Please note: Many of the events below are in-person. Please make sure to follow the country’s current COVID-19 guidelines (find them here), as they may change between the time this calendar is published and when an event takes place. Always maintain social distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask when possible.
It’s November in Copenhagen and this means that there’s no going back: the dark season is upon us. There’s something particularly charming about these days when fog is hanging over the water and the ground is covered in leaves. It’s time to get cozy – or hygge – or to go all-in on events and exhibitions. As always, there’s plenty to do in Copenhagen this November.
Here’s everything happening in Copenhagen this November:
Sunday 1st – Saturday 7th November
Husk Mig! De Dødes Dag Festival 2020
The festival “Remember Me!” honors those who have died and celebrates death as a part of life. There will be children’s workshops and exhibitions all over Copenhagen. The festival is a collaboration of CkulturA, Union, Skt. Johannes Kirke, Musikmuseet, Cinemateket, Krudttønden, Landsforeningen Liv & Død, and the Mexican Embassy.
Sunday 1st November
Halloween i Tivoli
Take this last chance to admire Tivoli’s Halloween decoration. There will be plenty of fun and scary activities for children and adults as well as stalls. Find the full program on the website! From 11 am to 10 pm.
Haven’t heard of J-Dag before? A semi-official public holiday in Denmark, this day celebrates the arrival of julebryg. Every year on the first Friday in November, Tuborg releases the limited edition Christmas brew and people have no time to waste, heading straight to their local bodega to get a bottle when it’s officially available at 8:59 pm. The beer is around for ten weeks only, but it’s still the fourth most popular beer in Denmark! That says it all. Go enjoy this strong pilsner, which can be purchased in stores or most bodegas around the city, while you can. Remember to check COVID-19 restrictions and to wear a mask inside bars.
Teaterforestilling: The Female Gaze
“The Female Gaze” is a fusion of photography, drama, installation, dance, and sound that illuminates the woman, seen by women. The performance will take place at beautiful Glyptoteket from 3 – 4.45 pm.
Free Screening: TOMORROW – a new look at sustainability
TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to join forces in favor of a more sustainable lifestyle. The film promotes a proactive approach towards the related challenges. Get inspired by this free screening! Doors open at 6.30 pm and admission is free, you’re welcome to bring your own food and drinks.
Monday 2nd – Saturday 8th November
The Copenhagen Web Fest is an international film festival showcasing and connecting new talent in the web series and new media world. As the first web fest in Scandinavia, the aim is to connect talent, industry, festivals, and funding bodies to map out the digital future. Find the program on the festival website.
Monday 2nd November
Screening: Over Your City Grass Will Grow
In the documentary “Over Your City Grass Will Grow,” Sophie Fiennes presents the German artist Anselm Kiefer’s personal universe and his home and studio in France. After the film, there will be a talk about Kiefer and his art by art historian Bente Scavenius and gallery owner Jesper Elg. From 7 – 9.45 pm.
The Last Copenhagen Underground Film Festival at Husets Biograf
Husets Biograf and Copenhagen Underground present “The Last Copenhagen Underground Film Festival.” Don’t miss out and come watch this year’s best submissions from independent filmmakers from all around the world! All proceeds will go to kropotKINO, a two-floor recreational and cultural center for refugees opening in Athens in 2021. kropotKINO will serve as a microcinema, theatre, and video game center with free screenings and events. From 8 – 9.30 pm. Tickets cost 70 DKK and are available via Billetto.
Tuesday 3rd November
Dostojevskij inviterer at Assistens Cemetery
Pay tribute to art, literature, and one of the world’s greatest literary figures, Dostojevskij. Join for a mix of debates, poetry, and music at Copenhagen’s own Dostojevskij Monument at Assistens Cemetery in Nørrebro. From 5 – 7 pm.
French-Canadian evening: Il pleuvait des oiseaux at Cinemateket
The Canadian Embassy is inviting you to the screening of Quebecois movie Il pleuvait des oiseaux. The movie follows the three pensioner friends Boychuck, Charlie, and Tom who live isolated in the countryside. The screening starts at 6.30 and the evening will end with a reception at 9 pm. Tickets cost 95 DKK and the film will be screened with English subtitles.
How could the Northern States have evolved if they had not won the Civil War? How would the United States have stood environmentally if Al Gore’s famous lost votes had been found in time in 2000? What had Hillary Clinton’s real potential been in 2016 as the country’s first female president? And what about Charles Lindbergh? Join for an evening dedicated to some of the presidents the United States never got as well as some they did get. There will also be film clips from Lincoln and Frost/Nixon. From 6.30 pm.
Wednesday 4th November
Charlottenborg Kaffeklub #3: Skaber kunsten vaerdi og hvilken vaerdi har kunstnere?
How are the economic conditions for art and the artists in Denmark? What value does art create for society? How many Danes pay to see art? Who makes money on art? What does an artist in Denmark make money on? The third edition of Charlottenborg Kaffeklub is all about the value of art. From 8.30 – 10 am.
To celebrate the reopening of the critically acclaimed exhibition Anna Ancher, SMK is offering a workshop with music, bubbles, and pastels in Skulpturgaden. Have a go at one of Anna Ancher’s favorite techniques: pastel chalk. Tickets cost 50 DKK excluding entry to the museum. From 5.45 – 6.40 pm.
Thursday 5th November
Join the largest free student startup event in Denmark and explore transformational entrepreneurship. The event will take place online and there will be the possibility to learn from inspiring guests and to attend the CBS Startup Award Ceremony as well as a pitch event for accelerator startups. From 12 am – 6 pm. Sing up via the website!
How can we work together for more and better democracy? Share your perspectives and ideas, test concepts and form new collaborations. From 4.30 – 7 pm.
Thursday 6th November
Hello Vintage kilo sale at DGO Byen
Find your future favorites among other people’s old favorites! Hello Vintage is hosting a second-hand market with kilo sale. Clothes cost 250 DKK per kilo and entry costs 30 DKK.
Økologisk Økonomi og Modvækst på Skemaet at Studenterhuset
NOAH and Rethinking Economics Danmark is hosting an event series dedicated to a more ecological economy. This edition is dedicated to the question: How can the private sector be compatible with the green transition? The invited guests are Joachim Tilsted, Ph.D. student from Lund Universitet, and Lars Pehrson, former chief executive of a bank. The event will be in English and entry is free.
Wednesday 11th November
Morgen på Glyptoteket: Queer-tour i antikken
Experience Glyptoteket’s sculptures in a new light. This guided tour takes a queer perspective on ancient mythological figures. Through a different reading of the works and narratives, the aim is to explore how the mythological and historical expressions of the past can serve as a mirror for today’s struggles about gender and sexuality. From 9 – 10 am. The tour as well as coffee and croissant are included in the entry ticket of 170 DKK.
Thursday 12th – Saturday 14th November
Book lovers, this one is for you! Christianshavns Bogfestival is serving you a weekend full of literary fun. This year, the theme is bridges: between people, literature, cultures, and languages.
Friday 13th – Saturday 14th November
“Tyskerpiger” (German Girls) offers a new perspective on the German occupation of Denmark during the Second World War by focusing on an underrepresented female narrative. Who were the “German Girls” and what were the motives behind their relationships with members of the German Armed Forces, and what were the consequences?
The play by actress Christina Tranholm will be shown in Denmark for the first time on the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Denmark. It has previously been performed at the Camden Fringe Festival in London. Tickets and more information about the play as well as about the after talks can be found on Huset-KBH’s website.
Sunday 15th November
French cinema: Children of Paradise at Husets Biograf
Enjoy a classic masterpiece of the French cinema: Children of Paradise is set in 1840’s France and an intriguing mix of dreaminess, poetry, sex, and violence. From 3 – 6.30 pm.
Monday 16th November
Dive into the world of Greek gods while indulging in Greek wine at Nordic Sommelier Academy! Historian Wolfgang Karl will introduce you to ancient Greece, its gods, and which role wine played in all of it. Sommelier Maria Warming Brink Tsalapati will be in charge of your glass, filling it up with the best the country has to offer. Tickets for the lecture including 4 glasses of wine cost 500 DKK. Can’t make it but still curious about the world of Greek wine? Stop by Maria’s little wine shop Oinofilia next to Koncertkirken. From 5-7 pm.
Kunstklubben: Goya’s Ghosts + illustreret Goya-oplæg af Trine Ross at Cinemateket
Dive into the world of celebrated Spanish artist Goya! “Goya’s Ghosts” is set in Spain in 1792, a period shaped by unrest, and is told from the artist’s perspective. The film is introduced by the art club’s permanent co-organizer, art critic Trine Ross. The event starts at 6.45 pm and take place in Danish. Tickets cost 95 DKK.
Tuesday 17th November
Pop-up Meyhane at Spisehuset
Enjoy Istanbul’s Meyhane culture in the middle of Vesterbro when Spisehuset is hosting a pop-up Meyhane. The menu will feature selected ingredients from Turkey as well as Denmark with a special focus on seafood. Add some live music, Turkish wines, and raki and you’re in for a good time. There will be a second event on 19th November. From 6 – 10 pm.
The Royal Tenenbaums at Husets Biograf
Dive into the wonderful, strange, and beautiful world of Wes Anderson and get up close with the Tenenbaums, a dysfunctional clan of eccentric geniuses. Doors open at 6.30 and the screening starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost 70 DKK and can only be pre-bought.
Wednesday 18th November
Decoloniality: Webinar with Walter D. Mignolo
Join this webinar on Walter D. Mignolo’s works On Decoloniality and The Politics of Decolonial Investigations and learn about colonialism and how it has shaped and is shaping the world to this day. From 6 – 7.30 pm.
Thursday 19th November
Design dit eget arbejdsliv at Absalon
Design your own work life and explore what it is that you really want. The evening will be a mix of talks and more intimate activities in which you can inspire each other. From 6.30 – 9 pm.
Saturday 21st November
Christmas at Bakken
Enjoy the Christmas spirit at one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, located a bit up north right by Klampenborg Station. Bakken offers free entrance all year round and will open its doors during the holiday season every Friday to Saturday between the 22nd of November and 22nd of December. The amusement park will be transformed into a Christmas market filled with lights and stalls, so get yourself some delicious homemade candy or try a proper Danish Christmas lunch in one of the restaurants. From 4 pm.
Lord Siva at Store Vega
You might recognize Lord Siva from a collaboration with Danish music darling MØ or from when his song Paris made it to #1 of the Danish Spotify Top 50. Now he’s coming to Store Vega. Tickets cost 185 DKK and the doors open at 7 pm, the concert starts at 8 pm.
Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd November
Make Your Own Dumplings at Hot Pot Republic
Hot Pot Republic hosts two dumpling-making workshops, where expert Asian chefs will show you how to make authentic dumplings. Expect to make meat, vegetable, and sweet fillings, how to traditionally pleat the dumping, and even how to cook them perfectly. From 12:30- 15:30.
Sunday 22nd November
Vega|Arts – The Great Reconnect
Finnish light and installation artist Hans Rosenström and Danish performance dup Philip I Schneider are taking over VEGA’s concert hall. Instead of the traditional concert form, the audience will enjoy this evening while sitting or lying on the yoga mats on the floor. Vega|Arts is a visionary initiate aiming at exploring the fringes of contemporary art. From 5 – 9 pm. Tickets cost 265 DKK and are available via Ticketmaster.
Wednesday 25th November
If you have a sweet spot for Greece or are simply curious about the local wines, then this one’s for you: Taste wines from three different locations with volcanic terroir in Greece: the two volcanic islands, Santorini and Lemnos, as well Macedonia on the mainland in Northern Greece, where some vineyards are found with volcanic soils.
Maria, lovely owner of wine store Oinofilia, will introduce you to the local grapes Assyrtiko, Muscat of Alexandria, Limnio, and Xinomavro, as well as the winemakers and the regions. The wine list will be posted in the event a week before the tasting, so stay tuned! Tickets cost DKK 300 per person and include a tasting of 6 wines. Registration is required and can be done per MobilePay 776993 with the note “November Tasting”. There’s a limited amount of seats so better be fast! For more information and other events check out Oinofilia’s website.
Sunday 29th November
Julevandring i København
Admire Copenhagen in festive decorations and learn about Christmas traditions at this city walk. From 3 – 5 pm, meeting point is the City Hall Square.
Monday 30th November
Kinky Classics – With Betty and Ramez at Absalon
Get ready for an evening filled with music and laughter when drag queen Betty Bitschlap and pianist Ramez Mhaanna host Kinky Classics. From 8.30 – 9.30 pm. Tickets cost 100 DKK and can be bought via Absalon’s website.
Ongoing in November
“Breathing Together” by Annette Weir at Bredgade Kunsthandel
In “Breathing Together,” artist Annette Weir explores man’s connection to nature. The word human comes from the Latin humus, meaning “soil.” We are not just living on Earth; we are part of the earth. In Weir’s work, boundaries are broken and motifs emerge peacefully despite the range of sensory stimuli. For this exhibition, the artist has worked with materials including silk, glass, and fabric. The exhibition runs until November 21st.
Veras Market under Buen
Every Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm, Bispeengbuen is transformed into a second-hand market. Get your wardrobe winter-ready, meet friends, and have a coffee. Unfortunately, all stalls are sold out but everyone is welcome to swing by for a browse.
Broens Ice Skating Rink
True to tradition, Broens Gadekøkken is reopening its ice skating rink in the heart of Copenhagen on November 6th. Swing by for ice skating fun, a delicious bite to eat, and winter vibes! Ice skating is free if you bring your own skates, otherwise, you can borrow some for 50 DKK/hour. Find more information on the website.
Christmas markets in the city center
It’s that time of the year: The two popular Christmas markets at Kongen Nytorv and Højbro Plads will be open from 15th November to 22nd December. Swing by to get your festive spirits going, have some food, and maybe even buy a few gifts.
Take a tour through winter wonderland by visiting Tivoli during Christmas time. From 13th November to 3rd January, Tivoli is dressed in festive decorations. Admire the more than 1000 Christmas trees and stroll over the Christmas market.
Julefrokost at Absalon
Julefrokost season is here! From Friday 20th November until 19th December, Absalon is hosting a traditional Danish Julefrokost every Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost 350 DKK and include a three-course menu, games, and a welcome drink. The event will take place in Danish. Not quite up to speed with your Danish or prefer to celebrate in a more intimate setting at home, simply organize your own Julefrokost – an introduction to the concept and recipes can be found here.
Per Kirkeby at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Louisiana presents the first-ever comprehensive presentation of the bronzes of Per Kirkeby. Monumental and powerful, it takes up the museum’s entire West Wing and unfolds as an almost epic tale about creative struggle, downfall, mythology, and artistic redemption. The exhibition is on display until 6th December.
Faroese artist and electronica composer Goodiepal is unboxing his collection of sound art at SMK. The collection is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. Featuring six themed rooms, the exhibition invites you to explore a wealth of sound art by artists from Denmark and elsewhere. Until 6th December.
Renowned Danish artist Jesper Just’s installation is full of circuits: the circuit of bodies, the circuit between music and body, and the circuit between the individual parts of the fragmented image. Electricity, music and bodies, sensitivity, and control: all these aspects shift inside the wider circuit of people, things, and technology. The exhibition is on display until 31st December.
Tal R.: Animals and People at Glyptoteket
From 18th June, the Glyptoteket exhibits the Danish artist Tal R’s sizable series of new bronze sculptures and plaster works. While Tal R has always moved between genres, his bronze sculptures represent a new chapter in his oeuvre. The exhibition will be presented in the Vilhelm Dahlerup building, the oldest part of the museum, and is on display until January 2021.
Modern Women at Kunstforeningen GL Strand
This exhibition puts the spotlight on four modernist female artists from Finland. In their work, Helene Schjerfbeck, Elga Sesemann, Sigrid Schauman, and Ellen Thesleff interpret modern life and the modern woman in particular. The exhibition displays several works of all four painters and addresses the lack of recognition of women in society as well as the art world. On display until 2nd January.
Tetsumi Kudo: Cultivation at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo was a radical and visionary outsider who is currently being rediscovered internationally as his work appears highly relevant in the cultural and political agendas of today. Shaped by his childhood in Japan in the aftermath of the atomic bomb, Kudo addresses topics such as humanity’s self-destruction and ecological decadence. The exhibition will be on display until January 2021.
Witch Hunt at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
This autumn’s major exhibition at Kunsthal Charlottenborg focuses on the figure of the witch and the witchcraft trials in the Nordic region from the 16th-18th century. Through the lens of contemporary art, the exhibition examines this under-explored history of violence and encourages reflection on the politics of memory and social persecution in the present. The exhibition will be on display until 17th January 2021.
Anupama Kundoo at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
In the fourth exhibition in The Architect’s Studio series, the Indian architect Anupama Kundoo aims to shed light on a scarce resource in our life: time. Constructed as a journey through time, the exhibition explores and integrates traditional Indian building customs, crafts and materials into Kundoo’s current works. The exhibition is on display until 31st January 2021.
Anna Ancher at SMK
In collaboration with Art Museums of Skagen, SMK presents the largest ever retrospective exhibition about the Danish painter Anna Ancher. Dive into the artist’s universe and experience her characteristic use of light and colors. From 4th November to 31st January 2021.
Miriam Cahn at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
In her first major solo exhibition in Denmark, Miriam Cahn presents an expansive body of work in the entire North Wing of Kunsthal Charlottenborg. Encompassing works in chalk, charcoal, pastel and water colour, film, and photography, the exhibition explores the position of women in society today, and their continued worldwide fight for basic rights and equality. Some of the works discredit socially constructed clichés about gender roles, other works interrogate the human body and the dynamics of intimacy, exploring the relationship between sex, violence, and power. Miriam Cahn lives and works in Switzerland. The exhibition will be on display until February 21st 2021.
Free Tuesday at Glyptoteket
Every Tuesday, Glyptoteket is free to enjoy. Admire the beautiful sculptures and wander the beautifully colored hallways, Glyptoteket is always a delight. The museum owns one of the finest Rodin collections in the world, alongside impressive works by the likes of the French artists, Carpeaux and Degas. Plus a cafe situated next to the museum’s tranquil palm house.
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