August City Events in Copenhagen
August is the month for Pride in Copenhagen so get out your glam gear and support a worthy cause. Or try on some top threads at Copenhagen Fashion week and you could even start a trend! Why not celebrate some harbour culture with the summer festival Kutlurhavn? Check out a few of our top picks for Copenhagen in August:
1. Kulturhavn at the Harbour – 2nd – 4th August
Every year Copenhagen celebrates its harbour with Kulturhavn. A weekend packed with events all on or around the water that gave this historic city its prominence. With the emphasis on an active and healthy lifestyle many of the events are a cross between sport and culture. During the festival the city lays on free waterbuses up and down the harbour which means that you can access all areas. There are 200 events to see so we will just point out the best bits. Watch groups of rappers fight it out for supremacy in the rap battle and poetry slams. Learn some tricks at the Circus School or just wander around and listen to some top tunes from local artists. We will see you there.
2. Gay Pride Festival, city-wide – 21st – 25th August
August is the month for Pride in Copenhagen and they do it with flamboyant style as ever. The glittery highlight will be the parade on the 24th. Starting off at Frederiksberg Town Square at 1pm, it thenheads down to Vesterbrogade and past the Copenhagen Museum to finish off with a final flourish at the Rathaus Square. The focus for Pride this year is the Frederiksberg Town Square where there will be parties, live music as well as other entertainment.. Support a good cause and we will see you down there, don’t forget your feather boas and sparkly eye lashes!
3. Copenhagen Opera Festival, ToRVEhallerne – 28th July – 4th August
Hold on to your arias, how about the Copenhagen Opera Festival? The main venue is at ToRVEhallerne which is only a short walk away from Generator, ideally placed. If you think Rossini rocks or prefer Puccini you can immerse yourself in beautiful voices. Don’t miss the OperaBoat, a canal tour with a difference which includes performances from opera singers Lisbeth Kjærullf and Joachim Knop. For fans of the three tenors there is a talk by Tivoli Music Director, Henrik Engelbrecht, with clips and music.
4. Open Water Swim, the canals – 31st August
If you have been to Copenhagen before you will know that the canals are like the life blood of the city. So it makes sense that the locals celebrate by swimming in them. The Open Water Swim is just that – a bunch of swimmers taking to the canals where they furiously race around the water. Spectators get quite excited about the whole thing with different ability races as well as “fun swims” that everyone can join in. The courses pass many of the big landmarks of the city so you can do some sight-seeing at the same time.
5. Metropolis at Københavns Internationale Teater – 1st – 25th August
If you are in Copenhagen during August you may well see street performers doing their thing right in front of you. But it won’t be the usual jugglers and buskers this time. You may see a couple squeezed into a bridge support or a 4km line of 4ft high domino blocks twisting through the streets of Copenhagen. The Metropolis festival aims to bring art and performance to the people by doing right in the street. So if you are looking for something arty look no further than the pavement right outside your door!
6. Copenhagen Fashion Week at Copenhagen’s Contemporary Art Centre – 7th – 11th August
Calling all fashionistas. Do not miss Copenhagen Fashion Week if you are here in August. It is the place to be if you want to know what to wear next season. With top designers and brands showing off their latest looks there will be no stopping you. The trade fair at the Bella Centre is probably one of the best places to stop by as it has all the top brands selling their hottest styles at discount prices. If you can’t get into the top designer fashion shows, why not head to one of the after parties instead? You may just end up rubbing shoulders with fashion royalty.