What’s On in Copenhagen: September 2020

It’s September in Copenhagen, that wonderful time when summer slowly transitions into autumn. People are back from holiday and life is returning to the city, bringing plenty of events with it. From flea markets to film festivals, there is plenty going on to fill your free time.

Here’s everything happening in Copenhagen this September:

Monday 31st August – Sunday 6th September

ZULU Comedy Festival

Have a laugh at ZULU Comedy Festival. From Open Mic to Krimi Comedy, there’s something for everyone. Venues include KulturHuset Islands Brygge, Bremen Theater, and Hotel Cecil. Find the full program on the festival website.


Thursday 3rd – Saturday 5th September

3 Days of Design

Explore the world of design at Denmark’s annual design festival for professionals and enthusiasts alike. Get to know the faces behind the creations, mingle, and join inspiring talks, exhibitions, as well as workshops. Participation is free. Plan your visit with the 3 Days of Design App!


Check out the Six Things to Do at 3 Days of Design 2020



Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th September

Lights on Vesterbro Kulturfestival

Celebrate Vesterbro’s independent shops, cafés, bars, and cultural life. There will be events for adults and children alike. Find the program on the festival website!


Saturday 5th September

Brunch og Ballet at Det Kongelige Teater

Enjoy the dancers’ morning training on stage with a cup of coffee in hand. Meyers is taking care of the food. A pack of cinnamon bun, fruit, skyr with granola, and coffee/tea is available for purchase for 95 DKK from 9 am.


Lyse Nætter

A literary street festival in Nørrebro that will host author talks and poetry readings alongside beers and live music. The entirety of Møllegade will be shut off for the occasion. Guaranteed to be a lot of fun!



Rantzausgades gadefest: Coming Back From Corona

Come and join when Rantzausgade invites you to a street festival. The shops move into the street, there will be a flea market by Rita’s Lopper, a program for children, as well as a PolitikerPanel with topics such as covid-19, extreme climate, and public administration. From 12 pm – 8 pm.


Wednesday 9th September

Nadia Tehran – Dozakh: All Lovers Hell (Expanded) Album Release Event

Join Copenhagen-based, Iranian-Swedish artist Nadia Tehran to celebrate the launch of her album Dozakh: All Lovers Hell (Expanded) and the premiere of a video that was made in collaboration with local artist collective Morph. Swing by Blagardsgade 31 from 5-8 pm.


Job Search in Denmark and networking

Are you new in Denmark and looking for a job? Then this one’s for you! After over six months of unplanned break and 18 online meetups, the Copenhagen Expat Meetup is back with its physical events in the city’s Main Library. From 6 pm – 8.30 pm.


Thursday 10th – Saturday 12th September

Syrian Documentary Film Days at Husets Biograf

The Syrian Documentary Film Days, Syrian Doc Days for short, is a film festival dedicated to stories about Syria that go beyond the general narrative. The festival takes place in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Malmö, and Oslo and includes film screenings, talks, and other cultural activities. Find the program on Huset-KBH’s website.



Friday 11th – Sunday 20th September

Musikfilm Festivalen at Cinemateket

Enjoy more than 25 films and events dedicated to the world of music at this year’s Musikfilm Festivalen! From Neil Young to Ella Fitzgerald, there are many highlights to choose from. Find the full program on the website!


Soleima at Store Vega

You might know Danish pop singer Soleima from Distortion Ø or Hej Søster. Whether her music is familiar or not, let her transport you to last summer’s festival grounds. Doors open at 8 pm and the concert starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost 200 DKK.


Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September

Kulturhavn Festival

Kulturhavn Festival is Denmark’s largest cultural harbor festival. Enjoy over 300 cultural experiences, including dance, water sports, theatre, and much more, all free of charge and open for all. The activities are hosted by 150 associations, clubs, and societies with help of 1,300 volunteers. Are you ready for an unforgettable weekend in exceptional surroundings? Find more information on the website!



Saturday 12th September

Premier: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark at Det Kongelige Teater

Take this chance to see Shakespeare’s famous tale of revenge, murder, and a young man’s betrayal of his own ideals. Hamlet is set in Kronborg castle in Helsingør, just a 40 minute drive from Copenhagen, so you might want to plan a short trip for the next day to see one of Northern Europe’s most important Renaissance castles in person. The play is part of the Danish-German Year of Cultural Friendship 2020.


Sunday 13th September

Summer Concert: Classic Gems and Folk Tunes at Glyptoteket

Come along when Andreas Brantelid, one of the leading solo cellists in Europe, performs together with accordionist Bjarke Mogensen. The concert features everything from a Bach Solo Cello Suite and Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei to a work by Manuel de Falla and a new composition by Anders Koppel. Tickets cost 150 DKK and give you free access to the museum for the day of the concert. The hall opens at 11.30 am and the concert goes from 12 pm – 1 pm.


Grønt Marked – The Farmers Market at Lille Bakery

Get your weekly greens straight from the people who grow them! Simply grab your basket and take a stroll to Lille Bakery, the market will be open from 10 am.



Monday 14th – Wednesday 16th and Saturday 19th September

International Citizen Day goes virtual

International Citizen Days goes virtual, bringing together public authorities, private organisations, and local communities in the entire Greater Copenhagen region in a brand-new format with live-streamed talks, chatrooms, and experts. Get ready for three days of inspiration and information on how to get settled in Greater Copenhagen, including finding a home, job, childcare, language classes, establishing a new network, and kick-starting your social life. Participation is free of charge.


Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th September

Sonamos Latinoamerica

Experience the universe of Latin-American music at the fourth edition of Sonamos Latinoamerica! The festival aims at supporting Latin-American folk music and takes place in many countries from Venezuela to Belgium. Find more information on the website.


Wednesday 16th September

Free Poetry Slam in English at Studenterhuset

A poetry slam is a competition in spoken word. Commonly described as a mix of entertaining poetry and storytelling, influenced by comedy, rap, and performance theater. Weird? A bit. Solid and thought-provoking fun? You bet! From 7 pm – 9 pm. Get your free ticket here!



Thursday 17th – Friday 18th September

TechBBQ online

World-class stage content, networking, and hygge from the comfort of your own sofa. This year’s TechBBQ is a little different than usual but not less exciting. Check out the program and get your ticket via the festival website!


Wednesday 23rd – Thursday 24th September

Design Matters

Design Matters is made from designers for designers, with designers on stage. Sounds like your cup of tea? Then get ready for two days of passionate, competent, visionary, nerdy, engaging talks, workshops, and discussions about the work and role of digital designers – now and in the future. Get your ticket via the website.


Thursday 24th September

Sweet & Lowdown – Woody Allen Night & Live Hot Jazz at Husets Biograf

Watch Woody Allen’s movie Sweet and Lowdown (1999) about a self-confident jazz guitarist, played by Sean Penn, who falls in love with a mute woman, played by Samantha Morton. Doors open at 6 pm and from 7 pm the Live Hot Jazz Quintet will get your groove on by playing music from Woody Allen films. Tickets cost 70 DKK and can only be pre-bought online.



Friday 25th September

SMK Fridays: UNBOXING The Goodiepal Collection

Be the first to see the new exhibition UNBOXING The Goodiepal Collection and experience SMK in a totally new way at this special Friday Bar. Grab a drink and enjoy art, talks, and music in Denmark’s National Gallery. From 4 pm – 10 pm, entry is free.


FRAADS at Store Vega

Duo FRAADS is taking over Store Vega with its poetic hip hop. Doors open at 8.30 pm and the concert starts at 9 pm. Tickets cost 200 DKK.

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Saturday 26th September

BORN INTO the 90s at Store Vega

Store Vega’s legendary balsal is turning into a time machine and DJ Typhoon is taking you back to the mid-90s. Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Janet Jackson, or Mariah Carey? There’s something for everyone. From 10 pm – 3 am. Tickets cost 150 DKK.



Hart.For.Yemen at ArtMoney

Yemen is suffering war, an ongoing health crisis, as well as the Covid-19 pandemic at the same time, leading to over 24 million people being in need of humanitarian aid. Stop by ArtMoney to show your support by purchasing curated art, having a drink, or simply by engaging in meaningful conversations.


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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.