Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Norway

Dancers at Norwegian Folk Museum, Oslo, Norway
Many midsummer festivals feature colorful traditional dances.
  • 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 18–April 22:  Easter weekend (Maundy Thursday through Easter Monday; closures)

May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 6–11:  MaiJazz, Stavanger (international jazz festival)

May 8:  Liberation Day

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

May 17:  Constitution Day (parades, closures)

Late May (weekend):  Oslo Middelalderfestival (medieval festival)

May 22–June 5:  Bergen International Festival (concerts, ballet, opera, theater)

May 30:  Ascension Day (closures)

June 9–10:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 12–15:  Bergenfest (rock, pop, hip hop, and folk music)

June–August (10 weeks):  Grieg in Bergen (concert series)

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

July 24–27:  Gladmat, Stavanger (food festival)

August 6–11:  International Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger

August 11–17 (likely):  Oslo Jazz Festival

August 15–24:  Oslo Chamber Music Festival

September 12–21 (likely):  Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo

October 17–20:  DølaJazz, Lillehammer

December 10:  Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony, Oslo

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

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

December 26:  Boxing Day (closures)