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20 unmissable events for 2020

Photo: Jens Dige

No need to search for reasons to come to Denmark in 2020 - we’ve got them all here! From a tattoo festival in a prison to celebrations for the Queen’s 80th birthday, there really is something for everyone...

Spring

A right royal birthday, Copenhagen

Denmark’s beloved Queen Margrethe turns 80 on 16 April. What to expect if you’re able to make it to the party? An explosion of Danish flags across the city and a rather large crowd in Amalienborg Square, keen to catch a glimpse of the Queen and her family on the balcony.

Prison tattoos in a real-life jail Horsens, Jutland

Horsens Jail plays host to the unique Prison Ink festival in May, with graffiti and skateboarding as well as professional inkers on site. For Nordic Noir lovers, the prison also holds the most visited Crime Fiction Festival in all of Scandinavia in April.

Get down with the Vikings Ribe & Aarhus, Jutland

The International Viking Market brings the sights, sounds and smells of Viking Age Ribe alive with a fun re-enactment event at the end of April. If you prefer slightly warmer weather at your historical events, you could visit Aarhus in the summer when the Moesgaard Vikingetræf takes place, attracting over 500 Viking-wannabes.

Dancing Cow Day, Danish countryside

Dancing cow day, also known as Organic Cow Day, celebrates the day when cows leave their winter sheds and are let out on to their pastures for the first time. Held on a Sunday in April, it’s a weird day when the Danes enjoy cheering at happy cows and is a chance for us all to celebrate spring after a long winter. 

Europe’s biggest street party, Copenhagen

If you’re into new music and urban events, Distortion, at the end of May, is the place for you. For 2020, Copenhagen’s legendary street party promises daytime music, nighttime club events and a weekend festival at Distortion Ø.

Hippy happenings in Thy, Jutland

2020 marks fifty years since John Lennon visited Thyleyren – Thy Camp – and had his long hair cut there. Dust off your loon pants and throw a few peace signs – we’re expecting exhibitions and events in the Thy area on the theme of 60s peace.  

Summer

Fifty years of rock, Roskilde

Denmark’s famously fantastic music festival Roskilde takes place at the end of June and this year turns fifty. Expect all the usual wonders – glitter covered gig-goers, world-class headliners and an unbeatable community spirit, plus music from Taylor Swift and Thom Yorke.

UEFA Euro 2020, Copenhagen

From mid-June to mid-July, Copenhagen hosts four games of the UEFA Euro 2020 football championships. If you can’t get tickets, you can join the fan zone in Ophelia Plads for big screen viewing in the company of international football fans. 

The ultimate chef battle, Bornholm

Bornholm’s annual food festival, Sun over Gudhjem, takes place in June and pits the best chefs against each other using local Bornholm products. Sign us up right now!

New places to stay, Jutland & Copenhagen

Among the many hotels openings for 2020, we spotted a couple of gems. Løvtag opens more new treetop hotel cabins by the sea in Jutland this year, and the luxurious Villa Copenhagen, in the historic former post office building near Copenhagen Central Station, also opens this year.

Skål, Carlsberg! Copenhagen

Travelling is thirsty work. So why not stop into the new Carlsberg museum, restaurant and visitor centre when it opens in the first half of 2020? One of the city’s most loved attractions, and best-known exports, it has been completely updated and will be full of beer (we think).

The big reunion, Southern Jutland

2020 marks 100 years since the south of Jutland got back together with Denmark after 56 of German rule. Look out for celebrations all year throughout southern Jutland.

Autumn

Spotlight on the second city, Aarhus

For 10 days in September, Aarhus celebrates its unique second city spirit with The Aarhus Festival. It’s one of the largest cultural events in Scandinavia and attracts visitors and performers from far and wide.

Time to play, Billund

So many things to do! Don’t forget to find time to play. We have the perfect place: LEGOLAND Billund. This year it will open THE LEGO® MOVIE™ World with three brand new rides and a children's playground. Everything is awesome!

Winter

Art and architecture, Copenhagen

The wonderful Ordrupgaard Museum is due to reopen end of year, with its impressive array of French impressionist and Danish Golden Age paintings all houses in a new extension designed by Norwegian architects Snøhetta.

Christmas traditions, Everywhere

A Danish Christmas is like no other. Visit from mid-November to experience cold weather, hot gløgg and æbleskiver, among other culinary delights.

Dive in! Skagen

Swimming isn’t just for summer. Swim like the Scandinavians this winter with a cold water swim followed by a nice hot sauna. You can do it anywhere but if you’re really keen, there is a winter swimming festival in Skagen where you can meet some other like-minded crazy folk!