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Palmesus festival in Kristiansand
Photo: Palmesus / Jørund Føreland Pedersen
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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.
Canal Street festival in Arendal
Canal Street, Arendal.
Photo: Eirik Mykland
Palmesus Festival in Southern Norway
Palmesus Festival in Kristiansand.
Photo: Palmesus / Jørund Føreland Pedersen
People eating shellfish at the shellfish festival
Shellfish festival in Mandal.
Photo: Ingvild Kolnes @Turistkontoret for Lindesnesregionen
Risør church interior during concert
Chamber Music festival in Risør.
Photo: Risør Turistkontor

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Events in Southern Norway
Between the Trees is a exhibition showing 16 Scandinavien artists at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum - SKMU in Kristiansand city centre. Read more
Art exhibition SKMU: Between The Trees
Language Café is an offer for those who speak a little bit Norwegian but wants to learn more. Here you will have a nice chat over a cup of… Read more
Language café at the library
People from the music business in Kristiansand meet for some drinks and chat at Håndverkeren in Kristiansand. Working in the music business?… Read more
Music Business meet in Kristiansand
Haubitz Hall Salongen at the top of Odderøya in Kristiansand is a small concert venue that deliver unique experiences. Please buy tickets… Read more
Concert @ Haubitz Hall Salongen
Art exhibition at Arteriet in Vågsbygd. See website for more info. Read more
Elin Igland @ Arteriet
Games nights on Thursdays at Smaue Bar Read more
Games and cocktail night
Grimstad's shops are open from 07:00 to 17:00. Read more
Black Friday in Grimstad
If you are a CCR fan, make sure to buy a ticket to Creedence StoryNight  with the Fortunate Sons The Creedence Clearwater Revival Experience.… Read more
Creedence StoryNight at Arendal Kulturhus
Concert with Kristiansand Vokalensemble   Program: James MacMillan (1959): O Radiant Dawn Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847): Der Er hat seinen… Read more
M – maðr – menneske
Christmas activities for the whole family at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum SKMU in Kristiansand. Read more
Activities for children at SKMU
Regional artists are exhibiting at Reimanngården. Read more
Advent exhibition 2018
This year's Christmas market at Løvåsvollen Gård is open on Saturday and Sunday 24 and 25 November, from 10:00 to 16:00 on both days. Read more
Christmas market at Løvåsvollen Gård
Stisema deejays at Café Galleri.  Read more
DJ Stisema
On Saturday, 24 November, the annual opening of the Christmas trade takes place in Grimstad. On the market square the Christmas lights… Read more
The Chrismas Street Opening in Grimstad
Gimle Farm is decorated for Christmas and filled with activities and history for the hole family. Read more
Christmas at Gimle Manor in Kristiansand
Here you will find many exciting exhibitors who will make your Christmas list shorter. There will be served coffee, tea, Christmas… Read more
Christmas Market
Christmas market where you can find gifts to yourself and others, and find the good old Christmas spirit! Cafe. More info: Gaardskjerringene i… Read more
Christmas market in Eide
The Fjære Kammerkor performs Handel's Messiah in the Fjære Church on Sunday, 25 November at 17:30. Conductor: Andrea Maini… Read more
Concert with Fjære Kammerkor
Concert at "Teateret" in Kristiansand. Read more
Falkevik @ Teateret
Tango night at Håndverkeren pub in Kristiansand.  One Sunday a month, there will be tango and milonga dancing at Håndverkeren. Check… Read more
Tango night at Håndverkeren
Jazz concert with Days like this, jazz quintet from Kristiansand.  Read more
Days like this
Puppet theater at Kilden Theater- and Concert Hall.  Suitable for children age 3 and up. In Norwegian Read more
Kakemann - Dukkemann
Sinfonia Concertante. Conductor and soloist: Julian Rachlin, violin Solist: Sarah McElravy, bratsch W.A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante Ludwig van… Read more
Sinfonia Concertante
Christmas musical in Q42, Kristiansand. Lyrics in English (with Norwegian text). Read more
The Heart of Christmas @ Q42
Friday at 21.00 p.m. it's time for music bingo at Café Galleri again!   Read more
Music Bingo at Café Galleri
X-mas Burlesque at Teateret, Kristiansand. Read more
X-mas Burlesque @ Teateret
Concerts and Stand Up Shows on selected Fridays and Saturdays at Bryggerhuset Restaurant & Terrasse in Kvinesdal. For more information and to buy… Read more
Bryggerhuset Restaurant & Terrasse
Enjoy the city of Kristiansand before Christmas. The city is filled with beautiful and colourful Christmas decorations. There will be shopping,… Read more
Christmas in Kristiansand
This December the beautiful, white town Risør transforms into one of the most atmospheric Christmas-attractions in Sourthern Norway. During all… Read more
Christmas in Risør
The christmas market has become a tradition. This year designers from near and far away arrive to the SKMU art museum in Kristiansand. Here… Read more
Designers Christmas market in Kristiansand
Get a taste of the culinary treats of Southern Norway. Read more
Farmers Market in Kristiansand
Kristiansand museum invites the whole family to market and activities. Maybe Santa Claus shows up? Read more
Christmas market at Kristiansand museum
Christmas concert in Kristiansand cathedral with Tor Endresen, Maria Haukaas Mittet, Alexander Rybak, Lisa Børud and Rune Larsen. Read more
Christmas concert in Kristiansand cathedral
Get in touch with the Christmas spirit at the Christmas concert held at the Trinity Church (Trefoldighetskirken) in Arendal on November 30 at 6 pm.… Read more
Christmas concert at the Trinity Church in Arendal
Enjoy traditional and modern christmas gospel with Oslo Gospel Choir in Kilden. Read more
Christmas concert with Oslo Gospel Choir @ Kilden
The staff gives you their recommendations for both old and new literature. You can buy coffee, tea and lunch in the cafe.  Read more
Book Cafe at the library
Christmas long sales evening in Grimstad! Enjoy Christmas spirit in the heart of Grimstad! Read more
Christmas joy in Grimstad - Long sales evening
Christmas concert with Karoline Krüger and Sigvart Dagsland at Kilden Theatre in Kristiansand. Read more
Christmas with Karoline Krüger and Sigvart Dagsland in Kilden
Kieth Austin from the USA is back at Smaue Bar. Read more
Concert with Kieth Austin
Trond Larsen has founded a new, exciting house band together with Fredrik and Marie Kristine. Café Galleri hopes that there are many musicians… Read more
Friday Jam Session - an off season jam!
The neighbours come together at Grim to have their own local Christmas market. Read more
Christmas market at Grim
3D-Christmas show at the town square in Kristiansand. The 3D mapping show can be viewed from December 13. - 22. Show times: Every day at 17.15… Read more
Christmas 3D show in Kristiansand
Bare Flaks and Kilden Theater ensemble presents impro theater - Christmas edition. Read more
Impro theater - Christmas edition
Christmas concert at Kilden, Kristiansand. Read more
Paul Potts – Christmas
Get into the Chrismas spirit on the farm Gurebo Gård. Read more
Chrismas at Gurebo Gård
Welcome to the Christmas fair in Farsund! Saturday 15th of December 12.00-16.00 Sunday 16th of December 14.00-16.00 Read more
Christmas fair in Farsund city
Big chrismas concert at Fevikhallen. Read more
Chrismas matinée
Sunday 23 December, stores in Grimstad town center and Odden center will be open from 14:00 to 18:00. Welcome to the Christmas spirit in… Read more
Sunday Chrismas shopping in Grimstad
FK Jerv's traditional Christmas march takes place on 26 December. Read more
FK Jerv's Christmas march
Erik Faber, Tom Hugo og Stein Roger Sordal is playing at Kick scene in Kristiansand. Read more
Faber, Hugo & Sordal @ Kick
New Year's Concert with The Royal Norwegian Marine's Marching Band. Conductor: Rolf Gupta. Tickets are available at… Read more
New Year's Concert 2019
Puppet theatre for children aged 3 and up.   Duration: 30 minutes Read more
Skrinet med det rare i - Baldrian og Musa
G. Thomas and Steff Nevers will take you on a journey through the history of country music. The concert is part of SeniorKilden and has a duration of… Read more
Country music concert with G.Thomas og Steff Nevers
Concert with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra at Kilden Theater and Concert Hall.   Conductor: Julian Rachlin Solo cellist: Boris Andrianov… Read more
Concert with Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and cellist Boris Andrianov
Figure theater for children aged 1-4 at Kilden Theatre and Concert Hall.  Read more
Figure theater with Open Window Theatre
Concert with Frode Johansen at Kilden Theater and Concert Hall. Read more
Concert with Frode Johansen
Riksteateret performs Georges' marvellous medicine at Kilden Theater and Concert Hall in Kristiansand. Norwegian version, suitable for children… Read more
George's Marvelous Medicine (NO)
Arne Benoni and friends will perform at Kilden Theatre and Concert Hall. Duration: 90 minutes, no break. Read more
Concert: Arne Benoni - My Kind Of Country Music
Meet international band Bokanté in Kilden Theater and Concert Hall. 8 musicians from 4 continents mixed their different styles: Michael League,… Read more
Concert: Bokanté
Christianssand Blues & Roots Club in Kristiansand hosts concerts with blues, roots, rock'n roll, soul and americana. Read more
Christianssand Blues & Roots Club
9 restaurants and pubs in Lillesand go together for an tailor made wine tour in Lillesand, Southern Norway. Read more
Tour de Wine in Lillesand
One Saturday from 10-14 every month, children can participate in song, music, art workshops and more at "Kulturskolen". The event requires… Read more
Saturday of Culture in Grimstad
Try out new restaurants in Kristiansand. This week many of the restaurants in Kristiansand offer dishes with discounts. Main dishes… Read more
Spis Ute Uka - Culinary Experiences in Kristiansand
Concert for small children accompanied by their parents. Students from the university will perform both new and wellknown children songs. Read more
Concert for small children at Kilden Theater and Concert Hall
A highly successful ski and family event in Grimstad Read more
Grimstad Ski Festival 2019
Duo a'Corda was founded in 1997 and is successful both in Norway and abroad. The band consists of Birgitte Stærnes (violin) and Martin Haug… Read more
Concert with Duo a'Corda
Christianssand Blues & Roots Club in Kristiansand hosts concerts with blues, roots, rock'n roll, soul and americana. Read more
Christianssand Blues & Roots Club: Magnus Berg Band
Concert at Kick venue in Kristiansand. Read more
Dagny @ Kick
The Volt Ensemble is a group of promising young Scandinavian musicians trained at universities such as the Julliard School, the Manhattan School of… Read more
Concert with Volt Ensemble
The Danish-Armenian violinist Loussine Azizian is in demand as a soloist as well as a chamber musician for her sound, intensity and virtuosity.… Read more
Concert "Fiolin og Cello"
Color Line Tour is a 210 km bike run from Kristiansand to Hovden. More info at Read more
Color Line Tour Kristiansand - Hovden
The Farsund Marathon is a successful sporting event started in 2013. Read more
Farsund Marathon
The Norwegian Museum of Horticulture enjoys a beautiful setting in the Dømmesmoen park, and offers three fascinating exhibitions on important… Read more
Norwegian Museum of Horticulture
In 2015, Hasseldalen saw the opening of a brand new maritime museum. Two exhibitions show each, in their own way, how important the sea has been to… Read more
The Maritime Museum in Aust-Agder
The 42nd Short Film Festival in Grimstad. The Norwegian Short Film Festival is an important debut arena for many young filmmakers in Norway, and for… Read more
The Norwegian Short Film Festival 2019
Famous artists from Norway and abroad have entertained crowds at the Rosfjord beach party on the beach next to the Rosfjord Strandhotell. Read more
Rosfjord Beachparty in Lyngdal
Music festival in Vennesla, 15 minutes outside of Kristiansand. Read more
Hunsfest Festival 2019
In 1843, a 15-year-old Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad to work as an apprentice for apothecary Reimann. During the six intense years he lived… Read more
The Ibsen-museum in Grimstad
A few days each summer, the charming southern city of Arendal changes to an international fete - where we can see, taste and smell and all other ways… Read more
International Market
The Risør Chamber Music Festival is widely recognized nationally and internationally for its variety and quality of programs. Read more
Risør Kammermusikkfest - Chamber music festival
Enjoy an exciting farm visit. Open for farm adventures between 12:00 and 16:00 on Wednesdays from 26 June - 7 August 2019. Otherwise by… Read more
Gurebo Gård – Visitor's Farm
It is a charming and unique jazz festival in many ways. Arranged from June 27th to June 29th. Read more
Mandaljazz 2019
Meet the legendary Captain Sabertooth (in Norwegian; Kaptein Sabeltann) in Kristiansand Zoo - Dyreparken. The show is in Norwegian language. Read more
Summer show in Kristiansand Zoo: Captain Sabertooth (NO)
Palmesus is Scandinavia's biggest beach party, attracting more than 30,000 people to the city beach of Kristiansand, Norway, over two sun-drenched… Read more
Palmesus 2019 - Scandinavias biggest beach party
"Ravnedans" is a festival to celebrate the art of contemporary dance in Kristiansand. Read more
Ravnedans Dance Festival in Kristiansand
The pirvateershow take place at the market square and the harbor in Farsund. The performance is free, it is also free parking in the city, but a… Read more
Kapernatt: Pirateershow in Farsund
Southern Norway's most cozy music festival. Read more
Skral Festival
Coastal culture week in Tvedestrand. Events for young and old: concerts, walking tours, exhibitions and much more. Big outdoor concert at Furøya. Read more
Coastal culture week in Tvedestrand
The Villvin Market is the largest and most exciting exhibition of high quality handicrafts and arts. Read more
Villvin art and handcraft marked
Large tattoo convention at the fortress in Kristiansand. Read more
Kristiansand Tattoo Convention
Food festival with entertainment at the city square in Kristiansand. Read more
Sørlandets matfestival
Concert with Madrugada in Ravnedalen, Kristiansand, Southern Norway. Read more
Madrugada live in Ravnedalen
Festival in Ravnedalen, Kristiansand. Read more
Ravnedalen Live 2019
Canal Street, Arendal's fabulous music festival, offers an event where place, culture and history form the musical meet between artist and audience. Read more
Canal Street - Arendal music festival
The summers best festival at the skerries and in the small town Lillesand. When the water sport competitions are over, the festival continues with… Read more
Sup & Stup in Lillesand
Eikerapen Roots Festival, Åseral. The festival combines top artists with great atmosphere. Read more
Eikerapen Roots Festival 2018
Whether you are a wooden boat owner or one of the many who love the coastal life, Risør Trebåtfestival is one event that you cannot miss. Read more
Risør Trebåtfestival - Wooden boat festival
Ibsen & Hamsun Days in Grimstad. Various activities and events focusing on Ibsen and Hamsun such as guiding at the Ibsen museum,… Read more
The Ibsen & Hamsuns Days
Arendalsuka is where national politicians, businesses and organisations meet to discuss topics that concern us all. All events are open for all and… Read more
Arendalsuka - where politics meets the man in the streets
This accordion festival on Tromøy outside of Arendal has many times been honoured as Norway's best accordion festivals by Trekkspillnytt. Read more
TriQuart triathlon is a sportsfestival that will have it´s event in the center of Kristiansand. Kristiansand is Norway's sixth largest… Read more
TriQuart Kristiansand
A protest against impotence and indifference, inspiring for engagement and action, against categorisation in the community, the one-track market… Read more
Protestfestivalen in Kristiansand
SAND is an international performing arts festival in Kristiansand, Southern Norway with a young audience as the main target group. The festival… Read more
SAND Festival in Kristiansand
The PUNKT festival is a concept based on a combination of concerts and concomitant treatment of the music from these concerts in a studio environment,… Read more
Punkt Festival
Southern Discomfort music festival will deliver hardrock and metal in Kristiansand. Read more
Southern Discomfort Metal Festival
Vivid is an post-rock / post-metal festival held in Kristiansand, Norway. Read more
VIVID Post-rock festival
Activities for the whole family during the Autumn holiday. Grimstad Bys Museer welcomes both children and adults to a pleasant and… Read more
Autumn Holiday at the Maritime Museum
"VinHøst" is a small festival in Kristiansand where everyone can taste, enjoy and learn something about wine. The various restaurants… Read more
VinHøst - Wine festival in Kristiansand
Le Tour de Wine in Kristiansand. Must be pre booked: Read more
Le Tour de Wine Kristiansand
Music festival in Kristiansand, Southern Norway. Read more
Dark Season Music festival
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