The world’s oldest still functioning observatory is open on starry Tuesday and Wednesday nights where under the guidance of astronomers you can discover the heavens. Opening hours: 18:00-21:00. Info here.
Until 3 November
Halloween in Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens opens its gates on 11 October to the season’s Halloween celebrations with more than 20,000 Jack-o’-lanterns and spooky fun for the whole family. Info here.
Christmas beer release
The official release of the Tuborg Christmas beer (J-Day on Friday 1 November) is an annual event drawing revellers to bars across town. On 31 October, craft breweries release their Christmas beers (ØJ-Day), which can be enjoyed at dedicated craft beer bars.
Performance at the Trinitatis Church next to the Round Tower by Trinitatis Cantata and chamber orchestra playing period instruments. The concert starts at 16:00. Info and tickets here.
Power of Women Festival
Art, theatre, design, film, music and architecture – produced and created by women. Events, exhibitions and concerts citywide. Info here. Event list here.
Saint Martin’s Day
Danes celebrate the Feast of Saint Martin (Mortensaften) where traditionally duck is served. Many restaurants will have duck on the menu that day.
FindersKeepers design market
Young designers host a design market in the Øksnehallen exhibition centre in the meatpacking district, Kødbyen. Info here.
The UNESCO World Heritage Roskilde Cathedral stages a performance of Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the National Danish Orchestra. 19:30-21:30. Roskilde is located around 30 min by rail service from Copenhagen. Info and tickets here.
The Danish National Gallery (Statens Museum for Kunst (SMK), Sølvgade 48-50) hosts an evening event including art talks, screenings, street food and performances from 16:00-22:00. The gallery cafés are also open. Free admission. Info here.
30 November – 22 December
No Christmas season is complete without the whimsical tale of the Nutcracker prince and a flurry of mice and snowflakes. Performed by the Royal Danish Ballet at the Royal Theatre, Old Stage. Info and tickets here.
30 Nov + 1 December
Handel’s Messiah at the Marble Church
Performance of Handel’s famous oratorio by the Euphonia Chamber Chorus, et al. Performances start at 16:00. Info and tickets 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.