What’s On in Copenhagen: July 2020

July in Copenhagen means one thing: summer! The days seem endless, the sun is glittering on the water, and the pace of life is a little bit slower than usual. As many evacuate the city for their summer houses elsewhere, we’re left with a playground of events and things to do in a city that’s all our own. Flea markets and concerts are moving under the open sky, bars and restaurants have put up tables on streets and in cozy courtyards, and people are coming together again. While the weather’s good, stay outside, and when the rain comes, head to any one of the exhibitions we gathered for this month’s calendar.

Here’s what’s on in Copenhagen this July, including flea markets, jazz concerts, exhibitions, and events:

Wednesday 1st July

Community of Parting & Omkring Floden Han by Korea Klubben

Korea Klubben is hosting a cross-artistic event featuring visual artist Jane Jin Kaisen, whose art exhibition Community of Parting has just opened at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, and playwright and poet Joan Rang, who has just released her debut poetry collection Omkring Floden Han.

At 5 pm, the group meets in front of Kunsthal Charlottenborg to see the exhibition and at 7 pm, the evening continues with dinner at Sakura, Møntergade 22. Joan will read from Omkring Floden Han and the artists will have an informal conversation about the overlapping themes of their practices, including adoption, art, and the effects of the Korean War.


Mord og mordgåder i Københavns histories

This is not your average city tour. Explore Copenhagen’s streets while learning about solved and unsolved murder cases from the middle ages to today. From 7:30-10 pm. Tickets cost 125 DKK and can be bought via Billetto.



Thursday 2nd – Friday 10th July

Jazz Film Festival at Cinemateket

Join the fifth edition of the Jazz Film Festival and discover all that jazz has to offer. Due to governmental guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the festival will look a little different this year. On 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 10th July, selected films will be screened at Cinemateket. Find the full program on the festival website.


Thursday 2nd July

Silent Reading Party at Hotel Rye115

If reading a good book with a glass of something in hand sounds like your kind of party, then this one is for you! Hotel Rye115 and Gyldendal are hosting a Silent Reading Party. Bring your favorite book or buy one of the curated titles, find a good spot, and grab a drink from the bar. From 6-9 pm. Tickets cost 75 DKK or 100 DKK including one drink.



Ord in Pavillionen at Karens Minde Kulturhus

Enjoy an open-mic evening in an idyllic setting together with other literature aficionados. Open to everyone who wants to share their work, be it poems, rap, or excerpts from a novel. From 6-9.30 pm. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, there is a limit of 50 people.


BTF Thursdays Water Edition x CPH Ballroom x Housefrau

Grab some friends, jump in a GoBoat filled with cold beers from Brooklyn Brewery, and enjoy an evening of performances from musician HOUSEFRAU and dancers from the ballroom scene – all while floating on the water. Exact location is yet to be confirmed. Tickets have to be purchased in advance. The link will be published on the Facebook event but you better be quick, last time it was sold out in 15 minutes. From 6.45 pm.


Friday 3rd – Sunday 12th July

Sommerjazz at Koncertkirken

Wine and dine in the cozy courtyard of KoncertKirken from 5 pm, with indoor concerts starting at 8 pm and 10 pm. Chef Kim will serve a vegetarian buffet and KoncertKirken will have an outdoor wine and beer bar. The selection of wine includes some delicious Greek bottles from Oinofilia, a small wine shop located in the church. Oinofilia is focused on Greek wines, many of them from female winemakers, and will be open every day from 5-8 pm in case you find a new favorite that you want to bring home.



Friday 3rd July

UGood opening on Jægersborggade

UGood, an award-winning Ugandan food concept serving healthy, organic, and delicious dishes from Uganda, is opening on one of Copenhagen’s most popular streets. Swing by for goodness from Uganda, with vegan and vegetarian options available, all made with produce from local organic farmers. From 5-10 pm.


Saturday 4th July

Saturday Night Fever at Husets Biograf

Let this cinema classic transport you to a 1970s disco in Brooklyn, where Tony Manero and Stephanie Mangano rule the dance floor. From 8-10 pm. Tickets have to be pre-bought via Billetto.


Nimb Roof Sunset Sessions feat. DJ Maria Barfod

The rosé is chilled, the menu ready, and DJ Maria Barford is on the decks! From 6 pm, NIMB is taking care of your Saturday night with food, music, and a spectacular view. Tickets can be bought via Dinnerbooking and cost 495 DKK per person. If you prefer to join after dinner, you can buy NIMB’s Champagne-Billet for 195 DKK including one glass of champagne.



Clean up x Frozen Palm Tree at Amager Strand

Join this cleanup event and get Amager Strand sparkling clean between 11 am and 2 pm. Frozen Palm Tree is kindly donating four stand up paddleboards to the cause, so you can have a go at this trending summer activity while doing something for the environment. Cowabunga, dude.


Sunday 5th July

Rita Blå’s Lopper on Sønder Boulevard

Rita Blå’s fleamarket is back and invites you to join on lovely Sønder Boulevard every first and third Sunday of the month. Keep a close eye on the Facebook page in case of cancelation due to COVID-19. Tickets for stalls cost 350 DKK and can be purchased via Billetto. From 11 am – 4 pm.



Tuesday 7th July

Tirsdagsjazz at Reffen: Nejrup Trio

Spend a beautiful summer evening at Reffen while exploring the Danish jazz scene with this event series, which sees Nejrup Trio take the stage on 7th July. The mix of house, space-age jazz, and broken beat is great for dance floors but works equally well as a backdrop if you prefer to lean back and enjoy the view across the water. From 5-11 pm. There will be another edition on 14th July when award-winning dup Svaneborg Kardyb comes to town.


SPACE10 Session: Circular Design Explorations with the Bio-Fold Team

Learn about biodegradable binders and vegetal fibers in materials that be used for fabricating furniture with Katya and Tomás. This SPACE10 session will take place online via Zoom from 5-6 pm.


Wednesday 8th – Sunday 12th July

Blaagaards Festival 2020

Come and join the first edition of Blaagaards Festival. Musical acts and food stalls that represent the diverse ethnocultural landscape of the area will fill the street. Have a bite and a dance! The festival is free for everyone to enjoy but there will be the option to buy donation wristbands to support the festival’s future endeavors.



Thursday 9th July

HOUSEFRAU Rooftop Party

Get your after-work groove on and dance to techno while the sun is setting. Doors will be open from 5-8 pm or until the maximum capacity of 100 people has been reached. At 10 pm it’s time to go home or move on. Entrance costs 50 DKK and can be bought with MobilePay.


Street Session with OWMI: Outdoor Concert by Lo-Fi

Low-Fi is an online marketplace and community that brings together musicians, hosts, and concert-goers to create intimate concerts in unique spaces. Join this summer concert in the streets with Copenhagen-based duo OWMI and let them transport you into their universe of experimental sounds, electronic soundscapes, and soulful vocals. From 7.30-8.30 pm. Tickets cost 150 DKK.



Saturday 11th July

Bar Pasta Opening Party

Neighborhood favorite Bar Pasta is celebrating the opening of a new spot at Griffenfeldsgade 17. Take a seat on the sunny piazza for live jazz and aperitivo from 2 pm until midnight. Frej Helstrand from Niche Vine will take you on a tour d’Italy with wines from every region of the country. Malta (trumpet) and Warmberg (jazzguitar) will take care of the music throughout the day and later in the evening, Kir Royal will take you through his universe of obscure Italo disco. There will be natural wines from 50 DKK a glass and aperitivo-style food for 100 DKK. Stay tuned for the Facebook event via Bar Pasta’s Facebook page or just swing by.


Saturday 18th July

Sommer og Sangria at Absalon

Sangria lovers alert, Absalon is throwing a Sangria night! The evening starts off with a communal dinner at 6 pm, then DJ Søren Righteous takes over and treats you to a mix of disco, house, funk, indiepop, and hip hop. The fun takes place on the boulevard in front of Absalon but from 10 pm, everyone and everything has to move inside. Tickets for the communal dinner cost 100 DKK and can be bought via Absalon’s website.



Sunday 19th July

Christianshavn’s hyggeligste loppemarked

Ejerforeningen Gamle Christianshavn invites you to “the coziest fleamarket in all of Christianshavn.” Go on a treasure hunt and meet friends and neighbors over a cup of coffee from 11 am – 3 pm. As this is a private flea market, only members will be able to put up a stall but everyone is invited to browse, admission is free.


Loppemarked på Bryggen

Browse up to 150 stalls by the water at Kulturhuset Islands Brygge’s flea market from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free and stalls 150 DKK. Due to COVID-19, this fleamarket may be canceled. Check the Facebook event for more details.


Wednesday 22nd July

Summer tour of Assistens Kirkegård

Wander among the beautiful 260-year-old graves in the heart of Nørrebro and learn about all the influential people who are buried there, including Hans Christian, Søren Sok, Uncle Danny, Natasha, French influenza victims, Russian Cossacks, beer brewers, and countless others. From 11 am – 12.45 pm.



Thursday 23rd July

Grundkurs i friluftsliv

Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Do you get nervous when you’re away from the comfortable infrastructure of big cities? Perhaps you’ve been inspired in lockdown to go all out and learn the survival skills needed to see you through the next pandemic? No matter what, this is the course for you. Learn nifty doomsday-friendly skills like how to select a campsite, how to prepare firewood, and how to purify water. This event is for adults and children and goes from 4-9 pm.


Ongoing in July

Align by Atelier Cph at Alium Gallery

Until the 13th of July, Copenhagen based design studio Atelier Cph is having an exhibition at the Alium Gallery at Bredegade 1 in Frederiksberg. The exhibition is focused on architectural lines and geometrical shapes, resulting in an assembly of cubistic and geometric shapes where both vertical and horizontal lines meet. Stop by for a dose of art. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it’s recommended you book a timeslot to come view. More information can be found on the Facebook event page.



Friday bar with music at the Black Diamond

Who doesn’t like a cold drink at the waterfront? Throw in some live music and you have the perfect Friday bar, especially when you have the view from the Black Diamond to enjoy. Every Friday in July from 4-6 pm.


Late Night Yoga at Absalon

Every Monday in July, Absalon invites you to Late Night Yoga from 8.30-10 pm. You will be guided by skilled trainers to the sound of ambient music provided by Abasalon DJs Max Morris and Søren Reith-Hauberg. Tickets cost 70 DKK and can be bought via Absalon’s website.


Salsa dancing at Reffen with ElStudio

Every Wednesday, all summer long, ElStudio is hosting free salsa events at Reffen. Learn salsa dancing, practice your well-trained moves, or watch others rock the dance floor from 7 pm. There will be food, music, and drinks!



Mal & Vin at Absalon

Let your inner Picasso come out and play! Absalon is hosting Mal & Vin, “paint and wine” to the uninitiated, every Friday afternoon from 5-9 pm. Materials will be provided and a glass of wine is included in the ticket price of 70 DKK.


SMK Sampling

Every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August, SMK is hosting online conversations about the museum’s collection. Each session takes one and a half hours and focuses on one piece, with participants divided into groups to discuss together at length, with a facilitator. The aim is to encourage discussion around the country, with the hope to settle the idea that experiencing art is a discipline for the few. SMK Sammenkunst is free of charge but you need a ticket to participate.


Summer at Den Grønne Kødby

Have a glass of cold rosé and taste delicious street food in the heart of Copenhagen’s meatpacking district from July through to August. Food will be prepared by many of the meatpacking’s best spots, as well as new popups.



Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything at GL Strand and Nikolaj Kunsthal

The world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen, has inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists. Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything is the first exhibition entirely devoted to the imagination and legacy of the global icon from Montreal, Canada. The exhibition has been extended until 2nd August.


Jane Jin Kaisen: Community of Parting at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Kunsthal Charlottenborg is hosting the largest-ever exhibition of the Korean-born Danish artist Jane Jin Kaisen’s work. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the film Community of Parting, which was shown in the Korean Pavilion as part of the prestigious Venice Biennale in 2019. The film is a montage of shamanistic rituals, scenes of nature, urban landscapes, and archival material, complemented by poetic voice-overs and testimonies. The footage was shot over a five-year period, with Jane Jin Kaisen filming in both North and South Korea as well as in Japan, China, Kazakhstan, the United States, and Germany. The exhibition will be on display until 16th August.


Jazz on Copenhagen’s canals

Enjoy Copenhagen from the water while listening to jazz, played live by a band on board with you! jazz, swing, dixie, ragtime, gospel, and blues all feature during this buoyant concert. Tours depart three times a day, at 4 pm, 5:30 pm, and 7 pm, lasting one hour each. Tickets cost 175 DKK.



Friday fireworks at Tivoli

Every Saturday from July to early October, Tivoli hosts a firework display that plays tribute to the HC Lumbyes Champagne Gala, originally written for Tivoli’s 2nd birthday. The show consists of dazzling fireworks and music organized by Anders K, and can be experienced over Koncertsalen at 11.45 pm.


The Enigmatic Collector: Helge Jacobsen’s Pinacotheca at Glyptoteket

The special exhibition The Enigmatic Collector: Helge Jacobsen’s Pinacotheca is dedicated to Helge Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Glyptotek, Carl Jacobsen. He inherited both the responsibility for the museum and the passion for art, but stood in his father’s shadow all his life. After Carl Jacobsen’s death, collector Helge founded Glyptoteket’s collection of French paintings. The exhibition is on display until 18th October.


Per Kirkeby: Bronze at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Louisiana’s major spring exhibition is the first-ever comprehensive presentation of the bronzes of Per Kirkeby. Monumental and powerful, it takes up the museum’s entire West Wing and unfolds as an almost epic tale about creative struggle, downfall, mythology, and artistic redemption. The exhibition is on display until 6th December.



Jesper Just: Circuits (Interpassivities) at SMK

Renowned Danish artist Jesper Just’s installation is full of circuits: the circuit of bodies, the circuit between music and body, and the circuit between the individual parts of the fragmented image. Electricity, music and bodies, sensitivity, and control: all these aspects shift inside the wider circuit of people, things, and technology. The exhibition is on display until 31st December.


Tal R.: Animals and People at Glyptoteket

From 18th June, the Glyptoteket exhibits the Danish artist Tal R’s sizable series of new bronze sculptures and plaster works. While Tal R has always moved between genres, his bronze sculptures represent a new chapter in his oeuvre. The exhibition will be presented in the Vilhelm Dahlerup building, the oldest part of the museum, and is on display until January 2021.


Tetsumi Kudo: Cultivation at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo was a radical and visionary outsider who is currently being rediscovered internationally as his work appears highly relevant in the cultural and political agendas of today. Shaped by his childhood in Japan in the aftermath of the atomic bomb, Kudo addresses topics such as humanity’s self-destruction and ecological decadence. The exhibition will be on display until January 2021.


Free Tuesday at Glyptoteket

Every Tuesday, Glyptoteket is free to enjoy. Admire the beautiful sculptures and wander the beautifully colored hallways, Glyptoteket is always a delight. The museum owns one of the finest Rodin collections in the world, alongside impressive works by the likes of the French artists, Carpeaux and Degas. Plus a cafe situated next to the museum’s tranquil palm house.



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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.