Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in 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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May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 3–8:  MaiJazz (international jazz festival), Stavanger

May 5:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 8:  Liberation Day

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

May 15–16:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

May 17:  Constitution Day (parades, closures)

May 25–June 8:  Bergen International Festival (concerts, ballet, opera, theater)

May 27–29:  Oslo Middelalderfestival (medieval festival)

June 13–August 21:  Grieg in Bergen (concert series)

June 15–18:  Bergenfest (rock, pop, hip hop, and folk music)

June 16–18:  Norwegian Wood (rock music festival), Oslo

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

July 20–23:  Gladmat (food festival), Stavanger

August 14–20:  Oslo Jazz Festival

August 16–21:  International Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger

August 18–27:  Oslo Chamber Music Festival

September 8–17:  Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo

October 13–16:  DølaJazz, 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)


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

April 13–17:  Easter weekend (Maundy Thursday through Easter Monday; closures)