Held in Norway's largest city and drawing thousands of supporters each year, Oslo Gay Pride takes place over about 10 days in June, culminating with the final day's events, which include the Oslo Pride Parade and Oslo Pride Closing Party. This year's Oslo Pride runs from June 17 through June 26, with June 25, 2016 the date of the big parade.
Oslo Pride commences on Friday, June 17, with a big Opening Party at Elsker bar. At the English-language section on the official website, you'll find details about all events, and these are updated regularly by the Pride organizers. Part of this event in Oslo revolves around a series of debates, workshops, and discussions, and these take place at Pride House, to which admission is free. Pride House is open from June 18 through June 24.
Running from June 19 through the very last day of Oslo Pride (Sunday, June 26), there's a Queer Art Exhibit at Handverkeren (Rosenkratz Gate 7).
As the week continues, the bigger events happen, starting with the opening on Wednesday, June 22, of Pride Park, through which more than 60,000 people will pass over the course of Oslo Pride. Running Wednesday through Saturday, during the afternoons and evenings (see the official site for exact hours), Pride Park hosts a series of music performances, DJ dance events, and parties. Admission is free, and the park is located at the Spikersuppa pool at Eidsvolls Plass (Eidsvoll Square), right in the heart of the city - near the Royal Palace and Norwegian Parliament. One concert this year at Pride Park is Friday night's performance by Swedish rapper Silvana Imam.
On Saturday, June 25, the Oslo Gay Pride Parade takes place at 1 pm, starting off at Gronland and wending its way through the city's streets. Pride culminates later that same day with the Oslo Pride Closing Party, during which some 2,000 celebrants will pack into Rockefeller Music Hall.
With about 650,000 residents, Oslo is Norway's largest city and it's also the nation's political, cultural, transportation, and arts hub. It's also one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe (its extended metro population exceeds 1.7 million), and the gay community here has also grown dramatically in the past decade - it's also more visible than its ever been, although LGBT life in Oslo is relatively low-keyed and easy-going, and also quite integrated within other realms of the city.
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Oslo Gay Resources
You can find quite a lot out about the gay scene in Oslo by checking out the Nighttours.com Oslo Gay Guide. Additionally, About.com's own Scandinavia Travel site has a terrific Best Gay Bars in Oslo article that offers plenty of great suggestions on where to go out and have fun in the capital city - as you might guess, many of these venues will be jam-packed with revelers the during Oslo Pride.
Norway's tourism organization, Visit Norway, produces a very useful online Norway LGBT Travel section that's filled with advice and tips on visiting this extremely gay-welcoming nation. Additionally, the official tourism organization for the region, Visit Oslo, produces this excellent primer for LGBT visitors to the city, complete with recommendations on nightlife, and event calendar, and other advice for gay visitors.