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DISCOVER NORWAY: Seven unmissable events in June 2023 

Music festivals, street food meetups, Pride events and culture workshops for children are among the best events happening in Norway in June.

Pictured is a group of friends sat on the grass at a music festival.
These are some of the best events in Norway in June. Pictured is a group of friends sat on the grass at a music festival. Photo by Aranxa Esteve on Unsplash

Pride events 

Oslo Pride begins on June 23rd and lasts until the beginning of July. Oslo Pride is Norway’s largest pride celebration. Organisers have said that volunteers are working to make this year’s event the biggest yet. 

The main parade is actually on July 1st, but other events in June include Pride Park, Pride House and Mini Pride. You can read more about Oslo Pride (in Norwegian) on the website of the organisers

Bergen Pride will run much earlier in June, beginning on June 2nd and lasting until June 10th. Over 80 different events with 50,000 participants are planned. The parade itself is on the 10th. 

NEON music festival

The NEON music festival returns for the second time on June 9th and 10th in Trondheim’s Bryggeribyen E.C. Dahls Arena. 

Lewis Capaldi, James Bay, Mimi Webb, Benjamin Ingrosso, and Dean Lewis, as well as several Scandinavian pop and dance-pop stars, such as Sigrid, Dagny, and Zara Larsson, are among the performers. 

Tickets are already available, and you can choose between a festival pass, daily tickets, or premium ticket options.

Other festivals 

Norway’s two largest cities will also host several festivals in June. First, Natt Jazz and Bergen International Festival wrap up at the beginning of June. Then between June 14th and June 17th, Norway’s second city will host Bergenfest. Sigrid, Ayra Starr, Iggy Pop, and Ylvis are among the headliners. 

In Oslo, there will be two festivals running (almost) simultaneously. The Oslo music festival takes place between June 14th and June 17thPiknik I Parken (or PiP festival) will begin on the 15th and end on the 17th. The festival, taking place in Sofienberg Park in Gruneløkka, will host acts like alt-J, The 1975 and Busta Rhymes. Tons of Rock and Loaded Festival also take place in Oslo in June. Kristiansand and Stavanger will also host festivals in June. 


Friday June 23rd is Sankthans Aften, which is a midsummer celebration. For the uninitiated, the evening celebrates a shared gratitude for long days and warm nights. 

It is popular to celebrate the occasion by gathering around a bonfire with friends. The city is a special occasion in the city of Ålesund, where the celebrations are famous for the massive bonfire which is lit on the shores of the waters surrounding the city. 

Many Norwegians say that if you sleep with a sankthansblomst or a “red campion flower” underneath your pillow on the night of sankthans, then your future spouse will appear in your dreams. 

Miniøya 2023 

An activity for kids will be Miniøya (mini islands) 2023. The event is a culture and music festival for children. The festival takes place between June 10th and June 11th in Tøyen Park in Oslo. 

In addition to music, there will be performances from the National Theatre, literature events and activity workshops. 

Summer at the Museums 

From June 23rd to August 20th, 12 museums and 32 attractions in south Trøndelag will run a packed schedule of summer activities for all ages. 

Events are planned at attractions such as Sverresborgthe Norwegian Deaf MuseumRingve Music MuseumRockheim and Trondheim Maritime Museum, to name a few. 

Food trucks across Norway 

Street Food Norway is taking several food trucks on tour across Norway. During June, the food trucks will visit Fredrikstad, Moss, Hønefoss, Drammen, Skien, Larvik, Amfi, Halden and Åsane. Other events will be held in Bryne, Karmøy, Eidsvoll, Kingsberg and Holkksund. 

Gyros, Belgian fries, churros, dumplings, raclette, poke, waffles and pizza are among the dishes on offer. In addition, cuisines such as Mexican, Italian and Thai will also be offered. 

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Seven events not to miss in Norway this October

International film festivals, one of Europe's biggest world music events, Halloween, and the cheese world championships are among the most unmissable events in Norway this October. 

Seven events not to miss in Norway this October

Last chance to catch the Autumn Exhibition 2023

Art lovers will have until October 15th to catch the Autumn Exhibition at Kunstnernes Hus. The exhibition is Norway’s largest, oldest and most-visited contemporary art exhibition. 

The exhibition will be the 136th edition. The collection is an artist-juried one that aims to highlight contemporary art’s development. 

Two separate workshops are planned during October in addition to the exhibition. These are Thai fruit carving on the 1st and a portrait session on the 14th. 

The Association of Norwegian Visual Artists organises the event. 

Bergen International Film Festival 

Between October 18th and 26th in Bergen, the Bergen International Film Festival will be held. More than 120 films, documentaries and short films from around the world will be presented. 

The celebration of film, the one with the broadest scope in Norway, will be held at several venues throughout the city. 

Films will be shown at Bergen Kino, USF and Det Akademiske Kvarter. Tickets for films can be bought from the film festival’s website, where you will also find an overview of the movies that will be screened. 

The festival celebrates its 23rd year in October. 

Oslo World music festiva

Oslo World music festival commences towards the back end of the month and runs into November. Oslo World is one of Europe’s biggest events for music from Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The festival, in its 19th year, aims to bring the world to the Norwegian capital. In addition to the wide range of genres on offer, there is also an extensive non-musical programme consisting of seminars, art exhibitions and other expressions. 

You can buy tickets for individual events on the website of the festival. The festival begins on October 30th and runs until November 5th. 

World Cheese Awards 

Trondheim will see 4,500 different varieties of cheese from around the world go head to head to be named the best cheese at the World Cheese Awards. 

Various eateries around Trondheim will invite guests to cheese-related events in the city centre on October 26th to celebrate the occasion.

On October 27th, the cheese championships will begin, where 250 judges from Norway and across the world will try and select cheeses to go through to the final. 

The super final will be held on October 28th. There, 16 cheeses will be tasted by a panel before the best cheese in the world is named live on stage in front of an audience. There will be plenty of opportunities to try and sample craft cheeses from around the world and take courses in cheeses and drinks. You can read more about the event here


The autumn holidays will take place in Norway at the beginning of October. On Monday, October 2nd, children in Adger, Oslo, Viken, Troms Finnmark and Svalbard will be off school until the following Monday. 

The following week, kids in Møre and Romsdal, Rogaland, Trøndelag, Vestfold and Telemark and partly in Nordland will be off school. 


October also marks Halloween, which has grown into a tradition in Norway. It could be a good time to check out and visit some of Norway’s most haunted places. 

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim is said to be haunted by a ghostly monk. Meanwhile, others say that the organ in the church is played at night. 

Nes Church is also said to have its own supernatural goings on. People parked near the ruins of the former church experience problems with locks and lights. 

Akershus Fortress in Oslo is said to be patrolled by a demon dog that was buried alive long ago. Unlock Norway is hosting a haunted history tour of Oslo on Monday, October 30th. Information on tickets and other events can be found on the Unlock Norway site. 

Lillehammer Jazzfestival 

October 19th to October 22nd will see another edition of the Lillehammer Jazzfestival. The festival, also called Dølajazz, celebrates its 45th year in 2023.

The event will welcome back performers who played the first-ever festival in Arild Andersen. Festival and day passes are both available. More information on the programme can be found on the event’s website.