What’s On in Copenhagen: May 2020

The country is slowly coming out of lockdown, but we’re still not quite back to normal and most events are still canceled. In this interim period that feels a little like limbo, there’s still plenty you can do to pass – nay – enjoy the time.

Stay safe and enjoy what Copenhagen has to offer from home this month, including public holidays, digital events, and isolation activity ideas:

Friday 1st May

International Worker’s Day

May 1 will be without red flags in Fælledparken, but in light of COVID-19 and the progress Denmark is having, that’s just fine. Instead, we recommend reading up on the history of International Workers’ Day and consider brushing up on your politics.


Tuesday 5th May

Liberation day

On 4th May 1945, Denmark received word of its liberation from German occupation after five long years. To mark the occasion, many Danes flocked to the streets, burning the black curtains they’d been forced to use during bomb raids, and waving the Danish flag in celebration. To this day, Danes light candles placed in windows – a homage to the day the light was let back in.

Why not use this time to read up on the Danish resistance, who’s commendable efforts helped overthrow the Nazis in Denmark.



Friday 8th May

Store Bededag

‘Tis the season for multiple back-to-back public holidays, which perhaps isn’t such welcome news considering travel restrictions are still in place. Regardless, this one is an easy one to celebrate from home. Just head to your local bakery (make it an independent one and you’ll be doing your societal good for the week too) and pick up some hveder to enjoy toasted with butter and jam.


Thursday 14th May

Around the world in 80 oysters

Join a discussion about all things oysters with this Facebook LiveStream conversation between Julie Qiu and Jaughna Nielsen-Bobbit. Nielsen-Bobbit will be talking to the self-proclaimed oyster sommelier about the famous wild oysters in Denmark, from 6 pm CET.



If you’re a business or organisation that would like us to add your event to next month’s calendar, please contact us at hello [@] scandinaviastandard [dot] com. Thank you!

Here are the public holidays, flag days, and important event dates to stay in the know in Denmark 2020.


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Kay Litzinger

Kay is a creative multi-hyphenate with a focus on lifestyle and travel. After growing up in Germany and stints in Stockholm and Mexico City, he's now based in Copenhagen. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.