As autumn gives ground and winter inches ever closer, Iceland’s cultural calendar remains as full as ever, perhaps as an antidote to the approaching cold season. To round out October and kick off November, here are seven fun-filled activities you can get up to this week.
Monday Oct. 29
50 ISK Beer Birthday Bash
At Stúdentakjallarinn, 11AM – 11PM
The University of Iceland’s student council turns 50 years old this year. Not content with merely a single birthday, every last Monday of every month of 2018 they are charging just ISK50 ($0.40) for a beer at their cosy basement café, Stúdentakjallarinn (The Student Cellar). If you want to indulge, though, better make it an early one—the offer is good only while supplies last.
Tuesday Oct. 30
Reykjavík Opera Days: Free Play
At the Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, 4PM & 6PM
Based on Verdi’s La Traviata, this experimental session will feature one of Iceland’s foremost electronic musicians, Hermigervill, working in tandem with soprano Hrafnhildur Hafstað to interpret the opera in an entirely new way. Entrance is free, but again, early birds are rewarded since space is limited.
Wednesday Oct. 31
Halloween @ Árbær Open Air Museum
At Árbær Open Air Museum, 5PM – 7PM
Halloween festivities for all ages are the order of the day at this famed historical museum, as ghosts of the past will peek out from dark nooks and crannies for visitors’ amusement and horrification. The bravest among you will have the option of going trick-or-treating among the unearthly inhabitants of the old-style buildings. Admission is free for kids as well as for anyone wearing a costume.
Thursday Nov. 1
My Voices Have Tourettes
At The Secret Cellar, 9PM – 11PM
A weekly comedy show with a unique twist, “My Voices Have Tourettes” is hosted by two comedians with Tourette Syndrome and one comedian with schizophrenia, with the aim of raising awareness for these conditions in an entertaining way. There will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the show, so if you’ve ever wanted to know anything about these syndromes, here’s your chance to satisfy your curiosity.
Friday Nov. 2
Scream – Friday Halloween Party Screening
At Bíó Paradís, 8PM
Downtown art-house cinema Bíó Paradís’s regular party screenings are always a hoot, and this special Halloween screening of horror classic Scream is sure to be no exception. Be prepared for crazy costumes, free-flowing booze, and plenty of screams.
Saturday Nov. 3
Sykur – Live @ Bryggjan
At Bryggjan Brugghús, 11PM – 1AM
Sykur is one of Iceland’s most beloved electropop outfits, and with good reason: their intensely energetic live shows have long since become the stuff of legend. The venue is one of Iceland’s foremost microbreweries as well, so come early and enjoy some signature brews as well as their outstanding seafood-centric menu.
Sunday Nov. 4
Hringurinn’s Christmas Bazaar
At Grand Hotel Reykjavík, 1PM – 4PM
Women’s charity organization Hringurinn has hosted its famous Christmas bazaar for years now, and it never fails to draw a crowd of families interested in the wide selection of beautiful handcrafted wares on offer, as well as the assortment of freshly baked pies, cakes and cookies.