By Asger Jensen,
Editor of VisitCopenhagen and part of the editorial staff who each month share their personal tips to Copenhagen.
February, it seems, marks the unofficial kickstart to the new year's season of festivals and events. 2020 is no exception as this February really has it all lined up for you. We've handpicked three festivals guaranteed to fulfil your cultural cravings and also added a couple of interesting food experiences into the mix. As week 7 (10-16 February) is a public school holiday in Denmark, many museums and institutions have special events - especially for kids.
At the 20th edition of Vinter Jazz taking place from 6 - 29 February you can experience upcoming acts and jazz superstars in small, alternative venues or the big concert halls. Both things can be equally great experiences, if you ask me. See this list of pretty diverse venues and head out for a culture kick in a local neighbourhood bar, a church or the seriously jaw-dropping DR Koncerthuset.
Another festival happening all over the city is the annual Copenhagen Light Festival where Copenhagen's squares, streets and buildings set the scene for beautiful light installations that make perfect reason to stroll through the quiet, city at night. From 1-23 February you can experience the lighting spectacle all around the city. For free and for people of all ages.
In between all the culture happening this month, you're gonna need some good, solid food. Dinner or lunch, Lumskebugten is a good option if you want to sample some of the best traditional Danish food. Often focusing too much on all the new exciting places opening in this city, I can highly recommend Lumskebugten. It's been around since 1854 and is still rockin' it.
Besides the crazy long list of restaurants offering set menu at bargain prices, Dining Week also offers some alternative dining and cooking experiences. Check out the annual festival's programme where you might also find some "fællesspisning" events, which best translates to communcal dining and a perfect chance to experience good old Danish hygge.
Held in one of my favourite beer bars in one of the neighbourhoods furthest from my home but closest to my heart, Mikkeller Baghaven Wild Ale Celebration 2020 is a no-brainer for me. And I highly suggest you use this unique chance to spend some time and expanden your ale horizon with the beer geeks out at the bar and brewery Baghaven in the industrial Refshaleøen neighbourhood.