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Events 2023 - 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: 24 June – 1 July 2023

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: 29 June – 2 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.

Fredericia - Drone
Photo: Destination Lillebælt-Fredericia

6th of July Days

Place: Fredericia. Dates: TBD

Fredericia draws in the red-white colours and drives the guns in position for some exciting days celebrating the historic battle of Fredericia on the 6th of July 1849. The programme offers a lot of exciting activities. From tasty street food to cosy stalls and street theatre, folk dancers, and musicians. 

Hindsgavl Castle (Festival)
Photo: Nikolaj Lund

Hindsgavl Festival

Place: Hindsgavl Castle in Middelfart. Dates: 11 – 18 July 2023

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

Jels Viking Pageant
Photo: Visit Vejen

Jels Viking Pageant

Place: Jels. Dates: 30 June – 16 July 2023

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

Vig Festival
Photo: Dennis R Beck

Vig Festival

Place: Vig. Dates: 6 – 8 July 2023

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 venues, 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: 15 – 22 July 2023

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

 

 

Tilting Festival

Place: Sønderborg Dates: Various dates throughout the summer

For something truly local, the annual Tilting Festival in South Jutland is a long-standing tradition the region is extremely proud of. 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: 19 – 22 July 2023

Since 1990, the quaint island of Samsø has held Denmark’s cosiest 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: 13 – 16 July 2023

This is, perhaps, Denmark's friendliest jazz festival, staged in the historic town of Maribo in Lolland-Falster and presenting classic jazz, New Orleans, swing, and big band. More than 120 musicians gather at over 18 venues, attracting 3,000-4,000 visitors annually.

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

Cherry Festival

Place: Kerteminde. Dates: 21 – 23 July 2023

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

Ovnhus Market

Place: Nykøbing Sjælland. Dates: 22 – 23 July 2022

A market centred around all things hand-crafted. Hosting over 70 professional arts and crafts artisans and designers, they primarily offer different kinds of jewellery, ceramics and textile items.

Smukfest Cansleep
Photo: Smukfest

Smuk Fest Festival

Place: Skanderborg. Dates: 30 – 6 August 2023

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.

Reffen street food market in Copenhagen
Photo: © Rolands Varsbergs

O/Day Fest

Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 3 – 5 August 2023

A festival for creative minds, enjoy three days of music, design, drinks and food – all from the creators of ÅBEN, a young Danish craft brewery. Nestled on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, this festival promises to go beyond your usual music experiences. 

Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix
Photo: Daniel Slater

Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix

Place: Copenhagen. Dates: 4 – 6 August 2023

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
Photo: Copenhagen Summer Festival

Copenhagen Summer Festival

Place: Copenhagen: Dates: 6 – 17 August 2023

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 in Kongens Nytorv, central Copenhagen. Since 1969 this festival has led 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: 1 – 3 September 2023

Aarhus’ popular Food Festival is a unique experience that introduces you to some of Denmark's best ingredients and food minds. The festival includes a long line of cooking schools, where you can learn about Danish cuisine, from bread baking to soaking your own snaps, 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: 11 – 19 August 2022

Randers' citizens, associations and cultural actors are behind this week-long festival, where guests can come and explore over one hundred musical, cultural and culinary events. The idea behind this 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: 12 – 20 August 2022

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

 

Mackerel Festival
Photo: VisitOdsherred

Mackerel Festival

Place: Sjællands Odde. Dates: 18 – 20 August 2022

With the goal of creating a harbour party with relaxed gatherings, good food and lots of angling stories, Odsherred Sportfiskerforening and VisitOdsherred each year arrange the Mackerel Festival on Odden Havn. On the programme are 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:  17 – 20 August 2023

Wonderfestiwall offers great music and a delightful sense of intimacy and charm in 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: 20 August 2023

Enjoy a spectator-filled course through historic Copenhagen, where you will pass by iconic Copenhagen places like 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: 17 – 27 August 2023

The Hans Christian Andersen Festival offers fairytales, imagination, adventure and wonder. Prepare plenty of cabaret shows, concerts, parades, artistic experiences and tents around the city in all 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: 25 – 26 August 2023

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: 18 – 27 August 2023

Look forward to one of the biggest food festivals in Northern Europe and an open-source festival that profiles Danish gastronomy by paying homage to the food culture, Nordic cuisine and key players on the gastronomic stage. Tons of food events are held in different restaurants, bars and more across the city. 

Tønder Festival
Photo: Visit Rømø & Tønder

Tønder Folk Festival

Place: Tønder. Dates: 24 – 27 August 2023

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

Aarhus festival light show
Photo: Martin Dam Kristensen

Aarhus Festival

Place: Aarhus. Dates: TBD

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 recognised both in Denmark and abroad.

Himmebjerget i Silkeborg
Photo: Michael Maagaard

YETI Adventure Challenge

Place: Silkeborg. Dates: 2 September 2023

YETI Adventure Challenge is a unique 24-hour adventure race combining a wide range of outdoor sports. The competitors go through numerous challenges, including mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, swimming, kayaking, and rafting. 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. TBD

WATERZ is Scandinavia's biggest water sports festival, which takes place in the unique nature area of Hvide Sande. 

Odense op Funen
Photo: Anita Skoven Jensen/ Destination Fyn

Generator Festival

Place: Odense. Dates: 8 – 9 September 2023

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 seen 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: TBD

In September, you can experience being surrounded by thousands of colourful 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 1 – 2 September 2023

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 other's company. Play board games or cards, enjoy a beer and enjoy the festival's tunes. 

Kanoën op de Gudenå
Photo: Destination Kystlandet

Tour de Gudenå

Place: Gudenåen. TBD

Tour de Gudenå is a kayaking, stand-up-paddling and canoe marathon race. There at three routes – the longest being 70 km, and the shorter two 42 km and 23 km respectively. The routes start from Silkeborg and wind up the Gudenå towards Randers.

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

Gourmet Rally

Place: Silkeborg. Date: 9 September 2023

The essence of the Gourmet Rally is in all its simplicity about enjoying life through nature, wine and gastronomy. Participants will enjoy a well-planned menu with paired 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: 14 – 17 September 2023

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

Stjernehimlen i Søhøjlandet.
Photo: Ruslan Merzlyakov

Denmark's Outdoor Festival

Place: Ry. Dates: 1 – 3 September 2023

The festival is all about getting in touch with nature. Through various activities, attendees will experience how 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 of Ry.
 

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