There’s just so much to do in this city when the sun is out, it’s almost an insult to the dark months. Who knows what January could be if we just scheduled a few more festivals? But for now, we’ll be grateful for what we have in June. Copenhagen is finally awake and ready to be centre-stage; look how she sparkles in the spotlight!
Get your diary out and mark down these dates:
Wednesday 1st – Wednesday 29th June
For only 40 DKK, come decorate your own Magnum ice cream bar! Located in the Norr Copenhagen storefront on Sværtegade, this pop-up is a fun way to indulge your summer sweet tooth.
Wednesday 1st – Sunday 12th June
Theatre events of all kinds – from the immersive to non-verbal to mainstream stage – are represented at the Copenhagen theatre festival. The curation for this year is excellent as ever, so make sure to check out what’s available!
Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th June
Distortion Festival is back and ready to blow your minds. There are a ton of events on, including the old standbys like their massive street raves and Distortion Ø concerts, as well as a ton of new events like Champagne by the Lakes and benefit concerts, such as this one for ActionAid Denmark. Many events are free (like the street parties) while others require the Distortion Armband for entrance, which costs 100 DKK for the entire festival. If you can afford it, buy the armband – even if you’re not sure how many of the paid-for events you’ll be hitting up – to support Distortion!
Thursday 2nd – Sunday 12th June
This annual festival always produces some incredible exhibitions, events and workshops. Whether you’re into photography or just want to learn a bit more about the medium, there’s something for you. Here are our recommendations.
Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd June
We Do Wood & Massimo Stock Sale
Looking for handmade wood furniture or handwoven rugs? These pieces are available at great prices for two days! Try your luck at their quickie stock sale.
Workshops for adults and children, food from Vietnam, China, The Philippines, Japan, Pakistan and Thailand, and other showcases like musical events are all hosted by Asisan Culture Festival, an NGO that promotes cross-cultural understanding between Asian countries and Denmark. The festival takes place on Islands Brygge right on the water – perfect location on a sunny day!
Thursday 2nd June
Fernisering / Opening: Afgang 2016 / MFA Degree Show
The graduates of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts show their latest work in this large show. Held in the beautiful Charlottenborg Kunsthal, the show combines an opulent setting with fresh and exciting works.
Christians Kirken in Christianshavn hosts the traditional Mongolian ballad group. If you’ve never heard Mongolian music, give this a listen and you’ll be sold! Tickets are 150 DKK.
Friday 3rd – Monday 6th June
Events of all kinds – parties, live music and more – are taking place around the Fuglekvarteret in NordVest. If this is your area of town, show some support! If you don’t get out to NordVest often, now’s the time to change that!
Friday 3rd June
Æblerov cider is out for the season! Come get your glass for 25 DKK, plus delicious food from Chicks by Chicks. At Grønttorvet in Valby.
Tech & Tonic: Summer Edition
Head to Rainmaking Loft Copenhagen for an evening of G&Ts, hotdogs and sharing creative entrepreneurship ideas. Bring your friends – this is an open event that encourages networking.
It’s a party! Music, food, drink and good vibes. Kids welcome, dancing shoes encouraged.
The Syrian National Ensemble at Global Copenhagen
Virtuoso musicians playing the music of Syrian composer Maher Mahmoud. The group, which previously played as part of the Syrian Culture Caravan, is made up of Syrian musicians who fled Syria at the outbreak of the civil war and now tour throughout Europe and North America. Tickets are 90 DKK (70 DKK for students).
Saturday 4th – Friday 1st July
Cinemateket hosts a festival to explore Iranian culture and particularly film during the period of 1960 – 1990. Most films have multiple screenings and include introductions or events that include food. Below is the trailer for one of the films being screened: “The Traveler” (Abbas Kiarostami, 1974).
Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th June
Learn about and celebrate Anatolien culture at Rådhuspladsen. There will concerts, stand-up, art, food and events for children. Two days of fun!
Saturday 4th June
Vintage & Retro Market in Valby
All the retro & vintage furniture your heart desires! Find bigger pieces, lamps and more. If you’re decorating your home, this is a great place to score some deals.
Into bugs? This is for you! You can see, touch and even taste a host of insects at Universitetsparken. There will be a number of events and presentations starting at 11 am and running until 4 pm.
See the Danish band live at Østerbro Stadium. The concert is currently sold out but you can sign up for the waitlist.
Come cheer on your favorite drag queen at Draghouse as seven queens compete in three categories (TBA). It’s guaranteed to be a fab night; afterparty is at Cosy!
Sunday 5th June
Pumpehusets Loppemarked // Pumpehusets Byhave
Check out the “summer’s cosiest flea market,” have a cold drink and browse lots of great clothes, interior goods and more.
The street market to end all street markets. Runs basically the full length of Sønder Boulevard and is filled with every conceivable thing you could want – clothes, furniture, accessories…you name it. A great morning of browsing that is sure to turn into an all-day event.
Nørrebros hyggeligste baggårdsloppemarked
This Nørrebro neighborhood flea market is made up of private courtyards, so it feels a little bit “secret.” Entrances are in Borgmestervangen (#14), Hothers Plads (#13 & #23) and Midgårdsgade (#5).
Thursday 9th June
Do you just loooove Drake? How about putting on a Drake mask and dancing to “Hotline Bling” all night? If that sounds like your cup of tea, this all-Drake-all-the-time party is where you should be. All you need to do to get on the list is comment on the Facebook event page (link in the title).
Friday 10th – Saturday 11th June
The most fun, weirdest market all year. Get the set pieces, costumes, wigs and more from the Royal Theatre’s dressing rooms. Even if you’re not looking to buy, go wander around and take it all in!
Friday 10th June
Get up to 70% off at this excellent Swedish clothing brand’s stock & sample sale held in Collective on Elmegade.
Saturday 11th June
Sweet Sneak x Istid Pop-Up
Latin & Caribbean Night at Copenhagen Street Food
Enjoy a night of Latin & Caribbean music, including a free drop-in salsa class and DJs throughout the night as you sample delicious foods from one of Copenhagen Street Food’s many stalls.
Thursday 16th June
Champagne Evening & Sale with Michael Strøm and Facon Facon
Head to Goldsmith Michael Strøm’s workshop and storefront for a glass of bubbles and 30 -50% off gorgeous gold and silver jewellery from both Strøm and one of our favorite brands, Facon Facon.
Friday 17th June
Kødbyens Mad og Marked host a beach party on Amager Strand. There will be tons of cold drinks and open grill, so bring your friends, towels and some meat or veggies to throw on the coals. Perfect way to end your week!
Saturday 18th June
Summer Market in the Elmegade Neighborhood
One of the coolest streets in Copenhagen – Nørrebro’s Elmegade – is having a fab summer market! Check it out for a fun day of browsing and (probably) spending too much money. 10 am – 5 pm.
What would motivate someone to free dive 27 meters into the water from the top of the Copenhagen Opera House? Who knows, but it’s pretty damn cool to watch. Get your seat early, it gets crowded.
Wednesday 22nd June
See the legendary Bruce Springsteen perform live at Parken Stadium.
Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th June
The biggest metal festival in Denmark! Copenhell is held at the B&W shipyard at Refshaleøen. This year’s program includes Megadeath, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and Dropkick Murphys.
Thursday 23rd June
Sankt Hans Aften
Join the traditional midsummer’s eve festival happening all over the city. Here are all the cool places you go can go, plus what the holiday is all about.
Friday 24th – Sunday 26th June
Food demos, quizzes and other tasty treats await at the Kimchi Festival, held in partnership with the Korean Embassy in Denmark. Come learn all about Korean food, particularly kimchi, and get to try a few exciting dishes in the process. Takes place at Torvehallerne.
Saturday 25th June – Saturday 2nd July
Get pumped! It’s Roskilde Festival time, which means you get to see the likes of Tame Impala, PJ Harvey, James Blake, Neil Young, New Order and so many more. Check out last year’s daily dispatches to get into the mood.
Ongoing in June
“Learning from Japan,” Designmuseum Denmark
This exhibit explores the Japanese influence on Danish design. There will be over 400 works on display – both Japanese and Danish – some of which have rarely been seen by the public. On until September 2016.
“Illumination,” Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
The largest collection of new art shown over the museum’s 60 year history, with 96 new works. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and more. On until mid-September 2016.
“Safe Conduct,” Statens Museum for Kunst
A new work by video installation artist Ed Atkins that explores our relationship to technology. On until September. Unlike most temporary exhibits at SMK, this one is free!
See the 2016 Holidays & Flag Days Calendar.
If you’re a business or organisation that would like us to add your event to next month’s calendar, please contact us at hello [@] scandinaviastandard [dot] com. Thank you!
Are you planning to attend any events this month? Are there any good ones we missed? Tell us about it in the comments!