What’s On in Copenhagen: November 2020

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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

Copenhagen Web Festival

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.



Nedtælling: Valgaften USA om præsidenter og næsten-præsidenter at Cinemateket

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.


Workshop: Bubbles and pastels at SMK

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

CBS Entrepreneurial Day 2020

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!




Democracy Drinks

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

Christianshavns Bogfestival 2020

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

Pop-up Theater: Tyskerpiger 2020

“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

Greek gods and wine at Nordic Sommelier Academy

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

Oinofilia November tasting: Volcanic wines at Nordic Sommelier Academy

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.


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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.