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Events 2021 - July through September

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Hot happenings in Denmark - here are all of the things you should experience

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Photo: Mia Dernoff - Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival

Place: Roskilde. Dates: 25 June – 2 July 2022

Roskilde Festival is the largest music and culture event in Northern Europe. Launched in 1971, Roskilde Festival has grown steadily in popularity and size. The festival now attracts some 80,000 people annually from all over the world who come to enjoy a diverse mix of music, arts, activism – and camping, just outside Denmark’s first capital city, Roskilde.

Drone photo of Grenen in Skagen, North Jutland
Photo: Dennis Lundby

Skagen Festival

Place: Skagen. Dates: 30 June – 4 July 2022

The Skagen Music Festival is Denmark's oldest music festival. Experience the atmosphere and the many excellent Danish and foreign bands, songwriters and troubadours, that help make the festival truly unique. The Skagen Music Festival takes place at several locations in Skagen town.

Geopark festival
Photo: Geopark Festival

Geopark Festival

Place: Odsherred. Dates: 29 June – 2 July 2022

Geopark Festival takes place in Denmark’s fist UNESCO-geopark Odsherred. It runs over four days, celebrating the rich history of the area, diverse culture and versatile nature. Uniquely in 2022, the festival will host a special opening party, as they gear up for the Tour de France rolling through town on the 2nd of July.

Fredericia - Drone
Photo: Destination Lillebælt-Fredericia

6th of July Days

Place: Fredericia. Dates: 5 – 6 July 2022

Fredericia draws in the red-white colors and drives the guns in position for some exciting days celebrating the historic battle of Fredericia on the 6th og July 1849. The program offers a lot of exciting activities: taste street food anno 1849, visit cozy stalls and experience street theater, folk dancers, musicians and much more.

Hindsgavl Castle (Festival)
Photo: Nikolaj Lund

Hindsgavl Festival

Place: Hindsgavl Castle in Middelfart. Dates: 11 – 18 July 2022

Hindsgavl Festival is one of Europe's leading international classical chamber music festivals - with the edge of brand new music. It takes place in a concentrated, continuous course of 8 days, where musicians and audiences live side by side in the beautiful surroundings at Hindsgavl Castle.

Jels Viking Pageant

Place: Jels. Dates: 1 – 17 July 2022

Burning romance, formidable fencing battles and colorful scenes performed by hundreds of voluntary players create a unique experience at Jels Viking pageant every summer. The high trees around the open-air scene and Jels Nedersø in the background form a very special stage for the play which has taken place since 1977. 

Vig Festival
Photo: Dennis R Beck

Vig Festival

Place: Vig. Dates: 7 – 9 July 2022

Vig Festival is a party for the whole family, with three intense festival days in a nice atmosphere with bold live music by well-known Danish names in rock, pop, R&B and entertainment. The festival has several scenes, restaurants and large campsites amidst the scenic UNESCO Global Geopark Odsherred.

Aarhus Jazz Festival
Photo: Jørgen Nielsen - Aarhus Jazz Festival

Aarhus Jazz Festival

Place: Aarhus. Dates: 9 – 16 July 2022

For 8 days straight, the city of Aarhus will host 300 jazz concerts at 30 different venues, presenting both local and international talent. Jazz bands and orchestras, big and small, will be playing all genres of jazz, on big stages as well as in more intimate spaces and cafés. Most of the daytime concerts are free.

 

 

Tilting Festival

Place: Sønderborg Dates: 8 - 1 July 2022

For something truly local, the annual Tilting Festival in South Jutland has a long proud tradition. Established in 1888, it is the greatest and largest rider tournament of its kind in northern Europe!

Samsø (Samsoe) Festival
Photo: Samsø Festival

Samsø Festival

Place: Samsø. Dates: 20 – 24 July 2022

Since 1990, the quaint island of Samsø has held Denmark’s coziest music festival. The festival offers many great musical experiences and a nice atmosphere. Located in a forest, and close to the beach, you can also take a dip in the sea and enjoy beautiful nature in between the concerts.

Maribo Jazz - Apotekets have
Photo: Maribo Jazz

Maribo Jazz

Place: Maribo. Dates: 14 – 17 July 2022

Denmark's perhaps friendliest jazz festival is staged in the old historic town of Maribo on scenic Lolland-Falster and presents classic jazz, New Orleans, swing, big band. More than 120 musicians gather at over 18 venues and attract 3000-4000 visitors each year.

Cherry blossoms at Bispebjerg Cemetery in Copenhagen
Photo: Malthe Zimakoff - Copenhagen Media Center

Cherry Festival

Place: Kerteminde. Dates: 22 – 24 July 2022

Northeast Funen is known for its long tradition of growing cherries. As a praise to the sweet berry, each year a festival is held in its honor. With the motto “watch, listen and taste” the charming city of Kerteminde invites you to come join the celebrations, that offers exciting musical, culinary and cultural experiences.

Ovnhus Market

Place: Nykøbing Sjælland. Dates: 22 - 24 July 2022

Handicraft market that hosts over 70 professional arts and crafts artisans and designers. The booths primarily offer different kinds of jewelry, ceramics and textile items.

Smukfest Cansleep
Photo: Smukfest

Smuk Fest Festival

Place: Skanderborg. Dates: 3 – 7 August 2022

The music festival Smuk Fest is a  3-day celebration of music, love, life and togetherness. Located in a beautiful beech forest, it is often referred to as ‘Denmark’s Most Beautiful Festival’. The festival covers many styles of music, such as rock, pop, folk, heavy metal, hip-hop and electronic.

Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix

Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 5 – 7 August 2022

Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix is a classic car race in Copenhagen with action, drama and full speed and entertainment for the whole family. CHGP is staged over a weekend every year, where historic race cars and famous race drivers, many Danish icons, but also international stars, are celebrated.

Copenhagen Summer Festival

Place: Copenhagen: Dates: 7 – 18 August 2022

Each year, the Copenhagen Summer Festival presents a handful of young talents in a range of classical chamber music concerts in the beautiful surroundings of Charlottenborg at Kongens Nytorv in central Copenhagen. Since 1969 this festival has lead the way to a professional breakthrough for a handpicked crowd of musically gifted and upcoming artists.

Gastronomi och restauranger i Aarhus
Photo: VisitAarhus

Aarhus Food Festival

Place: Aarhus. Dates: 2 - 4 September 2022

Aarhus’ popular Food Festival is a unique experience that introduces you to some of the best ingredients and food minds of Denmark. The festival includes a long line of cooking schools, where you can learn about Danish cuisine from bread baking to schnapps seasoning, and a number of the best Danish food companies will be there to show their products and teach you their skills. 

Randers
Photo: Hans Nyberg

Randers Week

Place: Randers. Dates: 13 – 21 August 2022

Citizens, associations and cultural actors of Randers are behind this week long festival, where guest can come and explore over one hundred musical, cultural and culinary events. The idea behind this user generated festival is, that everyone is welcome to attend, enjoy, and experience the vibrancy of the city.

Copenhagen Pride
Photo: Thomas Høyrup Christensen, Wonderful Copenhagen

Copenhagen Pride Week

Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 15 – 21 August 2022

Each year in August, the Copenhagen Pride offers activities where LGBTQ+ issues are at the center of attention. During the Copenhagen Pride Week, there are plenty of activities taking place in the capital with the City Hall Square - renamed Pride Square - as the focal point of action.

 

Fischer verkauft frischen Fisch direkt von seinem Fischkutter in Skagen
Photo: Dansk Kyst- og Naturturisme

Mackerel Festival

Place: Sjællands Odde. Dates: 19 – 21 August 2022

With the goal of creating a harbor party with relaxed gathering, good food and lots of angling stories, Odsherred Sportfiskerforening and VisitOdsherred each year arranges the Mackerel Festival on Odden Havn. On the program is the mandatory skipper meeting, auctions and the Danish Championship in Mackerel Fishing.

Hiking at Røverborgen on Bornholm
Photo: Daniel Villadsen - Destination Bornholm

Wonderfestiwall

Place: Bornholm. Dates:  18 – 21 August 2022

Wonderfestiwall offers great music, a delightful sense of intimacy and charm on Bornholm’s beautiful countryside. Wonderfestiwall is one of Denmark’s most intimate festivals in its own unique scene at the foot of Northern Europe’s biggest castle ruin, Hammershus, with views of the Baltic Sea.

Copenhagen travel trade expert
Photo: Martin Heiberg / Copenhagen Media Center

KMD Ironman

Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 21 August 2022

Enjoy a spectator-filled course through historic Copenhagen, where you among other will pass through The Little Mermaid and Nyhavn. With around 3,000 participants and 150.000 spectators, KMD Ironman Copenhagen has become one of the world’s most popular races.

 

Hans Christian Andersen Festival

Place: Odense. Dates: 21 – 28 August 2022

The Hans Christian Andersen Festival offers fairytales, imagination, adventure and wonder. Prepare for a week of cabaret, concerts, parades, artistic experiences and tents around the city of Odense's major squares. Both known and unknown artists will perform throughout the week.

Medieval Days. Photo: VisitOdense
Photo: VisitOdense

European Medieval Festival

Place: Horsens. Dates: 19 – 20 August 2022

For two days in August, the Middle Ages are resurrected within the walls at FÆNGSLET in Horsens, when traders, craftsmen, musicians, buskers, knights and other good men and women head towards the town castle, in order to participate in the annual medieval market and see the tempting stalls, musicians, street performers, and grand jousting tournaments.

Summer evening at Reffen street food market in Copenhagen
Photo: © Abdellah Ihadian

Copenhagen Cooking and Food Festival

Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 19 – 28 August 2022

Look forward to one of the biggest food festivals in Northern Europe and an opensource festival that profiles Danish gastronomy by paying homage to the food culture, the Nordic cuisine and key players on the gastronomic stage. Tons of food events is held in different restaurants, bars and recreation areas.

Boats at sunset in Copenhagen harbour, seen from the Langebro bridge
Photo: ©Mathias Brandt

Cultural Harbour

Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 27 - 28 August 2022

Cultural Harbour is the popular annual harbour festival in and around Copenhagen Harbour. Cultural Harbour festival offers three days of music, theatre, artistry, dance and a variety of sports events in the harbour area and along the city’s scenic waterfront, which also happens to be a model example of urban development.

Himmebjerget i Silkeborg
Photo: Michael Maagaard

Automania

Place: Silkeborg. Dates: 26 -28 August 2022

Automania is a classic car festival held in Silkeborg, also known as “The City of Cars”. American cars, and cars from the 50’s, 60’s are just some of the many beautiful cars you can experience at the festival, a long with art exhibitions and booths that offers various car-related items.

Tønder Festival
Photo: Visit Rømø & Tønder

Tønder Folk Festival

Place: Tønder. Dates: 25 – 28 August 2022

The Tønder Folk festival in South West Jutland is perceived as one of the greatest European musical events with a reputation of attracting international folk musicians of a high artistic standard. The festival covers a wide range of folk music from blues, bluegrass, singer-songwriters, and the traditional Irish, English and American folk music.

Aarhus festival light show
Photo: Martin Dam Kristensen

Aarhus Festival

Place: Aarhus. Dates: 26 August – 4 September 2022

The week-long Aarhus Festival is among the largest cultural events in Scandinavia and showcases local, national and international talent across various genres of art, gastronomy and music. It is highly esteemed and recognized both in Denmark and abroad. Like in 2021, the 2022 theme will be ‘In It Together’, highlighting the need for community.

YETI Adventure Challenge

Place: Silkeborg. Dates: 3 September 2022

YETI Adventure Challenge is a unique 24 hour adventure race, combining a long range of outdoor sports. The competitors go through numerous challenges including mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, rappelling, swimming, kayaking, rafting, cable car etc. The event is Denmark's largest outdoor event and has attendance from the world’s leading adventure racers. 

Henne Strand in Westjütland
Photo: Thomas Høyrup Christensen

WATERZ Festival

Place: Hvide Sande. Dates: 2 – 4 September 2022

WATERZ is Scandinavia's biggest water sports festival, that takes place in the unique nature area of Hvide Sande. As a special honor, Hvide Sande will host the 2022 European Championships in Stand Up Paddleboarding from the 27th  August – 3rd September 2022. 

Odense op Funen
Photo: Anita Skoven Jensen/ Destination Fyn

Generator Festival

Place: Odense. Dates: 8 – 10 September 2022

Generator Festival in Odense is a party for all of the city’s students. The festival celebrates the beginning of the school year and is the largest street party in Denmark. You'll see the streets of Odense as you've never saw them before. Every day, the festival takes over new streets, with new stages and new artists.

Rømø Kite festival
Photo: @miieborg_

Rømø Kite Festival

Place: Rømø. Dates: 2 – 4 September 2022

In September, you can experience thousands of colorful kites when the Rømø Kite Festival on the scenic island of Rømø in South West Jutland takes place. The festival is known to attract kite enthusiasts from the whole world with up to 40,000-50,000 visitors each day – now Northern Europe’s biggest kite festival.

Midtfyns Festival
Photo: Midtfyns Festival

Midtfyns Festival

Place: Ringe. Dates 2 – 3 September 2022

Midtfyns Festival is back in its usual place at Dyrskuepladsen in Ringe, Funen. Here, it's all about creating a sense of togetherness, being present and enjoying each others company. Play board games or cards, enjoy a beer, and enjoy the festivals tunes. 

Tour de Gudenå

Place: Gudenåen. Dates: 10 September 2022

Tour de Gudenå is a kayaking, stand-up-paddling and canoe marathon race. There at three routes – the long route is 70 km, one a bit shorter is 42 km and one 23 km as well. The routes start from Silkeborg and winds it way up the Gudenå towards Randers.

festival gastronomici in Danimarca
Photo: (c) Rasmus Flindt Pedersen, 2016

Gourmet Rally

Place: Silkeborg. Date: 10 September 2022

The essence of the Gourmet Rally is in all its simplicity about enjoying life, through nature, wine and gastronomy. Participants will enjoy a well sorted menu with associated beverages in the tasting pavilions on the 6,5 km walk around Almind Lake.

Ø-ferie
Photo: Niclas Jessen

Nordby Wooldays Fanø

Place: Fanø. Dates: 15-18 September 2022

Nordby Wooldays Fanø is taking over from the popular knitting festival, Fanø Strikkefeatival, which had been running for 20 years. It will incolve workshops, shows, food, music and lots of knitting hygge. 

Stjernehimlen i Søhøjlandet.
Photo: Ruslan Merzlyakov

Denmark's Outdoor Festival

Place: Ry. Dates: 2 – 4 September 2022

The festival is all about getting in touch with nature. Through various activities attendees will experience how the outdoor activities can inspire a focus on health and well-being. A network of skilled instructors will guide the attendees in a wide range of modes of movement in the unique nature in Ry.
 

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