Summer is coming to an end and the first flashes of autumn can be seen all across Copenhagen. As the wind gets stronger and the sun goes down earlier, it can be tempting to just curl up on the couch and hibernate until spring comes back around. Instead, put down that cup of tea, button up your raincoat, and enjoy all that there is to do in the Danish capital this month (it’s a lot!).
Here are the best events happening in Copenhagen throughout September:
Friday 24th August – Sunday 2nd September
This annual food festival celebrates the food culture of Copenhagen and includes events, workshops, and meals around the city. Be sure to check out the “Denmark’s Best Smørrebrød” event on September 1st, where you can try seven small open face sandwiches, plus a beer and a snaps, for 229 DKK. Then get down and dancing at the “Snaps ‘n Disco” event the same night!
Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September
The largest contemporary art fair in the Nordic region, CHART celebrates both art and design. The art fair is located at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, and the design exhibition can be seen at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Østerbro. There will be a number of events, under the umbrella “CHART Social,” exploring the intersection between art, design, performance, and food.
Saturday 1st September
Danish artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, in collaboration with ART2030, has created an artistic performance based on the UN’s 17 sustainability goals. For this performances, she focuses on the goals of Quality Education and Responsible Consumption & Production. Rasmussen has partnered with sustainable Danish fashion brand sur le chemin to create the costumes for the performance. The event is free and is followed by small reception at the SMK cafe.
Sunday 2nd September
Enjoy a morning or afternoon of strolling around the cool Stefansgade area in Nørrebro – located right against Nørrebroparken – and pick up a new sweater for fall, or something else you’ve been after for the upcoming season. The market starts at 9 am and ends at 6 pm.
This strange, sometimes disturbing, visually arresting film is the story of two brothers working at a Danish limestone mine. But it’s not really about that – it’s about isolation, being a pariah, and ordinariness. It’s the debut of director Hlynur Pálmason, and is well worth seeing. The film is in Danish but subtitled in English.
Tuesday 4th September
See the classic 1976 documentary about the Beales (related to Jackie Kennedy) Edith and her daughter Edie. They live isolated in their dilapidated house. Their eccentricities, odd but fiercely loyal relationship, and insecurities are on full display throughout the funny, sad, searching film. This showing will be introduced by Lars Movin, author of the book Ameriansk Avantgardefilm. If you miss this one, there will be a second screening on 7th September.
Wednesday 5th – Sunday 9th September
Taking over Kødbyen, the meatpacking district, for five days, Techfestival explores the space where technology and humanity meet. With over 100 events on the roster, including talks on the Feminist Internet, there’ll be something for everyone.
Wednesday 5th September
Interested in clothing design and manufacturing? This seminar speaks specifically to the experience of working towards sustainability goals in Africa within the fashion industry. You’ll hear from brands based in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Senegal, and more. Throughout the day there will be talks, case studies, and networking opportunities. This all takes place at BLOXHUB on the waterfront. Tickets are 350 EUR for the general public, and 125 EUR for those from start-ups.
Thursday 6th September
Enjoy a series of talks and tours at Glyptoteket highlighting the “forgotten” aspects of their art and space. Tickets for the whole event, which takes place from 5 pm – 10 pm are 115 DKK, and 85 DKK for those under 27. There will also be music, coffee and cake.
Friday 7th – Sunday 23rd September
This year’s Golden Days festival is dedicated to the “b-sides” of history: exploring the overlooked, the missing links, and the alternative stories. The festival program includes film, talks, art walks, and so much more. Check out the full program! The “b-sides” at Cinemateket include B-films like Dracula’s Daughter (bet ya didn’t know he had kids!).
Friday 7th September
Led Zeppelin tribute band Coda will be playing a show at Gladesaxe Skole to honor the date and place that Led Zeppelin played their first show, ever. Who knew that these classic rockers, then called the Yardbirds, started their storied career here in Denmark? Go rock out to your favorite songs. Tickets are only 120 DKK.
Have a few after-work drinks from 4 pm onwards at the coolest hotel in Copenhagen. Both their rooftop and indoor pool will be open, so you can take a dip and then enjoy a view over the city. There will be drinks deals at the bar and entrance is 75 DKK.
Saturday 8th September
If you feel strongly about taking action against climate change, join this march so that everyone’s voices are amplified. The organizers of the march calls for direct action against climate injustice in all its forms, including economic slavery, neo-colonialism, resource wars, land grabs, and energy crises.
Everyone’s favorite Dude is back and he has a white russian for you! Enjoy a screening of the film while sipping the cocktail. How many do you think it takes to get through a whole film? Be sure to book your ticket soon, because this screening always sells out fast.
Sunday 9th September
Browse two floors and loads of tables full of secondhand clothes, accessories, and home goods. Entrance is free and the market goes from 11 am – 4 pm.
Monday 10th September
Learn about the history of LGBTQ+ rights in Copenhagen as you walk through the city with an audio guide in your ears, pointing out the specific sites of happenings and historical moments. If you miss this walk, there are two others – on the 12th and 16th – this month. Please note that this talk is in Danish.
Thursday 13th September
Following their great success last year, Spring for Livet is back! Senior citizens are welcome – for free – to attend this event and find out about the many fun programs they can join in the city, including sports teams, dance, tai chi, and games like bridge. There will be free breakfast and lunch provided, as well as ongoing activities throughout the day. Spring for Livet runs from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm and no prior registration is required.
Friday 14th – Sunday 23rd September
Into music documentaries? Get ready to rock with this incredible roster of music-focused films at Cinemateket. Film subjects include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Marianne Faithfull, John Coltrane, Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, The Band (yes, you can see Scorsese’s The Last Waltz on the big screen!) and a recording of a Beethoven Concerto. There’s at least one film every day of the festival as well as speakers introducing some of the films.
Friday 14th September
A traditional Swedish crayfish party is a true cultural event, and beloved seafood restaurant Fiskebaren will recreate the ambience for one night. Tickets are 495 DKK, with aquavit, beer, and wine sold separately. There will be live music and, of course, plenty of crayfish to enjoy.
Fredagsrock, the set of outdoor concerts that are free with the price of admission to Tivoli, continues with Danish classic rocker C.V. Jørgensen. If you want to understand the current state of Danish pop and rock, you need to know his music.
Sunday 16th September
Sign up for this lovely half-marathon through the centre of Copenhagen, or simply go and cheer on your mates!
Tuesday 18th September
Think you know everything there is to know about cult films? Test your knowledge at this quiz night! Please note that the quiz will be held in Danish.
Wednesday 19th September
Have a taste of 30 Italian wines at the lovely Nebbiolo wine bar on Store Kongensgade. The tasting runs from 4 – 8 and tickets, which include a bit of food, cost 350 DKK at the door.
Thursday 20th September
If you haven’t seen the cult sci-fi classic Brazil, starring Robert De Niro and Jonathan Pryce, we recommend you remedy that right away. It’s Monty Python meets 1984, and it’s a mix of terrifying dystopian industrialism and bizarre bureaucratic surrealism. A must-see!
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September
We don’t know much about this yet, other than there will be cabonara! Delicious, creamy carbonara. Check the link and stay tuned for more details.
Saturday 22nd September
This discussion, held by Sammen Mod Racisme (Together Against Racism) takes place between 12 – 2 at Sorte Firkant in Nørrebro. The round table discussion invites people of color to discuss why it is important to listen to voices that are often silenced. There will be two topics: education, and art & media. The event is free and no registration is required.
Think you have what it takes to be in the Danish Royal Ballet? You’re welcome to audition for their upcoming run of Carmen! This takes place between 12 – 1:30 pm at Gamle Scene- the Old Theatre. If you’d just like to watch the auditions, entrance is free.
The first Danish rapper to truly break through internationally, Noah Carter brings his infectious mix of hip hop, R ‘n B, and grime to the stage at Store Vega. This show will be packed, and from everything we’ve heard about Carter’s performances, very rad; get your ticket while they’re still available!
Monday 24th – Tuesday 25th September
Two full days of seminars, showcases, and events at Øksnehallen, all about technology and innovation. There will be over 100 speakers, so those in the tech industry, or those who would like to be part of it, should definitely join!
Tuesday 25th September
Belt out “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “If I Only Had a Brain” with a full theatre of people while enjoying this classic film on the big screen.
Wednesday 26th September
Enjoy an hour of nibbles and cocktails at Restaurant SULT before feasting on the ultimate 90s film: Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape. Starring James Spader and Andie McDowell, the film follows a couple as the husband has an affair with his wife’s sister. Tickets for the event are 210 DKK.
Wednesday 26th – Thursday 27th September
Two days of talks, discussions, interactive sessions and hangouts all focussing on why digital design is so important. This year’s themes are “design for change,” “be a design rebel,” and “immersive worlds and mixed realities.” Speakers include Vickie Tan and Christina Cha from Headspace, Masuma Henry from Amazon, and Alex Bronkie from Netflix.
Thursday 27th September – Wednesday 10th October
Scandinavia’s biggest film festival is back for another year of excellent films and programming. The program isn’t officially released yet, so watch this space. We do know that the festival with close with Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographical film ROMA, and will include the recently released Spike Lee joint BlackKKlansman.
Friday 28th – Sunday 30th September
Are you a fan of knitting or crocheting? This festival is for you! There will be workshops, artisanal work for sale, and displays. Craftspeople of all levels are welcome!
Sunday 30th September
Launch of The Blues Woman Pop-Up
Chef Amanda Yee of The Blues Woman opens her pop-up brunch and dinner spot at Slagtehusgade 5C in Kødbyen. Enjoy two courses of American Southern food with items like Cornbread Hash for brunch and braised oxtail for dinner. There are vegetarian and vegan options available too. The pop-up is slated to run until the end of the year, so be sure to book your ticket while you can!
Ongoing in September
This outstanding exhibition explores the use of color as a primary focus in modern art. Artists include Yves Klein, Sigmar Polke and Marilyn Minter.
Danish-raised, Vietnamese-born artist Danh Vo presents a selection of his works over the years and the resulting exhibition is absolutely electrifying. Vo explores themes of identity and cultural history. His works are thought-provoking and absorbing.
Did you know that there is a rich history of female surrealist artists in Denmark? Neither did we, but thankfully GL Strand is showcasing three of the most important among this cohort. See the works of Franciska Clausen, Rita Kernn-Larsen, and Elsa Thoresen side-by-side for the first time. These pieces are from the 1920s – 40s. The exhibit starts 15th September and runs until mid-January 2019.
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