What’s On in Copenhagen: February 2018

February is a month that nobody in Denmark really likes, but we all put up with it because it’s just a hop, skip and a jump until March, when we’re a mere two months away from May! It’s that kind of thinking that gets you through the winter, folks, so get on board.

But actually, for what is an incredibly short month, there’s a lot going on in Copenhagen. From great concerts (GHOSTPOET IS COMING) to film festivals, you’re bound to find something that tickles your fancy.

Not sure what’s happening in Copenhagen during February? Here’s your complete Copenhagen calendar of events, including all the music, markets, food festivals, parties (lots of them free!) this month:

Thursday 1st February

Henrik Vibskov x Gentle Monster AW18 Launch Party

Get a little pre-weekend party in with this launch hosted by Henrik Vibskov and Gentle Monster, at the Henrik Vibskov Boutique on Krystalgade. There will be free drinks, good tunes, and of course, cool fashion.


Friday 2nd February

Roastery Tour and Coffee Tasting

Love coffee? Then treat yourself to a tour of the Coffee Collective roastery, plus a coffee tasting (called a “cupping”). Tickets are 150 DKK and include a bag of roasted beans to take home. You’ll learn all about their roasting and fair-trade sourcing practices. No reservation needed, just walk up o the counter; it starts at 4:00 and goes to 5:30 pm.


Saturday 3rd February

Mikkeller & Friends Bottleshop Birthday Bonanza

Beer-lovers, rejoice! It’s the annual Mikkeller Bottleshop birthday party, when they stock their stand full of rare and exciting beers. Quantities are very limited and there’s usually a line, so get there early! This takes place at Torvehallerne, from 10 am – 6 pm.


Sunday 4th February

Flea Market at Studenterhuset

Take a slow Sunday stroll throughout two floors of second-hand goods, mostly clothes and accessories. Entrance is free and the prices are sure to be great! The market is open from 11 am – 4 pm.


Monday 5th – Sunday 11th February

Winter Pride Week

Although the official Copenhagen Pride, complete with Pride Parade, is in August, there will be an exciting series of events to remind us that it’s important to celebrate LGBTQIA+ identities all year round! There will be workshops, poetry readings, exhibitions and more, so be sure to check out their program.


Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th February

Copenhagen Fashion Film Festival

Into fashion but can’t make it to the runway shows? This film festival is just what you need, with films that focus on fashion icons such as David Bowie, Grace Jones, 90s Supermodels and Jane Birkin, among others.


Friday 9th February

Kaptajn Opening

From the creators of Ancestrale comes what’s sure to be the blockbuster restaurant hit of the summer: Kaptajn. Take a tour of this new restaurant and wine bar right on the lakes in Nørrebro, try some of their wine (they have 225 litres for everyone to enjoy! yikes!) and snacks to put the brakes on the wine working all too well. Along with some juicy tunes, what better way to beat the winter blues? You know where to find us.


Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th February

Flea Market at Remisen

Go browse the many stalls on Blegdamsvej in Østerbro for affordable second-hand clothes, home goods and more. From 10 am – 4 pm both days.


Sunday 11th – Sunday 18th February

Dining Week and Cocktail Week

If you’ve been waiting to test out the latest restaurants and cocktail bars in Copenhagen but the prices are too high, now is your chance! During this week only, a number of restaurants are offering a three course meal for 230 DKK (includes mineral water for two people) and cocktail bars are offering two cocktails for 110 DKK. Enjoy the discounts, plus some great food and drink!


Sunday 11th February


Fastelavn is a holiday where kids dress in costume, hit a barrel with a stick and get lots of candy. It always comes seven weeks before Easter and is great fun. The best part is, of course, delightful and cream-filled fastelavnsboller.


Fashion Flea Market at Papirhallen

This fashion flea market, hosted by Tradono at Papirhallen, is where you can get great clothes for even better prices. No scouring through bins to find that one gem (although that can be fun too!), this is all about high-quality, well-kept pieces from top brands. Entrance prices vary based on when you arrive, because these items tend to go fast. From 10 – 12, tickets are 50 DKK, from 12 – 3 they’re 30 DKK and entrance is free from 3 – 4. Happy shopping!


Ghostpoet at Lille Vega

Mixing hip hop, spoken word and electro beats, British artist Ghostpoet is creating unique sounds that’ll make you think as much as they get you dancing. See him perform at Lille Vega.


Tuesday 13th February

Nydanske Kvindekamp at Bremen Teater

The Nydanske Kvindekamp will be holding a performance with Geeti Amiri, Khaterah Parwani, Natasha Al-Hariri and Halime Oguz. The subject is outrage, struggle, and the freedom of all women, regardless of cultural, socioeconomic or religious background. The focus is on women who straddle multiple worlds – Danes who have another heritage, and how that heritage becomes a part of their Danishness, rather than a contrast. This will be an important and thought-provoking night.


Wednesday 14th February

Sofi Tukker at Ideal Bar

Well shiiiiit, February ain’t so bad after all. Get some drinks in ya (water counts, gotta hydrate) and get on the dance floor to the sounds of American electro-pop duo Sofi Tukker. If “Drinkee” doesn’t do it for you, I don’t know what to tell you.


SOUPTinder at The Caribbean Housewife

Want to meet new friends (maybe find a date while you’re at it)? The Caribbean Housewife is hosting an IRL friendship Tinder event where you can mix, mingle and meet loads of fun new folks! Tickets are 55 DKK, which include a cocktail and a soup. A cosy night for all! From 6 – 8 pm.


Wednesday 14th – Thursday 15th February

Disney on Ice at Forum

Anyone else remember being enthralled by Disney on Ice as a child? It may not be the first ticket you buy as an adult, but for those with young kids (or just those young at heart), this is a fun, silly, delightful evening. Who doesn’t want to see Buzz Lightyear land a triple axel?!


Thursday 15th February – Sunday 25th February

Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival

This festival approaches Judaism from many perspectives and their chosen films reflect that mosaic approach. Whether you’re interested in learning more about Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion or women’s perspectives in Orthodox Judaism, there’s something for you. All films are at Cinemateket.


Friday 16th – Saturday 17th February

Copenhagen Gin Fest

Exactly what it sounds like – gin, gin and more gin! Find out about microbreweries, taste some great gins and celebrate the best partner both vermouth and tonic ever had.


Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th February

Chocolate Festival

Um, hi, it’s a festival of chocolate. Chocolate companies from all across Scandinavia and Europe show their goods – and give you a little taste! Chocoholics, this one is for you.


Wednesday 21st February & Thursday 28th February

Flow: Sound & Yoga

If you’re into yoga, take part in this unconventional but beautiful session, located in Drivhus at ØsterGRO. The yoga class is set to music for a maximum sensory experience. Tickets sell out fast (150 DKK each), so get yours here!


Saturday 24th February

Drag 2 the 90s at Lille Vega

It might be cold outside but it’s heating up on the Lille Vega stage with the Drag 2 the 90s show. The show will be hosted by Megan Moore and includes great acts like Harley Queen (as seen below) and Di Di Cancerella.


Tuesday 27th February

Oscar Nominated Shorts, 2018: Live Action

See this year’s Oscar-nominated short films, shown every year at Cinemateket. The live action shorts will be shown this month, and animated ones are on the ticket in March.


Wednesday 28th February

Luis Buñuel at Cinemaeket

See two (short) films from the master surrealist, Spanish director Luis Buñuel, at Cinemateket. You’ll see what Roger Ebert called “the most famous short film ever made,” Un Chien Adalou (1929) and L’Age d’Or (1930), as well as an introduction by Danish film director at author Christian Braad Thomsen.


Ongoing in February: Hvad der sker i København

The Ballon Forest on Islands Byrgge

From February 2nd – 28th, you can see an incredible light installation along Islands Brygge. Walk in and out of the glowing orbs and enjoy the atmosphere. This is hosted by Kulturhuset Islands Brygge.


Pharaoh: The Face of Power Exhibition at Glyptoteket

Find out more about the daily life and worship-life of Ancient Egyptians told through their art and artefacts. This exhibition covers the period from 2000 – 1700 BC and is a fascinating look at the legendary pharaohs of that time. On until 25th February.


I Am Velvet Black: Erik Mortensen Haute Couture Exhibition at DesignMuseum Danmark

Running until March 2018, this gorgeous exhibition explores the work of famed Danish couturier Erik Mortensen. Head designer for Parisian fashion house Balmain from 1982 – 1990, Mortensen’s work is as intricate and dramatic as it is elegant. This exhibition will be a revelation for fashion-lovers.


Frost Festival

From 5 – 25 February, Frost Festival is back with loads of ways for you to get through the winter with your smile intact. Be sure to check out The Wave installation at Ofeila Plads and the light therapy bar at Klub designed by Studio David Thulstrup. There will also be some great concerts, such as First Hate, and SMK Fridays, where you can get evening drinks and socialise at the beautiful Statens Museum for Kunst.


Art in the Making at Statens Museum for Kunst

Ever wonder how a masterpiece is made? This exhibition explores the process by which art is made from initial sketches through final results. Artists such as Krøyer, Degas and Rembrandt are included. On from 8th February until May 2018.


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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.