What’s On in Copenhagen: November 2017

It’s dark, cold and all-round miserable outside. But the Christmas markets open this month, so in our books that makes everything all right! Plus, you can satiate your inner nisse (elf) with J-dag, gløgg-brewin at Torvehallerne and heaps of other fun things to do like exhibitions, gigs and club nights.

Here’s what’s happening in Copenhagen this November:

Wednesday 1st November

International Vegan Day

A global celebration of all things vegan down at Kultorvet; free tastings, take-home recipes and the opportunity to learn what veganism is all about.


Thursday 2nd November

Artist Talk with Christina Capetillo

Architect and photographer Christina Capetillo, whose focus is on changing landscapes and places characterized by human interference, discusses her work.


Friday 3rd November


The very evening that delicious, liquorice-infused Christmas beer hits bars and bodegas all over Denmark, accompanied by cheeky nisse (christmas elves). Don’t sleep on this special Jul tradition, it’s only around for ten weeks each year! Go and grab some Christmas cheer(s)!


Friday Night Delight

Kick the weekend off right at Absalon’s club night with a candlelit meal, live music and lots of cocktails! Perfect for the more refined pardee animals.


Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th November

FindersKeepers Market at Lokomotivværkstedet

See some of the best handmade design around at this beloved market, including ceramics, jewellery, furniture and more. Tickets are only 40 DKK for the day and 70 DKK for the weekend if you order pre-sale here. This year there will also be a kids design section, so you can find everything you need for the little ones, too.


Saturday 4th November

Singalong at Huset’s Biograf

Belt out tunes from Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge. Cinemas are shadowy places, so no holding back on those top notes plz.


Sunday 5th November

Fleamarket at Student House

The summer flea markets might be over, but thankfully the Student House is here for your bargain hunting fix. Clear a space in that closet.


Tuesday 7th November

Sci-fi Evening at Tycho Brahe Planetarium

Calling all conspiracy theorists and sci-fi geeks: this is your dream evening! Attend a lecture examining what might happen if we did get a little visit from some tiny green men. Well-known sightings and areas of paranoramal activity like Area 51 and Roswell act as a guide for the evening’s speculations, followed by a sci-fi flick.


Wednesday 8th November

Feel Freeze x Sweet Sneak

Dreamy electronic duo Feel Freeze are joining up with food studio Sweet Sneak to bring you a concert of sensory and music delights.


Thursday 9th – Sunday 12th November

Sorte Firkant Music Festival

Super cool music festival! We’re not really sure what it’s all about but go check it out in Nørrebro.


Thursday 9th November

Design with Nature

A talk looking at the various projects working to integrate building, urban space and nature to enrich community spaces. The lecture will be held by Rasmus Astrup, partner at urban development consultancy SLA, along with Flemming Rafn Thomsen, partner at Tredje Natur architecture firm.


ODC x Muslings Bistro Thursday Bar

ODC, in collaboration with Musling Bistro, are holding “sticks ‘n wine” Thursday bar at their Kødbyen location. Grab some BBQ cod cheek & BBQ octopus & kimchi, as well as a glass (or full magnum) of 2011 Sancerre “Akmeniné” via Rosforth & Rosforth. A gourmet-goes-casual night for the books!


Friday 10th November

Gin Cocktail Workshop

Go beyond the usual G&Ts and master the art of some fancy, gin-infused cocktail recipes at this boozy workshop.



Christmas is coming early to the quaint streets of Nyhavn when the markets open up from now and throughout December. Cash in early and get your decor going for the festive season.


Sunday 12th November

European Outdoor Film Tour

Inspiring stories told against breathtaking backdrops from around the world.


Monday 13th November

Improv Workshop

Fancy yourself a bit of a comedian? Get out of your comfort zone and test the waters at this fun Improv Comedy workshop.


Tuesday 14th November

Perfume Genius at DR Koncerthuset

Seattle-based singer Mike Hadreas, a.k.a. Perfume Genius, plays songs from his emotion-infused pop-rock album No Shape that dropped this year.


Thursday 16th November

Bingo Banko at Absalon

Everybody loves Bingo right? But no one more so than the Danes. It’s a great way to hang out with the local community and win ALL the prizes!


Copenhagen Salon Series

Led by women and open to all, the Copenhagen Salon Series is hosting their next instalment at Peryton wine bar and gallery. This event will feature talks on feminism by Emma Holten, eco-activism by Laura Storm and your gut as a second brain by Louise Whiteley. All talks are in English. Tickets are only 50 DKK and space is limited to get on it!

Credit: Libby VanderPloeg


Friday 17th November – Saturday 23rd December


Homemade glühwein, bratwurst and REINDEERS down at Højbro Plads German Christmas market. The perfect post-shopping spot to bulk up on Christmas sparkle.


Saturday 18th November

Historic Drug-Scare Cinema at Huset’s Biograf

A mix of fascinating shorts, trailers and outtakes spanning 60 years of American drug-scare movies. The captivating footage demonstrates how far moviemakers went to shock-scare their audience into saying no to the doobie (spoiler: it didn’t work).


Sunday 19th November

Gløgg at Torvehallerne

Come and warm your cockles with Torvehallerne’s gløgg brewing afternoon. Gløggologists will be doing their best to impress passers-by. Fingers crossed for lots of free samples.


Tuesday 21th November

Cult Film Quiz

Movie buffs assemble! This is the night to prove your worth at Huset’s Cult Film Quiz. Come and test that obscure knowledge.


Wednesday 22nd November

Science & Sustainability

An open discussion on climate and sustainability, led by Copenhagen University professors Katherine Richardson and Stanley Johnson. No scienctific knowledge is required, just bags of curiosity.


Thursday 23rd November

Queen-themed Bingo

We’re not exactly sure how this works, but basically it’s BINGO sound-tracked by QUEEN. That’s all you need to know, really.


Friday 24th November

Black Friday

Save some dollah and treat yourself to all the discounts online and about town; it’s been a looooong old year!


Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th November

Copenhagen Latin Festival

Dance workshops – including Afro Cuban, Rumba, Rueda, Salsa, Reggaeton- as well as shows later on in the evening at Støberiet. Get your one-two, cha-cha-cha on.


Monday 27th November

The Horrors at Lille Vega

English indie rockers, The Horrors, went uncharacteristically quiet for a couple of years. But now the ghoulish guys are back with new material: Something To Remember Me By, already being hailed their best album yet by the Guardian.


Wednesday 29th November

Museum Lates

Explore the Zoological Museum after hours on a unique guided tour. Say hej to the giant Misty and hang out with the whole stuffed animal crew.


Thursday 30th November

Sleep Party People at DR Concert House

The Copenhagen-based brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Brian Batz, Sleep Party People is dreampop at its finest.


Ongoing in November

Crossing Borders at SMK

Artists have always crossed vast distances looking for something undiscovered and original, and on occasion, sometimes for just pure adventure. A selection of works from greats of the European art world between 1300 to 1800 focussing on those that went in search of their inspiration. Highlights include: Andrea Mantegna, Peter Paul Rubens, Corbelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts and Rembrandt van Rijn and much more.


Micheal Kvium Circus Europe at Arken

Visual Danish artist Michael Kvium is setting up his circus of the absurd at Arken. The exhibition centres around the European identity and community in a time governed by xenophobia, fear and tension. Kvium takes the political and social scenes of life in contemporary Europe and places it under the big top for all of us to gawk at.



Stanley Kubrick – The Exhibition

The Kunstforening GL STRAND presents the first exhibition of its kind in the Nordics, an exclusive look into Kubrick’s visionary workroom. Constructed from movie excerpts, interviews with Kubrick himself and colleagues, as well as old archive material, get a glimpse into the movie master at work.



Masterpieces. From Degas to Hammershøi at Ordrupgaard

A wonderful opportunity to experience the works of some of the greats from Ordrupgaard’s Danish and French collection, including Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin, Vilhelm Hammershøi and several others.

There will also be the opportunity to view the galleries extensive collection of pastels, rarely exhibited previously. These include Degas’s ballerinas in the rehearsal room and portraits by Renoir and Manet of life in Paris.


Don’t forget: all the 2017 Holidays & Flag Days are here.

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Anna Clarke

Anna Clarke is a writer and editor originally from London. She’s currently living out her Scandinavian dream here in Copenhagen.