July City Events in Copenhagen
Copenhagen in July is never a quiet city; everything from the huge Copenhagen Jazz Festival and fireworks at Tivoli to free concerts and the retro madness of Friday Night Skate. So if you are in Copenhagen this July check out where we will be:
1. Copenhagen Jazz Festival, city wide – 5th – 14th July
Jazz is a word synonymous with Copenhagen. There are loads of great jazz bars and venues where you can listen to some classic sounds or the most up to the minute styles. So it is no surprise that the Copenhagen Jazz Festival is one of the biggest music festivals on the city calendar. With around 1000 concerts, many of which are free, across the city you will be able to find something that you will enjoy but we like the look of Christina Dahl & Sophisticated Ladies at the Jazz Cup, Mads Hansen Group at Norrebro Bryghus and the Jazz ‘n’ Brunch at Toldboden. We’ll see you there.
2. Cup Denmark at Ishøj – 25th – 28th July
Do you love the pleasing sound of boot against ball and standing on the sidelines cheering on your team? Well have we got an event for you; a perfectly formed football tournament with everything to offer, just outside Copenhagen. Cup Denmark is an annual competition for young footballers, both boys and girls, from all over the world so you can probably cheer for your own country. Ishoj is right next to the huge theme park Bakken and less than a mile from a gorgeous beach so there is plenty to do even if you aren’t into the beautiful game.
3. Copenhagen Summer Festival at Charlottenborgs – 28th July – 8th August
12 concerts in 12 days. Gorge yourself on classical music with the Charlottenborg Summer Festival. This is a chance for young chamber musicians to show their talent to the world and is one of the highlights of the classical calendar. See Russian violinist Andrey Baranov on the opening night, winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize in 2012 and prize winners from Øresunds Solist 2013, Kaya Møller (violin) and Daniel Thorell (cello). The highlight will be the winner of the Carl Nielsen Clarinet Competition on the closing night.
4. Friday Night Skate, city wide – 5th and 19th July
Fancy a keep fit session with a twist? On Friday Copenhageners head out to the streets on four wheels and appreciate the city from the ground up. Friday Night Skate is an institution in the city and can be as hard or easy as you like, it is not a race. The idea is to have some fun see the beautiful city and make new friends along the way. The route is varied every week so you will see different sights each time. Sorry, but, we have got to say it: “Get your skates on!”
5. Free Concerts at Cafe Nemoland – Every Sunday
“There is no such thing as a free lunch”, you say, but we know you will love this one. Every Sunday outside Cafe Nemoland during the summer you will be treated to some top tunes completely free. All you need to do is turn up and maybe buy a couple of drinks. The music will mostly be local talent so if you are into the Danish music scene then you will probably know some of the acts. The cafe is in the Christiania district of Copenhagen which is a hotbed of arty, hippy types with a relaxed attitude to “The Man”. Take a walk around the area for a taste of the 60’s love in culture. For some free fun under the sun, head to Cafe Nemoland.
6. Fireworks at Tivoli – 20th July
2013 is the 170th birthday year of the Tivoli Gardens and they are celebrating big time. The actual date is the 15th August but every Saturday during the season there will be a huge fireworks display at 23.45pm. Set to music from Danish composer HC Lumbye the dazzling show will light the sky and it will be a great way to finish off your evening in Copenhagen. The best bit is that if you have a CopenhagenCard you can get into the Gardens for free. Who doesn’t love fireworks? We do and we will be there.
7. From The Coolest Corner at Danish Design Museum – All Month
How do you know what is going on in the Nordic Jewellery world? Head to the Danish Design Museum for the latest look. This is a travelling exhibition so make sure you see it before it moves on. Each Nordic country will be represented by its best artists and their most recent pieces. Big names on the exhibition list include Lillian Eliassen from Norway, Kim Buck form Denmark and Kadri Malk from Estonia. So if you love the jangle of bangles or the dangle of earrings and latest Nordic look this is for you.
8. Tycho Brahe Planetarium – All Month
Moving away from art to science now and the Tycho Brahe Planetarium. If you have ever looked up at the night sky and wondered… then this is a place to visit when you are in Copenhagen. Danish born Tycho Brahe is probably one of the most famous astronomers of all time. His comprehensive work in astronomical and planetary observations was vital to the understanding of the universe we have today. So what’s there? The Mysteries of Space exhibition explains some of the deepest questions answered by modern scientists. The huge IMAX theatre shows 3D movies and is the largest of its kind in the world. You can find out exactly what you are looking at right now in the sky at night and what awesome sky events are coming up.
9. Summer Dance in Faelledparken – Every Week
How about some free dance lessons? Ever fancied yourself as the next Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers? If you are in Copenhagen this month then head over to Faelledparken on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to get some free instruction. Each evening is usually themed with a different expert dance teacher so you can pick and choose what style you want to learn. After the lesson then there is a DJ set to carry on the party into the night so you can throw your own shapes. So even if you have two left feet (or want to swap one for the right) it is great fun!
10. Toots & The Maytals at VEGA – 12th July
We couldn’t have an events round up without a gig at VEGA and this one will blow your mind. For a fix of top genuine Jamaican reggae go and see Toots & The Maytals. Their passion for the music has lasted for more than 40 years but they are still going strong. The soulful style of front-man Frederick “Toots” Hibbert has had him compared to blues legend Otis Redding. If you are into reggae and ska then you will probably know their great single “Got to Feel It”. And we know you will love a night out at VEGA.