What’s On in Copenhagen: October 2021

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Autumn has arrived in the Danish capital! So get ready for a wild mix of sunshine, wind, and rain, all mixed together with the best events in Copenhagen. But no matter whether you’re soaking up the last warm sun rays of the year or hiding from the rain in museums, one thing is for sure: hygge season is upon us, and with it cozy days and evenings spent inside with candle light, a good book, and good company.

Here are the Copenhagen events to know, including festivals, markets, exhibitions, and so much more:

Friday 1st October


The motto of the evening – “Nothing is certain, much is uncertain.” Get ready for a glorious performance of artists, musicians, dancers, poets, jokers – you name it: Over the course of the evening, a variety of performers will visit the stage with their own act. The event starts at 7 pm and tickets cost 30 DKK.



Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd October

Flea market at Remisen

Why not combine your weekend stroll around the lakes with a little bit of browsing – clothes, furniture, bikes, and more, there’s something for everyone. From 10 am to 4 pm.


Saturday 2nd October

Hawaiian Night with The Waikiki Three live at Husets Biograf

Dream yourself to a warmer place with this award-winning film about the history of tiki culture and a rare live performance by Denmark’s own Hawaiian band, The Waikiki Three. Doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets cost 110 DKK, cash and mobile pay only.



Sunday 3rd October

Uncle Danny’s flea market at Enghaveplads

Go on treasure hunt at this new edition of the popular Uncle Danny’s flea market at cosy Enghaveplads. Want to put up a stall?

Get your ticket via Billetto for 350 DKK. From 10 am to 4 pm.


Art Week Bike Tour

Starting at SIRIN Gallery, with the exhibition “SOAP” featuring artists Emilia Bergmark and Maria Gondek, this bike tour takes you to five galleries over the course of an afternoon. Get private tours of the exhibits while enjoying in-between moments outside (and hopefully, some sunshine!). A great way to learn about some of the best established and emerging artists around.



Wednesday 6th – Thursday 7th October

The GENDERHOUSE Festival: History of Sexuality at Bora Bora

Let’s talk about sex! In this queer and quirky performance, two performance artists shamelessly address the taboos and desires, the power, and social grip that sex has over us all. Let them take you on a wild ride. There will be performances at 11 am, 5 pm, and 8 pm each day. Tickets are available from 60 DKK.


Wednesday 6th – Sunday 10th October

Copenhagen Short Film Festival

Since its first edition in 2013, Copenhagen Short Film Festival has been aiming to open up the world of short films to a wider audience. Whether you love horror, animation, documentaries, avantgarde or the newest talents in the genre, there’s something for everyone. Find the full program on the website.



Thursday 7th October

Go Extreme: Looking for Exits and Sunshine Superman

“Looking for Exits“ is a philosophical film about wing suit base jumper Ellen Brennan. Meet her in a live conversation with director Kristoffer Hegnsvad. After the talk, „Looking for Exits“ as well as „Sunshine Superman“ which tells the story of base jumping’s father Carl Boenish are screened. The event takes place in English.


Klor at Huset-KBH’s Vox

In the collage performance KLOR, the theater group 5-6 Løg examines who has the right to determine reality and control it. In 2020, 5-6 Løg reached the finals of TeaterBattle with a 10-minute screening of this performance – A year later, the show is finished and ready for premiere. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets cost 75 DKK. There will be additional performances on 9th, 14th, and 16th October. Learn more on Huset-KBH’s website.



Thursday 7th – Friday 8th October

Den Sorte Skole x Vertigo at Vor Frue Kirke

Together, Producer and composer duo Den Sorte Skole (The Black School) and artist collective Vertigo, have created “REFRAKTO,” a cross-artistic work that is based on religious and spiritual traditions throughout music history. With music, sound, light and laser, “REFRAKTO” is a holistic experience which will be performed in a number of Danish churches in the autumn of 2021. This will be Den Sorte Skole’s first tour since 2018. There are tickets available for Thursday at 9 pm and Friday at 5 pm. Tickets cost 350 DKK.


Thursday 7th – Sunday 17th 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. In 2021, it will focus on the overall theme „Landscapes of Care“. In times shaped by Covid-19, #Metoo, Black Lives Matter, and climate change, architecture and urban planning have a big potential to help shape tomorrow’s society. At the same time, they are one of the main CO2 culprits and have historically supported and maintained patriarchal, class, and colonial power structures. With debates, films, guided tours, and more, the festival aims to explore this tension and to provide new perspectives. Find the full program on the website.



Friday 8th October

Archeology in the Amazon jungle with Copenhagen University

Explore the fascinating world of the Amazon jungle from your own sofa at this online event. In the summers of 2018 and 2019, a Danish-Peruvian team of archaeologists investigated the archaeological site Posic in the rainforest in northeastern Peru. The prehistoric site has been inhabited by first a local culture, followed by the Chachapoyas culture and later it has been part of the Inca Empire. Posic has also appeared in Spanish sources where it is described to be rich in gold and salt. The event is hosted by Copenhagen University and starts at 2 pm. Learn more in the Facebook event!


Vino Kilo Vintage market

Europe’s biggest vintage kilo sale is coming to Volume! Go on a treasure hunt from 12 noon. There are only limited spots for different time slots available so book your free spot in advance online.



Wednesday 13th October

Author of the month: Morten Pape

On 7th October, Morten Pape’s third and final volume in the Amager trilogy, „In Ruins“, will be published. The book follows Amalie, whose life among Vestamager’s endless rows of detached houses seems to fall apart in the wake of the crash of Amagerbank in 2011. But when she meets a woman who has survived the genocide in her native Rwanda, Amalie gets a new perspective on life as well as the good and bad some may or may not experience. The author, Morten Pape, will be interviewed by journalist and sociologist Aydin Soei who is the author of a number of books on vulnerable areas and ethnic minorities in Denmark. The talk runs from 8-9 pm and will be live-streamed. Stay tuned via the Facebook event.


Thursday 14th October

Glyptoteket’s architecture and Copenhagen’s urban development

When Glyptoteket was built, founder Carl Jacobsen was dissatisfied with the location: the museum seemed to be located too far outside the city – something that’s quite hard to imagine nowadays. But how do urban spaces develop? How does the architecture affect the life lived between the buildings? Professor Emeritus Jan Gehl and Professor Peter Thule Kristiansen will discuss these and other questions, moderated by architect and TV host Ane Cortzen. From 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Tickets cost 145 DKK for adults and there are discounts for children, students, and people under 27 years old.



Friday 15th October

Theft, debt and conflict – Thorvaldsen’s Coin Collection under the microscope by Copenhagen University

During his long stay in Rome (1797-1838), sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen built up a considerable collection of antique coins. In this online lecture, Bjarne Purup will guide you through the twisted history of his coin collection, including theft, a non-repaid loan, a legacy, and conflicts at the first public Danish museum. From 2 pm. For more information stay tuned via the Facebook event.


Queering the Pitch by MIX Copenhagen

The aim of “Queering the Pitch“ is to encourage both aspiring and established filmmakers to create queer cinema that will push and explore what queer filmmaking means. Got a relevant idea? The competition is open for everyone as long as the idea deals with LGBTQ+ themes. The winning project is awarded a monetary prize of 20.000 DKK to cover production costs, 50.000 DKK worth of film equipment rental from Odense Filmværkstedet, and a guaranteed spot in the Nordic Lights short film program that will be screened in MIX COPENHAGEN 2022. Deadline is 15th October and live pitching of selected projects will take place on 24th October.



Saturday 16th October

Elba at Vega’s Ideal Bar

Danish singer Elba’s energetic synthpop can „both break your heart or set the dance floor on fire“ as it says on her Spotify profile. One thing is for sure, she’s one of Denmark’s most promising upcoming artists. Experience her at Ideal Bar – doors open 7 pm, the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 170 DKK.


Sunday 17th October

Danish on a Sunday: Shorta at Cinemateket

This urban thriller deals with police violence and societal fragmentation. „Shorta“ which is Arabic for „police“ opens with an act of police brutality that triggers a riot in the fictional estate the film is set in, leaving two police officers stranded in this hostile territory.



Tuesday 19th – Thursday 21st October

Natural Connection at Culture Box

Get ready for a different kind of club night when Culture Box opens its doors to visual and interactive art. The debut installation “Natural Connection“ is an interactive experience inviting you to engage in multi-sensory communication with fungi’s interconnected root system — Mycelium. Enter the dark and mysterious space and immerse yourself in pulses of light and sounds recorded directly from a set of mushrooms connected to a modular synthesizer reverberating throughout the room. The installation will be open from 5-9 pm each day and admission costs 50 DKK.


Friday 22nd October – Sunday 31st October


MIX is back for its 36th year, from October 22 – 31 in Empire Bio and Cinemateket! This year’s theme is ‘Blurred Constellations:’ as our queer networks are reforming and expanding after the tumult of 2020, we are re-examining how we form community and connection through film. The features, documentaries and short films in this year’s program explore sexuality, gender and diversity in new programs like “Fight Back,” “Racialised, Queer and Unstoppable,” and “Let’s Talk About Sex,” along with fan favorites like Nordic Lights and Drag Night at Absalon. All are welcome! See the program and buy tickets here.



Friday 22nd October

Ladies Lounge Party

Ladies Lounge is a private lounge club for Lesbian and Bi women. Come celebrate with other ladies from 6:30 pm. At 7 pm, there will be a surprise and the party goes on until 2 am. Tickets are available via Billetto.


Saturday 23rd October

Copenhagen Zine Fest at Ungdomshuset

This DIY festival celebrates zines, small-press, and art books. Swap and shop amazing zines from 12 noon to 7 pm. Admission and tabling are free. Learn more and check out the tablets in the Facebook event.



Wednesday 27th October

Mushroom worksop at Culture House Islands Brygge

Autumn is mushroom season and collecting wild mushrooms is a popular pastime in Scandinavia. But how much do we know about the way mushrooms function? Learn more about the degrading abilities of the fungi, also when it comes to human “waste”, and about how the fungus Oystercatcher can degrade the toxic substances in cigarette butts. Part of the workshop is a collective thinking and writing experiment inspired by the fungal underground network, the mycelium. What happens to human thought patterns when they are decentralized, become collective, and go in many directions at once, just as mycelium does? Participation is free but please make sure to get your ticket in advance. From 5-7 pm.


Friday 29th October

Real Lies at Vega’s Ideal Bar

After three years, Real Lies from London are back on a tour through Europe and bring you electronic beats, intimate lyrics, and a taste of nightlife. The concert starts at 10 pm, doors open at 9 pm. Tickets cost 140 DKK.



Saturday 30th October

Fast Forward Rave at Volume

After 1.5 years of hibernation, Fast Forward is back with a bang! Get ready to rave from 10 pm. Tickets cost 160 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.