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Fall Festivals and Events in Norway

Visit Norway in the autumn and you'll find lots of festivals and events taking place in the country in September, October and November each year.

Autumn Art Exhibition (Høstutstillingen)

Oslo, September-October. Established in 1882, this is Norway's largest (and most controversial) exhibition for contemporary art, featuring dozens of artists under one roof, and drawing tens of thousands of visitors every year. Well-established names appear side by side with little-known Norwegian artists hoping for their big breakthrough, and the media used, which range from painting and sculpture to video installations and performance, are as varied as the artists themselves. Most of the artwork is for sale. Read more about the Autumn Art Exhibition. Next: 13 September - 12 October 2014.

Ultima Festival

Oslo, September. Scandinavia's largest contemporary music festival takes place over 10 days in September every year in Oslo. Concerts, workshops, live music, impros and related exhibitions take place in various venues around the capital. Read more about the Ultima festival. Next: 10-20 September 2014.

Oslo Marathon

Oslo, September. Fast growing in popularity, the Oslo Marathon actually consists of three races in one – a 6mi, a half marathon and a full marathon. The event, which attracted more than 17,000 participants in 2012 (from a mere 1,500 in 2004), is a big street party for runners and spectators alike, with entertainment in and around the course, including a big screen on which to follow the race. The race starts outside the Akershus Fortress, and takes in many of the capital’s main sights. Next: 22 September 2014.

Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival

Kristiansand, September. This festival presents quality feature films, shorts and documentaries for children and young people, as well as seminars, workshops and presentations of new films from the Nordic countries. Many of the films shown are screened with English subtitles (or in English language), with the exception of a few films for young children, which are given live Norwegian voice-overs (but English subtitles remain). Read more about Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival. Next: 16-21 September 2014.

Nuart (Street Art Festival)

Stavanger, September. The only festival of its kind in Norway, Nuart takes place every year in Stavanger. The street art festival has in the past attracted home-grown talents such as Dolk and Pøbel, but also big international stars like Banksy, who, armed with spray cans, leave their mark on every street corner with their thought-provoking graffiti and huge murals. Cool stuff. Next: 7 September - 20 October 2014.

Trondheim Chamber Music Festival

Trondheim, September. If you thought chamber music was dull, think again. This festival, which attracts a number of international performers every year, is one of the most innovative of its kind, featuring not just classical music, but anything from tango-inspired compositions to folk, jazz, rock and more. See the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival. Next: 22-28 September 2014.

The Great Norwegian Comedy Festival

Stavanger, October. Need cheering up? This festival, which covers all genres, from stand up to caricatures, street theatre, musicals, and more, should bring a giggle or two. All events are in English, and past performers have included the likes of Jo Brand, Harry Hill, and Puppetry of the Penis, among many others. Next: Dates yet to be announced.

DølaJazz

Lillehammer, October. A small, unpretentious music festival, which for over 30 years has been attracting local jazz musicians and fans with its small, intimate format. The festival is also a platform for young Scandinavian artists to perform in front of a wider audience. There are concerts throughout the day, and several free events. Various venues. Read more about DølaJazz. Next: 16-19 October 2014.

Bergen International Film Festival

Bergen, October. The Bergen International Film Festival features more than 100 films from around the world, as well as an exciting competition programme, documentaries, "cinema extraordinaire" and animation. Next: 24 September - 1 October 2014.

Oslo World Music Festival

Oslo, October/November. Oslo World Music Festival takes place over six days every autumn, and aims to reach a broad, music-loving and curious audience with anannual music festival with high artistic quality and social sting. Around 300 artisis from all over the world are performing in around 15 different venues in Oslo. Next: 28 October - 2 November 2014.

Rakfisk Festival

Fagernes, November. A festival dedicated to this very Norwegian culinary speciality. Rakfisk, which literally means brine-cured fish, is trout, sometimes char, that has been salted and left to ferment in brine for two to three months. It is an acquired taste, but judging by the 500 tons consumed each year in Norway, it has its fans. Fagernes in Valdres, Eastern Norway, is the birthplace of rakfisk, and the festival draws thousands of enthusiasts every year. Next: 30 October - 1 November 2014.

Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Fredrikstad, November. The oldest animation festival in the Nordic and Baltic countries, this is an important platform for animators throughout Scandinavia to showcase this increasingly popular art form. The festival, which lasts for five days, features screenings, talks, workshops and events for children, many of which are free. Fredrikstad Animation Festival. Next: Dates yet to be announced.

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Last updated:  2014-06-16
Karl Johans gate and the royal castle in Oslo, Norway - Photo: Nancy Bundt/Innovation Norway
Karl Johans gate and the royal castle in Oslo, Norway
Nidarosdomen in Trondheim, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life/Innovation Norway
Nidarosdomen in Trondheim, Norway
Bergen International Film Festival shows over 100 films from all over the world - Photo: Matjaz Intihar/Bergen Tourist Board
Bergen International Film Festival shows over 100 films from all over the world

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Oslo Marathon participants run past the Grand Hotel, Norway - Photo: Svein Erik Dahl/Samfoto

Fall Festivals and Events in Norway

Visit Norway in the autumn and you'll find lots of festivals and events taking place in the country in September, October and November each year.

Fall Festivals and Events in Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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