What’s On in Copenhagen: August 2023

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As most Copenhagen locals return from their summer vacation and with major happenings like Copenhagen Fashion Week or CHART Art Fair on the agenda it’s fair to say that August in Copenhagen has plenty up its sleeve. The days might begin to get shorter but summer isn’t over yet so make the most of the sunny days with dips in the canals, picnics, and wine-fueled evenings outside.

From exhibitions to markets to parties, here are the best events in Copenhagen this month:


Monday 31st July – Sunday 6th August

Open Air Cinema by Husets Biograf

There’s nothing like open air cinema on a warm summer night. Each day this week, Husets Biograf is streaming a different movie under the open sky. Swing by from 8 pm to grab a drink, the movies will start at 9:30 pm. Admission is free. Find the program on the website.



Tuesday 1st August

Art with your baby at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Art lovers on parental leave can now experience contemporary art in a baby-friendly pace before official opening hours. Every first Tuesday of the month from 10 am to 3 pm. The guided tour takes place between 11 am and 12 noon and is in Danish.


Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th August

O Days Festival

O Days Festival bridges music with other creative expressions as well as great food and drinks. Celebrate summer in good company, dance, and attend long tables dinners or tastings by Copenhagen institutions like VinSuperNaturel, Mikkeller, and Åben in the industrial surroundings of Refshaleøen, stunning sunsets included. Tickets are available for the full festival for 1000 DKK or per day from 400 DKK plus you can attend as a volunteer. Learn more and check out the program on the website. Want festival merchandise (who doesn’t)? Check out ROTATE Birger Christensen’s exclusive collaboration with the festival.



Thursday 3rd August

Guided summer tour at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Take this last chance to experience Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s summer exhibitions “Alexander Tovborg: The Church“ and “Jeremy Deller: Welcome to the Shitshow!” with a guided tour before they close on 9th August. The tour will take place at 5 pm in English and at 6 pm in Danish. It takes approximately 45 minutes and is free for everyone with a valid ticket to the museum.



Saturday 5th August

Stella Polaris

Dance into the sunset in the beautiful surroundings of the Frederiksberg Gardens. Stella Polaris takes place every August, bringing great musical acts, food, and good vibes to the city. Admission is free; this is a great one for the whole family!



Sunday 6th August

Another Name x Endurance presents Det Kolde Bord

Day time party culture meets traditional Danish Smørrebrød. Techno haven Den Anden Side’s in-house label/agency Another Name has joined forces with Pumpehuset and party collective Endurance to make this Sunday a special one. Get ready to bask in the sun, indulge in Danish delicacies, and dance, dance, dance. Doors open at 10 am and Smørrebrød is served at 1 pm. The fun wraps up at 10 pm so you can get a good night’s sleep before the work week kicks off. Tickets are available for pre-sale from 110 DKK or for 150 DKK at the door.


Monday 7th August

Pura Utz x Mr Larkin x A Very Cool Hat

10 one-off pieces of A Very Cool Hat’s signature hats alongside 10 one-off Bolo Ties from Pura Utz will be exhibited for fun and sale all through Copenhagen Fashion Week at the Mr Larkin store. Pull on your cowboy boots and join for some beers at the opening from 4-7 pm.



Monday 7th – Friday 11th August

Copenhagen Fashion Week SS24

The spring/summer edition of Copenhagen Fashion Week has a particular charm: the audience takes the bike to shows, well-dressed people fill the sidewalks in the golden evening light, and parties take place under the open sky.

Whether you’re in the industry or not, there’re plenty of interesting events taking place allover the city, one highlight being the talk series “Small talks – big conversations“ in collaboration with Vogue Business. Since this January’s edition, all participating brands need to meet Copenhagen Fashion Week’s minimum standards when it comes to their sustainability efforts. Or pop into French embassy to see “Nouvelle Vague”, a fashion installation by students from the fashion school Casa93. Register here.

Find the full program including the show schedule on the website.


Tuesday 8th – Saturday 12th August

Vildskud Festival

Get ready for five days filled with independent theater, dance, and much more in the heart of Copenhagen. Learn more on the website.



Tuesday 8th August

NAKED Copenhagen Store Opening

From 10 am – 2 pm, head to Store Regnegade 2 in central Copenhagen for the official opening of sneaker store NAKED Copenhagen. From 2 – 6 pm, visit the Adidas original print shop as part of the opening, as well as drinks and DJ Kaddi Sawaneh playing tunes. The event is free and open to the public; swing by for a good time!



Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th August

Copenhagen International Fashion Fair CIFF

Coinciding with Copenhagen Fashion Week and having recently merged with trade show Revolver, Copenhagen International Fashion Fair CIFF is connecting a broad range of brands with national and international buyers. Learn more on the website.



Wednesday 9th August

Extra date: Dutch-Indonesian Rice Table by The Caribbean Housewife

Upon popular demand, there’s an extra date for this special edition of the Winemaker’s Dinner. This time, The Caribbean Housewife leans into the concept of the Dutch-Indonesian rijsttafel (rice table), a traditional combination of dishes from various Indonesian food cultures. Join for delicious food paired with wine by women producers or kombucha. Tickets are available for a reduced price of 680 DKK and move fast. From 6-11 pm.


KA YO Store Opening

KA YO, originally founded in Stockholm in 2021, is a highly curated sportswear and outdoor store that offers the best quality products. Join for the opening event from 5:30 pm at Lasbjørnsstræde 26. There will also be a unique store installation by multi-talented installation artist Formbark, worth the visit in and of itself! There will be drinks, snacks, and DJ Beverage playing tunes. The event is free, just RSVP via this link.



Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th August

Aia Sound

Dance under the open sky when the three-day festival Aia Sound takes over Tiøren in Copenhagen. The full festival ticket costs 1524 DKK and day tickets are available for 824 DKK. Learn more and check out the line up on the website.



Friday 11th – Sunday 20th August

Opera Festival

Opera lovers, this one’s for you. Experience great classics, events for children, artist talks, and more. Dive into the program via the festival website.



Friday 11th August

SPACE10 & Naive Yearly

To mark the return from summer vacation (at least for most locals), SPACE10 and Naive Yearly gather artists, designers, educators, and developers for an evening of new and old friends as well as ambient tunes by international radio and online creators. From 5:30-10:30 pm. The event is free to attend and open to the public – simply sign up via the Eventbrite.



Saturday 12th August – Sunday 20th August

Copenhagen Pride

As LGBTQ+ rights are under attack globally, Pride is an important reminder of both past achievements and battles yet to be won. For many, a clear highlight is the Pride Parade on Saturday, 19th August, but all through Pride Week, there’ll be talks and events to attend. Find the full program and ways to support Copenhagen Pride’s work on their website.



Friday 18th August

Garden Party by Vintro & Øens Have

Into wine and dancing? Then this is for you! The lovely Vintro team will be pouring their goodies at Øens Have, there’ll be garden-to-grill snacks, a concert by Neena, and party time until late. Join from 5 pm.



Friday 18th – Sunday 27th August

Copenhagen Cooking

Each year, Copenhagen Cooking celebrates the city’s vibrant food scene. Join long table dinners, tastings. Markets, debates, and workshops presented by the Danish capital’s eateries and passionate industry people. Find more information on the website.



Sunday 20th August

Grønt Market Skjolds Plads

Buy seasonal, local produce and get to know the people behind your food at the latest addition to the Grønt Market lineup. The market now takes place in three different locations: Refshaleøen by Lille Bakery on every first Sunday of the month, Vesterbro at Litauens Plads on every second Sunday of the month, and Nørrebro at Skjolds Plads every third Sunday of the month. From 10 am to 3 pm. Psst: there’ll soon be a fourth location. Stay tuned!



Danish on a Sunday: The house that Jack built at Cinemateket

With its series “Danish on a Sunday,“ Cinemateket presents the best of Danish cinema to an international audience by streaming Danish movies with English subtitles. Directed by Lars von Trier, “The House That Jack Built“ follows Jack’s development as a serial killer over the course of 12 years. The movie will be screened at 2:15 pm.



Monday 21st August

“Romeo and Juliet” at Rosenborg Garden

See the classic William Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet” at Rosenborg Gardens. There will be two shows; one at 2 pm and one at 6 pm. Performed by American Drama Group Europe, the show is fantastic for people of all ages and will be a treat for lovers of the Bard.



Wednesday 23rd August

Say She She at Lille Vega

Say She She’s musical universe combines disco with electronic elements and vocals that build on the trio’s background as classical singers. With their debut single “Forget me not,“ Piya Malik, Nya Parker Gazelle, and Sabrina Cunningham didn’t only deliver a dance floor-banger but also paid tribute to the anonymous feminist group Guerrilla Girls that’s fighting racial and gender discrimination in the art world. Tickets are available for 210 DKK and doors open at 8 pm.



Thursday 24th August – Sunday 27th August

Enter Art Fair

The 2023 edition marks Enter Art Fair’s fifth year anniversary. The anniversary edition will take place in the industrial surroundings of Lokomotivværkstedet and welcome 88 international galleries and around 20,000 international visitors. There’ll also be performances and talks which are accessible to the public free of charge. Learn more on the website.


Want more art in Copenhagen? Check out the best art galleries in the city.



Thursday 24th August

Strawberry dinner by The Caribbean Housewife

Celebrate the end of strawberry season with a special dinner by The Caribbean Housewife. Experience strawberries, including the luxurious and rare white strawberry, in various flavors ranging from sweet, smoky, zesty, tart, salty, umami, nutty, cool, to spicy. As usual, the dinner is paired with natural wines by women winemakers, this time Alanna LaGamba (Toronto, Canada) from Vin de LaGamba (Flonheim, Rheinhessen, Germany). From 6-9 pm, tickets cost 850 DKK.



Friday 25th – Sunday 27th August


On the last weekend of August, art collectors, professionals, and other enthusiasts come together to celebrate the Nordic art scene. CHART combines an art fair featuring the region’s leading galleries with an art book fair, as well as a broad program of talks, performances, and more. Learn more on the website.



Ongoing in August

Amarna – City of the Sun God at Glyptoteket

Dive into the world of ancient Egypt and learn about the rise and fall of the city of Amarna. Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti founded Amarna in pursuit of their new religion that abolished the ancient animal deities and worshipped the sun god Aten. However, after Akhenaten’s death, Amarna was destroyed and abandoned, and Egypt turned its back on his religious reforms. The exhibition is on display until 20th August.



hånd / værk at Bakkehuset

The exhibition “hånd / værk” (English: craftsmanship) combines two crafts, the carpenter’s processing of the wood and the poet’s processing of the language, in order to examine the creative drive and love for the materials that characterize both crafts. The exhibition provides a unique insight into cabinetmaker Teis Dich Abrahamsen’s and poet Morten Søndergaard’s creative universes and presents a selection of their previous works. The exhibition is on display until 24th August.



From Bacon to Bourgeois at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

From figuration and abstraction to minimalism and pop, this exhibition explores some of the key trends of modern art history after the Second World War, featuring works by Picasso, Bacon, Warhol, and Lichtenstein among others. The exhibition will be on display until 10th September.



When Copenhagen became wonderful: Poster Artist Ib Antoni at Museum of Copenhagen

A smiling mermaid and friendly guardsman packaged in a sixties colours and style – rings a bell? This exhibition sheds light on the man who created these and other images that many associate with Copenhagen. In honor of Danish poster artist Ib Antoni, the Museum of Copenhagen hosts a special exhibition, presenting the artist in the context of the times he lived in. It will be on display until October.



Nan Goldin: Memory Lost at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Experience one of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s recent acquisitions. “Memory Lost“ by American activist and photographer Nan Goldin is an approximately 24 minute long digital slide show. It’s intimate, poetic, captivating, and heartbreaking all at once, revolving around abuse, friendship, love, deprivation and loss. The slide show is jointly owned by Louisiana and Moderna Museet Stockholm. It can be experienced in the South Wing until October.



SPACE10 Gallery: Design in the Age of AI

How will artificial intelligence change the we imagine, design, and build the world around us? And how can generative AI help us design better futures for people and the planet? This new exhibition features speculative design concepts from recent SPACE10 design projects in order to explore potential roles for AI in design. Learn more about the exhibition and the various exciting collaborators on the website. The exhibition will be on display uni he SPACE10 Gallery until November.



Veronica Hodges: Under the Tree at Ordrupgaard

For the next three years, Ordrupgaard’s freshly renovated 1920s greenhouse will house site-specific works by several artists that focus on climate and sustainability issues. The first in line is American artist Veronica Hodges. Her installation “Under the Tree” shows a gigantic spring-blossoming tree, filling the greenhouse to breaking point with hand-colored paper flowers and interwoven branches. However, it’s not all floral splendor: there are also dead leaves and flowers, and small seeds have dropped to the floor, hinting at the transitory nature of life. The exhibition will be on display until November.



Little Table, Cover Thyself! at Design Museum Denmark

There’s something special about the art of table-setting and the way a decorated table sets the scene for special and everyday occasions. Experience how table-setting has changed over time and admire the collection of plates, figurines, jugs, and more. All the way through 2025, seven of the museum’s historical tables are decorated with items from the renaissance until today.



Guided tour: Highlights & Introduction at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Every Thursday from 2-2:45 pm, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art offers a guided tour of the museum’s collection and architecture. The tour is free for everyone but you need to pick up a ticket at the entrance up to two hours before the tour. This ticket is free for everyone with a valid ticket to the museum.



SPACE10 Library curated by ArchDaily

Did you know that SPACE10’s ground floor is open to everyone to research, read, meet, share ideas, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee? Besides a kiosk, the space houses a library and gallery. From 1st August, ArchDaily takes over the role of the guest curator, presenting you an inspiring selection in the library. Admission is free, simply swing by.



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Kay Litzinger

Kay is a creative multi-hyphenate with a focus on lifestyle and travel. After growing up in Germany and stints in Stockholm and Mexico City, he's now based in Copenhagen. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.