From stilettos and formal wear to tents and muddy wellies. This summer is hopefully going to be dry and warm, but you don't want to forget your rain coat and umbrella if you are heading to Roskilde Festival. If you prefer staying inside – where you are guaranteed no precipitation – put on your crown and be royal for a day when going to the Queen's ballet of a famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale or celebrate National Geographic's 125th birthday at Øksnehallen and experience some of the most famous photographies of our time, worthy for a royal set of eyes
National Geographic celebration
In celebration of the National Geographic magazine’s 125th anniversary, 130 of its most significant ever photographs will be on display at Øksnehallen. The photographs will showcase the documentary work the magazine has done from around 1900 to the present.
Øksnehallen, Halmtorvet 11, Cph V; ends July 28, open daily 11:00-18:00; Tickets: 85kr, under-12s: free adm; www.dgi-byen.dk/ng125
Denmark’s biggest horse racing event of the year, the DFDS Seaways Danish Derby, is back. Expect good food, fast horses and big bets during this must-see event.
Klampenborg Galopbane, Klampenborgvej 52, Klampenborg; meeting starts at Sun 12:30; Tickets: 100kr, under-18s free adm; www.galopbane.dk
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
If you only know Margrethe as the chain-smoking queen of Denmark, you may be surprised to hear that she is also a celebrated artist. For the first time since 2009, she has designed the scenography for a Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale ballet at Tivoli’s Pantomime theatre: this time it’s The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Alongside composer James Price and choreographer Dinna Bjørn, the queen’s reimagining of the tale of the ill-fortuned one-legged soldier should be entertaining for the young – watching Andersen’s toys come to life – and the old, who get to see the queen’s artistic skills in action.
Tivoli Pantomime Theatre, Vesterbrogade 3, Cph V; starts Sat, ends Sep 22; times/dates vary, see website for details; Tickets: 280kr, annual card holders and kids: free adm; www.tivoli.dk
Roskilde Opening Party
Tonight, the camp area of Roskilde Festival opens. Acres of lush, virgin grass barely walked upon will become one of the largest campsites this side of Europe, all in a few hours. Once the camps are set up, it takes only a matter of minutes for the custom-made sound-systems to start blurting out the summer anthems of 2013 and a colossal camp party to erupt. If this is your first Roskilde, then you’re probably a little taken back by the idea of a nine-day festival. Fear not, if you’ve got your camping tickets booked, you don’t want to miss out on this one (even if you’re working Monday, head there for the weekend and then return again when the music starts).
Roskilde Campsite; Sat 00:00; 1,910kr (full festival ticket)
The national gallery, Statens Musem Kunst, invites kids and their parents to a day of art creation at the gallery’s own workshop. Participants will be able to create their own art work, surrounded by the country’s biggest collection of art.
Statens Musem for Kunst, Sølvgade 48, Cph Ø; Sat & Sun 10:30-16:30; Tickets: 45kr, children with parents: free adm; www.smk.dk
Second hand for a plus size
Shoes, clothes, bags and jewellery all for plus-size women at this cosy market located in a theatre building on Shetlandsagde. So come and make a plus size deal.
Shetlandsgade 3, Cph S; Sat 10:00-15:00
Flea market by the shooting range
The annual flea market on Istedgade by the Skydebane wall takes place this weekend. For years now passers-by have been able to make good deals during the last weekend of June by the king’s old shooting range, and this year is no different.
Istedgade 78, Cph V; Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 10:00-16:30
Upper Canada Chorus
All the way from Toronto, the Upper Canada Chorus, a young people’s choir, invites everyone to a lunchtime concert at St Albans Church. The concert is free so everyone can pop by at noon on Sunday and enjoys some serenity.
St Albans Church, Churchillparken 11, Cph Ø; Sun 12:30; free Adm; www.uppercanadachorus.com