Please note: Many of the events below are in-person. Please make sure to follow Denmark’s current COVID-19 guidelines (find them here), as they may change between the time this calendar is published and when an event takes place. At the time of publishing, all restrictions have been lifted.
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
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
Get your ticket via Billetto for 350 DKK. From 10 am to 4 pm.
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
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
“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.
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
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!
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
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 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
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.
Ongoing in October
The exhibition “Soap“ combines works by the two artists Emilia Bergmark and Maria Gondek to explore current topics such as isolation, anxiety, and gender stereotypes of modern homemaking – with a humorous approach. The “Kitchen-sink-drama“ unfolds in former SIRIN Gallery neighbor Nikolaj Bo Kitchens’ space. It will be on display until 9th October. Simply swing by during the opening hours – Monday to Friday 11 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm – or by appointment.
Michael Armitage – Account of an illiterate man at Glyptoteket
Born in Kenya in 1984, Michael Armitage lives and works between Nairobi and London. The history and culture of both cities lay the foundation for his artistic practice. For his first solo exhibition in Scandinavia, Michael Armitage has created a unique playlist which can be found on Spotify and on the Louisiana Channel, you can watch an interview in which he speaks about his work. The exhibition will be on display until 17th October.
SPACE10 Exhibition: Climate Layers
How to visualize data on the way climate stressors (e.g. cyclones, droughts, etc) are affecting the planet? The exhibition “Climate Layers“ by RNDR, Lenschow & Pihlmann, and Tableau at SPACE10 explores just that. It will be on display until 31st October, stop by Tuesday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm.
Bes. Demon God – Protector of Egypt at Glyptoteket
Bes might not be the most well known god of ancient Egypt but he played an indispensable role in everyday life. The exhibition invites visitors into Bes’s universe, where magic and the belief that good demons can ward off all kinds of evil are a natural part of life. It will be on display until 31st October.
J.F. Willumsen, Olivia Holm-Møller, and Asger Jorn have each in their own way contributed to expressionist painting in Denmark. Now their works are combined for the first time in GL Strand’s major summer exhibition, GNIST. The exhibition, full of color, power, and spirit, provides a new perspective on recent Danish art history. It will be on display until 31st October.
Arthur Jafa at Louisiana Museum for Modern Art
American artist Arthur Jafa was born in Tupelo, Mississipi, in 1960. He gained worldwide attention in 2016 with his video work “Love is the Message, the Message is Death” which combines viral videos and historical footage of American notables, such as Barack Obama or Serena Williams, with handheld footage of police brutality against Black Americans. It is the opposition between the harsh reality of Black American life and the creative power of Black American culture that is the starting point for most if his work. The exhibition will be on display until 31st October.
Christiania 50 years at Kunsthal Charlottenborg
“Better a poster without an event than an event without a poster” is one of the slogans used by the Freetown of Christiania. The poster has become an important element of Christiania’s visual identity and a representation of its creative imagination and activism. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Freetown, Kunsthal Charlottenborg exhibits 100 of the many posters created by the commune throughout the years. The exhibition will be on display until 14th November.
After the Silence – women of art speak out at Statens Museum for Kunst
In this year’s major autumn exhibition, Statens Museum for Kunst zooms in on some of art history’s prominent women artists. Taking the women’s liberation movement in the 1970s as a starting point, the exhibition focuses on how women have used art as an instrument of battle to create change in the world over the last hundred years. It will be on display until 21st November.
Pia Arke at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
With her work, Greenlandic-Danish artist Pia Arke explores her own identity as well as the two countries’ history shaped by Danish colonialism. The exhibition will be on display until January 2022.
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