Norway has countless big and small festivals all summer long, all around the country. People of all ages attend the festivals, which are mostly music themed, but also often include culture and food. Here is an overview of some of this year´s festivals:
July 6-9: Kongsberg Jazzfestival
This year´s music includes jazz legend Pat Metheny and Norwegians Sivert Høyem and Kurt Nilsen. Takes place in Kongsberg.
July 7-10: Trænafestivalen
This music festival is located on an island, Norway´s oldest fishing village with only 500 inhabitants. You can enjoy the midnight sun while listening to young and popular Norwegian artists such as Astrid S, Matoma, and Bendik.
July 13-16: Slottsfjell
Located in Tønsberg, this is one of Norway´s most popular music festivals. This year´s program includes Norwegian favorurites Susanne Sundfør and Lars Vaular, as well as international names such as Wiz Khalifa.
July 13-17: Riddu Riddu
Since it´s beginning 25 years ago, this festival aims to support the pride and celebration of Sami culture. This summer you can see performances by American dance company Dancing Earth.
July 28-August 6: St Olavs Festival
This church, culture, and music festival is located in the area around Nidarosdomen in Trondheim. Artists this year includes Tom Jones, Nico & Vinz, Ole Paus, Susanne Sundfør, and Anneli Drecker.
August 4-7: Notodden Bluesfest
One of Europe´s leading blues music festivals, this year tempts you with concerts by artists like Supersonic Blues Machine and Walter Trout.
August 9-13: Øya
One of Norway´s biggest music festivals takes place in the middle of Oslo. This year you can enjoy music by Norwegian sensation Aurora, PJ Harvey, Massive Attack, Ane Brun, Kvelertak, Sondre Justad, as well as enjoy the food and festivities in (hopefullly) sunny Oslo.
August 18-20: PStereo
The Lumineers, Sigur Ròs, Veronika Maggio, and Dumdum Boys all performs at this young festival in Trondheim.
August 18-27: Oslo Kammermusikkfestival
Featuring Arve Tellefsen, Leif Ove Andsnes, and Jie Chang, this classical festival gathers an international scene in Oslo.
August 19-21: Mela
Mixing music, theater, dance, and litterature, this festival is located right in front of Oslo City Hall, it´s free and open to everyone. Artists include Admiral P and Shadia Mansour, but this festival is worth a trip just for the food alone.
August 20-26: Haugesund Film Festival
Norwegian film festival, which includes the Amanda awards, Norway´s Oscar.