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Festival at the island Odderøya in Kristiansand - Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder
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Festivals in Southern Norway

It is a large number of festivals in Southern Norway. In the summer time focused on music and local food and many smaller events throughout the year.

Here are some of the festival highlights:

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Last updated:  2014-10-03
The Palmesus festival at the beach in Kristiansand - Photo: Anders Martinsen
The Palmesus festival at the beach in Kristiansand
Concert at the lighthouse at Canal Street Festival in Arendal - Photo: Anders Martinsen
Concert at the lighthouse at Canal Street Festival in Arendal
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Festival at the island Odderøya in Kristiansand - Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder

Festivals in Southern Norway

It is a large number of festivals in Southern Norway. In the summer time focused on music and local food and many smaller events throughout the year.

Festivals in Southern Norway

Source: Visitnorway

Music festivals in Southern Norway

Kristiansand S

Palmesus Festival at Kristiansand city beach

Palmesus is Scandinavia's biggest beach party, attracting more than 20,000 people to the city beach of Kristiansand, Norway, over two sun-drenched days.

Kristiansand S

Music Festival: Måkeskrik

2-day music festival in Kristiansand.

Arendal

Canal Street - music festival

Canal Street, Arendal's fabulous music festival, offers an event where place, culture and history form the musical meet between artist and audience.

Kristiansand S

Southern Discomfort Festival

Southern Discomfort music festival will deliver hardrock and metal in Kristiansand.

Tvedestrand

Skjærgårds Music & Mission

Risøya provides the perfect setting, with the scent of the salt water, taste of summer, and magical musical moments together with thousands of visitors.

Mandal

Mandaljazz 2015 - en tredagers musikkfestival i Mandal

Mandalsjazz is a jazzfestival in the center of Mandal. More information: mandalja...

Grimstad

Skral Festival

Southern Norway's most cozy music festival.

Kristiansand S

Concert with Sting

Sting to Odderøya.

Risør

FyrJam music festival

FyrJam is a two-day music festival on the beautiful Island Stangholmen. Bands and musicians from Risør`s and the region`s rich and diverse music scene playing on the outdoor stage in front of an enthusiastic audience. FyrJam is a little gem among the summer events in Risør.

Lyngdal

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Hovden i Setesdal

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Hovden i Setesdal

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Events in Southern Norway

Kristiansand S

The Tall Ships Races 2015

Kristiansand harbor will be filled up with over 100 Tall ships. Entertainment, big market and lot's of festivity when Tall Ships Races come to town.

Mandal

Shellfishfestival in Mandal

The annual Shellfish Festival in Mandal, Norway's most southern town, is well worth a visit.

Farsund

North Sea Festival in Farsund

Welcome to Farsund – where people meet folk!

Risør

Risør Wooden Boat Festival

The Risør wooden boat festival "Risør trebåtfestival" is the most popular festival of its kind in the region and takes place in August each year. People travel from afar to see unique old wooden boats on display and they can get a sense of how they were built.

Flekkefjord

Flekkefjord small town festival

The Small town festival "Smaabyfestivalen" celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015. The festival is where the whole town comes together either as organisers or audience.

Kristiansand S

The International Childrens Film Festival in Kristiansand

Norway’s largest film festival aimed at children and youth. It attracts a large audience and a number of international guests.

Grimstad

The Norwegian Short Film Festival 2015

The 38th Short Film Festival in Grimstad.

Tvedestrand

Skjærgårds Music & Mission

Risøya provides the perfect setting, with the scent of the salt water, taste of summer, and magical musical moments together with thousands of visitors.

Kristiansand S

Contemporary Dance Festival: Ravnedans

"Ravnedans" is a festival to celebrate the art of contemporary dance in Kristiansand.

Kristiansand S

Christianssand Protest festival

A protest against impotence and indifference, inspiring for engagement and action, against categorisation in the community, the one-track market thinking and slack level of tolerance.

Grimstad

Ibsen & Hamsuns Days 2015

Ibsen & Hamsun Days in Grimstad.

Lyngdal

Lyngdal Dyrskue (Cattle Show)

Lyngdal has a cow as a symbol of the city and so the The Lyngdal Cattle show is quite an important event. It is always held in the first weekend in September and in 2014, it will be 5 to 7 September.

Lillesand

SUP & STUP Islet party

The summers best festival at the skerries outside Lillesand.

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American Festival Vanse Farsund

Experience a little piece of America in Vanse Farsund. Come and join in the annual American Festival in the last weekend of June.

What to do in Kristiansand

Take a stroll through Kristiansand's charming old town, go on a boat trip to picturesque Lillesand, or visit the former naval base at Odderøya.

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