As Danish summer reaches its grand finale, city life in Copenhagen is at its best. Sun-baked bodies line urban swimming spots, outdoor seatings are filled to the brim, and events are picking up again. From festivals to film screenings and exhibitions to Copenhagen Fashion Week and Pride, there’s plenty going on in August.
Here are the best events in Copenhagen this month:
Tuesday 2nd – Sunday 7th August
Enjoy six days of independent theater in the heart of Copenhagen. Venues include Huset KBH’s Xenon as well as VOX Teaterhuset. Find the full program on the website.
Tuesday 2nd August
Summer Backyard Session with Møllegades Boghandel
Swing by Møllegades Boghandel’s cosy backyard and dive into the literary universe of Lasse Raagaard Jønsson and Olga Liva Bruun. From 6-8 pm.
Saturday 6th August
Every August, Stella Polaris brings great musical acts, food, and a wonderful atmosphere to Frederiksberg. From 12 noon to 9 pm, the beautiful surroundings of Frederiksberg Have will transform into a festival ground. Admission is free.
Tuesday 9th – Friday 12th August
Copenhagen Fashion Week SS23
Over the last couple of years, Copenhagen Fashion Week has established itself as a darling of the international fashion scene. For many, especially the spring/summer edition is a highlight in the annual event calendar, drawing press, buyers, and fashion aficionados to the Danish capital to enjoy the latest Nordic fashion alongside the magic of Copenhagen summer.
With its newly launched CPHFW New Talent scheme, there’s a special focus on nurturing and promoting emerging talents from the Nordics. The three selected brands, A. Roege Hove, Latimmier, and P.L.N., are not only onboarded to the official schedule but are also receiving monetary support, mentorships, and more.
Copenhagen Fashion Week has partnered once again with TikTok to reach a wider audience online. SS23 also marks the last season before Copenhagen Fashion Week’s Sustainability Requirements come into effect – from January 2023, all shows and presentations on the official schedule must comply with 18 minimum standards, such as pledging not to destroy unsold clothes or using at least 50% certified, organic, upcycled or recycled textiles in all collections. Find the full schedule with invite-only as well as open events on the official website. Alongside Copenhagen Fashion Week, the trade fairs CIFF and Revolver will welcome brands and buyers to the city from 10th to 12th August.
Tuesday 9th August
Q at Lille Vega
Start off the week with Q’s electronic R&B, inspired by the 70s and 80s. Tickets are available for 235 DKK. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm.
Wednesday 10th August
Housewife Roast by The Caribbean Housewife
Join when The Caribbean Housewife is preparing a summer-y four-course menu.
Feeling like a glass or rather four to go with the food? Add the wine pairing presented by Keto Ninidze – Oda Family Winery. The dinner is hosted at the Kitchen Collective in the meatpacking district.
Tickets are available from 425 DKK or pre-book the menu-wine combo for 700 DKK. From 7-10 pm.
MATE x Carine Roitfeld Bike Collaboration Launch Party
To mark the 19th issue of CR Fashion magazine, MATE e-bikes and Carine Roitfeld have collaborated on an exclusive set of 50 CR x MATE bikes. Join the celebration of this fun and fashionable partnership during Copenhagen Fashion Week with drinks, bites, and dancing. The event requires an RSVP, so respond to [email protected] before August, 9 at 12 PM, in order to get on the guest list. The event takes place at Landemærket 29, from 6 – 9 pm.
Thursday 11th – Saturday 13th August
O / Day Fest
Experience Danish as well as international artists, DJ sets, meditative soundscapes, and interactive installations by the waterfront.
O is a new festival bridging different creative practices with food and drinks. Quench your thirst with drinks from Empirical Spirits, Aeris cocktails, and Vin Super Natural or craft beers from ÅBEN, Mikkeller, and GAMMA.
Off stage, there will be the opportunity to attend long table dinners and tastings. Learn more and get your ticket on the festival website. Day tickets are available from 400 DKK and the full festival ticket costs 1200 DKK.
Copenhagen’s new three-day festival AiaSound is taking over Tiøren. The festival combines music with food experiences and community spirit. Find the program including Tobias Rahim, Steve Aoki, and Clara on the website. Day tickets cost 599 DKK and the full festival ticket 1299 DKK.
Thursday 11th August
Muuto store opening
Danish design brand Muuto is celebrating the opening of its first store on home soil with drinks and great music. Swing by Store Regnegade 12 to explore the Muuto universe and to mingle with other Scandinavian design lovers. From 4-7 pm.
Friday 12th August
Prince – Under the Cherry Moon at Cinemateket
Two years after the mega hit “Purple Rain” – Prince plays a gigolo from Miami who’s falling in love with a rich heiress at the French Rivera. The film is screened with Danish subtitles. The event starts at 7 pm and ticket cost 85 DKK.
Saturday 13th – Saturday 20th August
Celebrate love at this year’s Copenhagen Pride! Under the theme “freedom,” there will be an extensive human rights and cultural program featuring talks and more, including specific events for rainbow families as well as young people. The Pride Parade will take place on Saturday 20th August from 1 pm. Copenhagen Pride is volunteer-led; feel like contributing with your time? Get in touch via the website.
Sunday 14th August
Grønt Marked Vesterbro
Popular Grønt Marked is expanding to Vesterbro! Browse local delicacies such as small batch fermented drinks from Vesterbro’s Table Ferments or fruit from Kysøko every second Sunday of the month all through November. From 10 am to 3 pm.
The Green Flea Market
Browse pre-loved clothing and enjoy plant-based food in the heart of Nørrebro. From 10 am to 4 pm. Can’t make it? There will be another edition on 28th August.
Monday 15th August
Romeo & Juliet at Cinemateket
Experience the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, put on screen by Baz Lurmann (1996), with an introduction by Maria Jencel. The event begins at 8 pm and the film is screened with Danish subtitles. Tickets are available for 125 DKK.
Friday 19th – Saturday 20th August
“Celeste” at Mungo Park Theatre
Written by actor and activist Amelia Høy, “Celeste” is a one-man play about race, individual responsibility, and parenthood. The play takes place over one evening, as Thomas, a man in his 60s celebrating his birthday, calls his Black daughter. What follows is an introspective look at how people experience the past differently, and the willingness to admit wrongdoing (however unintentional). It’s a powerful show, held in an intimate setting. We highly recommend attending! Tickets are 100 DKK and are available here.
Friday 19th – Saturday 27th August
Copenhagen Opera Festival
For this week in August, Copenhagen will stand in the sign of the opera. Experience great classics, newly written works, opera for the whole family, morning singing, international soloists, and much more. Dive into the program via the festival website.
Friday 19th – Sunday 28th August
Each year, Copenhagen Cooking celebrates the city’s vibrant food scene. This year’s program lists almost 100 events presented by the Danish capital’s eateries and passionate industry people. Find more information on the website.
Sunday 21st August
Dog Day at Tivoli
Bring your four-legged friend to Tivoli, meet other dog owners, and experience a special program on stage. Denmark’s largest organization for dog owners, the Danish Kennel Club, will provide tips and information on living with a dog and on what to pay attention to when getting one. Find more information on the Danish Kennel Club’s website.
Danish on a Sunday: A Taste of Hunger at Cinemateket
Restaurateur couple Maggie and Carsten seem to have it all, a loving relationship, wonderful children, and a successful restaurant. But in their pursuit of a Michelin Star, they loose sight of what it means to be a family.
Monday 22nd August
Puma Blue at Vega’s Ideal Bar
From the bed room to Ideal Bar: Jacob Allen brings his intimate, lo-fi music universe to Copenhagen. Tickets are available for 150 DKK. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm.
Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th August
ENTER Art Fair
Experience and acquire some of the best contemporary art from Scandinavia and beyond at ENTER Art Fair. 75 galleries from 23 countries will present their artists in the raw, urban surroundings of Tunnelfabrikken in Nordhavn. Can’t make it but still want to get a sense of the event? Check out The Virtual Fair, an online platform powered by Artland that allows you to follow the galleries throughout the year. Here you’ll also be able to see 3D films of the exhibitors’ exhibitions at the physical fair.
MIGLIORINI communications agency will join forces with Enter Art Fair to present a curated lifestyle pop-up at The Audo in Nordhavn. You’ll find a selection of Danish and international lifestyle brands, such as Norwegian frankremme and French Fête Impériale. Open from the 25th to the 28th August between 11:00-18:00 Mon-Fri and 10:00-16:00 Sat-Sun.
Friday 26th – Sunday 28th August
CHART Art Fair at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
As every year in August, CHART Art Fair takes over the beautiful surroundings of Kunsthal Charlottenborg, presenting leading galleries from the Nordics, an art book fair, and a broad public programme of talks, performances, and architectural projects. To celebrate the 10th edition of the event, CHART will launch a new collaboration with the iconic Tivoli Gardens: from 25th August to 25th September (during normal park hours), visitors will be able to experience a special exhibition inside the historic amusement park.
Friday 26th August
The Caribbean Housewife x Tableau x Kitchen Collective
During Copenhagen Cooking, The Caribbean Housewife teams up with Tableau and Kitchen Collective to raise awareness for food waste. The Caribbean Housewife will prepare a series of social and interactive dinners using seasonal and local ingredients while Tableau will create a site-specific art installation from seasonal, locally sourced fruit and vegetables at different stages of growth. The four-course menu costs 425 DKK. Add four glasses of Danish organic wines from Vejrhøj Vingård for a package deal of 700 DKK. From 6-10 pm.
Saturday 27th August
Rocky Horror Picture Show at Husets Biograf
Enjoy this cult classic with a festive ambiance! Come dressed as your favorite character and let an experienced Rocky guide take you throughout the evening. Doors open at 7 pm and the event starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 90 DKK.
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