During June, Oslo is so full of interesting festivals, it can be a challenge trying to fit them all in. Just this weekend (the weekend before Midsummer), there’s at least 4: Oslo Gay Pride, Oslo Vegetarian Festival, A Midsummernight’s Dream hosted by the beautiful sailing ship Christian Radich – and my favourite, the very family-friendly Oslo Medieval Festival.
Focusing on Oslo’s medieval history, this year’s event takes you back to the year 1314, when Viking king Hakon Magnusson ruled. The festival features concerts, theater productions, talks, fairy tales, a princess school and a juggling school, jousting tournaments, sword fights, kids’ archery, archaeology for children, boat trips, Viking food, a medieval market and much more. The festival venue is in the Gamlebyen neighbourhood that once was the Viking city of Oslo. It’s something quite special to watch knights, jugglers, jesters and musicians walking around among 1000-year-old ruins.
Oslo Medieval Festival (Oslo middelalderfestival)
Time: 19 – 20 June 2010
Entrance: NOK 120/60 for adults/children
Photo by Anne-Sophie Ofrim on flickr’s Creative Commons