What’s On in Copenhagen: October 2022

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Lit candles in the windows and colorful treetops lining the streets; October in Copenhagen is peak cosiness. When the weather serves a wild combination of sunshine, wind, and rain, there are two options: stay in and embrace the Danish art of hygge or pack your raincoat and venture out to explore all that Copenhagen has to offer this month.

Here are the best festivals, markets, exhibitions, and more in October:

Saturday 1st October

LoppeLinda flea market on Enghave Plads

Refresh your autumn wardrobe at this season’s last edition of LoppeLinda’s flea market. Want to pass on some old favorites? Put up a stall for 250 DKK. Learn more on the website. Swing by between 10 am and 3 pm.


Sunday 2nd October

Grønt Marked Harvest Festival

It’s autumn and this means it’s harvest season. Get in the autumnal mood at Grønt Marked’s Harvest Festival. There will be good food, music, workshops as well as the usual market. So bring your grocery basket and venture out to Refshaleøen, the market will be next to Lille Bakery.


Tuesday 4th October

Czech Film Night: Atentát at Husets Biograf

“Czech Film Nights” is an ongoing monthly series hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen and dedicated to presenting the best of Czech cinema.

Inspired by true events, Jiří Sequens’ “Atentát” (The Assassination) depicts Operation Anthropoid, the biggest and most important mission carried out by the Czech anti-fascist resistance.

Tickets cost 70 DKK and include a free Czech beer. Doors open at 6:30 and the movie starts at 9:30 pm.



Thursday 6th – Sunday 16th October

Architecture Festival: Sense of Place

Under the theme “Sense of Place,” this year’s edition of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival explores and discusses how we sense, experience, and understand places. Explore questions such as how to design more inclusive cities, learn about the role food can play for the development of cities as ecosystems, and much more: find the full program on the website.


Sunday 9th October

Danish on a Sunday: The Venus Effect at Cinemateket

Set against the backdrop of provincial Denmark, this film follows 20-something Liv who unexpectedly falls in love with Andrea. Andrea becomes the catalyst for an identity crisis which teaches Liv that family and love can come in many shapes and sizes. The film is screened in Danish with English subtitles. At 2:15 pm.



Monday 10th October

French Film Mondays at Grand Teatret

Every Monday, Grand Teatret presents a French film with Danish subtitles – this time Martin Bourboulon’s “Eiffel.“ Learn more about one of history’s most famous buildings as well as about the woman who inspired Gustave Eiffel to build it. The movie will be screened in French with Danish subtitles at 7 pm.


Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th October

International Mobility Summit at Bella Center

Which role does mobility play for liveable cities and how can technology enable sustainable transport? The summit explores these and other questions related to the topics Future Mobility, Liveable Cities, and Sustainable Transport. Expect keynote presentations, workshops, tours, debates, and more.



Wednesday 12th October

Housewife Roast: Pupusas y Curtido

This edition of The Caribbean Housewife’s popular “Housewife Roast” is all about Pupusas y Curtido. A pupusa is a corn tortilla stuffed with savory filling and served with delicious salsa, topped with fermented curtido, a Latin American version of Korean Kimchi or German sauerkraut. Sounds like the perfect match for an autumnal Wednesday. Bookings are open but fill up fast. Tickets for the 3-course menu cost 350 DKK, add a wine pairing for a package deal of 550 DKK.


Crochet Workshop with Rose Svane

Crochet artist Rose Svane is hosting a crochet workshop for Magasin Goodie members. Come learn how to crochet – people of all levels are welcome! Tickets are available through the Magasin website or in the Magasin Goodie Card app. FYI, it’s free to become a Magasin Goodie Card member.


Mija Milovic + CTM DJ Set at Copenhagen Distillery

Get your midweek groove on in the industrial surroundings of Copenhagen Distillery. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are available for 150 DKK.



Friday 14th October

Culture Night

Culture Night is one of the biggest happenings in Copenhagen’s event calendar. Since 1993, museums, theaters, libraries, churches, and more open their doors to visitors with a specific program. All you need to participate is the culture pass. Learn more on the website.


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TRANSformation at Huset’s Stardust

Join when a group from TID Transgender in Denmark shares their lived experience as transgender persons. The evening is structured as a conversation with the possibility to ask questions and there will also be a short presentation. The event is part of Culture Night so you need a pass to participate. From 6 pm.



Sunday 16th October

Grønt Marked Nørrebro

Buy fresh produce and enjoy that special market feeling at Guldberg Byplads from 10 am to 3 pm. Grønt Marked is a volunteer-run initiative dedicated to bringing the weekly market tradition to Denmark as well as to supporting local sustainable food systems. Want to volunteer? Get in touch via [email protected]


Friday 21st – Saturday 22nd October

The Annual Copenhagen Film Festival

Thirsty-eight films will compete in 11 categories at the 6th edition of annual Copenhagen Film Festival. From animation, to surreal dramas, to light documentaries and odd comedies, there’s a new Copenhagen to discover over two days at Husets Biograf. On both nights, the festival is free, and operates on a first come first serve basis. The cinema opens its doors for the audience at 18:00, 1 hour before the screening. On the Saturday, the screenings will be followed by the awards ceremony. All films will be screened in English or with English subtitles.


Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd October

Thorvaldsens Antiques Market

Browse Danish design, ceramics, and much more against the beautiful backdrop of Thorvaldsens Museum. Swing by Friday between 7 am and 5 pm or Saturday and Sunday between 9 am and 4 pm.



Friday 21st – Sunday 30th October

MIX Copenhagen LGBTQIA+ Film Festival at Cinemateket and Empire

Experience a wide range of films that bend gender, break sexual boundaries, and reflect a diverse world at this year’s edition of MIX Copenhagen. The festival has been running since 1986, making it one of the world’s oldest LGBTQIA+ film festivals. Learn more via the website. All screenings will take place at Cinemateket and Empire.


Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd October

MIX Copenhagen Industry Weekend at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Are you a film professional, film student or aspiring film maker? Join for MIX Copenhagen’s Industry Weekend to network and be inspired. The program consists of interesting panels and talks but also social events as well as the pitching competition “Queering the Pitch.“ Learn more in the Facebook event.


Sunday 23rd October

Hot Pot Republic Birthday Bash

Hot Pot Republic turns four – join the celebration and experience China’s most popular street food breakfast Jian Bing. Create your own wrap with delicious fillings like egg, pork, fresh herbs & vegetables, Chinese fermented bean sauce, and crispy wonton pastry, directly on a hotplate on your table – for only 10 DKK. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available. To drink, you can enjoy coffee from Prolog and homemade kombucha as well as beer and cocktails. Tables inside are already booked out but there will be space on the terrace if the weather allows.


Monday 31st October


Some people feel Halloween falls into the same category as Valentine’s Day – an old holiday, distorted by time and adopted by commercial companies to make money.While it may not bear much resemblance to All Hallow’s Eve of yore, there are plenty of reasons to dive into Halloween:


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Ongoing in October

Rose Svane Pop-Up at Magasin du Nord

Crochet artist Rose Svane is hosting a pop-up in collaboration with Magasin from 10th – 23rd October. The pop-up will exhibit Rose’s work, sell her DIY book Rose Svanes hæklerier, and a limited amount of crocheted blouses. If you love crochet or handmade items, check it out!



BUSTER is Scandinavia’s biggest film festival for children and teenagers. Experience over 170 movies and TV series in a variety of Copenhagen’s cinemas. The goal of the festival is to provide three- to 16-year olds with high quality media content. Besides the screenings, there will be a selection of Nordic short films available for streaming via The festival runs until 9th October.


Paul Gauguin and the Danish connection at Glyptoteket

Displayed in The Small Salon, this exhibition casts the spotlight on French artist Paul Gauguin’s residence in Copenhagen, from November 1884 to May 1885. The focal point of the exhibition is the newly acquired painting “La neige à Copenhague” (Snow in Copenhagen). Completed in 1884, it was created while Gauguin and his wife Mette lived in a ground-floor flat at 105, Gl. Kongevej.



“Flower Power” by Marina Adams at Von Bartha Gallery

See the bold, bright canvases of American artist Marina Adams on display at the charming Von Bartha Gallery, nestled in Carlsberg Byen. Marina’s work is inspired by the flora and fauna surrounding her studios in Parma, Italy, and New York, USA. The vibrance of the colors will keep you feeling warm, even as the weather cools down.


The Ideal City 2040 at SPACE10

The Ideal City 2040 is a new interactive installation that visualizes how cities can tackle the climate crisis with solutions that also enrich quality of life. Through binoculars, visitors view three speculative cities, illustrated by three artists. It is now open to the public in the SPACE10 Gallery and will run through Spring 2023. The Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 1-5pm, and the last Saturday of the month, and is free of charge.



Forensic Architecture at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The fifth exhibition of Louisiana’s series “The Architect’s Studio” presents Forensic Architecture, an interdisciplinary research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Working in the intersection of architecture, law, journalism, human rights, and the environment, Forensic Architecture investigates conflicts and crimes around the world. The goal is to solve crimes against civilians by analyzing architecture and landscapes.

Working with grassroots activists, international NGOs and media organizations, the Forensic team carries out investigations on behalf of people affected by political conflict, police brutality, border regimes, and environmental violence.

The exhibition will be on display until 23rd October 2022.


Anne Nowak and Ari Prasetya: AMALGAM at Alium Gallery

Uniquely created for the Alium space, AMALGAM is the result of two merging creative universes. Danish artist Anne Nowak and Australian creative Ari Prasetya have worked together to combine interior design and art into an amalgam of creativity. The exhibition will be on display from 7th October to 4th November and can be visited by appointment only.


Lee Lozano: The Ultimate Metaphor is a Mirror at Kunstforeningen GL Strand

One of the pioneers on New York’s experimental art scene in the 1960s, Lee Lozano rose to international recognition for the energy of her works, her daring figures, and her investigation of the body as well as related issues of gender. The exhibition is the first of its kind in Denmark and will be on display from 17th September until 13th November.



Svend Sømod: Resonance and Harmony at Kunstforeningen GL Strand

Young Danish artist Svend Sømod (born 1992) is particularly interested in translating theoretical mathematical information into aesthetic sensory form. The exhibition “Resonance and Harmony” consists of two audiovisual installations that take their point of departure in algorithm-based compositions created by Svend Sømod and produce a kind of music. Experience this exhibition until 13th November.


Alex Da Corte: Mr Remember at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Working in the intersection between design and visual culture, Alex Da Corte conquers space with color. Louisiana presents the first in-depth exhibition of the Venezuelan-American artist’s work in Europe. A mix of early and new works is exhibited while specially designed floors, brightly colored walls, neon lights, and characteristic scents create the feeling of a parallel reality. The exhibition will be on display until 8th January.



Warhol, Opie, Sherman, Klein at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Four icons of the art world, some classics and some more contemporary, are taking over Louisiana’s East Wing. Experience the works of Andy Warhol, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, and Yves Klein all exhibited together. They will be on display until 8th January.


Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age

The catalyst system is both, dependent on and threatened by technological progress. Taking this inherent paradox as a starting point, “Post-Capital” brings together works of sculpture, painting, photography, video, and performance that address the nature of production, consumption, and wealth. The exhibition will be on display until 15th January.



Connections – Danish artists from Ex-Yugoslavia at Statens Museum for Kunst

Experience leading Danish artists with Yugoslavian backgrounds explore topics such as war, migration, asylum politics, and the feeling of home. In 2022, exactly 30 years have passed since Denmark received 20,000 refugees from the wars in the former federate country of Yugoslavia, primarily from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the 1990s, the wars sent over half a million people into exile, creating what was at the time the most challenging refugee situation in Europe since World War II. Many of those refugees subsequently chose to stay in Denmark, and today the Danish contemporary art scene includes several prominent artists from the former Yugoslavia.

For this exhibition, SMK is bringing together political and deeply personal works by seven of them. It will be on display until 19th February.


Cao Fei: Asia One at Kunsthal Charlottenborg

Chinese artist Can Fei is especially known for her multimedia installations that reflect on the current state of Chinese society and how it shapes her generation. In her carefully staged films, she portrays a China divided between past and present, between its history and a yearning for all things new.

The film “Asia One“ follows the two only human beings employed at a giant sorting centre. Surrounded by a highly efficient infrastructure, the two appear to feel closer to the machines and robots around them than to each other but then bond gradually as they begin to rebel against the sorting centre’s efficiency and predictability.

The film installation will be on display until 19th February.



The Cold Gaze – Germany in the 1920s at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! This exhibition sends you on a sweeping journey through the roaring and explosive 1920s in the Weimar Republic, a time of crises and turbulence but also artistic innovation and hedonism. After the First World War, German society experienced poverty and political unrest, but also a short-lived flourishing of democracy with a rich cultural life and sense of freedom. The Weimar Republic came to an abrupt end with the Nazi takeover in 1933.

Louisiana’s large-scale autumn exhibition takes up the entire South Wing and mixes painting, drawing, photography, architecture, design, film, theater, literature, and music. From 14th October until 19th February.


Public art on Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads: Oak Stacks by Sean Scully

In connection with the new exhibition at Thorvaldsens Museum, Irish-American artist Sean Scully has created three wood towers which have been installed just outside the museum on Bertel Thorvaldsens Plads. The art work references both, Denmark’s history as a seafaring nation as well as Thorvaldsens return from Italy to Copenhagen in 1838.The towers have been created from local oak trees and wood found during archeological excavations on Papirøen where it has been part of its fundament. Combine your stroll along the canals with some world class art – the sculpture will be on display until March 2023.



Sean Scully ar Thorvaldsens Museum

World-renowned artist Sean Scully is taking over Thorvaldsen’s Museum, utilizing the museum in its entirety. In his first ever Danish solo-show, Scully is creating large-scale, site-specific sculptures specifically for the museum, working with the interaction of architecture, colors, and the surroundings of Thorvaldens Museum. The exhibition will be on display until 5th March 2023.


The future is present at Design Museum Denmark

Under the headline “The future is present“, Design Museum Denmark explores the role of design in shaping the future. Following the three themes Human, Society, and Planet+, the exhibition asks questions, proposes scenarios, and shows examples while putting a focus on creating conversations rather than providing concrete answers. It will be on display until 1st June 2023.



Family tour at The Royal Theatre

On selected Saturdays and Sundays, the Royal Ballet opens its doors for the entire family. Pull back the curtain and experience the magical world of ballet and opera. The tour is suitable for children from four to 12 years and takes 75 minutes. Tickets are available from 60 DKK.


The Happiness Museum

Learn more about well-being and the good life as well as why the Nordics regularly rank among the happiest countries in the world. The Happiness Museum has been created by the Happiness Research Institute, a think tank focusing on wellbeing, happiness, and quality of life. Swing by every Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Fancy an in-depth read about the topic? In “The Little Book of Hygge”, Happiness Research Institute’s CEO Meik Wiking introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish culture and gives tips on how to incorporate it into your own life.



New Carlsberg Glyptotek Concerts

Experience a curated program of concerts among the Roman statues of Glyototeket. Every Sunday from 12 noon to 1 pm. Tickets cost 180 DKK and include entry to the museum throughout the day.



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Kay Litzinger

Kay grew up in Germany and, after a stint in Sweden, came to Copenhagen for his studies. He loves to explore new cities, one cup of coffee or glass of wine at a time. Get a sneak peek at @kayltr.