Enjoy live music, sports, food and a few drinks at Copenhagen’s many outdoor summer hangouts
The city’s classic canalside hangout. Vintage schooners and busy eateries line the oldest section of the city’s manmade waterways. Music events are featured especially during the jazz festival in July. The area can be quite packed with tourists so try heading down the side streets – or visit Ofelia Plads nearby (see below).
The pier next to the Royal Playhouse – and only 5 minutes walking from Nyhavn Canal – offers sweeping harbour views, sundown drinks and evening jazz concerts. Food trucks are also available. Find a deckchair and chill. Event info here.
One of the world’s oldest and most magical amusement parks, located in the heart of the city. Note the gardens has a wide music program including Friday evening rock concerts and events in the Tivoli Concert Hall. Admission. Info here.
A new creative space by the former postal sorting facility. Street food, maker’s market, dance stage, concerts, movie-screening, boule and much more. Free admission. 6 May – 22 October 2017. Address: Bernstoffsgade 34 (next to the central station). Thu-Fri 14:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-22:00 (stores: Thu-Fri 14:00-18:00, Sat-Sun 11:00-18:00). Info here.
Open-air concerts, bars and street food in a hidden oasis in the heart of the city only a 5-minute walk from Tivoli Gardens. Free admission. Address: Studiestræde 52. Full 2017 lineup here. Info here.
The city’s famous alternative-living district hosts free open-air concerts every Sunday from 18:00. See the lineup here.
Sommerdans i Fælledparken
The city’s largest activity park, Fælledparken, features an open-air stage for Latin and oriental dancing etc. Every Monday-Thursday 19:00-22:00. 19 June – 23 July 2017. Free admission. Info here.
Salsa at Kaffesalonen
The pedalo rental café Kaffesalonen hosts free open-air salsa dancing every Wednesday 18:30-22:00 from 14 June. Info here.
Friday Night Skate
If you’ve happened to bring your one-liners to Copenhagen you have a chance to join the popular Friday Night skate event through the city. Check the Facebook page for updates here.
Karma Kajen / Kayak Republic
One of the city’s most popular watering holes, Kayak Republic is a combined kayak rental, harbour bar and event location with regular free concerts and happenings. Event info here. Kayak rental here.
Hidden among the boatyards of the former shipyard, Halvandet is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The harbour bar hosts open-air concerts and all-day chillout. There are waterfront bars and a restaurant. 4 May – 14 Sep 2017. Info here.
Islands Brygge harbourfront
With its picnic boat rental, harbour bath, community centre and full-season of festivals and music events, the harbourfront by Islands Brygge has become a buzzing summer location for a young city crowd.
Verdenshjørnet (The World Corner)
Bedouin tents and tepees on a Copenhagen street corner where you can enjoy soul-warming food from around the world along with open-air concerts, movie screening and other activities. Lygten 1. For opening hours check their Facebook page here.
An old waterfront warehouse is being converted into a new food and event location – surrounded by construction sites in the city’s fast-developing docklands. A great pit stop for those biking the Harbour Circle bicycle route. Opening in June. Beach bar, dancing and street food. Address: Østre Teglkaj. Info here.
Amager Beach Park
Sports events, festivals and concerts are held throughout the summer at Copenhagen’s 5km sandy beach. Here you will also find water sports, activities and one of Europe’s largest aquariums. Metro stations: Øresund, Amager Strand and Femøren.
Balders Biks – neighbourhood market
A small regular neighbourhood market in the district of Nørrebro lets you meet the locals. Stalls with creative craft and organic food – and live music. Info here.