October brings chilly winds and leaves floating to the ground. The shock of the cold weather can be enough to send you to your couch to hide, but there’s no time for that! October in Copenhagen is packed with great events, including beautiful exhibitions, markets, concerts, and the city’s beloved Kulturnatten (Culture Night).
These are the best events to attend in Copenhagen in October:
Thursday 27th September – Wednesday 10th October
Scandinavia’s biggest film festival is back for its tenth year! The festival features a number of films by emerging Scandinavian directors, as well as internationally important films like Alfonso Cuarón’s semi-autobiographical ROMA.
Wednesday 3rd October
How fancy are you? Start your month right with a caviar and champagne tasting. You’ll try three caviars paired with two champagnes while an expert walks you through the flavors. Tickets are 998 DKK per person (we said it was fancy).
Thursday 4th October
This tour of Amager Bryghus, including beer tasting, is only for those who identify as women. Never worry about having beer production mansplained to you again! Just enjoy some tasty brews and make a few new friends while you learn about this popular brewery.
Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October
Get up to 80% off major brands – both Danish and international – such as Acne Studios, Burberry, Baum und Pferdgarten, and so many more. Ticket range from 500 DKK for a VIP experience to 60 DKK for Sunday-only. If you need a few autumn wardrobe additions but don’t feel like spending a ton, this is a great place to look! It’s always pretty hectic, so we recommend you go early in the day.
Friday 5th October
The very popular Erotic World is back at Valby Hallen. There’s a mix of stands showcasing the products and innovations in erotica, as well as shows and demonstrations. It’s all fun and joyful, so check it out whether you’re into the erotica industry or just a little curious.
It’s time for Manon Les Suite’s lounge fridays! Entrance is 75 DKK and you get entrance to the pool and the bar, where there are great deals on cocktails. Music and drinks start at 4 pm, so it’s a perfect stop after work with friends!
Celebrate Oktoberfest with major discounts on beers and aquavit, plus great music. Make sure you dress up! Ticket are on sale now, and prices will go up as time goes on.
Clam Club is a mix of film and supper club, with a focus on women. Each edition features a film made by a female filmmaker, plus dinner provided by a female chef. This time around, the film is the documentary Le Semeur by French director Julie Perron (see trailer below), with dinner made by Geranium and noma-alum Anne-Cathrine Preiszer. Tickets are 350 DKK and include the film, snacks, and dinner. Plus great company and discussion, of course.
Saturday 6th October
Always wanted to learn a language? Now’s the time! Studenterhuset will have a number of tables set up where volunteers will be speaking in a variety of languages – all you have to do is sit down and start learning. Entrance is free and this event runs twice monthly, with the next time slot being on Saturday 20th October.
Happy birthday to brewing mavens To Øl, who are celebrating eight years strong. They’ll be serving a birthday brunch at BRUS from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm, then handing out free beers from 4 pm. Their birthday dinner special is a burger, fries, and a beer from 185 DKK. Go raise a cold glass to them!
This will be a special evening! Enjoy a talk by Stephen Hawking-colleague and publishing partner Thomas Hertog about the end of time in black holes, the beginning of time with the Big Bang, and the space between. He will also be talking about framing the multiverse theory in our scientific paradigm. After the talk there will be music and drinks. Entrance is free and the talk, at Byens Lys, is in English.
Sunday 7th October
Spend some time browsing racks of clothes, accessories, and even a few home goods at this outdoor flea market in Nørrebro. The market runs from 9 am – 6 pm.
Tuesday 9th October
Canadian rapper Tory Lanez brings his high energy show to Store Vega. Lanez is touring to promote his second studio album, Memories Don’t Die, and it promises to vault him to the next level in an already impressive career.
Wednesday 10th October
From 5 – 7 pm at MellemRummet in Nørrebro, come hear the experiences of journalist Anne Sofie Hoffmann Schrøder and photojournalist Betina Garcia, who have just returned from Honduras. There, the two covered the resistance work of Honduran women against sexual assault and violence as part of their migration stories. This talk is free and in English.
This book by American author Austin Sailsbury is all about lifestyle in the Nordics and the creative culture that has resulted. Full disclosure: Scandinavia Standard is IN the book! So come hang with us at Books and Company in Hellerup to celebrate the launch. The event is free, just RSVP here.
Friday 12th October
Those interested in the intersection of innovation and the hospitality industry won’t want to miss this event. In collaboration with strategic foresight consultancy Future Laboratory, Design Hotels will be hosting a unique day of talks on topics such as subconscious commerce, branding, and the future of luxury. Tickets are €150 and can be purchased here. The event takes place at the beautiful Royal Danish Academy of Music.
From 7 – 9 pm at Prolog Coffee Bar in Vesterbro, celebrate the launch of the new book Made in Cuba by Molly Mandell and James Burke. Casual drinks courtesy of Havana Club, a nice atmosphere, and of course the book will be available for purchase.
It’s Culture Night again! Every year there’s a full program of fun, weird, and fascinating events and activities that showcase the many cultural aspects of Copenhagen. Many events are free, and you can also buy a full evening-wide ticket to attend many events throughout the night. Stay turned for our list of recommendations.
Saturday 13th October
A woman who has lost her husband and son meets a recently divorced man, and they embark on a love affair while an unknown person continues to terrorise their community with acts of bizarre animal cruelty. This 1969 Ingmar Bergman film is beautiful, innovative, startling, and disturbing at various points. There will be another screening on the 20th of October.
Sunday 14th October
Danish on a Sunday showcases beloved Danish films at Cinemateket for an English-language audience. This 2017 animated film, based on the children’s book by Jacob Martin Strid, tells the story of Mitcho and Sebastian as they embark on a journey to save a mayor stranded on an island. Along the way, they discover a giant pear. This lovely story is great for adults and kids alike! In Danish with English subtitles. There will also be screenings on the 17th and 20th of October.
The iconic 90s film about Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) and her group of friends will be screened. As if we wouldn’t be there! Roll with your homies to get your tickets ASAP; they’re sure to be sold out.
Monday 15th October
It’s not often that we get American country music here in Denmark, but Kacey Musgraves is a happy exception. Her take-no-prisoners, personally and socially aware music is a much-need fresh female voice in the country music scene, and she’s been a rare crossover star around the world.
Tuesday 16th October
It’s no secret that Brian De Palma’s 1983 film Scarface, starring a hysterical Al Pacino and an almost cartoonishly glamorous Michelle Pfeiffer, has not stood the test of time well. There’s the absurd script, fact that an Italian American is playing a Cuban (that accent!), and well…the mountains of cocaine. But if you can put that all aside and just enjoy the absolute 80s-ness of it all, have at it! There will be another showing on Friday the 21st of October.
Sunday 21st October
This beautiful, whimsical film follows Bastian as he begins to read a magical book in his attic. Soon he is ensconced in the world of its characters and must save the hero of Fantasia. This is a classic for both children and adults; it will take your breath away today just as it did when it came out in 1984.
Thursday 25th October
Author and sci-fi historian Nicolas Barbano gives a talk at Asta Bar at Cinemateket on the history of Danish sci-fi film. This talk marks the 100 year anniversary of the iconic film Heavenly Ship. This talk is in Danish. It’s free to attend and includes a cup of coffee.
At this evening-long festival, see five shorts and a feature length film, all about kink. Some are funny, some are hardcore, and all take a look at the kink lifestyle across sexual and gender experiences. Tickets are only 70 DKK and can be purchased at the door.
Friday 26th October – Sunday 4th November
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. Stay tuned for our recommendations!
Saturday 27th October
Sing along to the cult classic film with fellow Rocky Horror-lovers! Tim Curry has never looked better. Book your tickets as early as possible, because this screening always sells out.
Tuesday 30th October
This American trio has become beloved for their spot-on, joyful blend of music styles and genres from around the globe – everything from Thai music of the 1960s to Afghan music. It’s hard to classify their sound, but a mix of funk, soul, and psychedelic is…fairly close. Really, you should hear them for yourself.
Wednesday 31st October
Join in the fun at Jægersborggade for an evening of Halloween-themed events, bites, drinks, competitions, and more. There’s plenty for both kids and adults to do; the bulk of the festivities take place between 5 – 7 pm.
Think you know everything about the Hogwarts universe? Be prepared to test your knowledge! Tickets are 30 DKK for the quiz, and you can also purchase a fall-themed dinner for 50 DKK. This quiz is in Danish.
Ongoing in October
From Saturday 6th October, you can see the work of Los Angeles-based Danish artist Mikael B. on display at The Plant on Amager. His street art-inspired (he does work in street art as well), geometric, and colorful work is visually arresting and will be fantastic to see on this scale. Check out this solo show for the rest of the month.
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!
This outstanding exhibition explores the use of color as a primary focus in modern art. Artists include Yves Klein, Sigmar Polke and Marilyn Minter.
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.
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.
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