July in Oslo: Don’t Miss This

Summer in Oslo means endless daylight, sunshine (or sometimes rain), street life and lots of festivities. The city is alive and kicking, and you might even forget that you’re in Scandinavia and not in the Mediterranean. Especially this year has been an unusually warm and sunny summer. Here are our tips for budget-friendly activities in July.

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.

Oslo Pride – photo: Frode Hansen, VG

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!

The Skam-girls. – photo: NRK

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.

A summer afternoon at Club Blå – photo: María Cruz

Our 3 hostels in Oslo, HI Haraldsheim, HI Rønningen and HI Holtekilen, wish you welcome for an unforgettable and social summer experience!

Sunset at the Opera Roof – photo: Marcos Doespiritosanto

Tekst: Robin Van de Walle

photo top: George Rex



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