What’s On in Copenhagen: July 2018

We’re deep into summer and there’s something to do in Copenhagen almost every day and night of the week. From great music festivals (including Copenhagen Jazz Festival!) to films to flea markets and so much more, your diary is about to get very full. Make sure you’re getting in as much summer fun as possible while the sun is still high in the sky until the wee hours.

Here’s the best of what’s happening in Copenhagen in July:

Saturday 30th June – Saturday 7th July

Roskilde Festival

Northern Europe’s biggest rock festival is back, including their excellent arts, non-profit, and sustainability projects. The line up this year includes Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, St Vincent, Vince Staples, and more. Check out our playlist to get pumped!


Sunday 1st – Tuesday 10th July

Before Sunrise at Cinemateket

Need summer romance inspiration? Richard Linklater’s class, quiet European backpacker romance, “Before Sunrise” spawned two sequels, but the original is the best. Just try not to fall in love with the sweet innocence of both Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke. The film plays every evening at Cinemateket for ten days.


Sunday 1st July

Stefansgade Loppemarked

Go have a browse around this cool Nørrebro flea market from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. You can pick up clothes, accessories, home goods, and hopefully enjoy the nice weather.


Tour of Assistens Cementery

Ever wondered about the history of Assistens Kirkegård in Nørrebro? Take this tour to find out all about it, including how it was previously used and what the public usage is like today. Tickets cost 50 DKK and the tour starts at 2. There’s another tour being held on the 29th of July.


Friday 6th – Sunday 15th July

Copenhagen Jazz Festival

Copenhagen has an excellent jazz scene, and it doesn’t get better than this time of year. Many of the larger concerts sell out quickly, so be sure to take a look at the smaller events too


Friday 6th July

Carlsberg Friday

From 4 – 10 pm, enjoy beers, hotdogs, music, and laid-back atmosphere at Carlsberg’s monthly Friday bar. It’s free entry and there’s a free shuttle that takes you to Carlsberg Byen from Vesterbrogade 6 at 4 pm. Easy-peasy way to spend a summer’s night!


Wednesday 11th July

Call Me By Your Name at Cinemateket

See why this incredible film, based on a book of the same name by André Aciman, has received worldwide acclaim for its beautiful writing and acting. The coming-of-age story tells the story of the complicated romantic relationship between a 17 year old and a 24 year old in northern Italy.


Friday 13th – Saturday 14th July

Copenhagen International Choreography Competition & Gala

If you’re into dance, check out this competition starting at 7:30 at Dansekapellet. The organisation supports emerging modern choreographers; you’ll get to see the finalist performances.


Friday 13th July

Scandinavia Standard App Launch Party

We’re so excited about the launch of our new travel app that we’re throwing a party, and everyone’s invited! Mark your calendars for Friday after-work drinks. We’ll be at Ancestrale Wine Bar in Vesterbro from 4 pm onwards. There will be 50 DKK sparkling wine (one night only!).

Grab some friends and come hang with us! RSVP here.


Friday Rock at Tivoli: Kim Larsen

Danish rock star Kim Larsen will be playing his hits at Tivoli’s Friday Rock. Usually you can see the concert for the price of admission, but this concert has an addition fee of 95 DKK.

Sunday 15th July

Rita Blå Loppemarked

From 12 – 5 pm, have a wander around this flea market at Kulturhuset. Entry is free and there will be lots of stands where you can buy clothes, home goods, and more. There will also be food stands, including pancakes and Moroccan food.


Love Tour at Assistens Cemetery

This wonderful tour, which takes place at Assistens Kirkegård in Nørrebro, highlights the great romantic poets buried in the cemetery. The tour guide, storyteller Christian Kronman, will be reciting wonderful poetry and sharing the love stories of the poets. Tickets are 50 DKK and can be purchased in the information centre before the tour.


Tuesday 17th July

Bas at Lille Vega

See the Parisian-born, New York City-raised rapper Bas in the intimate setting of Lille Vega. His strong lyrics and exploration of both his past and what it’s like to work in the hip hop music industry make for consistently powerful albums.


Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st July

Musik i Lejet

This music festival takes places in Tisvildeleje, but it’s a real summer treat. Pack a beach bag and head up to the north coast of Zealand to see the likes of When Saints Go Machine, CHINAH, Marie Key, and Turboweekend.


Wednesday 25th July

Ziggy Marley at Store Vega

Catch reggae and dub star Ziggy Marley performing at Store Vega. He always puts on a killer show and the beats will be excellent.


Thursday 26th – Sunday 28th July

Summer in the City Festival

This free summer festival is held in the garden of Huset KBH. It begins at 3:00 pm daily and runs into the night. See acts like Rebecca Lou, Ida Kluo, PRUNES, and Silent Laika – this is a great chance to see fantastic performers for free in an ultra-cool setting.


Friday 27th – Saturday 28th July

Carpark Festival

Located at Under Bispeengbuen in Nørrebro, this festival mostly features electronic music and emerging acts. It’s basically a big dance party for the weekend, and it’s all about good vibes and killer beats. The festival is free and open to everyone!


Friday 27th July

Lunar Eclipse at Amager Strand

Enjoy a viewing of the gorgeous lunar eclipse on Amager Strand. The event is free and it will be fun for the whole family.


Friday Rock at Tivoli: A-ha

The 80s are back! Or maybe they never went away! Norwegian superstars A-ha will play at Tivoli’s famous Friday Rock. Get ready to…take this on. Sorry, we had to.


Sunay 29th July – Sunday 12th August

Copenhagen Opera Festival

Love opera? You’re not alone! The Copenhagen Opera Festival has everything from intimate concerts to public morning song, plus a few quirky things in between. Check out their program for more info and tra la la your way to a good time.


Monday 30th July

Open Air Cinema: E.T. at the King’s Garden

Watch the classic film E.T. in the beautiful setting of the King’s Garden. Bring blankets and gather a group for a fun evening. There will be food served from SULT restaurant, music from 4 pm; the film starts at 9:45 pm.


Tuesday 31st July

Greenland in Tivoli

Take part in a celebration of Greelandic culture with this full day of events at Tivoli. There will be Greenlandic music, dance, theatre, food, and more. Simply buy regular admission to Tivoli and enjoy the festivities!


Ongoing in July

“VERY: Ed Ruscha on Paper” Exhibit at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

See 54 paper works by living legend American artist Ed Ruscha, together for the first time thanks to the UBS Art Collection. Ruscha’s sly take on American culture, and particularly the LA landscape, is a real treat.

A selection of Ed Ruscha’s books, © Ed Ruscha. Courtesy of the artist & Gagosian as well as UBS Art Collection.


High On Luxury: Lost Treasures of the Roman Empire Exhibit at Glyptoteket

Silver, gold, gems and luxury items created during the Roman Empire, celebrating artisan craftsmanship and decadence. If you’re in the mood to party, but in a super-cultured way, this is the exhibit for you.


“Vogue Like a Painting” Exhibit at GL Strand

Explore the connections between fine arts and fashion photography with this lush, gorgeous exhibition in the lovely GL Strand space. There are over 60 works – all painterly in nature – by 28 fashion photographers. A real treat! On until the beginning of September.


“MAJ 68 -The French Posters” Exhibit at Designmuseum Danmark

Celebrating 50 years since the student rebellions in Paris of 1968, this small selection of posters highlights what the protests were about as well as the artistry that can come of protest. The posters are to-the-point and attention-grabbing; it’s a study of both function and form. On until the end of September.


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Rebecca Thandi Norman

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