This post provides a list of fun and interesting activities, attractions, and events you can enjoy in Copenhagen during the month of April, updated for 2020.
TOP EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN COPENHAGEN IN APRIL
The following list covers the best things to do in Copenhagen in April. We include family-friendly, nighttime, and free activities to enjoy this month.
If you’re looking for even more great ideas, make sure to check the following posts:
1) Welcome in Spring at Tivoli Gardens
Copenhagen's most popular landmark, Tivoli Gardens, opens for the Spring season on April 2, 2020. Tivoli Gardens is the world’s second-oldest amusement park, opened in 1843.
It is the most visited amusement park in Scandinavia and with good reason. Located in the city center, it is compact and cozy, but big on rides. The atmosphere is both calming and vibrant.
With dozens of rides, restaurants, concerts, and other kinds of entertainment, Tivoli Gardens is a must-visit any time of the year.
You can go at night for a sparkling environment as the Gardens are decorated with colored lamps and hundreds of thousands of small lights.
Find out about the gardens and ticket options.
2) Copenhagen Sakura Festival
You know it is April when Cherry Blossoms bloom around the world. Copenhagen has its own annual Sakura Festival and it is free to attend!
In 2020, it takes place on April 18 & 19, in Langelinie Park (map). In addition to seeing more than 100 Cherry Blossom trees blooming, you can enjoy live performances of Japanese traditional music.
There will be drum shows, folk dance, and even a martial arts demonstration. This is a very family-friendly activity so if you are traveling with kids set aside some time to go to the festival.
See the Sakura Festival website for details.
3) Celebrate Queen Margrethe II's Birthday
Every April 16, Denmark celebrates the Queen's birthday and Copenhagen is decked out with flags in honor of their beloved Queen.
If you are in Copenhagen that day, head to Amalienborg Palace, where crowds gather to catch a glimpse of the Queen when she appears on her balcony.
To get closer to Danish royalty, you can go to Amalienborg Palace and watch the Changing of the Guards every day at noon.
Another palace to visit for a close up look at the lives of the rich and royal, visit Christiansborg Palace. A guided tour is included in some of Copenhagen’s tourist passes.
4) Visit the Open Air Museum (Frilandsmuseet)
On April 11, 2020, this unique museum opens for the season. The museum is a living reenactment of Denmark's rural history.
You can visit the homes of people from eras past - like the village weaver or millner. Interact with peasants and even inmates of the poorhouse!
The Museum is 30 minutes from the city but easy to reach. See the Open Air Museum website for information.
The museum's seasonal hours are every day except Mondays:
- April 9 - June 28 from 10 am - 4 pm
- June 30 - August 9 from 10 am - 5 pm
- August 11-October 10 from 10 am - 4 pm
October 11-October 18 from 10 am - 5 pm
- October 24 - December 20 - Weekends only 10 am - 4 pm
Open on these Mondays: April 13, June 1 and October 12, 2020.
Admission varies by season. In the Spring the prices are: Adult 80 DKK/ Family Ticket (1 child + 1 adult) 70 DKK/ Child under 18 Free
Note that entrance to the Open Air Museum is free for holders of the Copenhagen Card, one of Copenhagen's tourist passes.
5) Save Money With a Tourist Pass
If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions or take more than one tour while visiting Copenhagen, chances are you’ll save a lot of money using one of the tourist discount passes available in the city.
Depending on which service you choose and how you use it, you should be able to save at least 20% - 50% off general admission prices on a variety of fun things to do in the city.
Here are ten of the most popular tours, museums and other attractions included with these passes:
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tours | 210 DKK
- Hop on Hop off Boat Tours | 105 DKK
- CopenHill Ski Slope | 220 DKK
- Christiansborg Palace | 160 DKK
- Experimentarium | 199 DKK
- Planetarium | 160 DKK
- Copenhagen Zoo | 195 DKK
- Kronborg Castle | 145 DKK
- RAGNAROCK | 115 DKK
- Rosenborg Castle | 120 DKK
- And more!
No matter what you’re planning to do while visiting Copenhagen, chances are a tourist pass will help you save a lot of money on several popular activities and attractions.
For more details, please read our post covering Copenhagen tourist passes.
6) Experience Copenhagen from the Water
In April, the weather in Copenhagen is suitable for a cruise or boat ride along the city's scenic canals. During a one-hour cruise along a canal, you can sit back and enjoy the sights.
You'll pass by many of the city’s most famous landmarks, like the palaces of Christiansborg and Amalienborg and the Little Mermaid statue.
The tour departs from Ved Stranden or Nyhavn, you choose. Audio commentary is provided in English and Danish (and upon request German, Spanish and Italian).
Tickets: Adult DKK 95 / Children DKK 47.50 (ages 6-15) / Free under 6 years old. More information or to purchase.
There is a variety of cruises and boat rides in Copenhagen. Keep in mind that some Copenhagen tourist passes include a free boat ride or tour.
7) Copenhagen International Salsa Festival
One doesn't automatically think of salsa dancing when visiting Copenhagen. But from April 24-26, 2020, you can learn how to do the Mambo, Cha Cha, Bachata, Boogaloo and of course how to Salsa!
During the 3-day Copenhagen Salsa Festival, more than 50 dance workshops are held as well as many other activities and parties.
There will be performances by some of the best artists of this genre that are known worldwide. You can attend dance parties on 3 different floors each with international DJs.
For more information and tickets.
8) Take a Free Walking Tour
Free walking tours are also known as pay-what-you-like tours. Rather than paying for a tour ticket upfront, you get to decide after the tour what the experience was worth to you, and if you choose to, tip your guide accordingly.
Because these tours are so budget-friendly, they are quite popular and the group size for your tour can be quite large.
If you prefer a small group or to endure close interaction with your guide to ask questions, for example, we recommend paid small group tours. You can find small group walking tours of Copenhagen for as little as € 16.
If you are looking for a convenient way to move from attraction to attraction, consider a hop-on-hop-off bus tour through Copenhagen.
You will see the sights, hear guided commentary and cover more ground than you would while walking between destinations!
9) See the Hilarious Ricky Gervais
On April 18, 2020, Ricky Gervais, the British comedian, who was the start of the U.K. version of The Office at the Royal Arena.
He’s known for his offensive jokes, so his show is generally for attendees 18 and up. Find tickets here.
10) Copenhagen Games 2020
This wildly popular annual gaming and e-sports festival takes place from April 8th to April 11th.
This festival is for both professional e-sport players and casual gamers and attracts over 10,000 guests over four days.
For fans of Overwatch, Minecraft, Fortnite, League of Legends and more, this event is for you!
Tournaments you can participate in this year include CS:GO, CS:GO Ladies, Team Fortress 2, EDU Cup, FIFA, Magic: The Gathering Arena and more.
Get all the details and to buy tickets, see the Copenhagen Games website
11) See a Concert
Beginning in April, Tivoli Gardens (see above) hosts concerts on Friday nights at a series known as Fredagsrock.
There are other concerts in Copenhagen you can see this month.
Other concerts this month in Copenhagen are:
- Clannad - April 2 at Amager Bio
- Sean Paul - April 14 at Store Vega
- Tindersticks - April 25 at Lille Vega
- Joe Satriani - April 29 at Amager Bio
Find out what other concerts in Copenhagen are on in April.
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