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This post provides a list of top things to do in Copenhagen in May, including free activities, family-friendly entertainment, and evening entertainment.

 

 


TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN COPENHAGEN THIS MAY

Below are our top 10 best things to do in Copenhagen to get you started. Here are our other popular posts about the city:

Keep in mind that multiple attractions and tours are included in various city discount passes


1) Go to a Concert

Springtime is bringing more popular touring musicians to perform in Copenhagen.

Here are a few of the best concerts from international artists and local favorites available during the month of May:

 

 

For all the options available this month, check out this list of concerts in Copenhagen.


2) See Iliza Shlesinger or Trevor Noah Live

Copenhagen is a great place to be this May for fans of comedy, since they have heard both these names! 

Iliza Shlesinger is well-known for her multiple Netflix standup specials as well as her book. She is a master of storytelling - complete with voices, sound effects, and a hilarious physicality. 

 

 

Trevor Noah is famous for leading The Daily Show as well as his moving but entertaining memoir about growing up at the end of apartheid in South Africa. 

Find all comedy shows here


3) Attend a Serena Williams Tennis Match

There's usually at least one exciting sporting event in the city each month.

This May, one of the biggest names in the tennis world will be going up against the hometown star Caroline Wozniacki. 

 

 

If you’ve ever wanted to see Serena Williams in person, here is your chance. The match will take place on a Monday night at the Royal Arena. 

The Caroline Wozniacki vs. Serena Williams match is on May 18, 2020.

You can find all sporting event tickets here.


4) Have Fun at Copenhagen Carnival

This annual, three-day carnival is the largest world-music festival and celebration in the country. You’ll see over 2,000 artists, bands, and groups performing for over 100,000 carnival-goers. 

 

 

You’ll see everything you’d expect at a carnival, including colorful and flashy costumes, parade floats, dancers, sparkles, and even a section of the parade for kids to show off their dancing skills. 

The Copenhagen Carnival festivities run from May 29 - 31, 2020. The main parade happens on Saturday. 

Find more information about the carnival here


5) Take a Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour

If you like the idea of a tour but want the freedom to spend time where you’re most interested, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour might be the perfect option for you. 

In Copenhagen, there are multiple routes with 30 stops and audio guides in over 10 languages. 

 

 

This option is also great for travelers who enjoy having an easy mode of transportation throughout a new city. Depending on the ticket, this bus tour could get you where you want to go in Copenhagen for a few days.


6) Save Money With a Tourist Pass

If you’re planning to visit multiple attractions or take more than one tour, chances are a Copenhagen Tourist Discount Attraction Pass will save you a lot of money off retail admission prices.

 

 

 Here are a few attractions and tours listed on various Copenhagen passes: 

  • Copenhagen Canal Tour
  • Kronborg Castle
  • The National Museum
  • The Planetarium
  • Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus or Boat Tours
  • Copenhagen Zoo
  • And more. 

Depending on which pass you choose and how many attractions you can fit into each day, you should be able to save at least 20% – 50% or more. 

If you plan on using public transportation, at least one pass includes a city transportation pass, and another includes a hop-on-hop-off bus tour.

For more details, please read our post covering Copenhagen tourist attraction discount passes.


7) MagicFest Copenhagen

The popular, collectible trading card game Magic the Gathering has weekend festivals all over the world that include all the gameplay and matches you could ask for - with a Grand Prix tournament to determine the best players! The Copenhagen MagicFest will land on the first weekend of this May. 

 

 

Various ticket packages will get you different experiences. You can bring your own deck or purchase tickets that allow you to play Sealed all weekend. 

You could also enter the Grand Prix tournament for the chance at winning some of the $50,000 prize pool! 

There will also be vendor and artist booths, social events, and cosplayers wandering around the fest. 


8) Go to a Copenhagen Beer Festival

Whether you are a brew connoisseur or just appreciate delicious beer, there are 2 opportunities to taste plenty of local and international beers this May.

 

 

There will be talks and presentations about brewing, beer production, tasting and flavor profiles.

You'll be able to find over 1,000 types of beer from almost 100 producers. With choices like these, you'll definitely find a new favorite as you enjoy the atmosphere and other live entertainment.

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9) Take a Walking Tour

May means warmer weather, so that means this month is a great time to get out and discover Copenhagen on foot! 

There are a few pay-what-you-like walking tours in the city centre, which you can find every day. You’ll learn about the best modern spots and attractions to see, as well as a historical overview.

Our free walking tour page also lists self-guided tours.  

 

 

If you think you might get hungry on a walk through the city, why not take a food tour

And for those travelers looking for something with a bit more speed, there are quayside bike tours and downtown segway tours.  


10) Go on a Fairy Tale-Themed Scavenger Hunt

Hans Christian Andersen is known as the prolific Danish writer who published many of the fairy tales that we still love today, such as The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, and The Ugly Duckling.

How better to discover Andersen's city than with a scavenger hunt?

 

 

If you have kids, they'll love this activity - solve the clues in this app to make it to the next stop on your walk. You'll go past the famous Little Mermaid statue as well as the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale house.

And along the way, you'll learn more about Copenhagen's magical history and other fairy tales.

Find more information on the scavenger hunt here.

 


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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: October 12th, 2021
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