What’s On in Copenhagen: June 2022

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It’s June in Copenhagen and that can only mean one thing: endless Scandi summer days are on their way. As daylight sticks around until the early hours, so do Copenhageners. The city’s pulse picks up and people make the most of the longest days of the year.

Get your dose of culture with numerous exhibitions, go on treasure hunt at open air flea markets, and party at this summer’s first festivals; there’s plenty going on in Copenhagen this month.

Here are the best events in Copenhagen this June:

Wednesday 1st June

Summer restaurant at Culture Tower Knippelsbro

Culture Tower Knippelsbro is transforming into a restaurant again! Wine and dine with a phenomenal view across Copenhagen’s harbor area. The four-course dinner, including four glasses of wine from Rosforth & Rosforth, costs 700 DKK.


Wednesday 1st – Sunday 5th June


Most people know Distortion as the multi-day street party that takes over Copenhagen, one district per day. Since its beginnings in 1998, the party project has evolved basically constantly. The 2022 edition will introduce three new programs: Actionhygge, Distortion X, and Havnehygge. Nørrebro Street Party will take a break. For the full overview of which free street parties and ticketed parties and concerts to expect, check the festival website.



Thursday 2nd June

Rooftop Thursdays at Glyptoteket

Get your dose of culture and round off the evening overlooking Copenhagen’s rooftops. The ticket for museum entry, three hearty snacks, and a welcome beer costs 320 DKK. Food and drinks are served from 5:30 pm but admission to the museum is valid all day. Can’t make it? The event takes place every Thursday in June.


Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th June

Heartland Festival at Egeskov Castle

Heartland combines the best of music, art, talks, and food to an extended festival format in the beautiful surroundings of Egeskov Castle. Egeskov is located on the island of Funen so a short drive from Copenhagen. Learn more on the website.



Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th June

Do you hear the roars outside this building? at Union KBH

This play explores the colonial influence and warfare in West Africa through the eyes of the main character Saam Deetrys, who is president of the fictional West African nation Westa. There are three performances that weekend, Friday at 6:15 pm and Saturday at 2:15 pm as well as 6:15 pm. Can’t make it? Bookmark Wednesday 8th June – there will be two performances, one at 1 pm and one at 6:15 pm. All performances take place in English and tickets cost 165 DKK.


Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th June


Celebrate the beginning of summer and everything Frederiksberg has to offer on this first weekend of June. There will be food, music, and more – so bring friends and neighbors and have a good time. Find the program on the website.



Sunday 5th June

The Green Flea Market

Give products a second life, enjoy plant-based food, a glass beer, and more at The Green Flea Market in the heart of Nørrebro. Learn more and find out how to book a stall for this date or the next one on 26th June on the website. From 10 am to 4 pm.


Eric Nam at DR Koncerthuset

K-pop star Eric Nam is coming to Copenhagen. Whether you’ve bee a fan already or want to dip your toes into this popular genre, this one’s for you. Tickets cost 235 DKK and the concert starts at 8 pm.



Wednesday 8th June

Winemakers Dinner featuring Joy Kull of La Villana (Lazio, Italy) by The Caribbean Housewife

The Caribbean Housewife is known for her popular event series “Housewife Roast“ with natural wine pairings from women producers every second Wednesday of the month. For this edition, she’ll be hosting a special Winemakers Dinner: Enjoy four courses of Housewife classics paired with Joy’s beautiful natural wine, and meet the woman behind the wine in person. Seats go fast, so secure your ticket in advance. From 6-10 pm.


Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th June

Pop-up gallery & art sale by Rodløs

With this new format, Rodløs strives to demystify the experience of buying art: all art works along with prices will be posted on Instagram @rodloskunst ahead of the event and then be available for sale on the opening night as well as the following three days. The gallery features seven artists from Danish and international academies, prices range from 1,000 to 15,000 DKK. Swing by Frederiksberg Allé 60A for the opening on Thursday from 5-8 pm or on one of the other following days: Friday from 12 noon – 7 pm, Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm.



Fringe Festival by Copenhagen Theatre Circle at ICC Theatre

Fringe is a unique opportunity to see something entirely brand new, brought to life for the very first time. Come and experience a range of original works, ranging from performances to staged readings to dance. Find the program and tickets on the festival website.


Copenhagen Americana at Vega

There’s a new festival in town: For the first time, Copenhagen Americana will be taking place at Vega, following Stockholm and Oslo. Into folk, country, blues, rhythm and blues or rock? Get your festival ticket and embark on an Americana-induced weekend.


Friday 10th June

Opening of Archives in the Tongue: A Litany of Freedoms by Jeanette Ehlers at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Join for the opening of this summer’s major solo show at Kunsthal Charlottenborg. In recent years, Jeannette Ehlers has taken on a key role in the Danish art world by raising awareness of Denmark’s past as a colonial power. Combining film, performance, and photography, this exhibition reflects on topics such as kinship, solidarity, and colonial afterlives. There will be talks, music, as well as the possibility to explore the exhibition. Entry is free. From 5-9 pm.



Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th June


Copenhagen’s annual design festival is back. While there are many industry events throughout the three days, there are also plenty of events that are open to the public including exhibitions, parties, and showrooms. Take a look at the program to see all the offerings.


Thursday 16th June

Aiayu x Lille Klode – learn visible mending and emroidery

Visible mending highlights instead of hiding, creating perfect imperfections. Small signs of a loved and cherished garment. In this workshop, you will learn visible mending techniques, and get the tools you need for continuing at home. From 11 am – 1 pm and 4 – 6 pm. Attendance is free; simply RSVP to [email protected]


Friday 17th June

Aiayu x Raa Workshop – learn how to naturally dye with plants

In this workshop you will learn all about naturally dyeing fabrics with plants. You will receive a goodie bag that includes a starter kit as well as instructions for you to dye your own fabrics at home. From 1 – 2 pm. Attendance is free; simply RSVP to [email protected]


Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th June


Metalheads, you’re in for a treat: Copenhell is Denmark’s biggest rock and metal festival. Discover new music and headbang to immortal classics in the industrial surroundings of Refshaleøen.

Check out more info on the best metal bands from Scandinavia in general, Sweden and Norway to get ready beforehand.



Sunday 19th June

Flea market in Blågårdsgade

Go on treasure hunt or pass on old favorites when popular street Blågårdsgade transforms into an open air flea market. Putting up a stall costs 100 DKK and spots need to be booked in advance. Learn more via the Facebook event. From 10 am to 4 pm.


Reopening Design Museum Denmark

The day has finally come! Design Museum Denmark is reopening after having been closed for renovation since 2020. The team has plenty of inspiring exhibitions up its sleeve so make sure to check out the program via the museum’s website.



Tom Odell at Store Vega

British singer-songwriter Tom Odell took the world by storm when releasing his 2013 album “Long Way Down“. After taking a break, he’s back with his new album “monsters“, a darker more electronic expression of his musical talent. Experience him at Store Vega – doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 295 DKK.


Wednesday 22nd June

Introductionary Greek with Oinofilia

Swirl, taste, and get up close with four of the most enjoyed Greek grapes: Assyrtiko, Roditis, Agiorgitiko, and Xinomavro. Maria from Oinoifilia will introduce you to the grapes, winemakers, and regions as well as explain similarities and differences to other European grapes and wines. As a bonus, she’ll share some tips on what food to pair with the wines. From 6-7:30 pm. Tickets cost 175 DKK and need to be pre-booked. Find more information in the Facebook event.



Friday 24h – Saturday 25th June

Copenhagen Rosé Festival

Love having a glass of rosé in the sunshine? Then this is your festival! Enjoy exploring rosé from a number of wineries and countries, as well as other rosé-adjacent products like rosé-infused vodka (yes, really!) at The Plant, an enormous, light-filled space on Amager. It’s possible to buy tickets for the full festival or just one day. Purchase tickets ASAP; they’re selling quickly!


Sunday 26th June

Maria Faust album release concert at Culture Tower Knippelsbro

Denmark-based Estonian musician Maria Faust releases her first solo saxophone album “MOnuMENT“ on 17th June. Join her for the official release concert at the wonderful venue Culture Tower (Kulturtårnet) Knippelsbro. Stay tuned via her Facebook page.



Flea market in Islands Brygge

One of Copenhagen’s biggest outdoor flea markets is back. Combine your Sunday stroll along the water with a browse or put up a stall yourself. Stalls cost 150 DKK and are available via Place 2 Book. From 10 am to 4 pm.




Archives in the Tongue: A Litany of Freedoms by Jeanette Ehlers at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

In this summer’s major solo show at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Jeannette Ehlers forges a spiritual and meditative space that sheds light on Afro-Caribbean relations. Combining film, performance, and photography, this exhibition reflects on topics such as kinship, solidarity, and colonial afterlives. In recent years, Jeannette Ehlers has taken on a key role in the Danish art world by raising awareness of Denmark’s past as a colonial power.


Andrew Bick at Von Bartha

Under the headline “When we look at now, going forward, we need to maximize that“, Von Bartha is presenting a solo exhibition by London-based artist Andrew Bick. The titles for Bick’s work have long reflected concrete poetry, humorous misuse of terminology, and the inherent gap between word and image. With this exhibition, he’s sending a “farewell” to his longstanding incorporation of constructionist artist Gillian Wise’s work (1936-2020) into his own work, whilst also looking forward positively through an act of remembrance. The exhibition will be on display at Von Bartha’s space in the Carlsberg district until 9th July.



Sonja Delaunay at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Sonja Delaunay is considered one of the most original voices of Modernism and a visionary regarding the role of visual arts and design for culture in a broader sense. Her practice includes painting, textile design, and advertising, among others and she frequently collaborated with colleagues from other art fields. With this exhibition, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art presents a large range of her projects, spanning over various media, from the 1910s until the 1970s. It will be on display until 12th June.


Haegue Yang: Double Soul at SMK

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.



Diane Arbus at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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.


Suzanne Valadon at Glyptoteket

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.



Precious at Thorvaldsens Museum

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.


Light and Space at Copenhagen Contemporary

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.



Forensic Architecture at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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.


The future is present at Design Museum Denmark

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.



Family tour at The Royal Theatre

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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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.