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For Copenhageners, July is synonymous with “summer vacation.” As work slows down, many locals leave the city for their summer houses or a few weeks further south. Those who stay in town make the most of the long days, filling up street corners and terraces until the early hours. Need a break from sun bathing and wine sipping? From open air parties and festivals to markets, there’s plenty going on to keep you busy.
Here are the best events in Copenhagen this month.
Thursday 30th June – Saturday 2nd July
Enjoy some jazz alongside wine, food, and more at this year’s edition of Brønshøj Sommer Jazz! Find the full program on the festival website.
Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd JulyTour de France Grand Départ Copenhagen
The 109th edition of the Tour de France starts in Copenhagen and ends with the final stage at Champs-Élysées in Paris on 24th July. After a 13-kilometer time trial around Copenhagen, the second and third stage of the tour will lead the cyclists through Zealand, Fyn, and Jutland. Celebrate and cheer for the athletes in a variety of fan zones as well as festival grounds that treat you to music and food. Find more information on the official website.
Rört Festival is a three day event focused on movement, community, and connection. Explore what moving alone or together with others can do for your body and soul. The festival describes itself as a “cocktail of everything that makes up a connected and conscious city life.” Sounds like your cup of tea? Get your ticket via the festival website.
Friday 1st July
To celebrate the start of the Tour de France in Copenhagen, the team behind “Market Day on Værnedamsvej and Tullinsgade” has organized a French-inspired market day. Enjoy good food and drinks alongside a flea market from 11 am.
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd July
Go on treasure hunt or free up some space in your wardrobe on this flea market in Ørestad. Stalls are available from 175 DKK. Swing by between 10 am and 4 pm.
Saturday 2nd July
Party community Banana Club is throwing an open air party at Docken. Bring your dancing shoes and sun screen; the party starts at 12 noon and goes until midnight. Tickets are available via Beatbase for 150 DKK. Can’t make it? There will be open airs every Saturday all July. Stay tuned via Banana Club’s Facebook page.
Celebrate summer, beer, and the brewery-dog Kilo’s 10th birthday at Amager Bryghus. There will be plenty of good beer to try including the official Kilo birthday beer. Swing by from 12 noon to 6 pm.
Sunday 3rd July
Kick off your Sunday with a yoga session followed by a cosy breakfast from Perron at BaneGaarden. From 9-11 am. Tickets cost 185 DKK, please bring your own yoga mat. Can’t make it? There will be another session with the same format on Sunday 17th July.
Monday 4th July
Ziggy Marley, the oldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, has established himself as one of today’s biggest stars of the genre – first as the front man of Melody Makers and later as a solo artist. Now he’s coming to Store Vega. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 385 DKK.
Friday 8th – Saturday 9th July
OKTOsounds and Demokrati Garagen are hosting a mini jazz festival in Nordvest. Experience some of Scandinavia’s up and coming artists from 2 pm. Find the full program and tickets via the Facebook page.
Saturday 9th July
Following this month’s second edition of Banana Club‘s open air party, night owls turn to Culture Box to dance until the early hours. Please note that you need separate tickets for open air and Culture Box.
Sunday 10th July
Experience the grand finale of Kunsthal Charlottenborg’s off-site exhibition “Copenhagen. Red Light Green Light.” “In the Realm of the Senses” is a live ballet-performance by choreographer and artist Cecilia Bengolea performed by dancers from the ballet school of Lyon. Bengolea’s performances and videoinstallations have previously been presented at Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Dia:Beacon, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris and Tate Modern in London. There will be two performances, one at 3 pm and one at 5 pm. No tickets needed but please note that space is limited so you better come early.
Round off the weekend with a glass of wine and one of the city’s best views while enjoying some jazz. Come by between 2 and 5 pm or 6 and 9 pm. Tickets cost 120 DKK and include the concert as well as one glass of wine. This event is part of Copenhagen Jazz Festival”>Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
Get up close with Kandis’ lead singer Johnny. This film by Jesper Dalgaard offers an honest account of Johnny’s private tragedy and shared stories of loss, loneliness, and finding love again. It is screened with English subtitles at 2:15 pm. Tickets cost 85 DKK.
Wednesday 13th July
In July, The Caribbean Housewife is throwing an Afro-Caribbean summer dinner. Expect spicy flavors and dishes influenced by West-Africa and The Caribbean. As always, the courses are paired with natural wine from women producers and there will be great Afrobeats. The four-course dinner costs 425 DKK, the accompanying wine menu 325 DKK. Get your ticket and pre-book both for 700 DKK. Seats are limited so you better be quick. The dinner runs from 6-10 pm.
Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th July
Enjoy music and the community spirit of Nørrebro when Blågårds Plads transforms into a festival ground. Admission is free but there are plenty of ways to support the cause, from volunteering to purchasing food and drinks on site. Learn more on the festival website.
Saturday 16th July
For the first time since 2018, Red Bull Cliff Diving is back in Copenhagen.Let the brave men and women take your breath away when they dive from the roof of The Royal Opera. From 1:30 – 4:30 pm. Tickets are free but will be limited so stay tuned via the website. Can’t make it in person? There will be a live stream via Red Bull’s website.
Sunday 17th July
In addition to his sold-out concert on 15th July, Alex Benjamin is taking over Store Vega this Sunday evening. In April, the singer-songwriter released his second album “(Un)commentary” in which he reflects on struggles related to adult life, ranging from existential crisis to social media addiction. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 265 DKK.
Thursday 21st July – Saturday 23rd July
Enjoy music, art, and more right on the beach in Tisvildeleje. Less than an hour north of Copenhagen, the coast line of Northern Zealand is essentially the capital’s backyard. So grab some friends and get ready for a good time, stunning sunsets included. Learn more and get your tickets on the festival website.
Wednesday 27th July
Get creative and sketch with a living model at Absalon’s weekly Croquis session. Please note that this isn’t a course but there will be guides to help you along the way. From 8 to 10 pm. Participation costs 100 DKK. Please bring your own material.
Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st July
Open Air Cinema in the Kings’s Garden
Open Air Cinema might be one of the most beautiful things about summer. As the sun sets, Cinemateket takes over King’s Garden, presenting a selection of short films as well as one movie per evening. Let Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds” give you the creeps on Saturday or let Guadagnino’s tragic summer romance “Call Me by Your Name” take you on an emotional journey to 80s Italy on Sunday. Admission is free and restaurant SULT will be serving snacks and drinks. There will be music from 5 pm and the screening starts at 9:30 pm.
Experience jazz in a variety of forms and venues during Copenhagen Jazz Festival. Since its beginnings in 1979, the festival has been taking over there city every summer. Until 10th July, there will be events all over the city, from streets to cafés to concert halls to open air venues. Copenhagen has a special relationship to jazz: In the 1950s and 60s, a group of American jazz icons had their creative base in the city, laying the foundation for a thriving local scene. Get a taste of this fascination and enjoy programs for true enthusiasts, first timers, children, pensioners, and much more. Find more information on the festival website.
Every summer, the popular amusement park Tivoli is offering an exciting series of concerts in the heart of Copenhagen. The concerts are free for Tivoli card holders. Find more information on the website.
Over summer, Cinemateket presents a selection of the best movies for children every Wednesday to Friday at 10 and 11 am as well as Saturday and Sunday at 11:15 am and 12:30 pm. Find the program on the website.
Unleash your creativity and learn how to make your own ceramics in a five-day course at Absalon. The first course starts on Monday 11th July. Participation costs 1550 DKK per person including materials and lunch on all days.
For this special exhibition, six international contemporary artists have been invited to to present installations, video, and performances at six different locations in Copenhagen – portraying the mental state of the world we live in. The exhibition is formed as a living entity, taking shape at various locations throughout the city, opening at different hours of the day, and different days of the months – continuously occurring in new variations. It will run until 10th July.
Step into the wondrous world of South Korean artist Haegue Yang. In her first solo exhibition in Denmark, SMK presents an extensive selection of her enticing works featuring sound, illumination, scent, and movement to stir multiple senses. The exhibition will be on display until 31st July.
Get up close with iconic American photographer Diane Arbus at this first large-scale retrospective in Scandinavia. Arbus is especially known for her striking black and white photographs that revolutionized portraiture, through their range of subjects and their style. Primarily made in and around New York City, she selected her subjects – including couples, children, nudists, suburban families, circus performers, and celebrities, among others – for their singularity. The exhibition will be on display until 31st July.
French artist Suzanne Valadon had to defy class and gender norms to become a successful painter. After a childhood shaped by poverty and a career as a popular artist’s model, she was the first self-taught woman to exhibit at Salon de la Nationale des Beaux Arts. Her uncompromising portraits and nudes are considered groundbreaking by the art world. With the exhibition “Suzanne Valadon – model, painter, rebel,” Glyptoteket presents and celebrates her contribution to European art at the beginning of the 20th century. It will be on display until 31st July.
Love things that sparkle? Then this exhibition will thrill you. Take a look at Danish sculptor and collector Bertel Thorvaldsen’s world-class private collection of gold signet rings and carved gemstones. The exhibition, in the stunning Thorvaldsen’s museum in the center of Copenhagen, focuses on both the meaning of the ancient gems in antiquity, as well as Thorvaldsen’s personal relationship to them as a collector. The exhibition is on until 31st July.
On the occasion of CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, Kunsthal Charlottenborg invited secret society New Red Order to curate an international group exhibition. The explored themes include land rights, history-writing, religion, public monuments, Indigenous peoples across nation borders, support, independence, and survivance. The exhibition is accompanied by an ambitious programme of public events. It is on splay until 7th August.
South African photographer and visual activist Zanele Muholi is known for capturing the complexity of experiences within the queer community. In collaboration with Tate Modern and Bildmuseet at Umeå University, GL Strand presents more than 100 photographs that represent Muholi’s career to date, from the very first body of work “Only Half the Picture” to the on-going series “Somnyama Ngonyama”. The exhibition is on display until 4th September.
For the first time in Europe, Copenhagen Contemporary brings together a wide range of artworks that can be attributed to the American art movement Light and Space. On 5000 m2, you can experience pieces by James Turrell, Helen Pashgian, and Bruce Nauman alongside contemporary European artists inspired by the movement like Olafur Eliasson. The exhibition stretches across all five exhibition halls and will be on display until 4th September.
Create your own art works inspired by the patterns, monsters, ornaments, and mythical creatures that can be found allover the museum. This new clay workshop lets children and their adults unleash their creativity. All art works will later be displayed on a huge exhibition wall. The workshop takes place every Tuesday to Sunday until 4th September from 11 am to 3 pm. Both, the entrance to the museum, and participation in the workshop are free for children and young people up to the age of 18.
The fifth exhibition of Louisiana’s series “The Architect’s Studio” presents Forensic Architecture, an interdisciplinary research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Working in the intersection of architecture, law, journalism, human rights, and the environment, Forensic Architecture investigates conflicts and crimes around the world.
The goal is to solve crimes against civilians by analyzing architecture and landscapes. Working with grassroots activists, international NGOs and media organizations, the Forensic team carries out investigations on behalf of people affected by political conflict, police brutality, border regimes, and environmental violence. The exhibition will be on display until 23rd October 2022.
Under the headline “The future is present“, Design Museum Denmark explores the role of design in shaping the future. Following the three themes Human, Society, and Planet+, the exhibition asks questions, proposes scenarios, and shows examples while putting a focus on creating conversations rather than providing concrete answers. It will be on display until 1st June 2023.
Every Sunday and on selected Saturdays, the Royal Ballet opens its doors for the entire family. Pull back the curtain and experience the magical world of ballet and opera. The tour is suitable for children from four to 12 years and takes 75 minutes. Tickets are available from 60 DKK.
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