Each May, Stavanger hosts several of the most well-known jazz artists in the world. The venues are spread out through the town for a long weekend, packed with jazz shows. Each theatre is different, and Stavangeren, for one, is a hundred year old cubical wood house. The inside is gutted and has seats on the floor and a balcony with more seats. It is effectively a big bass speaker and the musicians love to play there because the sound resonates so well. Seeing a couple of shows there in a year can really lift your spirits to help to see you through the rest of the rainy and cloudy year. 2005's festival featured Joshua Redman's screaming sax, and the bass of Stanley Jordan. How nice it would be to be able to see such shows year round, but for four days it is a slice of pure heaven. Plan to go! Check out my page at www.blacktshirts-stavanger.blogspot.com for my Stavanger Top 10 list and links.
Food Festival.24-27th of juli 2002.(It's a yearly event in juli,dates may be different each year)
Gladmat is a foodfestival where professional chefs and food lovers transforms the city-stalls,buffet tables,tasting and competitions.Stavanger will be packed with people for 4 days,and with hopefully nice summer weather,its a great time to be in the city.
I can't remember for how long this festival has been going on, but I've been to it at least for the three last years, and everytime i've loved it. Theres is so much to choose from and some even has free food. there is also competitions and shows and singing.. Really worth the visit!