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Event Highlights in Aarhus and the Aarhus Region

Photo: Smukfest

There is always something going on in Aarhus and in the Aarhus region. Aarhus is also known to be a city of music with a great variety of stages and genres and you can always join in to festivals all year round.

You will always find something interesting happening - so please find your favorite below.

Århundredets Festival i Aarhus
Photo: Martin Dam Kristensen

The Festival of Centuries

3 - 12 March 2023

The Festival of the Century is a knowledge festival. With its mixture of knowledge, art, and culture, the festival each year turns the spotlight on a particular historical period to create a debate about the lives we live and the society around us. 

SCI-FI-CON festival i Randers


15 - 16 Apr 2023

SCI-FI-CON is the biggest Star Wars and science fiction event in Denmark. It's the very best of science fiction and fantasy in one place - Arena Randers.

SPOT festival i Aarhus
Photo: Søren Rajczyk

SPOT Festival

5 - 6 May 2023

At SPOT Festival you can discover the newest trends for Danish and Nordic music. The festival takes place at different venues in Aarhus where you can enjoy more than 200 concerts and events which includes concerts, music talks, films ect.

Spor Festival Aarhus
Photo: Carlos Suárez

SPOR Festival

10. - 14. May 2023

SPOR is a festival in Aarhus for contemporary music and sound art. SPOR is a festival that thematises, actualizes and promotes the arts.

Aarhus Kræmmermarked
Photo: Lions, Aarhus Kræmmermarked

Aarhus Huckster Market

18 - 21 May 2023

For more than 30 times Denmark’s top traders set up stalls at the Aarhus Huckster Market at ’Tangkrogen’. Most of the traders have taken part over many years, but new ones join every year.

Ocean Race in Aarhus
Photo: Sailing Energy & The Ocean Race

The Ocean Race

29 Mai - 8 June 2023

Aarhus will be the first Danish host city in The Ocean Race - the longest and toughest sailing race in the world.

NorthSide Festival i Aarhus
Photo: Thorsten Iversen, NorthSide


1 - 3 June 2023

Every year, NorthSide invites you to a fantastic three-day music festival, where the world’s biggest stars, as well as new rising artists, especially within indie and rock, are presented.

Bestseller Aarhus City Halvmarathon
Photo: Bestseller Aarhus City Halvmarathon

BESTSELLER Aarhus City Half Marathon

11 Jun 2023

BESTSELLER Aarhus City Half Marathon is a half marathon that runs through Aarhus city. The city is completely shut down for traffic during the event.

Hærvejsmarchen i Viborg
Photo: Hærvejsmarchen


23 - 25 June 2023

HÆRVEJSMARCHEN is an organized march through the beautiful scenery in and around Viborg.

Aarhus Pride
Photo: Oliver Schwenn

Aarhus Pride

24 June 2023

Aarhus Pride is a celebration of diversity in Aarhus. The purpose of Aarhus Pride is to contribute to the respect for and acceptance of all LGBT+ persons and make the LGBT+ culture visible in Aarhus.


Come2Live concert by Frijsenborg Manor concert

24 June 2023

Come2Live at Frijsenborg Manor is part of a number of castle concerts that focuses on arousing music experiences, delicious food, fellowship and unique surroundings.

Viborg Snapsting
Photo: Vivi Sjøner

Viborg Snapsting

16 - 25 June 2023

Viborg Snapsting is a fantastic week packed with culture, debate, sports, partying and free concerts that make the city swing.

Riverboat Jazz Festival i Silkeborg
Photo: Riverboat Jazz Festival

Riverboat Jazz Festival

21 - 25 June 2023

Riverboat Jazz Festival brings more than 100 free concerts to Silkeborg in the lovely Danish summertime. 


Flower Festival in Tivoli Friheden

1 Jul 2022 / 1 Aug 2023

This summer, Tivoli Friheden in the heart of Aarhus invites you to Denmark’s largest flower festival. Every day in July, inspiring activities and events will take place in the park, and of course with thousands of beautiful flowers as their centre of attention.

Aarhus Jazz Festival
Photo: Aarhus Jazz Festival

Aarhus Jazz Festival

8 - 15 Jul 2023

Like all good festivals the Aarhus Jazz Festival is continually evolving and has achieved international renown. The whole city is backing the eight days of jazz and at this festival you can experience more than 300 concerts at 30 different venues.

Moesgaard Vikingetræf
Photo: Moesgaard Museum

Moesgaard Viking Moot

28 - 30 Juli 2023

Vikings from all over the world meet at the Viking Moot to recreate the festive markets held in the early days of Aarhus.

Festivalen Smukfest i Skanderborg
Photo: Smukfest

Smukfest Festival

31 Jul - 6 Aug 2023

Smukfest, also known as Skanderborg Festival or Denmark's most Beautiful Festival, is a Danish music festival that takes place every summer during the second weekend of August in the beautiful beech forest "Skanderborg Dyrehave".

Randers Festuge
Photo: Randers Festuge

The Randers Festival

11 - 19 Aug 2023

The Randers Festival "Randers Festuge" is a recurring annual event during 9 days in August. Over the course of nine days, a splendid programme of musical, art and debate events fill Randers with a wonderful atmosphere throughout the city.

Understrøm i Aarhus Festuge
Photo: Martin Dam Kristensen

The Aarhus Festival

25 Aug - 3 Sep 2023

Aarhus Festival is among the largest cultural events in Scandinavia and showcases both local, national and international artists. Aarhus Festival is highly esteemed and recognized both in Denmark and abroad.

Danmarks Outdoor Festival i Silkeborg
Photo: Danmarks Outdoor Festival

Denmark's Outdoor Festival

1 - 3 Sep 2023

Are you a keen user of outdoor activities or are you simply looking to become better at spending time out in the wild? Then come to Denmark’s Outdoor Festival in Silkeborg and try, see, hear and feel the outdoor life.

Food Festival
Photo: Claes Bech Poulsen

Food Festival

1 - 3 Sep 2023

Food Festival is a gathering point for everyone interested in food, a place where you will be entertained and challenged. The festival gathers the best Danish and Nordic breeders, growers and chefs who aspire to create high quality food in balance with nature.

Viborg Animation Festival
Photo: Viborg Animation Festival

Viborg Animation Festival

25 Sep - 1 Oct 2023

Viborg Animation Festival is Denmark's largest animation festival and a celebration of animation media and the many possibilities of it.

Photo: VisitDjursland

The Ebelfestival

16 - 22 Oct 2023

The Ebelfestival is an annual event during the fall vacation where people celebrate the apple harvest and the many possibilities that apples offer in terms of food, art, gastronomy, and craftsmanship.

Jul i Friheden
Photo: Tivoli Friheden

Christmas in Tivoli Friheden

Nov - Dec 2023

Enjoy the most wonderful time of the year in the amusement park Tivoli Friheden when Santa Claus is coming to town.

Christmas in Den Gamle By - The Old Town Museum

Nov - Dec 2023

Treat yourself to a magical Christmas atmosphere and a wonderful nostalgia trip through four hundred years of Christmas history down The Old Town Museum's charming streets with horse-drawn carriages, Christmas decorations, and lit lanterns.



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