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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 6–10:  Easter weekend (Maundy Thursday through Easter Monday; closures)

May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 8:  Liberation Day

May 9–14:  MaiJazz, Stavanger (international jazz festival)

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

May 17:  Constitution Day (parades, closures)

May 18:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 24–June 7 (likely):  Bergen International Festival (concerts, ballet, opera, theater)

May 25–28 (likely):  Oslo Middelalderfestival (medieval festival)

May 27 & 28:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 14–17:  Bergenfest (rock, pop, hip hop, and folk music)

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

June 28–July 1:  Gladmat, Stavanger (food festival)

July 10–29 (likely):  Grieg in Bergen (concert series)

August 4–15:  Oslo Chamber Music Festival

August 8–13:  International Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger

August 13–19:  Oslo Jazz Festival

September 14–23:  Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, Oslo

October 19–22:  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)