Please note: Some of the events below are in-person. Please make sure to follow the country’s current COVID-19 guidelines (find them here), as they may change between the time this calendar is published and when an event takes place. Always maintain social distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask when possible.
Copenhagen’s COVID-19 restrictions are lifting slowly, with some running until until further notice and include a ban on indoor gatherings of more than 10 people and outdoor gatherings of more than 50 people. It is now possible to eat at restaurants outdoors, and indoors with a “coronapas” (proof of a negative test within the last 72 hours, or a vaccination card). Events may be cancelled with short notice, so make sure to check the event link before attending anything.
It’s June, and Copenhagen events are really picking up. It’s time for endless summer days filled with sunbathing, picnics, refreshing dips, and late night drinks under the open sky. June is the month with the longest days of the year, so let’s make the most of it.
From concerts and rooftop parties to film screenings and exhibitions, there’s plenty to do in the Danish capital!
Here are the best events in Copenhagen throughout June:
Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June
Green Impact Week is back, in a hybrid format combining online with physical events. Learn from industry experts, network with inspiring people, and take an active part in positioning Copenhagen as the capital of the Green Transition. Learn more and secure your spot via the website.
Wednesday 2nd June
In autumn, Copenhagen-based singer-songwriter Mags released her debut album „mags“ – combining electronic scandi pop with painfully honest, autobiographical lyrics. Now she’s taking over Lille Vega, so get ready to dance, to sing along, to dwell on your own memories, and to fantasize about long summer nights out with friends. A Wednesday can’t get much better than that. There are still a few tickets left for the concert at 5:30 pm, the one at 8:30 pm is already sold out so you better be fast. Tickets cost 130 DKK.
Thursday 3rd – Sunday 13th June
Copenhagen Photo Festival is the largest photo festival in the Nordic region with 250 Danish and foreign photographers contributing each year. Experience talks, workshops, exhibitions, DJ sets, and much more at the festival centre on Refshaleøen. Learn more about the three pillars „Framing Identity“, „Framing Society“ and „Framing Vision“ and how they translate into an exciting program on the website.
Friday 4th June
Celebrate the beginning of summer (and the end of the work week) from 6 pm. Spisehuset invites all dining guests to an open bar from 7 to 8 pm, cheers to that!
You might know Copenhagen Distillery from their whisky, gin, or aquavit, but they are also hosting events in their distillery. Grab your friends and swing by for a garden party with cold drinks and good music by DJs Ary, JVC, and TAIS. Entry is free but due to Covid-19, attendance is limited to 75 people so come early. From 3-10 pm.
Greek wine and light mezes in KoncertKirken’s cosy backyard just off Blåggårds Plads sound like the perfect combination for an early summer Friday. Maria W. B. Tsalapati (from Oinofilia) and Laetitia Piccirillo (from Nørrebro Kolonial) will be joining forces to bring mediterranean treats and hopefully sunshine to Copenhagen. Come by for a glass and a bite from 3-8pm.
Saturday 5th June
Grundlovsdag, the Danish Constitution Day, celebrates the 1849 signing of the original Constitution, and with it the end of the absolute monarchy, as well as the adoption of the current 1953 Constitution. Offices are closed and many businesses will be only open until noon, if at all – the perfect opportunity to spend a summer day with loved ones or to enjoy some solitude.
A floating parade in Copenhagen’s harbor? Ja, tak! Come and join to witness this spectacle from the shore or even by boat. The parade starts in Sydhavnen at 1 pm.
Dance into the sunset when DJ Henri Matisse takes over Nimb’s rooftop terrace. Grab a drink and enjoy the view from 7 to 10:30 pm. Tickets cost 300 DKK and include one cocktail. Can’t make it? There will be a other edition with DJ Maria Barfod on 19th June.
Tuesday 8th June
Are you graduating this summer, or did you finish your education recently? Then this virtual career fair is for you! A joint effort by all Danish universities, this fair brings together employers from different industries. Get an overview over the Danish job market, hear about interesting opportunities, and maybe even land your dream job. From 2-4 pm.
Wednesday 9th – Sunday 13th June
Cinemateket is putting the spotlight on a genre that many aren’t that familiar with – silent movies. From Wednesday to Sunday, it will present some of the great classics as well as lesser known works and rediscovered gems. Check out the full selection of films on the website.
Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th June
Looking to acquire a new hobby or to turn that furniture dream into reality? Learn the basics of woodworking in this weekend course, in small groups and hands on. Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. Find more information as well as dates for future weekend courses, such as from 19th to 20th June, on the website. And if you want to dive a little deeper, The Woodworking Club will be offering a Woodworking Summer School from 5th to 16th July.
Saturday 12th June
Experience dancing as moving meditation at this outdoor event in Fælledparken. DJ Grundstoff will serve a variety of tunes with influences from South America, Balkan, and even from movie soundtracks. The event takes place from 1-3:30 on a pay-as-you-like basis.
SydhavnsGade is back: Get ready for a good time and enjoy cold draft beers, good music, and great company in Pumpehuset’s cosy outdoor venue. Behind the decks will be Second Wave, serving everything from Polish funk to Danish bossa nova, and Jonas Visti who will share some favorites from his vinyl collection. From 5-11 pm, entry is free.
Wednesday 16th June
Brush up your Spanish or simply dive into the world of Spanish cinema in this series at Husets Biograf. Directed by Pablo Berger and set in 1973, Torremolinos 73 even features a few Scandinavian household names: It stars none other than Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen who plays a member of a Danish film crew that flies to Spain to help main character Alfredo Lopez make the film Torremolinos 73 – taking inspiration from iconic Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie is screened (with English subtitles) at 7:30 pm.
Let your inner artist come out and play! Absalon is hosting a Life Drawing session. You’ll be sketching a model in various poses, with varying amounts of time to draw each one, and a couple of small breaks in between. All you need are paper and drawing equipment, no experience required. The event starts at 8 pm and tickets cost 70 DKK.
Knife Magazine and Posh Isolation present an evening with Astrid Sonne, Lust For Youth, Varg 2TM, and Malika Mahmoud. The title “Music In Crisis” is a reference to the state of the music industry and the existential crisis that the pandemic has brought over many artists. But the event is also a celebration of the power of music and the way it can help us through tough times. Doors open at 7 pm and the concert starts at 8 pm. Tickets cost 235 DKK.
Friday 18th June
(Re-)watch one of the greatest American musicals of all time, „The Wizard of Oz“, at Husets Biograf. Door open at 6:30 pm and the film starts at 7:30 pm.
Saturday 19th June
Join the party when an intergalactic lineup takes over Store Vega for an out-of-this-world drag show. From 7 to 11 pm, tickets cost 250 DKK.
Wednesday 23rd June
Celebrate the summer solstice and the feast of Saint John the Baptist by joining one of the traditional bonfire parties. The most popular spots can be found here. Enjoy a beautiful, (hopefully) warm night!
Friday 25th June – Thursday 1st July
You might know Coco O. from electronic soul duo Quadron – now the Danish singer is performing her debut album It’s A Process at Hotel Cecil. Swing by for your dose of R&B from 7 pm, every day from Friday to Thursday. Tickets cost 330 DKK and can be pre-bought via Billetto.
Tuesday 29th June
On 10th December 2020, Brazilian author Clarice Lispector would have turned 100 years. The celebration was postponed due to the lockdown but now’s the day: In collaboration with the Brazilian Embassy, Cinemateket is presenting an evening dedicated to her literary career. Her celebrated book The Hour of the Star puts the spotlight on 19-year orphan Macabea who moves to Rio de Janeiro and with her on a class that was often overlooked. Cinemateket will be screening Suzana Amaral’s adaptation combined with talks by translator Tine Prado and Associate Professor of Literary Studies Elisabeth Friis. The film will be screened with English subtitles but the talks will be in English. From 7-9:30 pm, tickets cost 95 DKK.
Wednesday 30th June
Enjoy a classical concert under the open summer sky. Poseidonkvartet performs everything from Haydn to Schubert at Nordatlantens Brygge. The quartet is named after the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon, so what better spot for a concert than next to the water? From 5-6 pm. Tickets cost 130 DKK and include one glass of rosé.
Ongoing in June
Get a glimpse of the past, present, and future of Latin America and its cultural landscape when Cinemateket is hosting the the 8th annual Latin American Film Festival. The festival is a collaboration with Casa Latinoamericana, Sonamos Latinoamerica, Festival de Literatura de Copenhague, Oxfam/Ibis, and Copenhagen University. Throughout June, there will be a variety of screenings as well as evening events that include talks and music. Find all films and more information on Cinemateket’s website.
Enjoy a dinner overlooking Copenhagen’s harbor. Over summer, Kulturtårnet (Culture Tower) is serving a four-course menu with selected wines from Rosforth & Rosforth in its unique location on Knippelsbro. Tickets cost 675 DKK.
Every Tuesday, BaneGaarden’s courtyard is turning into a dance floor, inviting everyone to get their body moving. Shake off stress and tension under the open sky, no matter the weather. From 6:30 to 8 pm. Tickets cost 100 DKK.
Skip the mid-week cooking action in favor of a relaxed dine-out with friends (or make new ones). Every Wednesday, Huset KBH is hosting a community dinner on the first floor. Tickets cost 85 DKK and include an aperitif. Doors open at 7 pm.
Cold drinks, barbecue, DJs and Nimb’s rooftop, the perfect ingredients for a summery Sunday evening. Tickets cost 850 DKK and include dinner, one glass of champagne to start, and half a bottle of rosé to keep your thirst quenched.
Family-run gallery von Bartha was initially founded in 1970 but it’s far from stuck in the past. With its series of temporary exhibitions, “The Imaginary Collection,” the gallery challenges the conventional exhibition model. Each edition is curated by independent collectors and presented in unique spaces. For the fourth edition, owner of the Danish art advisory and agency 2112, Caroline Bøge, created her own “imaginary collection“ of 35 artworks from the gallery’s archive. Being a former dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet, she draws parallels between the stage and the pursuit of art collecting, both being a vehicle to create narratives. Swing by 2112 to dive into Bøge’s universe, admission is free. For more information and opening hours, please check out the gallery’s website. The exhibition will be on display from 5th May until 26th June.
For the second time, ÅBEN is hosting a Popup in Copenhagen’s popular Meatpacking District. Swing by for beer yoga, quiz nights, flea markets, DJ sets, and much more throughout summer.
In its major spring exhibition, Statens Museum for Kunst puts the spotlight on two giants within modern art. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Emil Nolde became famous for their innovative use of strong colours and bold brushstrokes, often inspired by people, ways of life, and cultures from Africa and Oceania. Now their interpretations of these elements are put up for discussion. What picture did the two powerful artists paint of African or Oceanic cultures? Can art be separated from the abuses of colonial power? And do Kirchner and Nolde still matter to our present-day debates on racism? Rather than on answers, the exhibition focuses on asking questions and invites you to join the discussion. It is on display from 1st August.
Kunsthal Charlottenborg is reopening its doors with Turner prize winning artist Laure Prouvost who represented France at the 58th International Art Biennial in Venice. It’s the artist’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia. Laure Prouvost is especially known for her installations that blur the line between fiction and reality. Her works are often immersive and explore the ambiguities of language. The exhibition will be on display until 8th August.
Auguste Rodin is highly regarded for his sculptures. What might be less known is the role that his fascination with antiquities played for his sculptural experiments. With “Displacements” Glyptoteket sheds light on the way the artist incorporated his collection of antiquities into his working process. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris and the result of a research project at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and Aarhus University, conducted by the curator/PhD student Christine Horwitz Tommerup. It will be on display until 15th August. Please note that Glyptoteket asks you to book a time slot in advance.
Experience acclaimed German artist Anne Imhof in the x-room, SMK’s venue for contemporary art. In this exhibition, Imhof displays a three-and-a-half-hour long film that combines mediated footage from her performance at Tate Modern in 2019 with a new sound score. It is the fourth chapter of her serial work “Sex” and will be on display until 29th August.
Mother at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
With “Mother” Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is examining motherhood and the figure of the mother from a cultural-historical, philosophical, psychological, and artistic perspective. Bringing together works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, the story is unfolded over time leading up to the present day. The exhibition will be on display until 29th August.
The Montana Hall is a meeting room in which visual artists explore the significance of the framework for meeting situations. Since May and until next spring, it will feature Anette Harboe Flensburg’s paintings. With the title, „In Arcadia Too You Can Die“, Harboe Flensburg reflects over the present situation, where our everyday life has been fundamentally changed and we have been forced to reconsider our ideals.
Looking for the best restaurants, cafes, and bars (including rooftop bars!) where you can enjoy a meal or drink outside? Check these out as the weather warms up.
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