Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Norway

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates at the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Norway.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Norway. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

April 2–6:  Easter weekend (Maundy Thursday through Easter Monday; closures)

May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 510:  MaiJazz (International jazz festival), Stavanger

May 8:  Liberation Day

May 14:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 15:  St. Hallvard’s Day (theater, concerts), Oslo

May 17:  Constitution Day (parades, closures)

Late May:  Oslo Middelalderfestival (medieval festival)

May 24–25:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

May 27–June 10:  Bergen International Festival (concerts, ballet, opera, theater)

June 11–13:  Norwegian Wood (rock music festival), Oslo

June 11–14:  Bergenfest (rock, pop, hip hop, and folk music)

Mid-June–mid-August:  Grieg in Bergen (10-week concert series)

June 23:  St. John’s Eve (Sankthansaften; midsummer festival)

Late July:  Gladmat (food festival), Stavanger

Mid-August:  Oslo Chamber Music Festival

Mid-August:  Oslo Jazz Festival

August 10–16:  International Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger

Mid-September:  Ultima Contemporary Music Festival (Oslo)

Mid-October:  DølaJazz (four-day jazz festival, Lillehammer)

December 10:  Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony, Oslo

December 13:  St. Lucia Day (festival of lights, parade)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  Boxing Day (closures)