Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Denmark

Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark
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  • 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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May 29–June 2:  Distortion, Copenhagen (nightlife festival)

May 30:  Ascension Day (closures)

June 5:  Constitution Day (some closures)

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

June 9–10:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 23:  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 13–20:  International Jazz Festival, Aarhus

August 18–25:  Hans Christian Andersen Festival, Odense

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

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

November 16–January 5:  Christmas Fair in Tivioli Garden, Copenhagen

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

December 26:  Boxing Day (closures)


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

January 31–February 23 (likely):  Vinterjazz, across Denmark (winter jazz festival)

February 23:  Carnival

April 9–April 13:  Easter weekend (Maundy Thursday through Easter Monday)

May 1:  May Day (parades, some closures)

May 17:  Common Prayer Day (also called Store Bededag, closures)