What’s On in Copenhagen: November 2018

There’s no getting around it now: Copenhagen is squarely in winter mode. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the city! There’s plenty to do this month, including excellent exhibitions, pop-up events, restaurant openings, concerts, and so much more. Find something that’ll bring a little sunshine to your life on even the darkest of winter days.

Here are the best events happening in Copenhagen during November:

Friday 26th October – Sunday 4th November

MIX Copenhagen LGBT Film Festival

MIX Copenhagen returns this year to celebrate film that showcases the lives of those in the LGBTQI+ community. Their aim is to bend the gender binary. All events take place at Cinematket and Empire Bio.


Thursday 1st November

Slow: A Night on Dreams at Glyptoteket

Join Glyptoteket museum as they embark on a night all about dreams, in honor of their current exhibition featuring French painter Odilon Redon, “Into the Dream.” There will be food, drinks, talks, and activities from 5 – 10 pm.


Memento Mori by Boris Peianov at BauBau Shop

Artist and architect Boris Peianov will be exhibiting in one of Copenhagen’s coolest second hand shops, BauBau in Nørrebro, throughout November. Join for the opening evening of the exhibition, from 4 – 9 pm. Peianov works in collage to communicate a variety of emotions in each piece.


The Eye Launch at FRAMA

The Eye, the new book by Kinfolk Editor-in-Chief Nathan Williams profiling the world’s top creative directors, is launching. Come by the FRAMA store from 5 – 7 to celebrate, have some drinks, and purchase a signed copy.


Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th November

Carbonara Festival

After much teasing throughout the year, Cabonara Festival is finally upon us. Come to Torvehallerne over these three days, where there will be a Cabonara pavilion (yes, you read that right) outside the glass halls. You’ll be able to taste various cabonaras, take a cooking class, or just breathe in the carb-y atmosphere. Find more info here.


Friday 2nd November

J-Dag is Here!

Hurray, it’s J-Dag! On the first Friday of November, Tuborg’s special Christmas brew is finally available. Tuborg delivers the crates to bars across the country while singing their traditional song and handing out free beers to those they meet along the way. The seasonal pilsner is only available for six weeks, so make sure you go get one while you can.


Coffee Collective Roastery Tour and Tasting

The first Friday of every month, Coffee Collective hosts a tour and tasting (called a cupping) of their impressive roastery in Frederiksberg. Tickets are 150 DKK and include a bag of coffee beans to take home. No reservations needed, just show up and get ready for some delicious coffee.


Restaurant NOI Opens

The beautiful Nobis Hotel in Copenhagen will be opening their much-anticipated NOI Restaurant. The menu includes influences from all over Europe, with a New Nordic core and beautiful Scandinavian interior. Get your own expertly mixed drink at The Marble Bar. Whether you’re staying at the hotel or not, put the restaurant and bar on your list of places to try in the city.


Sunday 4th November

Vogue Session at Dansekapellet

Interesting in learning how to vogue from some of the best around? This class offers you the chance to learn, and it’s only 50 DKK! The class runs from 5 – 7 pm, and there’s a vogue session from 7 – 8 pm that-s free for all. Can’t make it this time around? This event is held every Sunday at the same time throughout the month.


Courtney Barnett at Store Vega

If you’re not listening to Australian rocker Courtney Barnett, what are you even doing? Her hard hitting songs, paired with witty lyrics, are the perfect outlet for all that air guitar you’ve been longing to work on. She’s an excellent live performer, so get your tickets before they’re gone.


Wednesday 7th – Thursday 8th November

Long Table Gatherings at FRAMA

Craving human connection, calming surroundings, and delicious food? Long Table Gatherings is for you! Enjoy a wonderful, seasonal dinner on either scheduled night, cooked by Danish chef Mikkel Karstad. The meal takes place at FRAMA store, so it’s guaranteed to be a night of joy and beauty. This will be hosted again on the 21st and 22nd of November. Tickets are 650 DKK.


Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th November

Copenhagen Short Film Festival

See short films of all genres represented at this exciting festival. Films will be held at Cinemateket, Gloria Biograf and Husets Biograf, so check their program for details. For filmmakers and film-lovers, this is not-to-be-missed!


Thursday 8th November

Gudrun & Gudrun x Holly Golightly Pop-Up Reception

Ultra-sustainable Faroese knitwear brand Gudrun & Gudrun are having a pop-up in collaboration with one of Copenhagen’s coolest boutiques, Holly Golightly. The pop-up takes place at Esplanaden 5 in the city centre. At their the opening, they’ll have a talk by Global Fashion Agenda CEO Eva Kruse, as well as drinks and snacks. Entrance is free and it promises to be an enlightening evening! The pop-up runs until 21st December, so be sure to check it out!


Sorte Firkant Music Festival

Enjoy this full day music festival of mostly local, alternative music at Sorte Firkant in Nørrebro. Acts include Snail Mail, Orcas, and The Entrepreneurs.


Friday 9th November

Breaking Bread at Apollo Bar

Copenhagen-based Israeli food photographer and self-taught cook Lior Zilberstein is hosting a one night dinner event at Apollo Bar from 7:30 – 11 pm. Come taste the flavors of Tel Aviv with this multi-course food and drink menu. Tickets are 590 DKK and can be purchased here. It promises to be a very special night!


Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th November

Finderskeepers Market x YUME

Finderskepers market is back, this time in collaboration with design workshop YUME. Head to Lokomotiværkstedt to find artisan products and handmade goods, from furniture to interior pieces to clothes. There’s something for everyone, and it’s wonderful to meet so many makers in one place. Entrance for one day is 50 DKK at the door (40 if you book in advance) or 70 DKK for both days (60 in advance).


Saturday 10th November

Cheese Festival

Love cheese? So do we! Check out the Cheese Festival at Torvehallerne for all kinds of delicious cheese, from domestic to international, from mild to smelly as hell. Want to learn more? Read our article on the best Danish cheese.


Meet Me in St. Louis at Cinemateket

Enjoy a few hours of pure escapism with the 1944 classic romantic musical comedy Meet Me in St. Louis. The film follows four sisters, including an absolutely delightful Judy Garland, just before the St. Louis World Fair of 1904.


Fætter Fætter Re-opens

Love a tasty toast? So do the folks at Nørrebro-favorite Fætter Fætter! They love them so much that they’ve closed down in order to renovate and reinvigorate their menu. Head over to Griffenfeldsgade for their triumphant return on 10th November to taste the new menu and have some delicious drinks.


Sunday 11th November

Danish on a Sunday: Backstabbing for Beginners

Directed by Dane Per Fly, this film follows a young, idealistic UN official working with a seasoned diplomat, played by Ben Kingsley. When corruption is covered, this official is confronted with the consequences of his work.


Serpentwithfeet at Lille Vega

Josiah Wise, known on stage as serpentwithfeet, is an American artist who combines soul, R & B, and gospel, all swirled together with an experimental edge. His music is exciting ang beautiful; he was a big hit this year at Haven Festival, and we can’t see what he brings to a more intimate stage.


Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th November

Ferm LIVING Stock Sale

From 10 am – 8 pm on both days, at Nørrebrohallen, you’ll be able to buy stock and samples from Danish interior design company ferm LIVING for up to 70% off the retail price. T Their pieces are lovely and very high-quality, so if you’ve been needing plant holders, pillows, candle sticks, or just about any interior item, check out the sale! This is also a great place to pick up some holiday gifts.


Friday 16th November

Tech & Tonic: You Got Five Senses

Ever feel like you spend your whole life in front of screens, disconnected from your body? Reconnect with your body through the face senses


The Room at Husets Biograf

The cult classic film, known as thee “Citizen Kane of bad films,” will have two screenings on this date: at 7 and 9:30 pm. The shows sell out quickly, so book your tickets well in advance. If you haven’t seen this odd film yet, it’s truly an experience!


Saturday 17th November

Christmas Market Opens at Tivoli

Twinkly lights, warm drinks, and lots of handmade goodies for sale. The Christmas Market at Tivoli is a lovely way to spend a few hours and get yourself hyped for the holiday season. It runs until 31st December, and is even open on Christmas Eve.


Oh Land at Store Vega

Danish pop singer and songwriter Oh Land blends catchy tunes with clever lyrics and the results are a lot of fun, and often thought-provoking. She’s a local favorite, so these tickets will definitely go fast.


Wednesday 21st November

Kikagaku Moyo (JP) + Les Big Byrd at Loppen

The name of the Japanese quartet Kikagaku Moyo can be translated into “geometric patterns.” Their specially spiced mix of raga, psych, free people, krautrock and generally “all-good-from-the-1970s” – has been boiled together since 2012 and has brought them to Denmark in several rounds. They’ll be supported by Swedish psych-rock band: Les Big Bird (one of our favourites!).


Thursday 22nd November

Wine and Words at Design WERCK

Author Katja Berger will be presenting “Stories from the Dead,” and discussing young adults and horror literature. It promises to be a spooky night! There will be wine, of course. Entrance is 50 DKK.


Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th November

Mad About Copenhagen Pop-up at Palermo Hollywood

Congrats to our pals Mad About Copenhagen on the launch of their book! For this weekend only, the Mad team will be selling their book, merchandise, and a few select foodie treats at the colorful universe of Palermo Hollywood in Nørrebro. Go say hi!


Saturday 24th November

Rocky Horror Picture Show at Husets Biograf

When times are tough, we need The Rocky Horror Picture Show more than ever. This joyful, weird, sexy, kinky romp is just the ticket for a night of subversive escapism. The show will sell out, so book while you can.


Sunday 25th November

Danish on a Sunday: The Way to Mandalay

This documentary follows the life of beloved Danish singer-songwriter John Mogensen. John was in the popular band Four Jacks, then went on to a successful solo career. He died suddenly in 1977. It will be presented in Danish with English subtitles.


Tuesday 27th November

Humanist Career Day

Not sure how you’re going to use that humanities degree? Come to this career day where you’ll learn all about companies and brands that need people with your skills! There will be some presentations, as well as coffee and beer available.


Wednesday 28th November

Deer Tick at Lille Vega

American alternative rockers Deer Tick come to Lille Vega. After a four year break, the band came back in 2017 and has gently refined their sound; this will be a special concert for fans and new listeners alike.


Thursday 29th November

The Northface Store Opening and Talk Night

The Northface is opening a new flagship store in the centre of Copenhagen! Join the celebrations and a talk with Evelina Nilsson, as she tells us about her adventures climbing in Scandinavia.


Ongoing in November

The Blues Woman Pop-Up

Chef Amanda Yee of The Blues Woman opens her pop-up brunch and dinner spot at Slagtehusgade 5C in Kødbyen. Enjoy two courses of American Southern food with items like Cornbread Hash for brunch and braised oxtail for dinner. There are vegetarian and vegan options available too. The pop-up is slated to run until the end of the year, so be sure to book your ticket while you can!


Colour Form Texture at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

This outstanding exhibition explores the use of color as a primary focus in modern art. Artists include Yves Klein, Sigmar Polke and Marilyn Minter.



Take My Breath Away – Danh Vo at Statens Museum for Kunst

Danish-raised, Vietnamese-born artist Danh Vo presents a selection of his works over the years and the resulting exhibition is absolutely electrifying. Vo explores themes of identity and cultural history. His works are thought-provoking and absorbing.


Women of Surrealism at GL Strand

Did you know that there is a rich history of female surrealist artists in Denmark? Neither did we, but thankfully GL Strand is showcasing three of the most important among this cohort. See the works of Franciska Clausen, Rita Kernn-Larsen, and Elsa Thoresen side-by-side for the first time. These pieces are from the 1920s – 40s. The exhibit starts 15th September and runs until mid-January 2019.


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!


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Rebecca Thandi Norman

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