Arendal offers everything from music festivals, museums, the theatre and much more. One thing is for sure, you will be spoilt for choice!

Canal Street

Canal Street was first held in 1996 and it is one of Norway’s most popular music festivals in the summer. The festival has its roots in both jazz and blues music and is known for spreading out its concerts in venues all around the town centre in Arendal and on nearby islands.

Over the years, concerts have been held at little Torungen lighthouse, Merdø harbor, Kolbjørnsvik and even at Heftingsdalen, a waste disposal facility!

Canal Street has always delivered a stellar line-up of both local and international artists and this year is expected to be no different.

Check out https://canalstreet.no/program-2022/ for this year’s line-up of not-to-be-missed concerts.

Spornes Festival

If large crowds are not your cup of tea then opt for a smaller and more intimate alternative with the Spornes Festival.

Held on Tromøya, just by the Raet National Park, this yearly festival is a local favourite which offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the location’s idyllic setting while enjoying the concerts on offer.

This year’s festival will run from 8-10 July. For more info on what to expect visit https://www.spornesfestivalen.no/


With a history dating back to 1832, Kuben is one of Norway’s oldest museums and is a treasure trove of artefacts and archives. Today, the museum’s modern and eye-catching façade is hard to miss!

In addition to offering a variety of permanent and new exhibitions, Kuben also has its own library and conference rooms.

So if you’re keen to find out about the bank crash that sent shockwaves throughout Arendal in 1886 or what part Arendal played in the slave trade in the 1700s then you simply must visit Kuben.

For more info https://www.kubenarendal.no/

The Arendal Kulturhus

The Arendal Kulturhus is located in the center of Arendal town and houses two theatres with a combined seating capacity of around 870.

It offers a broad range of concerts, plays and other performances by local, national and international artists throughout the year.

Check out what’s in store this year https://www.arendalkulturhus.no/program/