Summer in Oslo means endless daylight, sunshine (or sometimes rain), street life and lots of festivities. During July, the city is alive and kicking, and you might even forget that you’re in Scandinavia and not in the Mediterranean. Here are our tips for budget-friendly activities the first half of this month.
Oslo Pride Parade
Saturday July 1st is the last and most important day of the week-long Oslo Pride Festival. At 1 PM, the pride parade starts at Grønland, following a route through the centre, and ending in front of the Stortinget (Parliament). In Oslo, the Pride Festival is an inclusive festivity where both members of the LGBTQ-community, and other locals participate. In front of the Parliament, the party goes on in the so called Pride Park.
THIEF Music Unplugged Festival
From July 6th to 8th, this free music festival at The Thief rooftop bar in downtown Oslo, presents a selection of the best Norwegian underground and upcoming artists. 30 artists give intimate unplugged concerts during the three days. Entrance is free, but places are limited, so make sure to come in time!
Were you as hooked on the Norwegian series “Skam” as we were? Good news, because all July, on Saturdays you can go on a Skam-safari. Organised by local students, the guides take you to all the places where Skam took place, and gives you some inside information and anecdotes on top of it. For an off-the-beaten-track tour to lesser known areas in Oslo, this is a tip!
Classical concert series
During all of July, on Saturdays you can go for organ concerts at the Oslo Cathedral (tickets from 100 NOK). On Sundays, there are classical summer concerts at the Vigeland Museum (tickets from 200 NOK).
Sommerlatter Stand Up Comedy
All summer, the Stand Up Comedy Club LATTER organises summer sessions in their garden. Tickets are around 230 NOK.
Tekst: Robin Van de Walle
photo top: George Rex