Ahhh November, so we meet again. You think you can scare us with your grey and cold days? Ha, you can’t fool us – we know your sweet, beautiful side and intend to make the most of it.
Expert tip number one on how to survive November in Vienna: Convince yourself that you are looking forward to rain and grey skies.
If that alone doesn’t do it for you, check out our 14 tips on how to make the most out of November in Vienna:
(Header photo by MMMescalino/ Flickr)
A night of laugh out loud in English
When: TUE, November 8, 8pm–9:45pm
Entry: 17€, get your tickets here
The English Comedy Nights are back this month, and they’ve prepared a kick-ass evening for all of you who’ve had a way too serious summer: Ria Lina – funny woman who’s known for her dry wit and breaking out in the odd song – and and headliner, Pierre Hollins, will take to the stage at the fancy Kulisse, and not leave before all of the guests stomachs hurt from laughter. The comedians have already spread fun around the globe on stage. So, to put it short, if you feel like you can use a good laugh on a random November Tuesday, join these fellows and the rest will follow.
Recommended if you like: laughing so hard you snort a little, when your stomach hurst from laughing, when somebody’s laugh is funnier than their jokes, comedy shows, fun things to do with friends during the week
Get crazy dancing to Klezmer at a festival dedicated to the energetic dance
When: 4–9 November
Where: Various locations around Vienna. See the program, here.
You know that energetic sound of music that floats over to us from the Jewish people of Eastern Europe now and again known as Klezmer? If you don’t, you haven’t lived…well, danced. And if you do, you’ll know how energetic this instrument filled music can be and how it can be to dance to. And there’s a whole festival of it coming to Vienna this month! Local and international Klezmer ensembles will be filling venues all around town with the good vibes music. Get a taste of it, here:
Recommended if you like: big band music, traveling, dancing like a crazy at a concert, Yiddish, global sounds
Books, books and more books at the Vienna book festival!
Buch Wien 2017
When: WED–SUN, November 8–12
Where: Messe Wien + several locations around town
Entry: 10€ per day
Book enthusiasts and passionate readers are once again spoiled by choice at this international book fair happening over 4 story-filled days at the Messe Wien and 32 other locations around the city. The organisers promise the event to be bigger and better than last year, and more international than ever! So pack your reading glasses and warm up your fingers for some serious page-turning this month. There is a total of 451 readings and discussion so you might want to plan ahead and choose whatever sparks your interest. If you feel extra motivated, go crazy and join the opening event, the so-called ‘Long Night of Books’ that starts at 7:30pm and goes on until midnight, on the first day of the fair.
Recommended if you like: meeting the person behind the text, asking insider questions about stories you’ve read, getting your books signed, nodding intelligently during a talk you understand very little of, books, book clubs
Go hunting at the flea markets
There’s a couple of flea markets happening in November that deserve you attention. Check them out below:
When: SUN, November 12
Where: Turnhalle – Brick-5
A favourite amongst those who know it, the flea market at Brick-5’s Turnhalle offers a couple of halls packed with young, hip and sexy lads and lasses like us trying to sell off their old stuff. And while that may not sound like an attractive offering, remember ye’ old saying – one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. There’s typically cake and coffee on offer here, but we’d recommend slipping into the new cafe occupying the ex-gym space, Turnhalle cafe. Check out our review of it, here.
When: SUN, November 12
Tingel-ly, tangel-y – it’s time for another flea market from the Tingel Tangel crowd at the very funky location – horse stable turned event venue – Creau. Wander through the ex-horse stables of this place from stand to stand of second hand stuff, while doing that sexy little waggly thing you do with your butt. Happy flea market hunting!
Recommended if you like: sustainable living, people with bushy eyebrows, wearing socks during love making, being a child of the 90ies or 2000s
Catch the multitude of magnificent music concerts happening
It appears that November is the month of music. Besides the music festivals happening throughout the month, there’s a mega line-up of concerts happening (most crowding around the first half of the month). Here’s a few we highly recommend you treat your ears too:
When: THU, November 8
Sounds like: like drifting away on a dream, good running music, dramatic, indie-pop, slow dancing really close and intimate like until you break off each other and dance around like lunatics
When: SAT, November 4
Entry: 39–44€ (Buy tickets, here)
Sounds like: music to jump around to, dirty guitar riffs, music to muck about to, Brit’ indie rock
When: WED, November 8
Entry: 42.70€ (Buy tickets, here)
Sounds like: like a badass, rap, music with words you should listen to, hip hop to put one hand up in the arm to and bounce, A touch of RnB
When: WED, Nov 15
Entry: 59€ (Get tickets, here)
Sounds like: music to breakdance to, music to pull some bendy dance moves to, disco and pop, sugar and spice, feel good music, lots of bass
When: THU, November 2
Sounds like: a one-of-a-kind that they make up as they go along, pop, electro, hip hop, and whatever other music genre they can fit in there, music to get your butt out to and start bouncing from side to side
When: WED, November 8
Sounds like: like the echo of waves crashing against rocks, something from the past that makes you nostalgic, guitar strumming, music you can gaze out from a mountain’s peak from with a deep and thoughtful expression on your face
Increase your tolerance for wasabi at this quirky Sushi Festival
When: FRI–SUN, November 10–12
Food enthusiasts have a lot to discover at this raw fish focused festival. We tend to think the word of the weekend will be “experimental” since the organizers plan to showcase this Japanese delicacy in unexpected forms – as burritos, as donuts or muffins – just to name a few! While we are not sure how we feel about that, and we are firm believers that less is more, especially when it comes to minimalistic dishes such as the sushi, we are not saying Vienna’s Sushi Festival is not worth a visit. We expect to be at least surprised, if not amazed by the sushi creations on offer. Oh yeah, and, as every true, hardcore sushi festival, they will have a kids area with face-painting and balloon animals (not: high levels of sarcasm present).
Recommended if you like: raw fish, rice, extra ingredients on your sushi, experiments, concepts mixing up, balloon animals, clowns, wasabi
A film festival exploring and supporting the queer* minorities
When: THU–FRI, November 9–17, 7pm–12am
Entry: 7€ regular ticket (6.50€ students), 49€ 8-ticket pack, 100€ festival pass
With a focus on films for, by, and about Queer* minorities the international Queer Minorities Film Festival will take place at the Schikaneder. Support this movement and these people fighting for acceptance, make their voices heard, and resist the growth of anti-minority sentiment lurking around the place. You can find more information on the programme here!
Recommended if you like: showing support for a cause, movie marathons, being proud and queer, boys who like girls who like girls who like boys and so on, dreaming of a world in which gender diversity is a norm’, watching movie after movie until you get square eyes, red velvet seats, popcorn
A kick-ass indie design festival
When: FRI—SUN, November 17–19
It’s the indie creative designer’s scenes time to shine in the middle of this month again as the city’s big-ass designer market sets up shop in the industrial setting of the Ottakringer Brauerei. Over 200 stands will have a cute seller behind it, dealing in all kinds of crazy cool design stuff, from fashion, to jewellery to artisan food products. And the cluster of food trucks will be parked out front like always. Oh, not to mention the workshops that will be happening also as part of the market. Get you’re hard deets’ here.
Recommended if you like: indie design, being one of a kind, hipster beards, sleeve tattoos, buying local, getting inspired
Get goose – it’s Martinigansl time!
A tradition that sprang way back from a saint’s feast day sees people flocking to Gasthäuser (traditional Austrian taverns) to dine on delicious, succulent roasted goose. Martinigansl is a traditional dish of roasted goose accompanied typically by potato dumplings and Rotkraut. Get goose or go home this month (except you vegetarians and vegans… you guys, just ignore this tip altogether)
We recommend getting your goose at the following restaurants
Gasthaus Wild: Radetzkyplatz 1, 1030
Ottakringer Landhaus: Albrechtskreithgasse 38, 1160
Meixner’s Gastwirtschaft: Buchengasse 64, 1100
Rearrange your wardrobe to winter mode, and bring out that wooly jumper!
We might not necessarily be fond of the cold, but we do love our reindeer-motifed, wooly jumpers, our comfy thick socks and hats and our knitted underwear. While rearranging your closet sounds boring, it can actually be quite fun. Say “Hellllooo” to winter in style!
Tip: Put on your favourite music while doing it!
Welcome to a world where animals live happy lives and humans only eat veggies!
When: FRI–SUN, November 24–26
Entry: day ticket Friday = 10€, day ticket Saturday & Sunday = 15€
Veganism is a big thing in this country, and the lifestyle is becoming more and more popular as more and more people come to understand that good tasty food can also come minus the meat. Nearing the end of this month, vegans and all of those interested can learn and explore more about the Vegan lifestyle at the fair happening within the fancy halls of the MAK. Vegan Planet Wien is all about exhibiting the ways of a healthy and mindful lifestyle. There will be vegan products galore on show, workshops (including cooking!) and yoga sessions. If you want more info. about what will be happening over the weekend, check out the website.
Recommended if you like: living mindfully and purposefully, cauliflower steaks, the idea of learning more about veganism, moaning like you’re having an orgasm when you bite into a fresh and organic carrot, animals – big and small, opening your mind
Hello dark-indie-folk music, our old friend
When: THU–SAT, November 23–25
Where: Porgy & Bess
Entry: Day Pass €34, Festival Pass €83
Ah, November, nothing can make you more melancholic and cosy than the strings of guitars playing through heart-felt indie singer-songwriters music. Join this well established autumn highlight for 3 nights of indie folk tunes that will speak straight to your melancholic hearts. The dark and intimate interior of Porgy & Bess will host 13 national and international artists (check out the program, here) that will awaken the blue bird inside you. And while we totally made that one up and don’t know what it means, we still advise you to check out the line-up here and then rush to get your ticket organised, here.
Recommended if you like: The cold November rain, singer-songwriters, indie folk, high-brow audiences, niche stuff, small festivals, blue birds
Defrost your nipples with a mug of Glühwein at a Christmas market
Imagine this: you’re so cold your nipples (that have formed icicles at their tips) could poke out the eye of the person across from you, then you wrap your frozen hands around a cup of Glühwein while standing amidst the lights and smells of one of Vienna’s kick-ass Christmas markets (keep an eye out for our list of our favourite Vienna Christmas markets). Whether Punsch or Glühwein is your choice of poison, this is a must for November and December in Vienna.
A film festival with a unique focus: Human Rights
When: November 30 – December 10
Where: various locations, check the program, here.
This is Vienna’s 2nd largest film festival and one that comes with a plenty of powerful messages in powerful films that will have you thinking about the big wide world. This Human World presents more than 100 documentary and fictional feature films, short films, animations and experimental films dealing with human rights issues, in 11 days. Films that aim to encourage people to scrutinise and re-examine their views and raise awareness about human rights and our responsibilities as fellow humans. Don’t keep going on about how the world’s turning to shit on your Facebook feed – get educated at this fascinating festival.
Recommended if you like: trying to understand issues bigger than you, being an active and responsible world citizen, being a film fanatic, watching documentaries