes where you can experience everything from stand-up comedy to ballet and modern dance.
Nordic World Cup Skiing, 5-9 Mar 2003, Holmenkollen
Oslo Church Music Festival, 21-30 Mar, Oslo Domkirke (Oslo Cathedral)
Grete Waitz Race, five-kilometre (three-mile) women-only marathon, named after the Norwegian sprinter, 3 May, starts in Frognerparken through city centre to Bislett Stadium
Nasjonaldagen (Norwegian National Constitution Day), national holiday with a parade of flag-waving adults and children, led by various bands, to see the Royal Family on the castle balcony, 17 May, Royal Palace
Norwegian Wood Rock Festival, outdoor rock festival featuring major international and Norwegian artists, Jun, Frogner Park
Oslo Grieg Festival, Jul, Nasjonalgalleriet, city centre
Norway Cup, world’s biggest junior football tournament, Jul-Aug, Ekebergsletta Sports Centre
Oslo Jazz Festival, Aug, various venues in the city centre
Oslo Chamber Music Festival (Oslo Kammermusikkfestival), Aug, various venues in the city centre
Oslo Seafood Festival, Aug, Rådhusplassen, city centre
Ibsen Festival, Aug-Sep, Nationaltheatret, city centre
Oslo Half-Marathon, early Sep, city centre
ULTIMA Oslo Contemorary Music Festival, early Oct, various venues in
the city centre
Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, the winner is announced at a private ceremony but there are a parade and concert to celebrate, early Dec, Rådhus