What's On / May

What's On in May

Events and festivals


1 May

Labour Day

A giddy event that draws student-y crowds and a few actual workers to the city park Fælledparken around 12:00 for political speeches, street food and a few beers in the early spring sun.

4 May

Global Marijuana March

The festive parade will include music, speeches and colourful happenings. This year marks the 20th year the march has been held in Copenhagen. Info here.

5 May

Vintage car show at Kastellet

A vintage car show and military band music is featured at the city’s leafy citadel, Kastellet, located behind the Little Mermaid. 12:30-15:30. Info here.

10-11 May

Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen

Hop-heads and beer geeks from around the world convene on one of Europe’s hottest craft beer events. Tickets are usually sold out in minutes, but check the event info here. Location: Øsnehallen.

12 May

Flea market at Islands Brygge

An open-air flea market with family stalls. Located by the waterfront at Islands Brygge community centre. Free admission. 10:00-16:00. Info here.

16 May

Cannon fire and band music

Military canon fire and band music at the city’s old citadel, Kastellet, which is located behind the Little Mermaid. 18:00-21:45. Info here.

23-25 May

Three Days of Design

Design showroom and stores host design talks, events and exhibitions. The 2019 event will feature 120 exhibitions. Info here.

23 May – 1 June

CPH Stage

The city’s international theatre festival presents stage-hungry locals with a wide range of experimental performances, many of which are in English. Info here and (in Danish) on Facebook here.

25 May

Balders Spring Flea Market

A local neighbourhood flea market with family stalls. Free admission. 10:00-16:00. Info here.

25 May


A local neighbourhood festival with music and events. Info here.

29 May – 2 June

Copenhagen Distortion

“A week of immersive dance and orchestrated chaos,” so the festival website says. Music events, street raves and parties. Info and tickets for the closing day (Distortion Ø festival is featured at Refshaleøen) here.

30 May – 10 June

KLANG – Copenhagen Avantgarde Music Festival

Hosted at locations citywide, the festival presents international avant-garde music. Info and tickets here. Website here.

Food markets and events 

Copenhagen’s Food Halls (Torvehallerne)

Copenhagen’s covered food halls feature a gumbo of artisanal stalls, food bars and open-air events. Located at Israels Plads close to Nørreport Station. Open Mon-Thu 10:00-19:00, Fri 10:00-20:00, Sat 10:00-18:00 and Sun 11:00-17:00. Frederiksborggade 21. Info (in Danish) here.


The city’s newest food hall is located in the grungy Vesterbro district. Food bars, stores and foodie hangouts in a converted shopping arcade. Vesterbrogade 97. Opening hours (in Danish) here. And on Facebook (in Danish) 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. Beach bar, dancing and street food. Address: Østre Teglkaj. Info here
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