It’s June in Copenhagen: the days seem endless, sunbeams are dancing on the water, and Copenhageners are out and about. From dips in the canal to dinners under the open sky, everyone’s keen to enjoy being outside as much as possible. And if the weather doesn’t play along, festivals, indoor events, and exhibitions will keep you busy.
Here are the best events in Copenhagen this month:
Wednesday 31st May – Sunday 4th June
Distortion started as an experimental party project in 1998 and has since changed its form a few times: today, it’s a mix of ticket-only areas and free street parties. No matter where you decide to party, get ready for a good time. Learn more and get your ticket via the website.
Thursday 1st – Saturday 10th June
Get a sense of the Danish contemporary art scene and enjoy studio visits, art bars, exhibitions, performances, and more in a variety of museums, galleries, and artist-run project spaces allover Copenhagen, Malmö, and Aarhus.
Art Week consists of two parts: one for professionals and one for the general public so no matter whether you’re a connoisseur or new to the field, there’s something for you. Learn more on the website.
Thursday 1st – Sunday 11th June
Copenhagen regularly ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities so what better place to discuss how architecture shapes daily life? Join for a mix of debates, film screenings, exhibitions, and more.
Thursday 1st June
How do restrictive built environments and social structures prevent people with disabilities from a thriving cultural life and career within in the art field? Join when activist and contemporary art host Cath Borch Jensen and visual artist Anthony Dexter Giannelli discuss this very question, moderated by Maria Bee Christensen-Strynø. At Ungdommens Demokratihus from 6-8 pm. Ungdommens Demokratihus is fully accessible with level access, handicap toilets, and ample seating.
Friday 2nd June
Join and celebrate the opening of SPACE10’s newest exhibition with drinks and discussions. “Design in the Age of AI“ critically examines how AI tools can help us imagine, design, and build a better future for all. With spatial design by Wang & Söderström, the exhibition features the winners of the Regenerative Futures AI design competition, alongside new works created with IKEA, Panter&Tourron, and oio. From 6-8 pm.
Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th June
Copenhagen’s annual design festival started as a “con amore project“ as Managing Director Signe Byrdal Terenziani describes it, but has since established itself as a darling of the international design scene. Scattered across multiple locations all over the city, it’s a celebration of Scandinavian design and the brands and people that make it special. Established as well as up-and-coming brands will be hosting exhibitions, talks, product launches, social gatherings, and more so this is is a great opportunity to get up close with the Scandinavian design scene.
Hot tip: love vintage design? Our Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Thandi Norman will be hosting a talk with Kristina Dam, founder of Kristina Dam Studio, called “Everything Old is New Again.” The talk will cover using vintage design as inspiration as well as how to live with vintage design in your own home. The talk will be held at The Vintage Bar, 3 – 4 pm on Wednesday, 8th June. There will be drinks and nibbles afterwards. Entry is free!
Throughout 3 Days of Design, cross-disciplinary design, research, and art practice Natural Material Studio is exhibiting an on-site installation in Hall 6 at Copenhagen Contemporary. An interactive and speculative
investigation of the boundary points between humankind, nature, and space, the exhibition features sculptural furniture, light works, and material installations. This is a great glimpse into the future for anyone interested in or working with design and architecture.
Wednesday 7th June
Deer Bodega at Åben
Deer Bodega is a programmatic line-up that celebrates the smokey spirit of Danish bodegas by staging exciting evenings that combine live music, literature, and DJ sets. There are two this month, the first of which is at Åben from 7 pm to midnight. The line up includes poet Casper Eric, musician Jeuru, and DJ Sara Vita from Future Female Sounds. These events are free and open to all.
How might designers and architects use AI to challenge past practices and work towards planet-positive living? Join a talk with designers at SPACE10, starting at 5:30pm. Admission is free but please register in advance.
Thursday 8th June
How can we create new sustainable systems for design and architecture by rethinking the materials we use? And what do renewable, biodegradable, upcycled, and non-toxic materials look like in tomorrow’s homes? SPACE10 and 3 Days of Design have teamed up with Material Matters and Office Kim Lenschow to present an inspirational live event at Copenhagen Contemporary that brings together pioneers in the material field to deliver keynotes as well as lively panel conversations.
A new generation of designers, architects, and companies will introduce you to innovative materials, such as textiles woven from fruits or products made with fungus, and showcase their practical application in our future daily lives.
The symposium starts at 1:30 and wraps up with informal drinks between 6 and 7 pm. Participation is free but please register in advance via the website.
Friday 9th June
A Friday Bar with a twist: enjoy your after work beer while getting creative. Starting with a lump of clay, you’ll make a portrait of your ceramic partner. After the workshop, the creations are fired and glazed. Please note that it can take up to three weeks before you can pick up the finished piece. Tickets cost 200 DKK. From 8:30 – 10:30 pm.
Sunday 11th June
While we may live in the same urban environments, the livable space that is available to all is a small fraction of what it should be. UKK Art Workers with Disabilities invites you to their open house to preview the online system they have created as part of their project to map access to the art sector. There’ll also be an artist talk by Victor Vejle on the subject.
The talk will be held in English. The event takes place at Ungdommens Demokratihus from 11 am to 4 pm. Ungdommens Demokratihus is fully accessible with level access, handicap toilets, and ample seating.
Tuesday 13th – Saturday 17th June
Poetry Club at Huset KBH’s Xenon
Every week, six young people meet to discuss their shared interest in poetry while maneuvering the small and big challenges of everyday life. The play is performed every day at 7 pm and the doors open half an hour before. Tickets are available from 30 DKK. Please note that this arrangement is taking place in Danish.
Wednesday 14th June
Go on a culinary trip to the Caribbean when The Caribbean Housewife dishes out a three-course menu, accompanied by a natural wine pairing with wines from women producers. Not into wine? Choose the kombucha pairing instead. Tickets cost 850 DKK and move fast so you better be quick. From 6-11 pm.
Thursday 15th June
Join Danish eyewear brand Messy Weekend for a summer party open to all from 5 pm – 9 pm at department store Magasin. There will be a DJ, pétanque, drinks, food, and good vibes.
Admire the beautiful Sunflower Collection by Guatemalan-Danish accessories brand Pura Utz and, perhaps even more importantly, meet Co-Founder Bernabela and Head of Production Elisa who are in town from Guatemala. So bring your amigxs and join for good vibes and cold drinks. Don’t forget your wallet because you’ll definitely want to get your hands on some pieces from this limited-edition collection.
Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th June
Popular design market Finders Keepers is back with its summer edition. Swing by Øksnehallen and browse pieces by 200 designers, creatives, and craftspeople. There will also be a second hand section to buy preloved clothing as well as food and drinks. Day tickets cost 50 DKK and weekend tickets 70 DKK.
Saturday 17th June
Join for the first edition of Platea Partis (street party in Latin) in Copenhagen’s Latin Quarter. The roads will be closed for cars and instead, open for life. Enjoy food, drinks, vintage clothes for 50 DKK, a Kpop dance crew, DJs, chalk for children, and adult ice cream served by Jailhouse. There’s something for everyone. From 11 am to 10 pm.
Sunday 18th June
Go on treasure hunt and give preloved items and homemade art or design a new home. Want to put up a stall? Learn more on the website. From 10 am to 3 pm.
Sauti Sol at Lille Vega
Put on your dancing shoes and wrap up the weekend with a bang when Afropop-band Sauti Sol is coming to Lille Vega. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 260 DKK.
Monday 19th June
Into board games? Then this is for you! Every Monday is Board Game Night at Absalon. Meet and play with people from the Danish Scrabble Union, The Copenhagen Go Club, and Absalon’s very own Backgammon Club. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a pro. Everyone’s welcome. Entrance is free and you can buy drinks and snacks at the bar. From 7:30 pm to midnight.
Tuesday 20th June
Deer Bodega: Byhaven
Deer Bodega is a programmatic line-up that celebrates the smokey spirit of Danish bodegas by staging exciting evenings that combine live music, literature, and DJ sets. There are two this month, the second of which is at Byhaven from 4 pm to midnight. The line up includes poet Victor Boy Lindholm, musician Josie Amadonna, and DJs G.HO and Emma Lincoln Future Female Sounds. These events are free and open to all.
Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th June
Love a chilled glass of rosé on a warm summer’s day? Then the Copenhagen Rosé Festival at The Plant is for you. Bringing together rosé producers from all over the world, this two day festival includes over 100 winemakers. Tickets include 10 tasting tokens. It’s possible to buy a glass or two while you walk around, or buy a bottle (or case) to take home. There will also be food for purchase. This is a great way to spend a summer afternoon with friends! Purchase tickets here.
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Saturday 24th June
Breakfast Bingo at Huset KBH
Start off your Saturday with a delicious breakfast and a casual bingo session. For 100 DKK you get an awesome breakfast plate consisting of a croissant, bread, a boiled egg, fruit, yoghurt with muesli and strawberries, as well as tea or coffee, and juice. Bingo cards are available for 10 DKK a piece with all proceeds going to Ventilen, a Copenhagen-based organization that fights loneliness among the youth. From 10 am to 4 pm.
Sunday 25th June
With its ongoing series “Danish on a Sunday“, Cinemateket allows Non-Danish speakers a glimpse into the world of Danish cinema by screening Danish movies with English subtitles. “The Cake Dynasty“ follows middle-aged factory boss Niels who’s at a breaking point as his family-run cake factory is on the verge of bankruptcy. In an attempt to turn the ship around, he’s experimenting with new ways. Will these cause him to fall apart or open his heart? The movie is screened at 2:15 pm.
Learn how to make fresh dumplings from scratch, vegan or with meat depending on your preference. With authentic recipes and experts by your side, this is a fun and delicious Sunday activity that feels like a short vacation. Tickets cost 480 DKK. Book your ticket via the Madbillet.
Tuesday 27th June
Tinashe at Store Vega
British multi-talent Tinashe has worked with music industry heavyweights such as Nick Jonas and Calvin Harris. Spanning disciplines from singing, songwriting to mixing and producing, she’s taking full control of her musical career. Join when she’s bringing her take on R&B and pop to Store Vega – doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 300 DKK.
Friday 30th June
Kick off the weekend with refreshing Italicus Spritz, rooftop views, and beats provided by a live DJ at Zoku Copenhagen, a hybrid hotel designed for living, working, and socializing. From 4-10 pm, admission is free.
Ongoing Events in June
Go on a cinematic journey to Latin America at the 10th edition of Latin American Film Festival. In collaboration with the cultural organization Casa Latinoamericana, 10 embassies, and several other partners, Cinemateket is presenting 22 movies and a variety of events throughout June.
Swing by À mon avis’ new space on Vesterbrogade and check out the current group exhibition of eight Danish and international artists. All works are available for purchase. On display until 17th June.
Absalon hosts community dinners seven days a week. Bring some friends, neighbors, or colleagues and enjoy a low key long table dinner. Food is served at 6 pm but please arrive no later than 5:45 pm. Tickets cost 50 DKK Sunday to Wednesday and 100 DKK Thursday to Saturday. Please make sure to book in advance. The menu changes daily but there’s always a vegetarian option available.
Dive into the world of French cinema at this event series presented by Institut français du Danemark, France’s cultural center in Denmark, together with Grand Teatret. Until 19th June, there’ll be a variety of screenings. Explore the program via the website!
With “Børnebiffen“, Cinemateket puts children in the front seat: throughout June and all the way to August, there’ll be a wide range of movie screenings for children from as young as three years old. Learn more on the website.
What better way to celebrate the weekend than to start the day with a long leisurely brunch? Join when mother is serving a bit of everything from fruit and granola to pasta to sourdough pizza, all prepared in the open kitchen, alongside coffee from Andersen & Maillard. All ingredients and specialties are either locally produced in Denmark or directly imported from Italy. On Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm. Into jazz? Come on Sundays and enjoy live jazz while brunching.
The gruesome, grotesque, absurd, and comic merge in the works of American artist Dana Schutz. The Michigan-born, Brooklyn-based artist has made a name for herself showing a strong sense for compassion and storytelling.
The exhibition is on display until 11th June.
French artist Daniel Buren has received international acclaim for his iconic use of boldly colored stripes. Working specifically within the realm of public art and site-specific installations, Buren uses the environment as inspiration, incorporating it into his work. Experience his solo exhibition “Cascades / Kaskader“ from 3rd June.
In ancient Egypt magic and animal deities played a crucial role in society. But when the Pharaoh Akhenaten came to power, he abolished the ancient animal deities and ordained a new religion that only allowed to worship the sun god, Aten.
The new cult led to major social upheaval, so Akhenaten along with Queen Nefertiti left and founded a new city that today is known as Amarna.
This exhibition tells the soy of the rise and fall of Amarna. It will be on display until 18th June 2023.
Kunshall Charlottenborg presents Jeremy Deller’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. Through film, sculptures, and graphics, the exhbition showcases aspects of documentary that characterize his works. On display until 6th August.
With this exhbition, Copenhagen-based artist Marie Rud Rosenzweig explores the neglected or unusable objects of our time and the narratives they present through paintings, monumental floor sculptures, and photographs. The title for her solo exhibition is borrowed from Philip K. Dick’s dystopian futuristic novel in which ’kipple’ refers to objects — both dead and living — which have been left over in a new, increasingly alien world. The exhibition is on display until 6th August.
When Copenhagen became wonderful: Poster Artist Ib Antoni at Museum of Copenhagen
A smiling mermaid and friendly guardsman packaged in a sixties colours and style – rings a bell? This exhibition sheds light on the man who created these and other images that many associate with Copenhagen. In honor of Danish poster artist Ib Antoni, the Museum of Copenhagen hosts a special exhibition, presenting the artist in the context of the times he lived in. It will be on display until October.
Experience one of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art’s recent acquisitions: “Memory Lost“ by American activist and photographer Nan Goldin is an approximately 24 minute long digital slide show. Being intimate, poetic, captivating, and heartbreaking all at once, it revolves around abuse, friendship, love, deprivation, and loss. The slide show is jointly owned by Louisiana and Moderna Museet Stockholm. It can be experienced in the South Wing until October.
There’s something special about the art of table-setting and the way a decorated table sets the scene for special and everyday occasions. Experience how table-setting has changed over time and admire the collection of plates, figurines, jugs, and more. All the way through 2025, seven of the museum’s historical tables are decorated with items from the renaissance until today.
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