Feeling hot, hot, hot! If you see people jumping up and down squealing like little kids, don’t be alarmed, it’s just us celebrating the beginning of the best time of the year. We are tempted to tell you to quit your jobs, lay back and simply enjoy life to the fullest, but instead we’ll give you 13 tips that will make you have the best July of your life in Vienna.
Get ready to party, eat, drink and be merry!
DON’T MISS OUR EVENT!
Your ultimate new summer Sunday event is here
When: SUN, July 29, 6pm–1am
Where: 25Hours Hotel’s Dachboden bar
After a very successful first edition last month, at which we met many of our readers and mingled with a beautiful crowd of like-minded people on the rooftop of the 25hour Hotel, it’s happening again!
(insert dramatic drum roll here) Vienna Würstelstand presents… Sunday on the Roof
Get off ground floor, raise yourself to the rooftops of Vienna and raise your glass to the weekend that was, and the week that will be, at this new chilled Sunday sunset party series – Sunday on the Roof.
Sunday on the Roof will see an international and local crowd sipping at cocktails, or some other sundowner drink, while taking in the gorgeous Vienna skyline at sunset. Meanwhile, there will be damn good looking and talented guest DJs providing some Downtempo Techno type beats.
To add to the awesome atmosphere, there will also be:
+ Bloody Marys flowing
+ Yummy Pizza from the crowd at 1500 foodmakers
+ A piñata (because what’s a party without a piñata)
+ a Masseur giving out massages (10€ for 10 minutes)
+ More surprises (we know how much you love surprises 😉
And best of all, we get to meet all you lovely people! So if you like what we do at Vienna Würstelstand, come on down (actually, up) to the rooftop of the 25Hours hotel and join us in waving at all the sad sacks below who are missing out on the good times!
Recommended if you like: Vienna. Mother. Fu***ing. Würstelstand!, Downtempo Techno, getting to know the people behind your second favourite magazine, Bloody Marys, pizzzza, having wind down drinks on a Sunday, making the most out of Vienna… and life, silly Sundays, having somebody stick their tongue in your bellybutton, events from abroad, international events
A short film festival under the starry summer sky in Vienna
When: July 3 – August 24
Entry: pay as you can!
This is the one and only short film festival happening under the starry sky in Vienna, and boy is it a good one. There’s not only around 150 short films on their programme, but they certainly live up to their name as a festival. Meaning, there are also lots of side events happening throughout the festival, including workshops and talks on the short form of cinema. This is the open air cinema you should be attending if you’re looking to broaden your experiences when it comes to film. And trust us, many of the films on the programme will leave you thinking ‘…’ To make things short, check out the programme, here.
Recommended if you like: movie marathons, open air events, starry nights, the sound of birds chirping, lying on your back watching the clouds, being outdoor, fresh air, popcorn
60 drinks in 2 days: the city’s cocktail festival
When: FRI-SAT, July 13-14, 3pm–10pm
Where: Volksgarten/Evergreengarten, 1010
Entry: 48€ /day for all you can drink cocktails
Shake it baby! And once you’re done with that, you’ve got a cocktail festival to get to – on ya’ bike! Vienna’s premiere (Well, we think it’s the only one) cocktail festival is happening for the third year in the Volksgarten at the middle of this month. Liquid market will see around 60 elite cocktail mixers from bars around Vienna get together and do ‘der tang, if ya’ know what we mean?! You’re right, we’re not sure either. So, to get straight with you – you pay your entry at this festival (48€) and you get all your fancy drinks inside for free (well, you kind’ of paid for them). That means you’ll get a bunch of drinks (with, or without alcohol) included in your ticket. Shit! We suggest you stay dry for a couple of weeks and see what happens after this marathon!
Please note: we do not promote excessive drinking… unless you do stuff that makes us laugh afterwards and post it on our Instagram.
Recommended if you like: bitching at people who drink vodka redbull or any other boring combi, drinks with mint served in a hip glass by a dude with a beard, having 8 different types of guides on the art of mixology at home, drinking and getting people drunk, spending all your weekend allowance in one go, mules.
Music and munching your way through
Catch a music video at the Film Festival am Rathausplatz and dine at the food stands
When: June 30 – September 3
Ah, the joys of living in Vienna. There is something quite unique going on every summer in this city’s heart, right at the Rathausplatz. From the 30th of July to the 2nd of September a great variety of concerts ranging from classic Ballett, Operas and Jazz to Pop and dance will be shown on a huge screen in front of the Rathaus. For free, we might add.
The Filmfestival on Rathausplatz is the largest film festival in Vienna, screening a range of concert films – from Classical to Jazz to Pop/Rock performances. There’s a huge screen installed in front of the beautiful town hall, with enough free seats to accommodate a small village from Vorarlberg. The films begin at sundown. However, from 11am onwards, there are over 20 food stands, featuring cuisine from around the globe. So enjoy sitting in the shade, have a Spritzer and wait for the film to begin. Throughout the summer, most films will be played twice. Most nights, there are also live performances of some sort before most screenings. Check out the full programme, here.
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When: SAT, July 14, 9:15pm, or MON, August 20, 8:45pm
When: WED, July 11, 9:15pm, or MON, August 27, 8:30pm
Even if you are not into the concerts, you might still want to take a little spin around the diverse food-stands on offer. We feel like you can find nearly anything from every corner of this world there – crepes, Pad Thai, tacos, tajine, pastel de nata, burgers (we even once discovered kangooroo meat) and much more. It’s a culinary heaven!
Program & infos: find them here.
This month’s all about dance
When: July 12 – August 12
Where: various locations in Vienna
Info & Tickets: get them here
If your feet are tired from all that party-hopping, we suggest enjoying someone else’s dance performance. The ImpulsTanz Festival is definitely one of our cultural highlights every year: At different locations around the city, you can visit edgy dance performances and workshops (!) from some of the best dancers from all over the world. Allow yourself to be drawn into the magical world of dance, and we’re sure you won’t regret it.
PLUS! don’t miss this: the after parties at the Burgtheater, or Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz have reached legendary status – they are free and you get to rub shoulders and booties with the artists of the shows on the dancefloor.
Stay informed with our weekend what to do guides, here; and also be sure not to miss the opening party on July 12. Get details, here.
We also recommend… checking out the workshops offered throughout the festival – they’re affordable, incredibly diverse and inviting for beginners to advanced dancers. Check out the details, here.
Feel the love at this very cool creative space in an old factory
When: FRI–SAT, July 13–14 (check out the program here!)
Entry: Starts at €22
There’s a very funky new creative space that has opened up in a factory in the outer districts of Vienna, and they’ll be throwing one hell of an open air festival this summer in the name of love ! There’s a packed music program planned, including DJs and live acts lasting over 2 days of fun under the sun.
That’s right! – two full days dedicated to Electronic music, tolerance, diversity and the plain and simple love of life!
Recommended if you like: artistic spaces, being inspired by creative people, checking out once abandoned locations, DJ crews, live acts, love, skateboards, being amongst the cool kids
Take over the city with your bike at the Friday Nightskate
When: May 25 – September 21, every week on Friday at 9pm
Where: Starts at Heldenplatz. The route changes every week
Ever been surprised by a horde of skaters and cyclists passing you by in the middle of the night on Vienna streets? Rest assured, this wasn’t your mind playing tricks on you, but rather it was the crowd doing the Friday Nightskate. This is a recurring summer event in Vienna that is a whole lot of fun! Rollerblade and bicycle enthusiasts meet every Friday at 9pm on Heldenplatz to follow their passion in cruising through the streets of Vienna (that’s right, they even shut down streets for this event!
Plus: All the routes are different every time, so you might discover some places you’ve never been to before in Vienna. See all routes here.
Recommended if you like: taking to the streets, biking or blading, exploring the city, ringing your bell, the thought of hundreds of bikers dinging their bells in unison, how sexy you look in lycra, those events that give you goosebumps
Beer and bites at the brewery
When: June 28 – August 29, every MON–SAT from 4pm–12am
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
It’s that time again when the beloved city’s beer brewery, Ottakringer Brauerei, comes to life for summer with their Braukultur-Wochen. And they’ve got a packed program planned for this year, including all sorts of beer games, live music acts, and tours of the brewery. And yes, there will be lots of beer flowing – 100s of different kinds of craft beer from all over the world, to be exact. There will also plenty of food trucks and stands rolling up to take care of feeding you. This brewing culture weeks just keep getting more and more popular every year. To check out what will be happening, programme, here.
Recommended if you like: craft beer, events at the brewery, Pommes, unique events that you miss when summer has gone, stealing ideas for your own craft beer, events that involve beer, drinking beer, tasting beer like you do wine, admiring your tummy as it grows, the refreshing sound of opening a beer
Stories on the big screen under the stars
Catch a film under the starry night sky
Open air cinemas are one of the highlights of the summer season in this city. No more pondering for movie lovers on whether to stay in or head out. Open air cinemas offer those who get their tan from a movie screen a great way to spend an evening outside. Vienna offers a variety of open air cinemas, each screening a different flavour of film. And the good news is: many of them are free! You can check out our guide to where the open air cinemas are popping up in Vienna, here.
Recommended if you like: the sound of the trumpet, being a film fanatic, using movie quotes in conversations, having summer experiences in Vienna
Wander through the wine hills of Vienna and enjoy the Heurige wine taverns
Head out to the Heurige
When: All summer and autumn long
Where: on the outskirts of Vienna, where the wine hills begin
Vienna looooves its wine and in summer, a big part of the city can be found up on the wine hills surrounding the city, throwing back bottles of the liquid of the Gods and cooling in the shade of well tangled vines. The Wiener Heurige (wine taverns) culture is something you have to embrace when living in Vienna, else you are seriously missing out. For beginners, head out to the 19th district’s area of Grinzing and pick from the many nice Heurige gardens aligning the streets. There, you can sit and enjoy the local, self-produced wine, that you must pair with some unpretentious but tasty Schmankerl (a snack made of cold cuts, cheese and spreads). Some Heuriger have a hot buffet to choose some limited but carefully selected Austrian dishes.
For a more authentic and non-touristy wine expedition head out to Stammersdorf where you can follow our tipsy-tips for a full experience.
The fun doesn’t stop here, the area around Vienna is packed with Heurige so anytime you see yourself surrounded by vine, do google the nearest Heurige or Buschenschank (similar concept, with a more limited food variety). Be aware most of these taverns are only opened a couple of weeks per year so always check opening times before heading out there!
Recommended if you like: drinking wine, Vienna’s wine culture, instagramming you on top of Vienna’s wine hills drinking wine, walking and wining, Gemischter Satz
An outdoor wine festival? Don’t mind if we do!
When: FRI, July 20, 2:30pm–10pm
Entry: 18.90–25€ , including the wine tasting and a 1€ donation to charity
Wine will be flowing, shot back, swilled and swallowed at this different kind of wine festival that prides itself on avoiding all the pretentious cliches that normally come with wine events. And this rebellious wine festival will be held under the open air of the horse stables turned event venue, CREAU. This is one of the last chances to explore such a unique location before angry bulldozers tear it down in autumn – sad but true – but this is also one more reason not to miss any events at CREAU this summer, especially if they revolve around sweet, sweet wine. More details, here.
Plus: there will be cheese, snacks, art and live music!
Recommended if you like: wine, boozy afternoons, outdoor events, comfy Fridays, drinking too much, very unique and very cool locations, bathing in a bath of wine, sticking your wine in nose glasses and looking thoughtfully up at the sky
Wear your least favourite clothes for this one
When: SAT, July 21
Where: Marx Halle open air
Entry: starting at 19.90€
We thought long and hard whether to recommend this one or not. On the one had its “oh wow, hundreds of people jumping around to loud music throwing boldly coloured dust at each other” and on the other it’s “oh no, hundreds of people jumping around to loud music throwing boldly coloured dust at each other”. If you find yourself in the first category, do join this selfie heaven of an event, that we bet has nothing left to do with its Hindu origins.
Plus! There will be DJs spinning beats while all the fun and games are happening, and stands where you can refuel on slightly overpriced food and drink!
Recommended if you like: colours, westernised traditions, superhits mixed with house music, taking selfies when covered in colourful dust, people in their early 20s, the idea of throwing a ball of coloured dust at somebody’s ass
The city’s beloved free pop festival with a great view!
When: THU–SUN, July 26–29
Where: Various locations around Karlsplatz
We always get excited when concerts and open-air happenings are taking place in the Resselpark of Karlsplatz! Nothing makes us more aware that we live in a hip urban city, than getting drunk and dancing wildly to concerts al fresco with beautiful Karlskirche in front of us. And our favourite three-day festival that has us doing exactly that is the poppety-Popfest! This festival is your first choice if you want to get deep and intimate with the local music scene, with big to up-and-coming local bands taking to the stage every year. Check the detailed programme for this year, here.
To get there you’ll need to… find your way to Karlsplatz. Easy-cheesy!
This festival is special because… there’s nothing like having the Karlskirche as the backdrop to the stage.
Recommended if you like: being at a festival in the middle of the city, getting drunk in front of a church, crazy summer fests in Vienna, Austrian pop music, lying on your back and enjoying the moment, meeting friendly faces with actual bodies attached to them, not returning into your apartment for three days in a row