What's On in August

Events and festivals


All summer 2019

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 here for updates.

Open-air marionette theatre

Children of all ages enjoy free open-air puppet theatre shows in the small theatre in the King’s Garden located by Kronprinsensgade. Performances: Tue-Fri at 10:00 and 11:00. Info on Facebook here.

28 July - 8 August

Copenhagen Summer Festival

Twelve chamber music concerts featuring young stars are hosted at Charlottenborg Palace, located right next to Nyhavn Canal. Info and tickets here.

1-10 August

CPH Opera Festival

Parks and city squares fill with magical arias and belcanto. Let yourself get swept away by young rising stars and major names during the city’s open-air opera spectacle. Info here.

1-23 August

Shakespeare Festival, Elsinore

The fictional home of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Kronborg Castle in Elsinore 45 min north of Copenhagen by regional train, hosts its annual Shakespeare Festival. Info and tickets here

3 August

Stella Polaris

A full day of electronic music in one of Copenhagen’s most romantic parks, Frederiksberg Garden. Activities for children too. Music: 12:00-21:00. Free admission. Info here and on Facebook here.

3-10 August

Copenhagen Guitar Festival

Classic acoustic guitar concerts are held at heritage locations in the city. Info here.

7-10 August

STRØM Festival

Copenhagen’s legendary electronic music festival hosts events citywide several of which are open-air and free. Info here.

8-10 August

Crafts & Design Fair, Frue Plads

The three-day crafts market on the square next to the Copenhagen Cathedral, Our Lady’s Church, features ceramics and jewellery by some of the nation’s best-known craftspeople. Free admission. Info here.

13-18 August

Copenhagen Pride Week

The city celebrates the LGBTQI community with a weeklong festival of music and events. The Copenhagen Pride parade is held on Saturday 17 August (starting from Frederiksberg City Hall and finishing at Copenhagen City Hall Square) and includes street parties around Larsbjørnsstræde in the city centre all evening. Info here.

23-24 August

UHØRT Festival

2 days with 40 bands playing on 3 stages. The UHØRT Festival highlights up-and-coming Danish bands and takes place in the district of Vesterbro. Info and tickets here.

23-25 August

Kulturhavn/ Harbour Festival

Copenhagen’s harbour festival is a platform for the city’s many cultural associations and water sport clubs. Free waterbuses and shuttle boats will bring you to the other venues – or you can bike along the 13km harbour bike path. All events are free. Access the full program in English here. Facebook here.

23 August – 1 September

Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival

Scandinavia’s largest culinary festival includes street markets, pop-up culinary events and cook-offs with more than 200 individual events and festivals citywide at restaurants, larger venues and on public squares. Info and food tickets here.

24 August

Sundtoldsmarked, Elsinore

A heritage event in the harbour of Elsinore features 350 volunteers in period costumes from the 1800s. Old schooners, street performances and market stalls. Take the regional train to Elsinore (45 min) from the Central Station or Nørreport Station. Walk in the direction of Kronborg Castle (10 min). Free admission. Open 10:00-16:00. Info (in Danish) here.

31 August

Copenhagen Swim

Swimming race in the city’s canals. Open to all water hounds and mermaids. Info here.

28 August – 1 September

Copenhagen Songwriter Festival

The city’s Vesterbro district hosts a festival that celebrates new talent and golden oldies. Info 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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