Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Denmark

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Danish pride comes out when the sun does — especially for Constitution Day in May.
  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival's website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Denmark.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Denmark. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn't a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

February 1–25:  Vinterjazz, across Denmark (winter jazz festival)

February 11:  Carnival (Fastelavn)

March 28–April 1:  Easter weekend (Maundy Thursday through Easter Monday)

April 26:  Common Prayer Day (also called Store Bededag, closures)

May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 9:  Ascension Day (closures)

May 19 & 20:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

May 29–June 2:  Distortion, Copenhagen (nightlife festival)

June 5:  Constitution Day (some closures)

June 6–8:  Northside Festival, Aarhus (indie rock)

June 20–23:  International Kite Fliers Meeting, Fanø Island (one of world's largest kite-flying gatherings)

June 21:  Sankthansaften (also called St. John's Eve; midsummer festival)

June 29–July 6:  Roskilde Festival (music and culture)

July 5–14:  Copenhagen Jazz Festival

July 6–13 (likely):  International Jazz Festival, Aarhus

August 4–15 (likely):  Copenhagen Summer Festival (classical music)

August 7–10 (likely):  Ærø Jazz Festival

August 10–18:  Copenhagen Pride Week

August 15–25 (likely):  Hans Christian Andersen Festival, Odense

August 21–24:  Tønder Festival (eclectic music; southern Jutland)

August 30–September 8:  Aarhus Festival (music, dance, theater)

September 6–8:  Food Festival Aarhus

November 1:  J-Day, Copenhagen (parties celebrating the delivery of Christmas beer to bars across Denmark, biggest in central Copenhagen)

November 15–December 31 (likely):  Christmas Fair in Tivioli Garden, Copenhagen

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  Boxing Day (closures)