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Street festival Distortion in Copenhagen

Events 2023 - April through June

Photo: Victor Stawicki

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

Art Tour Southwest Jutland

Place: South West Jutland. Dates: 7 – 9 April 2023

During Easter, one of our art highlights, Art Tour Southwest Jutland, takes place. All along the North Sea Coast and the unique Wadden Sea, nearly 100 galleries, studios and museums welcome you to visit them. 

Aarhus festival gastronomici
Photo: Kasper Hornbæk

SPOR Festival

Place: Aarhus. Dates: 10 – 14 May 2023

SPOR is a festival in Aarhus for contemporary music and sound art. International sound art SPOR creates a platform for stronger connections to the international sound art and music scenes - and encourages a fruitful exchange that can inspire artists and further develop Danish contemporary music. 

International Viking Market

Place: Ribe Viking Center. Dates: 1 – 7 May 2023

In the first week of May, more than 500 Vikings from all over Europe flock to the Ribe Viking Centre. The market atmosphere is authentic and intense – just like it would have been in Ribe 1300 years ago. You'll be able to experience how the Vikings lived and worked, visit all the stalls at the market place and see how good you are at trading!

SPOT Festival Aarhus
Photo: Allan Hogholm

SPOT Festival

Place: Aarhus. 5 – 6 May 2023

The ambition of the SPOT Festival is to create a promotional platform for Danish and Nordic music. The festival’s repertoire is dictated chiefly by the will to support new bands, and upcoming artists predicted to succeed internationally. 

The Old and New Little Belt Bridges in Funen
Photo: Daniel Villadsen

Lillebælt Half Marathon

Place: Middelfart. Date: 6 May 2023

Lillebælt Half Marathon typically has approximately 11,000 registered runners and is thus Denmark’s biggest half marathon. It is a unique route which takes the runners through narrow, picturesque streets, stunning scenery and across the Old Lillebælt Bridge. 

Bijzonder overnachten in een gevangenis?
Photo: Jesper Rais

Prison Ink

Place: Horsens. Dates: 18 – 20 May 2023

The prison facilities in FÆNGSLET in Horsens are host to a different tattoo convention with the focus that everyone can get their curiosity and get an insight into an industry they might not know so well. With around 250 tattoo artists from all over the world, the audience will get to see the artist at work and perhaps even get their own tattoo.

Annual sporting event Copenhagen Marathon
Photo: Matthew James

Copenhagen Marathon

Place: Copenhagen. Date: 14 May 2023

Copenhagen Marathon is the 43rd edition and a popular annual road running event, including marathon, half marathon and 10 km distance races. It all takes place in the streets of Copenhagen. Since 1980, it has been held in May with around 10,000 participants each time.

The Royal Run

Place: Aabenraa, Herning, Nyborg, Nykøbing Falster, Copenhagen. Dates: 29 May 2023

These unique walking and running family events of 1km, 5km, and 10km distances were started by Crown Prince Frederik as a way to get everyone in Denmark moving. The host city changes each year, apart from Copenhagen, where you can cross the finishing line waving at the Queen's palace. 

Heartland Festival at Egeskov Castle Denmark
Photo: Peter Kirkegaard - Heartland Festival

Heartland Festival

Place: Kværndrup (Egeskov Castle). Dates: 8 – 10 June 2023

Heartland is a cultural festival taking place at the beautiful Egeskov Castle on Funen. It offers a new type of festival, combining four key elements: music, food, art and conversation. Heartland aims for a high level of quality through cooperation with key local partners. 

Flere glass med øl oppstilt på en bar under Copenhagen Beer Festival
Photo: Danske Ølentusiaster

Copenhagen Beer Week

Place: Copenhagen. Dates: TBD

One of Copenhagen's most festive events of the year is the Beer Festival. Danish Beer Enthusiasts invite you to join a three-day Beer festival in Copenhagen. The Festival is open to anyone aged 18+ years and anyone who’s interested in learning more about beer tasting, and new beers or wants to have a beer experience beyond the ordinary.

Photo: Ditte Isager

Aalborg Carnival

Place: Aalborg. Date: 27 May 2023

The carnival in Aalborg is the largest carnival in Northern Europe with up to 60,000 carnivalists in the Grand Parade, and more than 100,000 spectators watching the magnificent wave of colors and fantasy along the parade route. The parade moves through the streets of Aalborg and ends in Kildeparken. This year’s theme is “When I grow up…”.

Karen Sejr
Photo: Saltum Beach

Wool Festival

Place: Saltum. Dates: 13 – 14 May 2023

Each year, around 20,000 people go to the small coastal town of Saltum to participate in the biggest annual wool festival in Scandinavia. The Festival provides a showcase of the best wool and wool crafts and is all about creativity and design with beautiful quality, amazing colours and skilled craftsmanship.

Street festival Distortion in Copenhagen
Photo: Victor Stawicki


Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 31 May – 4 June 2023

Copenhagen's biggest street party and club festival, Distortion, takes place every year in May/June and attracts nearly 300,000 people to its street parties, dance, art rock, freestyle hip hop, tech-house, polka and street art. Distortion takes place in a new part of Copenhagen every night and, thus, moves around the city.


Northside Festival in Aarhus
Photo: Tobias Stæhr Jakobsen

Northside Festival

Place: Aarhus. Dates: 1 – 3 June 2022

The Northside music festival in Central Jutland offers a wide array of Danish and International artists. Over the years, the festival has presented a lineup including Arcade Fire, Nick Cave, Robyn, Lana Del Ray, Beck, and the Arctic Monkeys. The Northside Festival has quickly been recognised as an innovative festival that focuses on sustainability.

Herfstvakantie, Zandsculptuur Festival Denemarken, vakantie tip
Photo: © Tine Uffelmann - VisitNordsjælland

Hundested Sandsculpture Festival

Place: Hundested. 18 May – 23 October 2023

International sand sculptors travel to Hundested to create mammoth sand sculptures with a unique theme each year. This year the theme is 'travel through time' so expect fun and inspiring sculptures. 

Rock Under Broen
Photo: Fastrup foto

Rock Under Broen

Place: Middelfart: Dates: 9 – 10 June 2023

Rock under the Bridge is a music festival in Middelfart that has been held every summer since 1989. The festival is Denmark's largest one-day festival. It is held next to Lillebælt on Fyn, under the new Lillebælt Brigde.

CopenHell, Copenhagen's metal festival
Photo: Morten Skovgaard - CopenHell


Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 14 - 17 June 2023

Copenhell is an annual outdoor rock and metal festival. During four days in June, Refshaleøen and the former B&W shipyard in the Danish capital transforms into a haven for metalheads worldwide. The festival has grown to become one of the most popular metal events in Northern Europe. 

Photo: Peter Kirkegaard

Tinderbox Festival

Place: Odense. Dates: 22 – 24 June 2022

The multi-genre festival in Tusindårskoven in Odense brings about 40,000 music lovers to H.C. Andersen’s home town. Tinderbox offers everything from EDM to rock to hip hop, featuring both local and international talent.

The rally in Odsherred, West Zealand
Photo: VisitOdsherred

Odsherred Rally

Place: Højby. Dates: 6 May 2023

The Odsherred Rally is a classic annual event in North West Sealand with the participation of vintage cars and motorbikes. Kick-off starts in Højby at 9.00 am.

Longtables at the harvest festival in Frederiksberg
Photo: Wonderful Copenhagen


Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 1 – 10 June 2023

The CPH STAGE is a theatre festival focusing on the Danish performing arts, both old and new. Taking place in Copenhagen and the district of Frederiksberg it includes alternative venues, activities in public spaces and genre-breaking projects.

A man paddleboarding in a canal in Copenhagen, Denmark
Photo: Daniel Rasmussen, Copenhagen Media Center

Copenhagen Photo Festival

Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 1 – 11 June 2023

The largest Nordic festival of its kind is once again zooming in on and raising awareness about the art of photography. The work of both local and international contemporary photographers will be portrayed at several galleries, museums, photo schools and cultural institutions all over Copenhagen. 


Fanø International Kite Fliers Meeting

Place: Fanø. Dates: 15-18 June

Each year in June 5000 kite owners meet up at Fanø to create the world’s largest kite rally. For 14 days visitors can enjoy amazing views of a sky dotted with kites in every shape, size and color. Some are homemade, others shaped as fantasy or film characters, while some are more traditional.

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