Spring-a-ding-ding! – that’s the sound April would make…if it could. Ya’ know, if it was some kind of living being that could make sounds and stuff. Anyway, spring has officially landed in Vienna! Woohoo! And while April is known as the most fickle and unpredictable month of all (April, April, macht was er will…and all that Jazz), one thing is for sure – there’s plenty to do!
Here are our 12 tips on how to make the most out of April in Vienna, and life:
The Styrians invade Vienna with their magnificent cuisine and wine
22. Steiermark-Frühling am Wiener Rathausplatz
When: THU–SUN, April 5–8
There are a number of events that make spring special in Vienna and this one is one of them – Steiermark Frühling festival in front of the mighty regal looking Rathaus. Wooden stands will fill the sweeping square and in them will be sellers offering and serving up the best of the food and drink from Austria’s Styrian region. If the sun is shining, sitting on a bench in front of the Rathaus sipping at some wine and a plate of Blunz’n, or something of the like, is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Recommended if you like: the whole Lederhosen and Dirndl thing, being Austrian (or for a lifetime if you are Austrian), Blunz’n, deep fried chicken, wine and cheese affairs
Dance to electronic beats under young blossoms
When: THU–FRI, April 12–13
Another year, another spring, another electric spring celebration with a generous line-up in the yard of the Museumsquartier. We love this free event and are sitting amongst the crowds every year. It’s all about getting the crowd up dancing this year, with line-up made up of class act electronic DJs. Guest stars this year, include Gudrun von Laxenburg, Ankathie Koi and so much more! Check the whole line-up and daily program on the official website, but here’s a taste below:
Recommended if you like: that spring break feeling baby, dancing with total strangers in open spaces, feeling that electric boom going and down your spine, getting super excited when spring blooms
Stroll through one of these awesome open air markets
Catch one of these – the first of the open air markets
This city has an insatiable hunger for open air markets, and it seems that they’ll be a load of them happening this year, with already several popping up in our calendars during April. Check them out below:
Flohmarkt im Liechtensteinpark 7–8 April 2018
When: SAT–SUN, April 7–8
The annual flea market that spreads itself in the gardens behind the Lichtenstein Palace is back again for another weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, stands will be scattered about the gardens selling all kinds of old, second-hand stuff. So pop on your top hat (these are royal gardens, you know) and if you don’t have one, you most probably can buy one at the market.
WAMP Designmarkt, 14. April
When: SAT, April 14
Where: In front of the Museumsquartier
Everybody together jumping into the air at the same time, and yell – WAMP! Vienna’s open air international designer market is back! Spring weather dosen’t only mean the birds and other furry creatures, including humans, are making sweet tender love in the trees, but also that the open air events that we love return. WAMP brings a whole bunch of Eastern European and local designers together in a great atmosphere in front of Vienna’s MQ. There’s also usually a few food trucks supplying some tasty street food.
When: SAT, April 7,11am–6pm
Where: Hotel am Brillantengrund
The courtyard of the funky canary yellow hotel, and kinda’ event venue, Hotel am Brillantengrund will be stuffed with vintage furniture in all shapes and sizes. If you’re looking to pimp your flat with some pieces that look and smell like they’ve been living in your grandmothers place for the last 100 years, pop into this lovely hotel, and feast on some of the mama of the house’s delicious Pinoy cooking.
When: SAT, April 21
What’s spring without visiting the massive flea market on the 19th district’s Obkirchengasse. On a sunny spring day (we hope) private sellers will set up their stands of secondhand stuff and the business along the street will also spill onto the pavement. It’s a family affair (so no naked cowboy stunts again) and there will be face painting, a small kids flea market and a clown named Clown Poppo (which somehow we found to be a very creepy name) doing his thing. Come for the secondhand stuff, stay for the clown.
A magnificent film festival packing movies from the East
LET’S CEE Film Festival 2018
When: April 13–22 (find the program, here)
Where: Various locations (find the program, here)
Entry: 77€ for a festival pass / single film ticket prices vary, buy your tickets here
LET’S CEE is an annual film festival showcasing movies hailing from Central and Eastern Europe. Like most cultural projects, they’ve experienced significant funding cuts this year, however, it’s managed to come back with a vengeance with around 155 productions in their pocket that will be screened over 10 days. This is a brilliant film festival offering a fascinating insight into the lives and imagination of Eastern Europe.
Recommended if you like: listening to something in another language you can’t understand with subtitles, the East, independent movies, documentaries, stories from not that far away but still kinda’ far away, being a film fanatic
Dedicate a weekend to your love for bikes
When: SAT–SUN, April 14–15
If you like to sleep in the same room as your 2-wheeled beast of a bike, than at this festival you’ll find other people just like you. And even if you don’t have such peculiar habits and just like riding bikes, or catching the odd bike stunt show, well, you should put aside the weekend of the 14–15 April for the Bike Festival and the fun-filled bike parade that goes a long with it. The festival will be made up of around 100 bike related stands, as well as a huge stunt platform that talented bikers will be showing their skills on in several performances and competitions spanning over the weekend. You can get more info. here.
What’s the bike parade all about? People of all ages join in on this crazy happening which sees the ring road closed, and thousands of bike riders go for a ride together. Things kick off at around 12pm on the day. Find more details, here.
Catch a concert by old man Dylan
When: MON, April 16, 6:30pm
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: starting from 73€ (buy tickets, here)
The folk rock legend that is known for putting poetry into crooning tunes and transcending generations, Mr Bob Dylan, will be taking to the stage in Vienna one fine Monday night this month, and while we’ve heard mixed reviews about performances he’s done in his later years, he’s the kind of musician worth catching on stage even if that risk is known, in our opinion. The spirit of this man’s music is eternal.
Recommended if you like: music with soul, music that makes you want to change the world or be part of the movement doing it, Bob. Fucking. Dylan, day dreaming, writing your own music or poetry
Check out this new spring festival showcasing the best of the Ottakring & Hernal districts
When: April 19–May 4
Where: Various locations around the districts, Ottakring & Hernals (find the program, here)
For 6 days, several cultural locations (around 10) in the districts of Hernals and Ottakring will come alive with a festival with the focus to highlight the great hidden secrets of these 2 magnificent districts. A colourful spring program full of live music acts and artists will play out over the week long festival in these multicultural districts. If you’re scratching your head wondering which districts these actually are, think Yppenplatz and its surroundings. The festival looks to get the message about what great stuff the local entrepreneurs, artists and residents of the area are up to.
Recommended if you like: giving new things a go, Brunnenmarkt, multicultural pockets of the city, community events, grassroots arts and cultural projects
Vienna‘s mighty marathon
When: SUN, April 22, 9am
Where: Begins on the Reichsbrücke (see the whole running route, here)
It’s happening again – on the 23rd of April the whole city is going to turn into a mad mass of running, sweating, red-faced people participating in the Vienna City Marathon. You can sign up for it (there’s a half marathon at 21km, as well), or you can always join in on the sidelines watching those beautifully trained bodies from all over the world passing by and cheer them on (the view when standing with a view onto the Reichsbrücke is impressive). Or you might want to join in one of the side events. At Heldenplatz, there’s a kind of fair atmosphere at the finished line which is also worth checking out, even if you’re not participating. The feeling of human achievement is strong on the day.
To all the crazies taking part: stay tough in your training, even if it does rain. We look forward to seeing you move your tight little asses.
Recommended if you like: sports events, running, watching other people run and sweat, cheering for strangers, looking good in short shorts or spandex, pushing your body to the limit
Vienna’s biggest annual plant and flower fair
When: FRI–SUN, April 13–15
Where: Botanischer Garten
Entry: 5€/day (8€/2 days)
Are you looking for some beautiful (or weird looking) flowers or plants to decorate your home with? Or maybe you just want to see, smell, or even taste the amazing variety of flowers spring has already brought us. Well, whichever it is, the rare plants market the botanical gardens of Vienna is on again, and will be happening from Friday onwards. You should definitely check out this free-loving flower fair happening on the weekend and talk plants with the many passionate stand owners selling off their green stuff (not thst green stuff, cheeky).
Tip: pop some Clarytin in your bag, just in case
Recommended if you like: the fresh smell of flowers, finding the perfect flower to tie the room together, walking on sunshine, wuoh ooooho, sticking your nose deep into flowers… like really in there, being fascinated in nature, flowers that look like they’re out of a Sci-Fi film, cacti
Feed your innovative spirit with insights from some forward-thinking creative minds
When: THU–FRI, April 26–27
Entry: from 150€/day to 200€/2 days
This is one of those conferences that are meant to inspire you to change your life and career entirely, and get up very early in the morning for the days to follow, to, you know, simply achieve more. At the Forward Festival, you’ll have the chance to feed your innovative spirit with insights and ideas from some forward-thinking creative minds and successful entrepreneurs, exchange ideas and network with other out-of-the-box thinkers in between key notes. The focus is on creativity, design and communication. Find the complete program, and other details about the festival on their website.
Recommended if you like: making a business out of an empty box, becoming the next big shot, pasting your pictures into the “Forbes most influential people!” list for motivation
Make the most out of the return of the Schanigärten and rooftop terrace
The Return of the restaurant & bar gardens
You’ve probably noticed restaurants and bars stretching out their limbs onto the streets of our fine city, and only more will follow. First comes sun, then comes the restaurant and bar Schanigärten. And there will be a few favourites opening up this month in style, with big parties to kick things off – check a few of them out below:
When: FRI, April 27, 6pm
Looking better and funkier than ever, after its makeover and takeover by new management last year, the bar with a terrace hanging off the magnificent Urania building, KLYO, will be opening for business at the end of this month. A DJane and talented barkeeps whipping up some summer inspired drinks will be involved. Find more info, here.
When: THU, April 26, 5pm
Where: Sand in the city
The beloved space in the city which in winter plays the part of a ice rink and in summer transforms into a replica of a beach, Sand in the city, will be opening its doors on April 26. That’s right, you’ll be able to sink your toes into the sand, and have that summer sensation again of going out for drinks with friend to come home and find sand in the most unexpected places of your body. The opening will be all about, ‘celebrating the cool Austrian spirit, ‘ (in the words of the event organisers) with a bunch of Austrian food and drink producers on the beach and being served up by the bars and kiosks.
When: THU, April 19, 5pm
Where: Cafe Français Stadtpark
Nobody does it like the French and while we have no idea what we mean by ‘it’, you know it’s true. Ok, enough of the jibber-jabber, the French cafe that popped up in the city’s Stadtpark last year is doing its official opening of its popular afterwork drinks event. At this lovely soiree, there will be, well, drinks…DJ Sugarstarr, and a lovely garden to enjoy all these shenanigans in. C’est la vie!
The Gürtel bars combine to deliver one massive party night!
When: SAT, April 29, 7pm–6am
Entry: donations (its for charity so cough up!)
The whole nightlife hotspot strip, the Gürtel will come alive at the end of this month for one night only for a big festival. And the partying is all in the name of charity! Many of the night spots along the shady infamous Gürtel join forces to deliver over 60 live acts and DJs performing across 14 different venues. And this year, the majority of the proceeds will to go to a children’s cancer charity. This will be one hell of a night that will continue on into the early hours of the following morning, The only problem will be deciding where to start. Check out the program, here.
Recommended if you like: variety, festival style line–ups, not having to travel much, refugees, charity, party, dirty Gürtel kids, big parties, mighty morphine power rangers