What’s On in Copenhagen: October 2020

October is taking hold of Copenhagen and bringing with it a wild potpourri of sunshine, wind, rain, and events to the Danish capital. On sunny days, soak up all the vitamin D with the last markets and outdoor events of the season. On wet days, put on your best raincoat, hop on a bikes, and brave the storm for a day spent in a gallery with plenty of exhibition openings.

Remember, October marks the beginning of hygge season, so spare some time for candle shopping while making the most of all that Copenhagen has to offer this month.

Here’s everything happening in Copenhagen this October:

Friday 25th September – Sunday 18th October

World Press Photo Exhibition at Politikens Hus

Experience and learn about the stories behind some of the world’s best press photos at this exhibition at Politikens Hus. The exhibition can be visited Monday to Friday from 3-9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets are available online via


Monday 28th September – Saturday 3rd October

Villao Pop-Up at Atelier September

Villao is a Danish brand with and unconditional love for simple durable design in cashmere, silk, wool and cotton. They have an exclusive pop-up shop at Atelier September, drop by and meet the founder Elizabeth Villao.


Thursday 1st – Sunday 11th October

Copenhagen Architecture Festival

The annual Copenhagen Architecture Festival investigates the role and impact of architecture in our lives and the world we live in. The festival presents a broad public program of talks, films, performances, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions in collaboration with various institutions and (inter)national partners. Find the program on the festival website.

See our recommendations in our guide!


Thursday 1st – Saturday 10th October

The Effect at Krudttønden

The Effect is a play by Lucy Prebble about a clinical romance. Two young volunteers, Connie and Tristan, agree to take part in a trial testing new antidepressant medication – with potentially life-changing results. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction, they fall in love. But is it real love? Or is it the effect of the medication? The play will run from 1st-10th October at Krudttønden and tickets are on sale now.



Thursday 1st October

Big Tasty Bingo – Payday Edition at Reffen

Play, win, and drink ice-cold pitchers at Reffen. The fun begins at 7pm and participation is free. There is a limited amount of space for the event and it is first come, first served.


Saturday 3rd October

Poesi uden grænser 2020

Join the fifth edition of Poesi Uden Grænser, an atmospheric lyric event that mixes words and poetry from six different countries in the literature salon NordOrd. The program offers poetry with roots in Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iraq, Iceland, and Syria. From 3-5 pm. Tickets are available from 45 DKK via Billetto.


Oplev Københavns Nye Broer

Get to know Copenhagen’s new bridges on this stroll along Christianshavn’s canals. Between Strandgade and Operaen, you will find no less than 13 bridges. The tour ends on Grønlandske Handels Plads where you can grab a bite at Broens Gadekøkken. From 11 am to 3 pm.



ÅBEN Ø – Udforsk livet i havet on Ungdomsøen

Come out and explore Øresund’s pantry on Ungdomsøen from 11 am to 3.15 pm.
The island’s young residents will do tours of the fort and there will be fishing in the sound, activity runs about life in and on the sea and in addition, there will be a bonfire, so you can taste the sound’s pantry. Participation is free. All you have to do is prepare a small supplementary packed lunch and order a ferry ticket to the island at 11 am and return at 3.15 pm at SparShipping.


Pedro Costa: Fontainhas at Cinemateket

Experience the acclaimed Portuguese film director Pedro Costa’s Fontainhas series and meet him at a unique marathon-event. Before and after the screenings of “Colossal Youth” and “Vitalina Varela,” Pedro Costa and professor of Urban Sociology AbdouMaliq Simone talk about the creation of the films, time and space, body politics, and the act of creating an existence as an immigrant and unwanted on the edge of society. AbdouMaliq Simone is a notable thinker within critical urban studies and has lived many years in Africa and has researched migration and urban marginalization. The event takes place in English.


Sunday 4th October

Cykelworkshops – lær at reparere din cykel

The bike is a Copenhagener’s best friend and trusted ally. Learn how to get it back in shape in this workshop series by Københavns Kommune and Buddha Bikes. This edition focuses on adjusting and troubleshooting brakes, on October 21st it will be all about gears. From 1 to 3 pm. Participation is free.



Monday 5th – Sunday 18th October

Børnebiffen at Cinemateket

Copenhagen Short Film Festival is co-presenting Børnebiffen at Cinemateket. Bring the little ones and get ready to meet funny characters and to travel to distant worlds.


Monday 5th October

En after med Anders Refn at Cinemateket

Anders Refn’s Strømer is considered a breakthrough in Danish film due to its realism and raw style. With Slægten and Sort Høst, Refn further directed award-winning film adaptations of Gustav Wied novels. His latest film De Forbandede År is an entertaining drama about the Danes’ reaction to the occupation in 1940. The evening begins with a talk by Anders Refn about his work as well as experiences in the Danish and international film and TV world. After a break and a glass of wine in the Asta Bar, De Forbandede År is streamed. The event begins at 7 pm and tickets are available online.


Tuesday 6th October

Czech Embassy: Capricious Summer (Rozmarné léto) at Husets Biograf

Released during Prague Spring 1968, Jiri Menzel’s film Capricious Summer is a humorous take on the attractiveness of the things one can not have. The screening is a part of the ongoing monthly series “Czech Film Nights,” hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen and dedicated to presenting the best of Czech cinema. All films are presented with English subtitles. Doors open at 6.30 and the screening starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost 60 DKK and can be paid in cash or with mobile pay.



Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th October

Copenhagen Short Film Festival at Cinemateket

The 8th edition of the Copenhagen Short Film Festival features everything from insightful documentaries from Latin America to great new horror films and upcoming Danish filmmakers. Find the full program on the festival website.


Wednesday 7th – Saturday 17th October

Pop-up Shop: Jewelry for Change

The project Jewellery for Change was developed by a group of design students from KEA and raises attention for sustainability in jewelry. Browse the unique collections and meet the designers behind Ó and many more from 10 am to 6 pm.


Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th October

The Monkey Bar Stretch at Werkstatt

Monkey 47 is taking over Werkstatt: swing by for a music quiz, DJ, board games, and free Gin & Tonic. From 6-10 pm.



Thursday 8th October

Matching wine and cheese at Not Your Usual Wine Bar

Wine and cheese are a match made in heaven, there’s no doubt about that. But which wines go best with which cheese? Swing by to learn some handy tips. From 7 to 8 pm.


Mikkellerthon Pub Run

Join for the 3rd edition of the Mikkellerthon and expect a beer-filled Thursday. The fun starts at Mikkeller HQ at 11 am and over the next couple of hours you will visit all Mikkeller locations where the group will be served a beer – or whatever the bar chooses to serve. The day ends at Mikkeller Baghaven around 5 pm.


Friday 9th October

Grand opening of the Muji flagship store

From October 9th, over 1,900 square meters of ILLUM’s 4th floor will be dedicated to the Japanese lifestyle brand MUJI, Scandinavia’s favourite ‘no brand’ brand for every part of your home. Since its launch in 1980, MUJI has positioned itself as the antithesis of ‘consumer society’ and excess, instead focusing on simplicity and usefulness.



Saturday 10th October

Vintage Kilo Sale by VinoKilo

Europe’s biggest vintage kilo sale is coming to Nørrebrohallen! Go on a treasure hunt on Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Due to precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19, there are only limited spots for different time slots available. Book your free spot online.



Sunday 11th October

Bolsjefabrikken Jam Café # 1

Bolsjefabrikken and the rehearse room Sort Stue invite you to a night of live music, jams, and mini-concerts. Bring an instrument and/or sit back and enjoy. The entrance is free but you can support Bolsjefabrikken by purchasing drinks at the bar. From 6 to 10 pm.


Visit to Louisiana Museum / Fantastiske Kvinder exhibition with ART Workshop Copenhagen

If you haven’t seen the wonderful exhibition “Fantastiske Kvinder” at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art yet then this might be your chance. Join fellow art enthusiasts on this trip to the famous museum in Humlebaek from 2 – 6 pm. Bring paper and pencil in case you get inspired and want to do some sketches and get ready to exchange thoughts and ideas with the rest of the group. The trip is free of charge but you need to pay for the museum entrance.


Copenhagen Short Film Festival Award + New Danish Shorts under 25 years

This evening is dedicated to the young Danish talents in both fiction and documentary films. The short films in this program are all embedded in the youthful perspective and navigate complicated emotional lives, relationship constellations, and mediated realities. All the films are nominated for the Best Danish Short Film Under 25 Years award. After the films, there will be a short ceremony. The majority of the films are screened with English subtitles.



Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th October

Photo exhibition: Copenhagen by Nicolas Cosedis

Get a glimpse of Copenhagen from different perspectives through the lens of talented Nicolas Cosedis. The exhibition is open from 12 noon to 7 pm and admission is free.


Monday 19th October

År 2019-2049: Blade Runner-aften + middag at Cinemateket

Blade Runner fans, this one’s for you! Watch both Blade Runner feature films together with the three short films, which depict the time between 2019-2049. In case you get hungry, the team serves noodles with meatball, poached egg, mushrooms, and Bok Choy. From 5 to 11:15 pm.


Wednesday 21st October

Film, Tapas & cocktails: The Talented Mr Ripley

Dream yourself back to Mediterranean summer while watching cult film The Talented Mr Ripley. Start off the evening with an Aperol Spritz and some light snacks, followed by Panna Cotta and the screening. From 5 pm. Tickets cost 210 DKK.



Friday 23rd October

Meze & Greek wine pop up

Meyers Deli goes Greek! Meyers Deli is teaming up with Oinofilia: there will be delicious Meze and no shortage of Greek wine. Oinofilia has a focus on natural and biodynamic wines, many by female winemakers. Don’t want to wait until the pop up? Make sure to visit Maria in her cosy shop in the chapel, next to Koncertkirken. From 4-8 pm. For the details, stay tuned on social media.


Friday 23rd October – Sunday 1st November

MIX Copenhagen

Born in 1986, MIX Copenhagen is Denmark’s oldest recurring film festival and one of the world’s oldest LGBTQ+ film festivals. There will be a number of screenings that bend gender and break sexual boundaries at Cinemateket and Empire Bio. Tickets are available from 75 DKK.


Saturday 24th October

Clara at Store Vega

Danish singer Clara is coming to Store Vega. Since her debut album in 2018 she has won the DMA award for “Årets Nye Danske Navn“ and on her latest album she sings about growing up, love and much more. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 225 DKK.


Sunday 25th October

MIX CPH: How to Get Your Queer Foot in the Door // Panel

It’s not easy to make it in the film industry. This is especially true for queer filmmakers who often face additional obstacles in an industry that is dominated by hetero-cis men. This panel aims at opening up a discourse and supporting filmmakers with tools to handle situations they may face. The panel will be held in English and is only open to accreditation holders.



Kildevæld Klimafestival

Come and be inspired on how to contribute to a greener future. Kildevæld Kulturcenter has gathered some local green initiatives for a day in the spirit of climate. Come and make homemade chalk, hanging plant holders from recycled materials, or learn to upcycle your old clothes with natural prints. There will be both a bonfire and Østerbro Local Committee that will come with a pancake cart. From 10 am – 2 pm.


Wednesday 28th October

Meeting our Monsters at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Meet your monsters and look at the monster and the monstrous from artistic-literary perspectives. The symposia asks questions like what happens to our gaze and narratives when we incorporate the monster as a part of ourselves and addresses topics like death and trauma. There will be talks, performances, and conversations, as well as a small text collection with an excerpt from Kristen Alvanson and poems by Hiromi Itō. Most of the participants will join digitally, and there is a very limited number of seats available. The symposia will be live-streamed and a podcast will be produced by THE LAKE. From 5-9 pm.


Thursday 29th October

Lolita for altid at Teater Republique

In a mix of performance and concert, “Lolita for Altid” navigates topics such as gender, body, identity, and sexuality. From 8-9.15 pm. There will be an additional performance on Saturday 31st October.



Saturday 31st October

The Savage Rose at Store Vega

The Savage Rose’s hit album Black Angel is turning 25 years old, come and celebrate at Store Vega! The band has been around since 1967 with their characteristic sound that Berlingske calls “Livsblues”. Experience them live from 9 pm. Doors open at 8 pm and tickets cost 330 DKK.


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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.