Oslo is a vibrant city full of culture and entertainment no matter when you visit. Every year it hosts some of the best events in Scandinavia, which attract visitors from all over the world. From music festivals to sports competitions, there's something for everyone in Oslo. Whether you're looking for an exciting night out or a family-friendly day trip, these are some of the best annual events taking place in Oslo every year that you won't want to miss!
Norwegian Wood FestivalAnd no, that's not a mass Murakami books reading. It's a massive annual music festival, held in June from 1992 on. The public bath in Frogen Park becomes a musical arena for three days in mid-summer. The festival welcomes both some massive stars and local Norwegian bands.
Inferno Metal FestivalMetalheads know precisely what a Scandinavian or a Norwegian metal band means. This real-deal metal event happens every Easter like a counterpoint of the Easter bunnies around. With a total of four days and more than 40 local and international bands every year, Inferno Metal Festival is Norway's most significant metal festival
Oslo Jazz FestivalOslo Jazz Festival is a massive event which presents about 80 events every year in August. The festival was held for the first time in 1986, which makes it one of the oldest and most prestigious annual events in Olso.
Øya FestivalThe Øya Festival is also one of the largest music festival events held in Tøyenparken, Oslo every summer. The festival combines music concerts with culture, food, and stalls.
Oslo Short Film FestivalOslo Short Film Festival is a free annual event organized by the SALT art and music centre. It aims to draw attention to short film forms and build a worldwide network of partners in filmmaking, which collaborate and cooperate in the long term.
Oslo Medieval FestivalOslo Medieval Festival is a very popular medieval folk festival, held every May at the Akerhus fortress.
The festival includes numerous events and activities which are meant to take you back 700 years in time.
Those include folk music concerts, traditional arts and crafts exhibitions and workshops, and many more.