August is a festival month in Oslo

Every month of the year there is something happening in Oslo; concerts with international stars, music festivals indoors and outdoors, activities. However, August is the most special one with its diverse festivals.

Festival Calender August 2010

06. August – 08. August

The Mela Festival

The Mela Festival takes place at City Hall Square the weekend of 6-8 August. The festival is free and offers entertainment and activities for the whole family, including concerts, dance performances, fashion shows, theatre and various children's activities. Over 300 artists will perform at Mela, with Youssou N'Dour and Hugh Masekela among the highlights.

11. August – 14. August

Rock Festival: Øya Festival

The Øya Festival (Øyafestivalen) kicks off with 90 bands on almost 30 stages on Club Day 10 August and continues 12-15 August in Oslo's Medieval Park. A number of Øya Night (Øyanatt) concerts will also be held every night of the festival. Øya 2010 is almost sold out, but there are still a few tickets remaining for Wednesday and Thursday, and at least 50 day passes will be available at the entrance every day at 11 am. On the same days Juvenile Rock Club is doing a free mini-festival for kids and teenagers.

11. August – 14. August

Juvenile Rock Club mini festival

During the Øya Festival, Juvenile Rock Club (a music club for people under 18) holds a parallell mini festival at the Gamlebyen skateboard park. There will be several concerts, skateboard competitions, good food

16. August – 21. August

Oslo Jazz Festival

Oslo Jazz Festival is held 16-21 August and can as always offer a number of great jazz artists in a number of halls and clubs in Oslo. Tickets are available at www.billettservice.no and telephone 815 33 133.

17. August – 28. August

STUDiO – Student Festival

STUDiO is a 12-day festival to mark the start of the University's autumn semester. From 17 to 28 August the city's students can enjoy concerts, revues, parties, debates, lectures and much more.

18. August – 21. August

Stand Up Festival 2010

Annual stand up comedy festival in Oslo

Most of the performances are in Norwegian, but a few international comedians will also perform.

20. August – 28. August

Oslo Chamber Music Festival

Oslo Chamber Music Festival opens in Oslo Cathedral Thursday 20 August and last until Saturday 28 August. The concerts are held on 12 different stages, and tickets can be purchased at www.billettservice.noand telephone 815 33 133.

20. August – 24. August

Outdoor historical play (No.): Maridalsspillet

Historical play in Norwegian with dramatic scenery by the ruins of the St. Margareta church in Maridalen.

26. August – 11. September

Ibsen Stage Festival 2010

The Ibsen Festival (information in Norwegian) is held every other year, and this year the National Theatre will host 17 days of Ibsen performances from all over the world.

26. August – 28. August

Kongene Haugen Music Festival

Free music and film festival at St. Hanshaugen in Oslo with concerts and outdoor film screenings.

27. August – 29. August

Oslo Tango Queer Weekend

Oslo Tango Queer arranges the first ever Queer Tango festival in Oslo. The festival is aimed at tango dancers who wish to break with traditional gender roles, thus opening for new perspectives in dancing. The festival is open to everyone, regardless of level of dance experience.

Oslo is also hosting a number of other big events in August. Among the concert highlights are Leonard Cohen in Oslo Spektrum 6 August, a-ha at Ullevaal Stadium 21 August and Jethro Tull at Sentrum Scene 22 August. Cycling fans can look forward to Oslo Grand Prix 10 August, football supporters will enjoy Norway vs. France 11 August, and Pablo Francisco's fans can see him at Sentrum Scene 25 August.

See What else's On in Oslo in detail

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