What’s On in Copenhagen: August 2021

Please note: Many of the events below are in-person. Please make sure to follow Denmark’s current COVID-19 guidelines (find them here), as they may change between the time this calendar is published and when an event takes place. At the time o2f publishing, restrictions have eased and masks are now longer required in public spaces.

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Ripe berries, warm light, and the sweet melancholy of late summer: August in Copenhagen is a feast for the senses. As many people return to the city from their summer holidays, events in Copenhagen pick up again.

Festivals, Copenhagen Fashion Week, exhibitions, WorldPride, and more: the event calendar is filled to the brim and there’s something for everyone. So hop on your bike and get ready for a wonderful last month of the season.

Here are the best Copenhagen events this month:

Sunday 1st August

Rita Blå’s flea market on Sønder Boulevard

Freshen up your summer wardrobe or get ready for autumn by giving pre-loved items a new life. The flea market will be open from 11 am to 4 pm. Once you’re done shopping, have a stroll along Sønder Boulevard and explore all the small cafés and restaurants in this lively part of Vesterbro.



Monday 2nd – Sunday 8th August

Open Air Screenings by Huset-KBH

Summer time is open air cinema time. Huset-KBH is hosting a series of screenings under the open sky. Movies will be screened at 9 pm and admission is free.


Tuesday 3rd – Saturday 7th August

Vildskud Festival

Celebrate summer with theater, music, and good company at this year’s edition of Vildskud Festival. The main base will be Christianshavn Beboerhus but other performances will take place at HUSET-KBH, Anemonen, Teatret Zeppelin, and uKirke. The team is still looking for volunteers so if you feel like helping out, get in touch.



Saturday 7th August

Copenhagen Watersport Festival

Have you ever played with the thought to try out windsurfing, kitesurfing, stand up paddle, or other water sports? Then this is your chance. With your festival wristband you get access to a variety of different activities, entirely for free. There will be a fun program of activities, workshops, shows, and live music from 10 am to 9 pm.


Lyse Nætter 2021 in Møllegade

The three literary institutions of Møllegade are joining forces: Together, LitteraturHaus, ark books, and Møllegade Boghandel are inviting you to dive into the world of literature all Saturday. Come by from 1-10 pm for readings, food, drinks, and good vibes. Entry is free.



Øen Summer Party

Swing by Øen for a Saturday filled with good vibes, drinks, and music in the sun. From 2 to 10 pm, a selection of DJs will take over the garden so bring your dancing shoes and some sunscreen.


Stella Polaris

Every August, Stella Polaris brings great musical acts, food, and a wonderful atmosphere to Frederiksberg. This year, the festival will take place both online and offline. Stay tuned via the website.



Sunday 8th August

Sortedamsøen flea market

Why not combine your Sunday stroll around the lakes with a bit of treasure hunting? Swing by this cosy flea market from 10 am to 3 pm. Want to put up a stall? Tickets are available via Billetto.


Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th August

Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2021

Every August, fashion aficionados from all over the world are coming to Copenhagen for the summer edition of Copenhagen Fashion Week. Fueled by the relaxed vibe – picture fashion editors biking from show to show -, strong street style, and a clear focus on sustainability, Copenhagen Fashion Week has established itself as a respected player in the field. For SS22, physical events are back on the agenda with the majority of brands inviting for shows, presentations, or live viewings. In addition, there will be talks and discussions about where fashion is and should be heading. Whether you’re in the industry or not, there will be plenty of inspiration for everyone. Check out the website for the full schedule.



Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th August

Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) & Revolver

As every season, Copenhagen Fashion Week is accompanied by Copenhagen International Fashion Fair CIFF and Revolver. Located in Vesterbro, Revolver attracts international buyers with a selection of Scandinavian and Scandinavian design-driven clothing brands. With its dynamic and forward thinking concept, CIFF has evolved from a traditional trade show to one of Europe’s most innovative sales platforms, drawing international buyers to the Danish capital. CIFF will also be hosting CIFF Kids, the only standalone children’s trade event in the Nordics. In town for work, pleasure, or a little bit of both?

We have teamed up with CIFF to create a handy guide on where to eat, drink, shop, and more while you are attending CPHFW.


Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th August

Strøm Festival 2021

Join for the 15th edition of Strøm Festival and celebrate summer, life, and electronic music. There’ll be a colourful program so bring your dancing shoes. Find more info on the festival website.



Thursday 12th August

Berghain at Folketeatret

Never managed to get into Berghain? Or keen to embark on a trip down memory lane straight into Berlin’s techno temple? Come by the world premiere of “Berghain” – Reumert-winning playwright Magnus Iuel Berg’s latest play, with music composed by Simon Muchinsky. The performance is part of Copenhagen Queer Theater Festival and presented by HIT-Copenhagen in collaboration with Bøssehuset. From 9-10 pm, admission is free.


Queer, gender, and love at National Museum of Denmark

In connection with WorldPride, Roskilde Festival, LOUD, and National Museum of Denmark are putting the spotlight on the question of how we are defining ourselves as individuals. With music, tours, debates, talks, workshops, and performances, they explore the cultural history of sexuality. From 5-9 pm. Tickets cost 75 DKK and entry is free for people under 18 years old.



Wednesday 13th August

Opening ceremony of WorldPride

Join for the opening ceremony of WorldPride to support and celebrate diversity and equality. Due to restrictions to keep everyone safe against Covid-19, the ceremony will not be held in WorldPride Square but stay tuned for alternative plans via the website.


Saturday 14th August

Flea market at Søpavillonen

Another summer weekend, another flea market. Go on treasure hunt next to Søpavillonen. And in case all the browsing makes you hungry or thirsty, take a break at restaurant Babylon and enjoy a glass of wine or a good meal.



Bellahøj Open Air Stage reopening

Bellahøj’s Open Air Stage is reopening! Come by and enjoy a diverse program of circus, concerts, DJs, and more from 10:30 am to 5 pm. Find the program in the Facebook event.


Sunday 15th August

Queerlands 2021

Nørrebro-based performance space and gallery Warehouse9 is hosting a pop-up café and social space from 12 noon to 5 pm. Swing by to play board games, have a read in the pop-up library, enjoy some food, and connect to music by Transparent Tim aka DJ Gul.



Wednesday 18th August

Bands of Tomorrow: Lil cat & Camelo at Byhaven Pumpehuset

Many of us have developed new passions during the covid-induced isolation and in Mads and Cathrine’s case that’s making music. Stuck at home, the couple decided to start a band. Now they are coming to Byhaven Pumpehuset. Get ready for some diy-pop straight out of their bedroom. In contrast, Mike has been making music since his time in gymnasium and recently released his debut album “Schizophrenia”. He’ll be serving you indie-pop with experimental sounds. From 3 pm, admission is free.


Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st August

UHØRT Festival

Get up close with the newcomers of Denmark’s music scene. 42 artists of different genres will be performing on three stages at KPH Volume. Tickets are available via Billetto and cost between 180 and 200 DKK for a day ticket.



Saturday 21st August

Århusgade flea and design market

Browse pre-loved treasures and pieces by small designers in the heart of Østerbro. Want to clear out your basement? Put up a stall! Tickets are available via Billetto. The market will be open from 10 am to 3 pm, stalls can be put up from 8:30 am.


Sunday 22nd August

Amagerbanen Day

Join for a festive, enjoyable, and cozy day at Amagerbanen. There will be rail cycling, historical walks along the rails and in the allotment gardens, a flea market, food, drinks, competitions, and live music – in short, something for everyone. From 11 am to 5 pm.



Wednesday 25th August

Karl William at Store Vega

Get ready for Danish pop from Aarhus with Karl William. After having started his music career as part of the collective Hukaos in 2010, Karl released hist first solo album „Placebo“ in 2015 and won the P3 Prisen the year after. Now he’s coming to Store Vega. Doors open at 7 and the concert starts at 8 pm. Get your tickets for 310 DKK via Vega’s website.


Spice Up Your Life Masterclass with the Caribbean Housewife

Jamain Brigitha, a.k.a. The Caribbean Housewife, is known for guarding her cooking secrets closely. For Copenhagen Cooking, she makes an exception by sharing methods and inspirations behind her distinctive Caribbean and Latin inspired cuisine with the SPICE UP YOUR LIFE masterclass. For this event you get to join her in the kitchen where she will teach you how to turn basic ingredients into a mind-blowing dish packed with flavor. Tickets must be booked in advance and are only available for a lucky few, so book yours fast!


Thursday 26th August

Hamlet at Rosenborg Castle Gardens

Enjoy an English-language production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Rosenborg Castle!

Arted Net is performing the play in royal settings across Scandinavia, so if you’re not in Copenhagen for this one, be sure to check their website for more info. Find tickets through this link.




Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th August

Enter Art Fair

Enter Art Fair is the largest international art fair in Scandinavia, taking place in the huge industrial Tunnelfabrikken in Nordhavn. There will be 63 Danish and international galleries exhibiting and more than 250 artists on display.


Friday 27th – Sunday 29th August

Chart Art Fair

It’s that time of the year again: CHART art fair is back in town! CHART is the leading event of its kind in the Nordics and has been named as one of the “top 5 destinations for art and design lovers in August” by Architectural Digest. Celebrate art, design, and architecture while exploring new frontiers in the space between these practices. Besides the exhibitions, there will be film screenings, concerts, performances, and festivities. Most events will take place at Kunsthal Charlottenborg.



Friday 27th August

Urban Sustainability Lab Frederiksberg

Join Urban Sustainability Lab for workshops and debates about all things sustainability. In the evening, there will be the opportunity for networking at the Green Drinks & Networking event. While the program during the day will take place in Danish, English speakers are encouraged to join the evening event. From 2-8 pm.


Sunday 29th August

The Hidden Harbour

Assemble Theatre Collective launch their latest project The Hidden Harbour – an outdoor, immersive theatre journey around the harbour of Sydhavnen. They’ve gathered stories from past and present residents to be used as inspiration for a series of intimate, site-specific scenes set in unique waterside locations. Performing for one day only as part of the Kulturhavn Festival. Tickets are free, but limited. Advanced booking is required via the link, open from 9th August.



Ongoing in August

Aeris x Easypeacy pop-up restaurant on Refshaleøen

Enjoy these last days of summer with good food, good drinks, and good company: Aeris has joined forces with Easypeacy to open a pop-up restaurant at favorite summer hangout Refshaleøen. Come for high quality cocktails along with Italian food and stay for the good vibes. From August 6th, they’ll be open at Refshalevej 203A, Thursday to Sunday from 12 noon to 10 pm – if the weather is good. So fingers crossed for sunshine. Staying in or want to upgrade the office Friday bar? Aeris is offering a selection of cocktails to order, all handcrafted and bottled in Copenhagen. Learn more on the website.


WorldPride and Eurogames Copenhagen & Malmö

Show your pride and support and celebrate equality and diversity! From 12th to 22nd August, Copenhagen and its Swedish neighbor Malmö are hosting WorldPride. There will be an extensive human rights program with lectures and talks as well as parades and concerts. So bring your friends, neighbors, and parents, there’s something for everyone. Learn more about WorldPride and the program on the website.



Copenhagen Queer Theater Festival at Folketeatret

In connection with WorldPride, LGBTQ+ artists from all over the world are coming to Copenhagen. From 12th to 20th August, Folketeatret will be hosting 11 performances by a wide range of talents, such as award-winning director Andrew Keates or Australian artist Moira Finucane. The festival tells LGBTQ+ stories which show that all people, regardless of sexuality, go through everyday conflicts, identity issues, and challenges in life. Despite the focus on LGBTQ+ artists and stories, the festival is aiming at presenting theater and entertainment for everyone. Check out the program and order tickets via Folketeatret’s website.


Copenhagen Opera Festival

Experience opera in a variety of unique settings, from the canals, to rooftops, to museums from 19th to 28th August. Check out the program via the festival website.



Friday Rock at Tivoli

Every summer, the popular amusement park Tivoli is offering an exciting series of concerts in the heart of Copenhagen. The concerts are free for Tivoli card holders. Find more information on the website.


Nimb Roof Sunday Cookout

Cold drinks, barbecue, DJs and Nimb’s rooftop, the perfect ingredients for a summery Sunday evening. Tickets cost 850 DKK and include dinner, one glass of champagne to start, and half a bottle of rosé to keep your thirst quenched.



ÅBEN Pop-Up in the Meatpacking District

For the second time, ÅBEN is hosting a Popup in Copenhagen’s popular Meatpacking District. Swing by for beer yoga, quiz nights, flea markets, DJ sets, and much more throughout summer. Check out the website or social channels for upcoming special events such as long table dinners.


Auguste Rodin – Displacements at Glyptoteket

Auguste Rodin is highly regarded for his sculptures. What might be less known is the role that his fascination with antiquities played for his sculptural experiments. With “Displacements” Glyptoteket sheds light on the way the artist incorporated his collection of antiquities into his working process. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris and the result of a research project at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Aarhus University, conducted by the curator/PhD student Christine Horwitz Tommerup. It will be on display until 15th August.



Misaki Kawai at Outpost

Japanese-born artist Misaki Kawai is known for her reflections on contemporary culture, portrayed with a disarming sweetness. Until 21st August, a selection of works will be exhibited at Outpost Gallery in Copenhagen’s city center.


Anne Imhof – Sex at Statens Museum for Kunst

Experience acclaimed German artist Anne Imhof in the x-room, SMK’s venue for contemporary art. In this exhibition, Imhof displays a three-and-a-half-hour long film that combines mediated footage from her performance at Tate Modern in 2019 with a new sound score. It is the fourth chapter of her serial work “Sex” and will be on display until 29th August.



Mother at Louisina Museum of Modern Art

With “Mother” Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is examining motherhood and the figure of the mother from a cultural-historical, philosophical, psychological, and artistic perspective. Bringing together works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, the story is unfolded over time leading up to the present day. The exhibition will be on display until 29th August.


Climate Layers Exhibition at SPACE10

From 25th May through October, you can see an exhibition in collaboration with RNDR, Lenschow & Pihlmann, and Tableau at SPACE10 in Kødbyen. The exhibition imagines how to visualize data on how climate stressors (e.g. cyclones, droughts, etc) are affecting the planet. Stop by Tuesday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm.



Anette Harboe Flensburg – In arcadia too you can die at Kunstforeningen GL Strand

The Montana Hall is a meeting room in which visual artists explore the significance of the framework for meeting situations. Since May and until next spring, it will feature Anette Harboe Flensburg’s paintings. With the title, “In Arcadia Too You Can Die,” Harboe Flensburg reflects over the present situation, where our everyday life has been fundamentally changed and we have been forced to reconsider our ideals. The exhibition will be on display until April 2022.

Looking for the best restaurants, cafes, and bars (including rooftop bars!) where you can enjoy a meal or drink outside? Check these out as the weather warms up.



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Kay Litzinger

Kay grew up in Germany and, after a stint in Sweden, came to Copenhagen for his studies. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.