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.