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.

Oslo Events

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
Lighting the Christmas Tree, huge tree lighting ceremony with music and frivolity, 1 Dec, University Square

Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, the winner is announced at a private ceremony but there are a parade and concert to celebrate, early Dec, Rådhus

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