Hey, hey! We’ve selected the very best of what’s happening in Vienna this weekend so you can spend less time working out what to do, and spend more time making the most out of life.
Check out below the 29 awesome things happening this weekend in Vienna:
Weekend-long crafts market and food stalls
When: FRI–SUN, May 25–27 | FRI: 2pm–7pm, SAT: 10am–7pm, SUN: 10am–6pm
Where: Salon Jardin
Entry: 8/6€ (free for under 15 years old)
This is not just a salon (whatever that is), but a market, as well. As the Summer creeps in, so are all the outdoor markets and this one in the beautiful gardens of the Hetzendorf Castle is no exception. With crafty stalls selling everything from flower arrangements to interior decorations, and there’ll be plenty of food to picnic your way into an afternoon siesta on a rug. This is always a really beautiful event to spend a day at.
Recommended if you like: arts and crafty stuff, crafty people, picnicking like a mo-fo, siestas at any time of day, napasuarus, organic food, using French words to make things sound fancier
A festival all about living organically and sustainably
When: FRI—SUN, May 25—27 | FRI: 2pm–9pm, SAT: 12pm–9pm, SUN: 12pm–2pm
This festival is a great opportunity to truly look at your current lifestyle and discover ways how to make it more environmentally friendly and healthier. At the Biorama Fair, it’s all about living organically! From organic food for the environmental foodies, to organic products that will having you reduce your waste, to eco-friendly fashion that can set future trends by using more environmentally (and socially) responsible production methods – all of this and more you can discover at this annual festival. Plus, this time around it will be hosted in the funky horse stables turned event venue, Creau!
Recommended if you like: saving the world one soy bean at a time, saving water by showering with your partner, products that are free of gluten, sugar, always learning, living with principles
Free bike check and repair
When: FRI–SAT, May 25–26, 3pm–6pm (FRI) 10am–1pm (SAT)
Where: FRI: Schwendermarkt, SAT: Yppenplatz, 1160
If you haven’t already dug out the Penny Farthing (that’s a bike, in case you were wondering) than this weekend would be the time to do it. On both Friday and Saturday, the Greens Party will be setting up makeshift repair workshops in different locations where you can bring your two wheeled stallion for some TLC. Plus, it’s all for free. If you aren’t quiet ready to get on your bike yet, check the other dates they’ll be popping up around town, here.
Recommended if you like: cycling, coming up with as many different ways to say bike as possible, the Greens party, green travel, free stuff, getting your bicycle serviced, getting yourself serviced, planning on doing loads of cycling trips, talking bike talk, feeling sexy in lycra
A spring clean by the Japanese fusion eatery crowd, Mochi
When: FRI, May 25, 3pm–6:30pm
Where: Mochi Ramen Bar
This is less of a flea market, yet more of a car boot sale as Mochi is looking to do a bit of spring cleaning. This Friday, there will be, naturally, cool music and refreshing beverages on offer, as well as many little bits and bobs, from cutlery to cooking utensils up for sale as Mochi clears out their storage room (side note: these guys and gals have always had pretty things in their restaurants – just saying’)
Recommended if you like: spring cleans, getting fancy crockery on the cheap, flea markets where you know you can eat well, specialist flea markets, car boot sales, selling happy meal toys for 50 cent, Japanese stuff
A massive monthly party, all about having fun
When: FRI, May 25, 10pm–5:30am
The beloved monthly party in the grungy halls of the Arena that is all about going nuts and having fun is back this Friday night. This unpretentious party is huge and offers up dancefloors pumping out all kinds of tunes, from Schlager to classic Rock hits to Hip Hop and Electronic and any other music that makes you want to get up and dance even if you don’t want to.
Recommended if you like: parties that are all about losing it and having fun, one of the few parties not just playing Techno in Vienna, nipple piercings, lovemaking in dirty public toilets, messy kissing, heading home on the U-Bahn when people are heading out to brunch
A look at the Mormon Church
When: FRI, May 25, 8pm–10pm
Entry: Reserve them here
Get dark and disturbing this Friday with some quality fringe theatre. In this drama, the actors get personal with the relationship, both bitter and personal, with the Church of the Latter Day Saints. The main Character, Jack, investigates the failed suicide attempt of a missionary – it is sure to get dark. And it will certainly be in English.
Recommended if you like: comic tragedy, dark theatre, fringe theatre, Mormons, not going out drinking on a Friday night, investigations into the church, tiny theatres, catching some English theater in the city when you can
The gravely tones of a Styrian singer
When: FRI, May 25, 8pm–11pm
Where: ORF Radiokulturhaus
Entry: 19€ available here
His gravely tones and slow melodies are clearly influenced by Leonard Cohen, making him, drum roll cos this is original sh*t we are writing here… the Austrian Leonard Cohen. Boom. Or the Styrian one, anyway, this Friday he will bring all his sultry gravely songs to the RadioKulturehaus and you can judge for yourself.
Recommended if you like: Leonard Cohen, the Austrian version of the aforementioned man, a well groomed moustache, OMG he looks like one of the characters from Four Weddings and a Funeral name him!, intimate concerts
A guided tour through Ydessa Hendeles fascinating work
Kuratorenführung Ydessa Hendeles
When: FRI, May 25, 6pm–8pm
Where: Kunsthalle Wien
Entry: Free (with standard museum ticket)
In this retrospective, ‘Ydessa Hendeles. Death to Pigs’, you’ll get a great overview of the work by the Canadian artist, Ydessa Hendeles. The concept and idea of “Heimat” in both the historical sense and in today’s globalised world is the focus. Also, how it is influenced by mobility and involuntary migration lies at the heart of her work. The exhibition will be at Kunsthalle until May 27 so this is your last chance. And this Friday, the curator will be giving a tour around the exhibition so those that are interested can get a deeper understanding of it all.
Recommended if you like: Lord of the Flies, Canadians, exhibition tours, meeting the curator, getting as much out of your museum ticket as possible, staring thoughtful at pictures while in your head you are being childish as F.
A night of slamming poetry into people’s ear holes
When: FRI, May 25, 8pm–11pm
The Slam B poetry slam at the Literaturhaus is back this Friday with 12 wordsmiths hitting the stage for 5 minutes, slamming their poetry out to a crowd of literary lovers. As always at this veteran of the slams, the applause is the vote, so be sure to cheer extra loud for your favourite poet.
Recommended if you like: poetry made for the modern day, the beauty to be found in words, audience participation, wordsmiths, people being bold, poetry, emotional events, getting inspired
A documentary to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a cult classic
The 50th Anniversary of the Film “2001 – A Space Odyssey”
When: FRI, May 25, 5pm–7pm
Where: NHM Naturhistorisches Museum
Friday will see the 50th anniversary of the release of a cult film that has been touted as the father of modern Sci-Fi blockbusters– 2001–A Space Odyssey. In this two hour documentary, you can catch how the classic film was made. If you’re a Sci-Fi nerd, this is your event.
Recommended if you like: being a film fanatic, cult classics, calling yourself The Dude, films that’s make you smirk from beginning until end, a man full of class, being in space
An open air Latino music party
When: SAT, May 26, 7pm–12am
Where: Vienna City Beach Club
The grand opening weekend at VCBC (Vienna city beach club) is hitting the ground running with a mighty Latino-flavoured party! This Saturday, they’ll be kicking off their regular Ritmo night (which will be a regular Tuesday feature from the 29th May). Ritmo is all about inspiring a big Latino Open Air dancing party, and with DJs on the decks from 8pm, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your Cha Cha Cha on, or to chill at an awesome party with an awesome holiday atmosphere. There is even a free Batchata lesson on offer, if you want to brush up on your moves beforehand.
Recommended if you like: the great outdoors, outdoor parties, dancing in the wild, escaping the city, Bachata, Latin Lotharios, looking into some sensual Latin eyes as you lock hips… to dance…of course
This party does exactly what it says on the tin – chill before ya grill … or the other way around
When: SAT, May 26, 6pm–10pm
Where: Magdas Hotel
Entry: 26€ per person (excludes beverages, reservations recommended)
The first of four planned summer grilling days will kick off this Saturday at the lovely hotel, Magdas. With a salad buffet, a mountain of potatoes, as well as almost everything you could possibly imagine going on a grill, you are sure to have enough on your plate. The bonus of it all is you don’t have to worry about the grilling part – you can simply chill in the hotel’s lovely garden.
Recommended if you like: grillin ‘n’ chillin, relaxing while someone takes over the stress of being grill master/mistress General, eating for good causes, the sweet smell of the grill in the air, chilled evenings, mosquitoes
A swinging farmer’s market
When: SAT–SUN, May 26–27, 9am–2pm
Don’t miss this very special market event where not only will a farmer’s market be happening, yet also have an extra flavour added to it with the inclusion of a ‘Musikmarkt,’ which will have two swing bands performing throughout the market, just to put a swing spring in your step. Check out one of the bands below:
Recommended if you like: Swing music, farmer’s markets, buying organic produce, buying direct from the source, using early morning concerts as an excuse for getting on an early sesh, live bands, Austrian home grown produce and talent, Wiener Lieder, Bauer sucht Frau
Travel the world at a festival
When: SAT, May 26, 2pm–11pm
Where: Campus der Universität Wien
The beloved Südwind Straßenfest is back and will be filling up the courtyard of the Uni Campus at the Altes AKH this weekend. All kinds of cultures will come together, selling their yummy cuisines and their handicraft. There will be live music as well as DJ sets, yoga and dance workshops, talks and discussions. Oh, and a raffle!
Recommended if you like: open air events, Altes AKH, meeting new people, celebrating togetherness, cultural exchange, traveling with a rucksack, reading books about far away places, spicy food
Fleamarket by moonlight
When: SAT, May 26, 5pm–11pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
The MoodscheinBazaar always offers something a little bit more romantic than your normal flea market experience, and this Saturday, people will be filling the old beer brewery of the 16th with the hum of a good ol’ fleamarket hunt. As always, there will also be a bunch of food trucks to go with the hunting, and a few spots to get a drink. The industrial, multi-storey setting always makes for a funky spot to spend your evening browsing, eating and drinking.
Recommended if you like: shopping in the moon light, hanging around the brewery, unique locations, bargaining for a t-shirt, sandwiches from food trucks, sustainable living, the thrill of the flea market hunt
Get noisy to hits of the last 10 years
When: SAT, May 26, 9:50pm–6am
Where: The Loft
Entry: 1€ < 10pm, 5€ < 11:30pm > 7€
As always on the fourth Saturday of every month, Noisey Austria with the 2010s Club will be throwing one hell of a party. With two floors – one playing all the best Hip Hop and R’n’B from the last 8 years and a Radio Floor, playing all the usual classics you get from the Radio – there is sure to be at least one song to get you off the bar stool and dancing. Even if you are chatting up a pretty boy or girl.
Recommended if you like: Justin Beiber, parties across two floors, hot line bling, drake, Gangnam Style, harlem shake, twerking, giving eyes across the dancefloor that say,’ I’m down, dirty and kinky’ (we can only imagine what these eyes look like)
A party to celebrate the Progressive party Crew
When: SAT, May 26, 11pm–7am
Where: Grelle Forelle
Entry: 10€ early bird, 16€ pre-sale (Aurin Shop), 19€ on the night
Celebrating 10 years of dishing out Electronic and Trance Parties, this Saturday, the Progressive Selection, will be making sure it’s a night to remember. They have teamed up with the record label, Iono, who will be bringing some of their finest artists to bolster the Progressive Crew, and help them fill out the 14 DJ slots across two floors at Grelle Forelle.
Recommended if you like: grungy locations, sweating on the dancefloor, raving, glowsticks, dancing really, really fast, Electronic, Trance, underground clubbing in Berlin, doing kinky things in dark corners of a club, wearing rather large underwear when clubbing
The Big Issue party series returns at fluc
When: SAT, May 26, 11pm–6am
Where: Fluc + Fluc Wanne
Once again, the Malefiz party crew will grace the stage, with their regular DJs and irregular beats. This night is designed for those that love to dance. This DJ crew blasts out a special blend of Electro-Pop-Dance music, which will no doubt inspire some pretty damn crazy moves on the dancefloor.
Recommended if you like: Electro-Pop-Dance Music, special blend, PG Tips, dancing, meeting fellow dance enthusiasts, dancing on stage, doing the wheelbarrow on the dancefloor, doing the U-Turn or Gangham style to freak people out
A heartfelt Australian Singer Songwriter
When: SAT, May 26, 8pm–1am
Where: Theater Akzent
Entry: 31.40–39.10€, available here
Australian Singer Songwriter, Scott Matthew, has been around the block, so to speak. Last Month, he released his latest solo album, fittingly titled Ode to Others. The album, is a melancholic and charming homage to love, whether it be for family members, people around him, or a heartfelt outpouring to victims of tragedy. Pack tissues.
Recommended if you like: Australians, Singer Songwriters that can make you cry, packing tissues for a concert, seriously moving concerts, bearded men with emotions, putting a shrimp on the barbie, randomly licking people’s earholes, getting strange on the dancefloor
A walk to discover the abstract side of nature
Photo Walk – Abstrakte Natur
When: SAT, May 26, 2:30pm–4:30pm
Where: Kunst Haus Wien
Entry: 18€ (register here)
Guided by Photographer Christina Werner, you will be led through the Prater where she will explain to you insider stuff about the art of nature photography. Focused and unfocused, bark, leaves and water – all the details of nature – will all be put into focus as she aims to help you push the boundaries between nature and the abstract.
Recommended if you like: photography, going on walks with the camera, getting some guidance with the complexity of a camera, nature, the abstract side of nature, being abstract, hugging trees when nobody is looking
A flea market by women, for women
When: SUN, May 27, 5pm–8pm
Where: MGC Wien
Catch the market thrown by women for women this Sunday. With 200 different stands selling all the second hand fashion items you could probably want and never need, including shoes to hats. And boys, if you’re into that kind of thing, you can get a little something for yourself. All power to you!
Recommended if you like: exclusive flea markets, specialist fleamarkets, lazy weekends, design markets, reading fashion blogs, beanies and t-shirts with witty prints on them, searching for bargains, bargain hunters, the thrill of the flea market hunt
Indie Rock from the mountains
When: SUN, May 27, 7pm–10pm
Entry: 21€ available here
The Salzburg-raised quartet, Please Madame, are no longer some obscure name, and with their newest offering being a lively Indie Rock ode to youth will be sure to beg you to dance. This Sunday, they will be bringing their energy to the WUK’s stage, so be sure to bring yours. Check them out below….
Recommended if you like: Austrian bands, Indie Rock from the mountains, mountain people, a little bit of casual head banging on a Sunday, living on the edge, silly Sundays, taking risks like leaving the house on a Sunday to go out
The end of season highlights reel at the diary slam
When: SUN, May 27, 7pm–9:30pm
The TAGebuch slams have become kinda’ legendary and well-loved over the last few years and this Sunday they’ll be doing a ‘Best of’ edition. If you don’t know what a diary slam is, it’s when a bunch of random people get up on stage and read from their childhood, or adulthood, diary – so come with a sense of humour and the lust for dirty, revealing and intimate stories.
Recommended if you like: highlight reels, catching only the best bits of something, eating only the icing from your cake, getting let in on stranger’s personal thoughts and dreams, laughing at strangers
Viennese Expressionism combined with the stars of Jugendstil
When: January 18 – April 10, 10am–6pm
Where: Leopold Museum
To celebrate the anniversary year of Viennese Modernism, the Leopold Museum has gathered together works of all the main protagonists in the movement, including Klimt and Moser. And they’ve put them up on the wall alongside the world-renowned Expressionists, Gerstl and Kokoschka. To make the exhibition a well-rounded experience, they have also collected outstanding examples of design, from furniture to posters out of the era of the Wiener Werkstätte.
Recommended if you like: Expressionists, Jugendstil, Wiener Werkstätte, art history books, practicing your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, Sucessionists, any of the above listed artists
Exhibition with augmented reality: Unrest After The Storm, by Günter Brus
When: February 2 – August 12
Where: 21er Haus
Entry: 8€ (6€ students)
He’s one of the pioneers of performance art, and his name is Günter Brus. Because it’s his 80th birthday, the Belvedere 21 is currently hosting an exhibition to pay homage to him. In this rather comprehensive retrospective showcase, the museum will shine a light on the Austrian artist’s oeuvre (we’re so sophisticated, aren’t we?!) and the way he uses the body as a canvas, and a screen to critique society. You’ll have time until August to see this exhibition. Plus this exhibition is a super special one because the Belvedere has teamed up with the pioneering augmented reality app, Artivive and an extra dimension to the experience in which you can watch the art come to life.
Recommended if you like: fucking the society (well, not literally, but you know what we mean), being totally against the system except on Tuesdays when you visit your Oma, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, being a fiend for culture
Photo © eSeL.at / Belvedere Wien 2018
Exhibition Opening: The Art of the Viennese Watercolor
When: THU, February 16 (ongoing until May 13)
this exhibition at the Albertina, will put Viennese Watercolor in the spotlight. The Golden Age of this kind of art was during the Biedermeier era (that’s 1815 til 1848, in case you didn’t know, and yes, we had to google it as well). This Thursday will mark the opening day of the exhibition, but you’ll have time til May 13, if you’re interested in this kinda’ art.
Recommended if you like: learning about the place where you live, reading history books that smell like your grandma, wearing striped pyjamas to bed, Sunday strolling through museums, practising your pensive face in the mirror
Photo via Albertina
American painter and photographer
When: ongoing until June 24, 10am–7pm
Where: Kunstforum Wien
Entry: 11/8.50/6€ (available here)
He may not be a household name, but the American photographer and painter, Man Ray, spent much of his artistic career in Paris where he was informally able to influence and take part in the more well-known movements like the Dada and Surrealists. On display will be a variety of his painting and his photography, showing just how impressively varied the man was.
Recommended if you like: exploring photography, traveling, politics and art mingling, watching historical documentaries on the couch while only wearing a bath robe, peripheral artists, early trail blazers, American artists, Surrealism, Dada Movement
Celebrating 100 years of Egon Schiele
When: FRI, February 23 – THU, November 4
Where: Leopold Museum
Entry: 13€ (9€ students)
Egon Schiele is a rock star in terms of modernist painters. And his groupies are aplenty. And to honor one of the leading forces in the modernist movement, the Leopold Museum is currently presenting over 40 paintings and 180 works on paper by the very talented Austrian painter. This exhibition will tell the story of how the artist’s work developed, and how he was influenced by other great artists of this period. The museum’s founder, Rudolf Leopold, was a great admirer of Schiele’s radically expressive phase, so it’s more than apt that the gallery holds an exhibition in good old Egon’s name, especially as this year also marks the 100-year-anniversary of Schiele’s death.
Recommended if you like: politics and art mingling, watching historical documentaries on the couch while only wearing a bathrobe, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, art history books, practicing your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art
Photo via Leopold Museum, Wien
A celebration of Austria’s architectural great, Mr Wagner
When: March 15 – October 7, 10am–6pm
Where: Wien Museum
It’s been 100 years since the renowned architect, Otto Wagner died, and the Wien Museum is celebrating the man who left so many marks on Vienna. Built from the vision of his own planned, ‘City Museum,’ the museum has thrown together a comprehensive exhibition. In his day, Wagner divided opinion and was controversial as he did bold things which disregarded tradition and embraced new designs of the future. Today, his work that can be seen all over the city is very much loved. This exhibition will give you a fascinating insight into the work of this prolific architect and designer.
Recommended if you like: design and architecture, studying how a structure is built, drawing your straight lines free hand, buildings of Vienna, the U6 line, talking about architecture for hours at house parties, the idea of seeing the behind the scenes of your city