Planning a trip to Oslo? The autumn months are a great time to visit if you're looking to keep busy. There's always lots going on, but planning ahead will help make sure you don't miss out on the city's top cultural events. Check out our guide below for the most thrilling happenings this autumn in Oslo and discover some of the best ways to visit the city.
Guided Tour at Opera House, Daily Tours
The magnificent Oslo Opera House was designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta in 2000. And it opened to the public on 12 April, 2008. The Opera House has won several international architecture awards and is now regarded as one of the most prominent landmarks in Norway. A guided tour will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about the building's unique architecture. Plus you'll get a chance to see what’s going on behind the curtains backstage.
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City walk: The City of contrasts
Follow Oslo's rapid urban development by joining the regular city walk tours that run every Saturday and Monday. The tour takes you on a journey through Oslo city, showcasing the blend of new and old in the capital city. You'll pass by the Opera House, walk through Kvadraturen from the 16th century and the medieval fortress of Akershus. The tour takes approximately two hours and is available in Norwegian and English. Afterwards, heads back to the Summit Bar at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel to enjoy a delicious cocktail and stunning panoramic views over the city!
Music festivals in September
Do you know Oslo is one of the world's best concert city? It's autumn, and Oslo still offers wide range of festivals line-up. Many artists and people work hard to make sure the city not stop singing.
The International Ibsen Festival 2018
The International Ibsen Festival opens the autumn season every other year. The festival celebrates the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen through Norwegian and international performances of high artistic quality. Most of the performances are held at Ibsen's own theatre, and the Oslo's National Theatre - the world's foremost Ibsen laboratory. The event will last from 8 to 19 September.
Granittrock: Free rock festival, 7 & 8 September
Granittrock is one of Norway's largest festivals. And the number of daily visitors can be more than 20,000, according to This annual festival is for everyone and non-alcoholic. There are great concerts, lots of space and free entry! Turbonegro and BigBang, two of Norway's biggest bands, have played at previous festivals. This year, on September the 7 and 8, rock lovers can enjoy performances of DumDum Boys, Sivert Sivertsen, Jaa9 & OnklP and many more, at Lillommarka Arena. Don't miss out this opportunity to rock up for free.
Oslo Opera Festival, 7 to 15 September : Opera to the people!
Begins at the same time with the rock festival, Oslo Opera Festival contributes to the contrast of festive month of September. Opera enthusiasts in Opera til folket ('opera to the people') present a varied and exciting festival program. For ones who love opera, including children, they can find classic relaxing moments with evening opera performances, opera for children, concerts or opera pub. In addition to the main period 7–15 September, Oslo Opera Festival presents extra events on 6, 10 and 13 October. Free outdoor opera concerts are also available for everyone.
Bernhoft & the Fashion Bruises, Sentrum Scene, 29 September
Jarle Bernhoft is regarded as one of the most talented artists in Norway at the moment. In his early career, Bernhoft’s career rocketed internationally with the band Span during 2003-2005. Unfortunately, the band split up just after they released the album vs. Time. In 2008, Bernhoft reached a turning point in his career when he started playing soul as a solo artist. Ever since, he has experienced a great deal of success. Upon the release of Solitary Breaks he received massive recognition among his audiences, and also from music journalists. The Bernhoft & the Fashion Bruises' concert on 29 September is a great opportunity for guests in Oslo to experience the Norwegian music scene at its very best.
Oslo World Music Festival, 30 October- 4 November
The Oslo World Music Festival offers the best of World Music with a six day celebration including 300 artists from all over the world. It’s claimed to be among the globe’s top 25 international World Music festivals by British magazine Songlines. This year’s festival proudly offers a wide range of different types of entertainment such as flamenco, soul, hip hop blues, electronica. And the list goes on! Check it out from 30 October to 4 November at 25 venues across the city.
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Norwegian Football Cup Final, 29 November
Every year, autumn in Oslo is not over until the winner of the annual Cup Football Final has been settled. This is a great way to experience Norwegian football at its very best, at a full-capacity Ullevaal Stadium. The winner gets to lift the King’s Trophy handed over by King Harald himself. Tickets will be available in October.
Whatever you decide to attend in Oslo this autumn, there are no shortage of things to do. Whether you go to a large stadium gig, a smaller gig in a more intimate setting, or visit attractions such as the Opera House, you'll be left with a positive experience of the cultural goings on in Oslo.
Stay in the heart of the city with Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo to be within walking distance of all the must-see attractions and events!
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