What’s On in Copenhagen: September 2016

Though September indicates the start of autumn, we often get a few weeks of belated summer in Copenhagen. Whether or not the weather cooperates, there’s more than enough to do throughout the month, including exciting festivals, films, concerts and even a day of 1 kroner pizza (I can tell you’re intrigued; read on…)!

Here’s what we’ll be doing this month:

Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th September

Byhave Festival in Nørrebro

Learn all about urban gardening over this four day festival. You can try everything from making a kokedama to yoga to growing your own vegetables. There are loads of events so find something that tickles your fancy!



Thursday 1st September

1 Kroner Pizza from Domino’s

Okay, so it’s in Ballerup rather than Copenhagen, but how could we not include 1 kroner pizza? Between 5 – 8 pm, go get your pie at the opening of the store.


Pokémon Go Marathon

Everyone’s invited for 48 hours of Pokémon Go playing. Grab some friends, get out there and catch ’em all!


Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th September

VICE Munchies Festival

You probably already know Munchies, the excellent VICE site devoted to food. They’re holding a two day festival in Kødbyen that includes meals, food classes, workshops and talks. Indulge your appetite and see what they have to offer!



Saturday 3rd September

Bryggen’s Birthday

It’s Islands Brygge’s 111th birthday (I know, it doesn’t look a day over 110)! Celebrate with dance performances, food, drink, live music and a general day of fun, especially for kids. Fingers crossed that the sun is out, because there’s nothing more beautiful than a walk along Islands Brygge on a on a sunny day!



Socioeconomic Clothes and Fleamarket

Go buy secondhand clothes and other items at the Kofoeds Skole. All proceeds go to the school, which promotes independence through academics and practical skill-learning for those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Shopping plus community support!



Red Bull Cope’n’Waken

If you’re into wakeboarding, check out the wild competition held at Frederiksholm Canal. Get there early if you want a good view!


LØS Market Opening Party

LØS is finally opening – the market where you bring your own containers and stock up on the foodstuffs you need. This reduces waste and encourages thoughtful buying. There will be music and an all-day 10% discount!



Hannah: Buddhism’s Untold Journey at Cinemateket

A documentary about the life of Hannah Nydahl who, along with her husband Ole Nydahl, lived in Nepal in the 70s, then began Buddhism centers all around the world.


Thursday 8th – Friday 9th September

Youth Meet-Up

At Søndermarken in Frederiksberg, you can take part in a two day event focused on democracy and what it means to youth in 2016. There will be over 75 organisations there, such as think-tanks, political parties and NGOs, to engage with attendees in lectures, workshops and discussions.



Friday 9th September

Friday Night Skate #10

Another FNS at Solbjerg Plads in Frederiksberg. If you’re a casual or more serious skateboarder, this is a great way to meet people and take part in a little fun skating.



Saturday 10th – Sunday 11th September

Havana Days in Kødbyen

Sip a mojito and salsa-dance the weekend away with some great DJs. There will also be dance performances and dancing lessons. Entrance is free and the drinks are cheap! Here’s a look at the kind of salsa dancing YOU could be doing (probably):


Saturday 10th – Sunday 18th September

Open House: Poul Henningsen

Have a nosy around the home of designer-demi-god Poul Henningsen. For the first time ever his modernist house – once branded the ugliest one in Gentofte (we beg to differ) – is open to the public. It’s just for a limited time only though, so hurry!

Poul Henningsen House Sept 16

Saturday 10th September

Brunch and Ballet

From 9:30 am, see the Royal Danish Ballet go through their training at Det Kongelige Teater. You can grab a coffee, breakfast and enjoy something that few people get to see from professional dancers. Entrance is free!



Ord i Nord Literature Festival

Located at Borups Højskole, this half-day festival includes talks from Atlas Magazine, Politiken and more. An array of Scandinavian authors will be featured, plus a concert by Bisse at the end of the day. Tickets are 70 DKK.



Sunday 11th September

ECCO Walkathon

Walk, starting from Kastellet, for a good cause! All proceeds go to Hjerteforeningen and SOS Børnebyerne.



Danish on a Sunday: What We Become at Cinemateket

The story of a family in the small Danish town of Sorgenfri that must fight to survive when a deadly virus breaks out. This is a smart, scary zombie film.


Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th September

Don’t Fear the Weird Film Festival

A film festival with talks, music events and more, all focused on the idea of understanding and discussing psychiatric differences. Held in collaboration with PsykInfo.


Thursday 15th September

Zerkalo at Cinemateket

Classic 1975 Russian art film Zerkalo (or, Mirror) follows the non-chronological memories of a dying poet. Directed by beloved filmmaker Arseny Tarkovsky, the film is often compared to stream of consciousness literature.


Saturday 17th September

Lawrence of Arabia at Cinemateket

See the classic film Lawrence of Arabia, starring Peter O’Toole.


Sunday 18th September

Car-free Sunday

What will you do on Copenhagen’s car-free day? Cycle, walk, or suntan in the roads!


Human Ring Around Amagerfælled

If you want to show your resistance for the planned construction that will cut into Amagerfælled, join NOAH and the Danish Society for Nature Conservation in forming a human ring around the construction site in peaceful protest. Begins at 10 am.



Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th September

Copenhagen Comic Con

We may not have Bi Mon Sci Fi Con (yet!) but Copenhagen is holding its first-ever Comic Con! If you’re into TV, gaming, comics, youtube or cosplay, head over to Bella Center to check out the array of booths, talks and presentations.


Saturday 24th September

Nørrebro’s Shawarma Master!

Our favorite competition of the year! Who will have the best shawarma in Nørrebro? Find out at Fyensgade in Nørrebro from 12 noon.



Sunday 25th September

Zombie Run

It’s the fourth annual Zombie Run! Will you make it to the finish line, or get infected with Z08 and turn into a zombie?



Wednesday 28th September – Sunday 2nd October

Copenhagen Blues Festival

International as well as local blues acts perform. The program is still in the works so keep an eye on their website for more info soon!


Friday 30th September

First Hate at Pumpehuset

Lo-fi synth pop from Copenhagen duo First Hate. This is a band that keeps getting better!


Ongoing in September

“Marie Gudme Leth – Pioneer of Print,” Designmuseum Denmark

An in-depth look at the print work of renown Danish textile designer Marie Gudme Leth, whose prints are an essential part of Danish design culture through the 1930s – 50s and onwards to today. Exhibit runs until the end of the month.



“Illumination,” Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

The largest collection of new art shown over the museum’s 60 year history, with 96 new works. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photographs and more. This only runs until 11th September so make sure you get a chance to see it!

See the 2016 Holidays & Flag Days Calendar.

If you’re a business or organisation that would like us to add your event to next month’s calendar, please contact us at hello [@] scandinaviastandard [dot] com. Thank you!

Are you planning to attend any events this month? Are there any good ones we missed? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Rebecca Thandi Norman

Rebecca Thandi Norman is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Scandinavia Standard.