This summer is delivering everything we wished for: sun, heat, sexy tanned people – it’s simply perfect. PLUS! There’ss a whole new month full of adventures ahead! Here are 14 things to do to make the most out of August in Vienna.
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Week-long street art fest, choc a block with workshops for aspiring artists
When: SAT–SAT, August 4–11, 9am–10pm
Where: All over the city
Entry: free, but registration may be necessary for some things
Where to begin with such an expansive programme! This street art festival literally has everything covered from Graffiti tours to film screenings to painting trainers – you can check out the programme, here. We’re sure that over the course of the week, you will definitely find something that intrigues you, especially if you’re into street art. Just be sure to check out what events require registration as they may have limited spaces!
Recommended if you like: graffiti, street art in all shapes and sizes, workshops, painting trainers, mini parties, seeing how all your favourite graffiti is actually put together, urban design, dance, film, theory, conferences on art, all the art all over your face
Show your face, shake your bum at this funky popup bar!
When: THU, August 9, 4pm–10pm
Where: WestBar. Die Pop-Up Bar beim WestLicht
Entry: free! 14€ (12€ students) for gallery entrance incl. guided tour + a cocktail
In the courtyard of the photography gallery, Westlicht, this beloved pop-up bar that only rears its head only on occasion will be opening its doors just to celebrating the Austrian Street Art Festival, Calle Libre. They’ll be serving cool drinks in this urban spot, and there’ll also be live music and live paintings happening there one one Thursday in August. Combined with this opportunity to sip at tasty drinks (original cocktail recipes being served up) in a unique location, you can join in on one of the guided tours of the gallery before the party begins.
Recommended if you like: open air parties, being barefoot most of summer, climbing trees for a nap in the middle of the day, closing your eyes and feeling the beat, wearing your sunglasses at night, parties in unique locations
Mama Africa is calling from the Donauinsel
When: August 10–August 27
Africa is just around the corner – on the Donauinsel, to be exact! The Afrika Tage is a great opportunity to dream yourself away from the city, dance to open air concerts showcasing music from the continent this festival is dedicated to, pick up some jewellery, clothes, pottery and other handicrafts at market stands, hit the djembe until your hands are sore, learn how to belly dance, ride a camel… there is so much to do! And oh, you have to try the food – from Ethiopian enjera to Berber cuisine to fried fish, Mombassa style. Our mouths are starting to drool just thinking about it. Check out more info and the program, here.
Tip: There is free entry on Mondays. The prices on the other days vary, so check out their website.
Recommended if you like: traveling bling with a backpack, music that makes you dance, sounds of percussions, exploring other cultures, Mama Africa!, lying in the grass with a cold drink listening to music
A festival all about sneakers and streetwear
When: SUN, August 12, 12–6pm
LACE UP M****F***AS! A fair dedicated to the mighty sneaker hailing all the way from Munich will be happening in Vienna this month. The sneaker has to be the most common form of footwear amongst the cool kids today and is as popular as the flat-brimmed baseball caps amongst the hip-stars amongst us. Browse and buy a sneaker (or two) and soak in the atmosphere with music, drinks and food that will be happening in the indoors and outdoors of the Pratersauna. You can have a preview of what the event is all about in the video, here.
Recommended if you like: ummmm – sneakers, Ts with prints on them, Hip Hop, making out in the middle of a club with everybody looking, having a shoe fetish
Hit up an open air party
Seems like cool kids these days party while it’s still light out. So why not get some fun on under the sun this month with one of these open air parties:
When: SAT, August 3, 4pm
Where: Am Cobenzl
The club/collective that had people dancing like mad in the deep depths of a basement in Vienna’s city center will now draw them up to the hills around the city where they’ll be throwing one hell of an open air rave for all those who can’t resist a down and dirty party. The DJ list is long, and so will your night be.
When: SAT, August 11, 3pm
Expect a whole bunch of Pogo dancing, rastas and the distinct and funky smell of the wacky tabacky at this one – a whole bunch of reggae, ska and dub fans will be hitting up the Arena to feast their ears on the sounds they love. DJs will be providing the beats while the entry is free, and there will also be Jamaican jerk and vegan food.
When: SAT, August 14, 2pm
Where: Am Cobenzl
Dance through the day and then dance some more through the night! The crew at the DJ collective, Merkwürdig, have put together quite a line up for this rave party, that should keep your eardrums and feet busy from dusk till dawn. The special location at the Cobenzl castle and cafe makes every party feel a bit out of place, which is exactly what you should be looking for to escape weekday routine.
When: SAT, August 11, 10pm
Where: Volksgarten Pavilion
Them folks from Swell Time are at it again, with their usual 50/60s flair. They are inviting all those like the sounds of Swing, Electroswing, Rock’n’Roll, R’n’B and Soul to their first summer bash that will be happening it the Volksgarten Pavilion’s garden. As always, the dress code is 1950s/early 60s and don’t think they’re kidding about that – it adds to the charm of the event!
Recommended if you like: the feeling of freedom at an open air party, working on your tan with a drink in hand, wearing a bikini or board shorts to a party, spending most of your weekend dancing
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.
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
Culture for a summer’s evening
When: THU, August 16, 5pm
You can’t spend every day of summer in a beach bar or at the river. Come on! You’ve got to keep that bulging brain of yours cultured and inspired. And 3 museums are cooperating to bring you this summer event – Art Night – which is exactly what the name of the event indicates – a night full of art. For the price of one ticket, you’ll gain access to 3 galleries housed within the magnificent MQ: Leopold Museum, mumok, and the Kunsthalle Wien.
Recommended if you like: art, speaking in riddles, staring at a painting with a pensive face for a good ten minutes, inspiration injections, making love with the lights on, Schiele, contemporary art
A festival dedicated to Vienna’s culture of wine
When: FRI–SUN, August 17–20
Where: Neustift am Walde
This festival is a family-fun event during the day, which turns into a good ol’ fashioned Austrian party at night. Neustift am Walde, an area of Vienna’s 19th district, is quite famous for it’s annual ‘Kirtag’, which is a wine fair that sees lots of people dress up in Lederhosen and Dirndl and enjoy those Austrian festival vibes. This weekend, it will be back with 3 days of some heavy wine drinking and culinary feasting. As well as the traditional procession, some neat togetherness, the chance to buy wine stock for the next 500 years, and one of the best views of the city. Find more info on the program here.
Recommended if you like: wine fairs, vineyards and vintners, getting drunk in the afternoon, pretending to know what good wine is, weekend entertainment, three-day-happenings, wine festivals, Austrian-style fun
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
A night of partying along the city’s Gürtel
When: SAT, August 25, 6pm
Where: Various locations along the Gürtel between Lercehnfelder Gürtel & Hernalser Gürtel. Check out the list, here.
We’ve all had those messy nights below the neon lights of the bars located along the Gürtel, and there’s a festival that will encourage more of that close to the end of this month – the Gürtel Nightwalk. If you haven’t done this before, then just imagine hopping from bar to bar, stage to open air stage, with a drink in hand, and plenty of music being pumped into your ears – it’s good, wholesome fun. This year, 18 clubs and bars will be participating and there will be 4 open air stages with rockin’ live performances singing into the streets of Vienna. If you’re home before 4am without a horrible pain in your stomach from that Käsekrainer you downed just before calling it a night, you haven’t done the night justice. Check out the program, here.
Recommend if you like: partying along the Gürtel, grungy locations free live music, having a large selection of belts in your wardrobe, beer and cigarettes, the look of smeared lipstick on your teeth, being tickled by somebody’s rather long eyelashes
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
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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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.
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