What’s On in Copenhagen: May 2016

It’s May! It’s May! The sun is out and there’s so much to do, so we’ll just get to it.

Here’s what’s happening this month:

Sunday 1st May

International Workers’ Day

Even for those who don’t know much about history or politics of the workers’ struggle, International Worker’s Day is an institution in Copenhagen. Upwards of 50,000 people head to Fælledparken in Østerbro to listen to politicians make speeches (including the Prime Minister), hear concerts, eat from food carts, drink beers, wave red flags and hang out with friends or family. It’s a reminder that the workers of the world have fought hard for their rights and we can all take part.

International Workers Day Maj 1. Copenhagen Denmark | Scandinavia Standard


Used-Things Flea Market

A slightly redundant title, perhaps, but they tell it like it is! Go have an easy day of browsing at Absalon, where you can buy everything from clothes to home goods. From 11 am – 4 pm.

USED THINGS MARKET - Copenhagen - May 2016


Harem Spice Girls Special Sunday

A girls-only, transinclusive dance party at nightclub Jolene! If guys want to join, they need to be on the guest list so just make sure to get in touch at least two days in advance of the event. You gotta get with your friends!


Wednesday 4th May

Copenhagen Zombie Crawl

The pub crawl to end all pub crawls, because the world will be over because it’s the zombie apocalypse. Tickets are 60 DKK and entitle you to a shot at each of the four bars, plus entrance to the after-party at High Voltage. Unfortunately, main course of brains not included.

ZOMBIE PUB CRAWL - Copenhagen - May 2016


Thursday 5th May

In the Footsteps of The Danish Girl

A tour of Copenhagen using the key locations of the film The Danish Girl, about Lili Elbe, one of the first women to elect gender reassignment. A lovely way to see the city with a historical perspective.


Friday 6th May

Yasiin Bey (AKA Mos Def) at Store Vega

You guys, Mos Def is coming to Copenhagen! I don’t think we need to say anything else. Now if we could just get Talib Kweli to come….


Friday 6th – Saturday 28th May

ferm LIVING Pop-Up Shop

Check out the first brick-and-mortar store from Danish design brand ferm LIVING. They have everything from office goods to home wears – there’s definitely something for everyone! The shop is across from Magasin at Bremerholm 6.


Sunday 8th – Monday 9th May

Viktoriagade Street Party & Mikkeller Bar Birthday

The Mikkeller Bar at Viktoriagade is turning 6 years old so come celebrate with beer, cocktails and ice cream. Fingers crossed for sunshine!

VIKTORIAGADE PARTY - Copenhagen - May 2016-2


Friday 13th May

Friday Night Skate

Rollerblade your way around Copenhagen starting at Solbjerg Plads in Frederiksberg. It starts at 8, which luckily is not even close to sunset. Takes place again this month, same time & location, on 27th May.

FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE - Copenhagen - May 2016 Scandi


Saturday 14th May

Kaktus København & Istid 1 Year Birthday

Great deals on cacti all day, plus cocktail sorbets from Istid; it doesn’t get better! Celebrate at the Kaktus København flagship store on Jægersborggade from 11 am.

KAKTUS & ISTID - Copenhagen - May 2016


Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th May

Tacopop Season Opening

Go get some delicious tacos at Kødbyen Mad go Marked from 11 am. Tacos! That is all.



Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd May

CLICK Festival

This festival takes places in Helsingør, under an hour from Copenhagen by train, and we think it’s worth the trip. CLICK explores the connections between science and technology through talks, music, and other art forms. There will be some incredible performances, including Phillip Glass and the Phillip Glass Ensemble on 20th May.


Saturday 21st May


This fun all-day festival is filled with music, art, skateboarding, a flea market and a lot of kid-friendly activities. Nice way to spend your Saturday, especially if it’s sunny! Takes place at Enghave Plads in Vesterbro.

FORTOVSFEST - Copenhagen - May 2016


Vild Vin Festival

Get your ticket and taste up to 50 biodynamic “wild” wines, from a large group of vineyards and importers at KW3 in Østerbro. You’ll also be able to purchase bottles, and separate tickets for some great pop-up dinners. A food & wine-lovers dream!

VILD VIN FEST - Copenhagen  - May 2016


Sunday 22nd May

Balders Biks

Ah, it’s the start of the season for Balders Biks, an all-day festival at Balders Plads in Nørrebro that will take place a few more times through the summer. There will be local DJs, plenty of food & drink, market booths and more. Perfect Sunday.

BALDERS BIKS - Copenhagen - May 2016


The Guilty Feminist: Live Podcast Recording

This event is currently sold out, but they seem to be adding shows & there may be some tickets up for grabs, so keep an eye on it! Watch a live-recording of the podcast “Guilty Feminist” with comedians Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White, in which they discuss 21st century feminist issues (like, for instance, the word “feminist”) with guests.

GUILTY FEMINIST - Copenhagen - May 2016


Saturday 28th May

Moondog’s 100 Year Birthday

A tribute to one of the strangest men of jazz, on what would have been his 100th birthday. Takes place at the Jazzhouse, starting at 9 pm.


Sunday 29th May

Father John Misty at Falconer Salen

His show on the 28th is fully sold out, so he’s added another one! How nice of him. Go see the charismatic performer (previous drummer for Fleet Foxes) who recently described seeing Taylor Swift on acid; tickets are 350 DKK.


Ongoing in May

Learning from Japan,” Designmuseum Denmark

This exhibit explores the Japanese influence on Danish design. There will be over 400 works on display – both Japanese and Danish – some of which have rarely been seen by the public. On until September 2016.

LEARNING FROM JAPAN - Nov 2015 - Whats on Copenhagen


Illumination,” Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The largest collection of new art shown over the museum’s 60 year history, with 96 new works. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and more. On until mid-September 2016.


Safe Conduct,” Statens Museum for Kunst

A new work by video installation artist Ed Atkins that explores our relationship to technology. On until September. Unlike most temporary exhibits at SMK, this one is free!


See the 2016 Holidays & Flag Days Calendar.

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Are you planning to attend any events this month? Are there any good ones we missed? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

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