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 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.
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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