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.

2014

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

June 12–15:  Norwegian Wood (rock music festival, Oslo)

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

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

July 23–26:  Gladmat (food festival, Stavanger)

August 8–16:  Oslo Chamber Music Festival

August 11–16:  Oslo Jazz Festival

August 11–17:  International Chamber Music Festival (Stavanger)

September 10–20:  Ultima Contemporary Music Festival (Oslo)

October 16–19:  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)

2015

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 8:  Liberation Day

May:  MaiJazz (International jazz festival, Stavanger)

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)

Mid-June:  Bergenfest (rock, pop, hip hop, and folk music)

Mid-June:  Norwegian Wood (rock music festival, Oslo)