What’s On in Copenhagen: October 2023

October events in Copenhagen.

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Crisp air, colorful leaves, and the last golden light of autumn: on good days, October in Copenhagen is nothing short of magical. On the other days, when wind, rain, and fog take over, restaurants, museums, galleries, and more offer refuge. So grab your bike and a raincoat, and get ready for everything Copenhagen has to offer this month.

Here are the best events in Copenhagen in October:


Sunday 1st October

Rita Blå’s Flea Market on Sønderboulevard

Combine your Sunday walk with a little treasure hunt when Rita Blå’s Flea Market is taking over Sønderboulevard. From 11 am to 4 pm. Want to put up a stall? Get a ticket via the website.

A woman browsing clothes at a Copenhagen fashion event.




Altin Gün at Store Vega

By drawing on the rich and diverse traditions of Anatolian and Turkish folk music, and adapting it to a modern audience, Altin Gün has repeatedly impressed the music world. Their second album, “Gece” was nominated for a Grammy in the category Best World Music Album in 2019.

Now they’re on tour with their latest album “Aşk”- join when they come to Store Vega, supported by Elias Gozal, resident DJ at Copenhagen’s Den Anden Side as well as host of Floorcast and one part of Pure Distance. Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 300 DKK.

A group of people posing in front of a tree at a Copenhagen event.




Friday 6th October

Exhibition Opening: Make Do with Now: New Direction in Japanese Architecture

Make Do With Now introduces the thinking and projects of a new generation of architects and urban practitioners working in Japan today. Faced with societal challenges such as a declining population, rural flight, profit-driven urban development, a stagnant economy as well as the global climate crisis, they creatively “make do“ with limited resources.

The exhibition challenges Western stereotypes of Japanese architecture and invites us to learn from Japan in new ways. The fact that it takes place in Copenhagen Architecture Festival’s localities in a radically transformed bank building on Halmtorvet 27 adds a meta layer to the content of the exhibition. Join the exhibition opening from 4 pm, admission is free.

Exhibition opening do with new directions in japanese architecture.




Tuesday 10th – Sunday 15th October

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap by Copenhagen Theatre Circle

“The Mousetrap” invites you to the remote Monkswell Manor, where a group of seemingly unrelated strangers find themselves snowed in and trapped with a murderer among them. As secrets unravel and tension mounts, it’s up to the audiences to solve the ultimate mystery. Join for this adaptation of Agatha Christie’s timeless masterpiece by Copenhagen Theatre Circle, a group of theatre enthusiasts that’s been providing Copenhagen with English-speaking drama since 1968. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the website.

Agatha christie's the mousetrap.




Wednesday 11th October

Housewife Roast – 7 Year Birthday

The Caribbean Housewife turns seven! To celebrate the occasion, founder Jamain will be fishing out a festive four-course menu. As always, the menu is paired with remarkable natural wine from women producers. This dinner event presents Vin de LaGamba. For those who prefer to skip the wine, a kombucha pairing will also be available. The event takes place at Kitchen Collective from 6-10 pm. Tickets go fast so make sure to reserve in time.

A woman in a black and white dress standing in front of a tree.


The Sound of Delfi at Huset KBH

In the Sound of Delfi, the five oracles Trine, Ditte, Dennis, My, and Monica are looking for answers to life’s big and small questions. At this special performance, they’re giving advice live on stage. The Sound of Delfi was written and produced by the Do-It-Yourself Theater Group. From 7 to 8:30 pm. Get your ticket for 75 DKK via the website.

A group of people on a tennis court.




Thursday 12th October

Exhibition Opening: After nature

“Nature no longer exists. That wild, untamed nature, untouched by human beings, is a thing of the past.” So states the author Josefine Klougart in her essay After Nature.

Glyptotek’s new special exhibition “After Nature – A New Reading of the Glyptotek’s Paintings by Writer Josefine Klougart” is a kind of 3D essay, combining the author’s texts with with masterpieces from the Glyptotek’s collection, including French painters such as Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Rousseau as well as Danish painters such as Christen Købke, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, and Johan Thomas Lundbye. Celebrate the opening of the exhibition with speeches and a free beer from 5-6 pm. The event requires a regular museum entry ticket.

A painting of a cliff with trees on it.




Friday 13th October

Culture Night

Culture Night or “Kulturnatten“ 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.

Kulttunaten poster 2023


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Saturday 14th October

Exhibition Opening: The Fantastic Bus by Jakob Martin Strid at Copenhagen Contemporary

Dive into Jakob Martin Strid’s universe when CC Studio welcomes children and adults to the exhibition opening of The Fantastic Bus! Coinciding with the release of Strid’s largest book work to date, this exhibition features the original drawings behind it. Explore the exhibition and enjoy candyfloss, treasure hunts, collaborative drawing, and family workshops from 11 am. The arrangement is included in the regular museum ticket.

The cover of the fantasy bus.


Wednesday 18th October

Kite day at Natural Center Amager Strand

Why can kites fly? Explore this and similar questions with the experts at Natural Center Amager Strand. Children from five years old are invited to join the workshop to learn about all things kites and make their own from 12 noon to 2 pm. Participation costs 50 DKK and requires to sign up in advance. Get your ticket via the website.




Friday 20th – Sunday 29th October

MIX Copenhagen LGBTQAI+ Film Festival

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. Learn more on the website.




Friday 20th October

Frida Darko at Hangaren

Frida Darko is a DJ based in Leipzig and part of Rebellion der Träumer and Station Endlos. Join and dance the night away at Hangaren, a former hangar turned rave venue in the industrial surrounds of Refshaleøen. From 11 pm to 6 am. Tickets cost 140 DKK and are available via presale as well as at the door.

Frida dako - miniale angbot.




Saturday 21st October

Cocktails and Curator with Abbas Akhavan at Copenhagen Contemporary

Join when Canadian-Iranian artist Abbas Akhavan and CC’s senior curator Aukje Lepoutre Ravn lead you through the exhibition “Curtain Call“ over a few drinks. Hear them share their thoughts on how the exhibition addresses topics such as art, migration, and cultural heritage. The arrangement starts at 3 pm but your ticket will already give you access to Copenhagen Contemporary from 11 am so feel free to explore a little bit by yourself before. The event takes place in English. Participation requires sign up and is free for members. Not a member yet? Simply download the free ticket and join on the day.

A man standing in front of a green screen in an empty room.


Sunday 22nd October

RAVE Yoga and Autumn Brunch at BRIGADE Gallery

Yoga meets brunch, can a Sunday morning get any better? Kick start your day with a creativity- and introspection-focused yoga class by RAVE’s founder Helen, followed by a plant-based brunch served by chef, somatic worker, and yoga teacher Lena. The event takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the BRIGADE Gallery with works by German contemporary artist Bendix Harms.

Food ingredients are sourced in collaboration with local producers, coffee is provided by Prolog coffee bar, and plates will be prepared on Service Projects tableware. From 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Tickets cost 325 DKK, simply write to [email protected] to sign up. Copenhagen-based wellness concept RAVE creates curated yoga and wellness experiences in a variety of unique spaces so make sure to follow along on Instagram to stay in the loop. 

A woman practicing yoga in an art gallery.




Thursday 26th October

Boolesque Show by Sweet Burlesque

A Halloween-themed burlesque show with a handful of solo stars that have graduated from the Become a Burlesque Star course. We’re talking sexy burlesque dancing whilst bringing in all the spookiness and darkness of Halloween. Head to H15 to revel in the fun!


À mon avis: Edward Willes and Jakob Revke Exhibition Opening

Join for the vernissage of À mon avis’ latest exhibition featuring works by Edward Willes and Jakob Revke. Get your Thursday dose of art along with a chilled glass of wine from 4 to 8 pm.


Friday 27th October

Pleasure Control 5 years at Motopol

Celebrate half a decade of Pleasure Control! A lot of big things have happened over the years, one highlight being the new community-based venue Motopol. So naturally, this is where this special night will take place. Get ready for a lineup of international quality and local superpowers. From 10 pm until 7 am, tickets cost 175 DKK.

Pleasure gun cd cover art.


The Halloween Show: The Evil Manor by Sweet Burlesque

If you love burlesque AND spooky season, this show at H15 in Vesterbro is for you! Enter the Evil Manor, where secrets, ghosts, and vampires abound. The show is hosted by Headmistress Ann and featured performances by the Sweet Burlesque Pro team and the Sweet Burlesque Show team, as well as a special appearance by Sally Boleyn.


Eternity Bracelet Event at Facon Facon Jewelry

One of the best goldsmiths in Copenhagen, Charlotte Christina Larsen is equally good at bringing people to her chic, jewel-box of a boutique on Grønnegade in central Copenhagen. From 10 am – 6 pm on the 27th, head to the shop to get your very own “eternity bracelet;” meaning a bracelet that’s welded together, making it non-removable. The bracelets are 18K gold and very delicate. Pick your chain style, pick your charm (if you want one), then get zapped! For this event, bracelets will be 20% off, so it’s an ideal time to go with your friends for an eternal friendship bracelet. Plus, there will be bubbles served all day!




Tuesday 31st October


Some love it, for others it’s primarily a day that commercial companies use to sell more stuff. If you belong to the former group or you’re simply in the mood for scary decorations and candy, we’ve rounded up a few ideas how to celebrate Halloween in Copenhagen.

A walkway decorated with pumpkins and lanterns.


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Daalder Pop-up at The Japanese Pagoda

Esteemed restaurant Daalder from Amsterdan is coming to Copenhagen: for three weeks, Michelin starred chef Dennis Huwaë will be serving two tasting menus in the beautiful surroundings of The Japanese Pagoda in the Tivoli Gardens. Drawing inspiration from his Moluccan roots as well as Dutch and French cuisine, Dennis Huwaë has created his own personal style that’s brought him a Michelin star as well as rank #64 of The Best Chef Awards Top 100 in 2021. The lunch menu features four courses as well as four bites and the dinner menu ten courses. Tickets cost 900 and 1350 DKK respectively. Book your table via the website and be fast, spots fill up quickly.

A gold oyster shell on a glass of water in Copenhagen.


NIKO JUNE x Copenhagen Contemporary

Danish design studio NIKO JUNE is taking over Copenhagen Contemporary’s shop and foyer with the EROS TORSO FACTORY pop-up shop all through October and until 2nd November. Swing by to browse the design studio’s beautiful creation; on 2nd November, there will also be the opportunity to experience the creation process of the iconic EROS TORSO vases. Learn more on the website.




Grønt Market

Get your fix of fresh, seasonal produce and meet the people who grow it: Grønt Market’s mission is it to build a strong connection and community between farmers and eaters. There’re four editions each month: on the first Sunday of the month, the market stalls are put up in front of Lille Bakery on Refshaleøen, every second Sunday at Liatuens Plads in Vesterbro, every third Sunday at Skjolds Plads in Nørrebro, and every fourth Sunday in Aksel Møllers Have in Frederiksberg. Always from 10 am to 3 pm.




Spanish Film Weeks at Cinemateket

This event series presents selected films from Spain, some in combined arrangements including vermouth tastings, talks, and the opportunity to meet the director. The topics covered are as diverse as the films themselves and range from the multi-Goya winning thriller The Beasts to Stories Not to Be Told which feels a bit like a mix of Almodóvar and Woody Allen. The event series is a collaboration between the Spanish Embassy in Copenhagen and Cinemateket. Find the full program on the website.


Women’s Fight at the Home Front at Cinemateket

Together, The Workers’ Museum, the Danish Film Institute, and Cinemateket put the spotlight on the changing role of the homemaker. The screening of five selected films coincides with the opening of the new exhibition Women’s Lives at The Workers Museum. Learn more on the website.




Curtain Call by Abbas Akhavan at Copenhagen Contemporary

In this exhibition, artist Abbas Akhavan recreates Palmyra’s treasured columns and Iraq’s looted National Museum, with works speaking about Syria and Iraq’s lost and war-torn cultural heritage – exactly 20 years after the invasion of Iraq and 10 years after Palmyra was inscribed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. The exhibition Curtain Call is the first in a three-year series of exhibitions with the Glyptotek, that will present new perspectives on Middle Eastern cultural heritage and its significance today. It will be on display until November.

A man standing in front of a green screen in an empty room.


After Nature at Glyptoteket

“Nature no longer exists. That wild, untamed nature, untouched by human beings, is a thing of the past.” So states the author Josefine Klougart in her essay After Nature.

Glyptotek’s new special exhibition “After Nature – A New Reading of the Glyptotek’s Paintings by Writer Josefine Klougart“ is a kind of 3D essay, combining the author’s texts with with masterpieces from the Glyptotek’s collection.

These masterpieces include French painters Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Rousseau as well as Danish painters such as Christen Købke, Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg, and Johan Thomas Lundbye. The exhibition runs from 12th October.




Women’s Lives at The Workers’ Museum

Learn more about the known and unknown women of labor history. Discover stories of struggles, everyday life, equality, and equal pay. Explore the right to one’s own body and a place in history. This new exhibition at The Workers’ Museum gets up close to women’s lives over the last 150 years. From 13th October.

A poster with the word kniddeliv on it.


The Fantastic Bus by Jakob Martin Strid at Copenhagen Contemporary

Coinciding with the launch of Jakob Martin Strid’s largest book work to date, this exhibition showcases the original illustrations behind it. Over 50 drawings, some measuring over 2 meters, allow you to step into his unique universe and to follow a road trip through incredible landscapes, into the stratosphere, and further to the mythical land of Balanka to save little Timo. It will be on display from 14th October.

An illustration of a cloud with a house on it.




Veronica Hodges: Under the Tree at Ordrupgaard

For the next three years, Ordrupgaard’s freshly renovated 1920s greenhouse will house site-specific works by several artists that focus on climate and sustainability issues. The first in line is American artist Veronica Hodges. Her installation “Under the Tree” shows a gigantic spring-blossoming tree, filling the greenhouse to breaking point with hand-colored paper flowers and interwoven branches. It’s not all floral splendor, however: there are also dead leaves and flowers and small seeds have dropped to the floor, hinting at the transitory nature of life. The exhibition will be on display until November.


Ruben Hughes: The Youth at Leica Store Copenhagen

Titled “The Youth,” this exhibition by Ruben Hughes explores identity from adolescence to young adulthood through a series of streetstyle photographs. It will be on display in the Leica Store until January 2024.




Little Table, Cover Thyself! at Design Museum Denmark

There’s something special about the art of table-setting and the way a decorated table sets the scene for special and everyday occasions. Experience how table-setting has changed over time and admire the collection of plates, figurines, jugs, and more. All the way through 2025, seven of the museum’s historical tables are decorated with items from the renaissance until today.




Guided tour: Highlights & Introduction at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Every Thursday from 2-2:45 pm, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art offers a guided tour of the museum’s collection and architecture. The tour is free for everyone but you need to pick up a ticket at the entrance up to two hours before the tour. This ticket is free for everyone with a valid ticket to the museum.




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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.