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Cultural Calendar: October 2023

A list of autumn-friendly events for students on a budget

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With the days getting shorter, summer freckles slowly disappearing and the guilt of staying inside decreasing, it’s time again for the October’s version of Inter Universitas’ cultural calendar. What are you waiting for? Put on your autumn sweater, eat a steamy cinnamon bun and gather your friends for these fun – and mostly free – events and activities.


Handcrafted goodies at Sondagsmarkedet i Ingensgate

While Saturdays are for partying, shopping in the city and meeting up with your friends, Sundays are normally a lot more relaxed. It’s the perfect day to stroll around the handcrafted market at Ingensgate! You can find many alluring goodies here, from soap to jewellery and from second hand clothes to handmade knives. It’s in Grünerløkka. the coolest area of Oslo and afterwards there is a free Jazz concert just around the corner. (More about that later!) Click here to find extra information about Sondagsmarketed.

When: Every Sunday, 12:00 – 17:00
Where: Søndagsmarkedet i Ingensgate 

Yummy autumn food from Asia

Autumn is the time of the year to eat a big amount of comfort food. That’s why Fuglen organizes an Autumn's food pop-up for Chinese, Korean and Japanese food. The signature dish of this event is dumplings, but there is much more food to discover. You can find more information about the event and the food here.

When: Wednesday 4 October, Friday 6 October, Wednesday 18 October, Friday 27 October
Where: Fuglen

Eco-Friendly and healthy shopping at the Farmers Market

The Farmers Market doesn’t visit Oslo too often, so when it’s here, it is definitely a must do. Doing your groceries at markets like this is not only an ecological and healthy way of shopping, but also a way to directly talk to the farmers. They are more than happy to explain their products to you. It’s a nice way of getting to know the Norwegian countryside culture and their food. Click here to go to their website.

When: Saturday 21 October, 10:00-16:00
Where: Kirkeveien 59, Majorstuen

Mexican Celebration: Dia de los Muertos 

Oslo is a multicultural city, and it’s a delight to see the different cultures coming together in festivals like this. Mexicans all over the world celebrate Dia de los Muertos on the 28 October, and Oslo is no exception! Bring your friends, dress up and learn more about Mexican culture during this Parade, celebrating Dia de los Muertos the Mexican way and find more information at their Facebook event.

When: Saturday 28 October, 14:00 – 15:30
Where: Jernbanetorget 

Music and dancing

Norwegian Rock at BrewGata

Brewgata is the place in Oslo where all the Norwegian hipsters can be found. In this bar you can drink craft beer while enjoying live rock music. Dance your evening away with the edgy tunes of Norwegian bands Kjöter and Sloss. Find more information about the event here.

When: Friday 6 October, 20:00
Where: Brewgata, Brugata 5

Jazzy Sunday at Blå

After your Sunday stroll on the market, go to Blå to enjoy some first-class and danceable jazz. There are two lively Sunday concerts at this venue: one in the afternoon, around 16.00 and a longer one in the evening, which starts around 20.00 (they are not very strict with the time schedule). End your week in a classy way and feed your soul some good and often funky jazz.

When: Every Sunday around 16.00 and 20.00
Where: Bl­å


A new film festival in town: MIRAGE

MIRAGE is a new film festival in Oslo – only two years old – that celebrates the craft of highly cinematic non-fiction films. There are not only films to be seen, but also exhibitions, talks, parties and concerts. It’s very promising and not too expensive for students: 125 NOK for one ticket or 450 NOK for the whole festival. The good news is that you can also volunteer at the festival. Gain experience, meet cool filmmakers and get invited for events and meetings prior to the festival. Click here to find more information about Mirage.

When: 11 – 15 October

Spanish and Portuguese Speaking Film Festival: Escena

Another film festival in October! This one is dedicated to films from Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. There will be seven films with worldwide recognition. The tickets are especially cheap for students: from 50 till 100 NOK. Get to know more of the world by watching an interesting movie or documentary. Check out the program of Escena here.

When: 26 – 29 October


Party like the Germans on Oktoberfest

October also means that it’s time for a big pint of beer at the Oslo Oktoberfest. Help your German friends to not feel homesick during October and feed them some bratwurst at this great beer drinking fest. A ticket to the regular party costs 100 NOK to get access to the regular party. Are you ready for some German fun? Click here to go to Oktoberfest’s website.

When: 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 27, 28 October
Where: Fagerborggata 12

Celebrate Laughter on the Improv Festival

Of course, we cannot forget our beloved Chateau Neuf in this calendar. It’s the cultural student house, based in Majorstuen, where many student-related activities are arranged. This month they’re hosting an Improv Festival, free and open for all. You can join, you can watch and whatever you decide to do, it will be a fun day full of joy, laughter and creativity. There will be workshops in improv and you can also host your own workshops for a small group of participants. Don’t hesitate to apply here. Find more information about the Carnival Improv Festival here.

When: Thursday 12 October, 10:00 AM
Where: Château Neuf


Make the scariest pumpkin of them all at Fuglen

No Halloween without gruesome pumpkins! That’s why Fuglen is hosting a pumpkin carving event in which they will show us how to make our pumpkins spooky. To participate in this pumpkin carving, press ‘going’ on this event on Facebook and order your free pumpkin by sending an e-mail to sofie@fuglen.no before 20 October.

When: Thursday 26 October, 17:00
Where: Fuglen

Halloween Movie Night with Cinema Neuf

On the 31 October they’re showing their favorite Halloween movie: The Texas Chain Massacre, an American horror film from 1974 wherein a group of friends meet a family of cannibals. Dark, scary and bone-chilling: perfect for Halloween! Find more information about the movie night here.

When: Tuesday 31 October, 19:00
Where: Chateau Neuf

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