What’s On in Copenhagen: October 2017

Hygge is great and all, but it’s no excuse to stay indoors all autumn long. Don that scarf and look alive people, this month is full of fun things to see and do. The city has a mix of gigs, exhibitions, food and drink events, flea markets and reams of other stuff.

Here’s all the unmissable Copenhagen events in October:

Sunday 1st October

Stefansgade Loppemarked

It’s the last Stefansgade flea of the “summer” season kids, so make the most of it. There’ll be the usual bargains, coffee carts and food trucks for the ideal slow Sunday stroll around Nørrebro.


Monday 2nd October

Pin-up Fit

Ever fancied yourself as a Bettie Page type? This fun 50s style workout will get your whole body energised with bumps ‘n’ grinds, hip shimmies and shoulder shimmies! It’s an all-female class and all ages from 13+ are welcome.


Tuesday 3rd October

Observation Evening at Tycho Brahe Planetarium

There’s a starry-eyed suprise this month at Tycho Brahe Planetarium where you can observe the night sky guided by an astrophysicist all for free!


Wednesday 4th October

Tommy Hilfiger & Calvin Klein stock sale

Some great discounts at Papirhallen on these two all-American brands, including sales on men’s and women’s clothes, jeans, kids’s clothes, underwear and accessory bits.


Thursday 5th October – Saturday 7th October

“The Water” Exhibition at The Underground Cisterns

Explore Copenhagen’s subterranean reservoir lit with a sea of lanterns as part of the Reflektor Light Festival. The exhibition was created by the Japanese architect Sambuichi. There’s sake by the glass, and a Japanese boat, tarai-bune, drifting on the underground lake. It’s even a full moon!


Thursday 5th October – Sunday 8th October

Won Hundred Stock Sale

Get up to 80% discount on Danish fashion brand Won Hundred and nail that classic, low-key Scandinavian look in the process.


Friday 6th October – Sunday 8th October

HÖST Nordic Literature Festival

New for this year, HÖST literature festival — taking place at Johan Borup’s High School — celebrates Nordic writers over three days with a mix of debates, workshops and even community singing! Listen to speakers including Tomas Espedal, Adam Holm, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Helga Flatland and Lone Aburas.


Saturday 7th October

Obscura Vertigo Light workshop

If you were lucky enough to see Obscura Vertigo’s light installation, The Wave, on Copenhagen’s waterfront you’ll know how stunning the display was. Now us mere mortals can learn the seemingly magical craft behind these installations at REFLEKTOR Light Festival’s free workshop and discover how these works of art come to life!


Sunday 8th October – 11th October

Shoptalk Europe

This four day conference celebrates all things innovative in retail and ecommerce, so it’s ideal if you are thinking of starting your own business or are already a business owner. With talks from leaders in the field like Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO of IKEA and Tim Kendall, President of Pinterest, you can learn useful tips for your own business.


Tuesday 10th October – 13 October

Body landscapes festival 2nd week workshop

Two artists, Ramen who is half Afghan, half Austrian and Yong is Korean but is based in Denmark, examine themselves from a transnational perspective, exploring their identity through their performance and a series of workshops.


Wednesday 11th October

Hip Hop Quiz

Think you know your Tupac from your Snoop? Then grab your crew and come test your knowledge at Absalon’s quiz night.


Thursday 12th October

Karen Blixen – Storyteller at Cinemateket

This documentary follows the famed Danish author on her trip to the US in 1959 where she regailed her readers with stories of Africa and Rungstedlund. The poet Thorkild Bjørnvig, literature professor Aage Henriksen and even Louisiana’s founder Knud W. Jensen make an appearance as well. The film is in Danish.


Friday 13th October

Denmark’s Biggest Tapas Event

Torvehallerne‘s Tapas evening is ideal for diners on a budget. Sample from 50 different tiny (but mighty tasty) dishes ranging beween 10-35kr. Fill those little tummies up!


Culture Night

An evening packed full with reams of arts and culture where the city comes alive with people bustling about from activty to activity. All kinds of institutions will be opening up their doors to the public that evening, including DR, UN City and the Danish parliament. There’s loads going on so check out the full programme here.

Discover Six Quirky Events at Copenhagen Culture Night 2017 here!

Find out what Culture Night is all about here!


Saturday 14th October – sunday 15th October

Fleamarket at Forum

Come and explore this h-u-g-e market at Forum over the weekend where there’ll be everything from antiques, retro bits and other deals to be had. Entrance is 40kr.


Sunday 15th October

Danish on a Sunday: The Soldier And Jenny

This Danish classic film from 1947 traces the love story of two tortured souls. Jenny, a young woman who remains unsure of her fate as she awaits trial. And Robert, a man similiarly trying to shake free from his dark past and begin again. Jenny and the Soldier is one of the ten films in Denmark’s cultural canon and is undoubtedly a must-see.


Tuesday 17th October

Codher Pop-up Programming vol. 13

Whether you’re a beginner or just looking to improve your existing coding skills, this free workshop run by Codher is such a fun way to learn and meet other enthuisiasts. Get inspired and share that knowledge with other women!


Thursday 19th October – 22 October

Envii Stock Sale

You can forget about saving for Xmas because there’s up to 80% from chic high street brand, Envii. When the bargain calls, we can only follow…


Friday 20th October

Death Becomes Her at Huset’s Biograf

Robert Zemeckis’ 1992 comedy is a cult classic starring two Hollywood greats, Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, as nitpicky friends desperate to fight the aging process. One a faded actress, the other a shinking violet. Soon, with the help of some “alternative assistance! both women figure out how to cheat death itself, but not without some hilarious and very painful repurcussions.


Saturday 21st October

Ásgeir at DR Concert House<

The Concert House will be filled with the haunting dulcet tones of Icelandic singer-songwriter, Ásgeir, this month. Fresh from the release of his follow-up album, Afterglow, Ásgeir and his band are back in Copenhagen, one of the cities they love most.


Sunday 22nd October

Astrid S at Lille Vega

The seriously catchy, bubble-gum pop beats of Norwegian singer Astrid S are coming to Vega. She’s already worked with the likes of Katy Perry so expect great things from this rising singer-songstress.


Tuesday 24th October

Emma Holten: The New Feminism

What does discrimination in Denmark look like? Feminist and activis, Emma Holten is hosting a discussion aiming to unpack the layers of inequality that are still prevalent today. The talk will be in Danish.


Thursday 26th October

Lecture: Recycling textile into furniture

Design school KADK are running a lecture on upcycling old textile materials into furniture pieces. Speakers Wickie Meier, CEO of Really, and Lea Nordström, Technical Manager of Kvadrat, will discuss design and the circle economy.


Sunday 29th October

Virtual Reality at Huset’s Biograf

Get a glimpse of unfamiliar reality at Huset when guests can try out old-school VR headgear, followed up by David Cronenberg’s 1999 gamer-movie masterpiece eXistenZ.


Monday 30th October

Texas at Amager Bio

Scottish rockers led by Sharleen Spiteri play hits from their new album Jump On Board and hopefully some old favorites too.


Tuesday 31st October

MURA MASA at Store Vega

Electronic Guernsey-born producer MURA MASA is only 21 but already worked with the likes of A$AP Rocky and Stormzy. And after releasing his debut album in July, he is now on the up up.


Ongoing in October

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.



Marina Abramović “The Cleaner” at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The first major retrospective of Abramović’s work in Europe, Louisiana is showcasing 100 pieces of the critically acclaimed performance artist spanning over five decades. “The Cleaner” exhibition includes her early concept sketches, paintings, and depictions of some of the artist’s live performances, including her partnership with Ulay. It immersive, though-provoking, at times disturbing, and a must-see.



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.


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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.