Change is in the air: The days are getting longer, those chirping birds are back, and the first flowers are showing their heads. This can only mean one thing – March, and with that the official beginning of spring, is just around the corner!
Here are 13 tips on how to make the most out of March in Vienna:
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A 7-day festival dedicated to the feminist fight
When: THU–WED, March 1–7
Where: various locations
Entry: free! Some events require a ticket or registration, check here
The festival focused on the good feminist fight is happening from this Thursday until the following Wednesday, with more than 50 events happening in locations all over town! The unique Rrriot festival is all about heating up the discourse around feminism and sexism. Museums, galleries, cinemas, clubs, co-working spaces, as well as other cultural-political and feminist initiatives, will be playing host to a broad spectrum of talks, workshops, panel discussions, tours, and shows – all about feminism. Find more info and the full program here.
Plus: Business Riot (women* only) is offering lectures and workshops on gender pay gap and inequality in the job market. The conference is happening from March 8–10 and offers more than 40 workshops and discussion.
Recommended if you like: feminism and equality, fighting for your rights, inspirational events, meeting great people, talks and discussions, learning something new, adding a few solid arguments to your feminism discussions being part of the movement trying to drag the world into the 21st century and into the future
And you thought you knew porn? This festival will teach you otherwise
When: March 1–4, check out the program, here.
Where: Various locations. Check out the program, here.
Entry: Varies. Check out the details, here.
The title of this festival may have had you doing a double take. Yes, this is a festival dedicated to porn. But don’t go thinking this is something just for some old perv’ who sits in front of his laptop in nothing but his boxer shorts getting off to some free porn. Porn is so much more than this (too) graphic image, and this festival is here to tell you all about it. The slogan of the festival is ‘blurring the lines between art, sexuality and cinema,’ and this is exactly what it aims to do. The program is packed with erotic art exhibitions, a few parties, and, of course, screenings of pornography films, from short movies to documentaries that will educate on many of the issues surrounding the porn scene, and feature films that bring porn to an artistic level. As an example, one film’s plot is about ‘Marla and Simone who are madly in love but struggle financially. So they start producing cam sex porn videos for money.’ So for those with an open mind, this one’s for you. And for those that still think ‘porn’ or sex are dirty words, get over it, open your mind and check this unique festival out. There’s nothing wrong with pornography, well, the good and ethically made porn, anyway.
Plus: there will also be some sort of tour, or quest happening across the city in which you can discover some of the erotic art etc. on our sweet city’s streets! Check out the info, here.
Recommended if you like: trying something different, watching porn, a porn with a plot, having sexual intercourse as often as you can, the erotic side of life, being an open-minded individual, the idea of learning more about the artistic side of pornography
Part festival, part market full of all things music related
When: SAT–SUN, March 3–4 | SAT: 10am–11pm, SUN: 10am–6pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: day ticket 7.50€, evening/concert ticket 12€, weekend pass 12€, all available here
The old Ottakringer brewery will be transforming into a temple for all things music and vinyl on the first weekend of this month. Pulling out all the stops, they not only have a mega line-up of some of Austria’s finest Indie and DJ artists performing in the evening, but they have also rustled up a mega market of all things music-related. Whether you are after vinyls and CDs, posters, or just browsing, or munching your way through the food trucks, you’ll find it all at this market for music-lovers. Oh, and there is a pre-‘festival’ (market) party at DasBACH on Friday to get you in the mood.
Recommended if you like: having an impressive vinyl collection, the true sound of music, wearing Converse with trousers so tight people question how you got into them, boys with long hair and arab straps, leather jackets, collection vinyl
A film festival dedicated to the animated cinematic art of female artists
When: WED–SUN, March 7–11, 7pm–10pm
Where: Metro Kinokulturhaus
Entry: 9€ (8€students), reserve via email@example.com
The middle of March marks International Women’s Day, and around this date, the Tricky Women festival will be taking place at the Metro Kinokulturhaus. At the centre of this festival is the showcasing of awesome animated movies made by women. This year’s special focus will be on animated documentaries. The cool thing about this film festival is that besides screening movies that make you go ‘wow!’, there’ll also be workshops and lectures on the topic. For detailed info, check the program here. And take a look at the trailer for the festival, here:
Recommended if you like: feminism and equality, fighting for your rights, inspirational events, adding a few solid arguments to your feminism discussions, red velvet seats, popcorn, reading philosophy books instead of magazines, festivals that keep you out for three days in a row, escaping the cold by going to the cinema,
Celebrate equality on International Women’s Day
International women’s day is not just about celebrating the contribution women make to the human race, but it’s actually a day to remind us to keep up the fight for equality between the sexes, and women’s rights. What began as a holiday celebrated by mainly communist and socialist countries, this has become a day recognised across the globe in the calendar. There will be events happening around the city in Vienna to help people come together and live by the purpose of the day: to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
Keep an eye out for our guide on how to celebrate International Women’s Day in Vienna.
A..ummmm…different kind of Viennese ball
When: SAT, March 10, 9pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: 45 € (you can get them cheaper if you buy them before, here)
The tagline of this event is ‘tradition meets the future at a ball with bass.’ And that pretty much sums it up. This crazy night of Techno in the grungy and industrial halls of the old Ottakringer brewery will be offering up 4 floors to dance like mad to the finest Techno beats. The dress code still applies so come dressed fancy in suits and gowns, and some people even paint their faces. And there will be a Techno cocktail to kick things off at 8pm.
Recommended if you like: Techno that leaves your ears ringing, the idea of going nuts to electro music like you’re in a club while wearing a fancy suit or dress, being at all the big parties in the city, living dangerously
A festival that honors bread
When: SAT, March 10, 9am–7pm
Where: Kursalon Hübner
Entry: 10€ pre-sale, get them here (free for kids younger than 12)
The one and only Viennese festival dedicated to the humble bread is back at Kursalon Hübner this Saturday for the third time, and will be showing off the skills of 34 bakers (and maybe some handsome buns!), including some coming all the way from Italy and Slovakia for the festival. A small market will offer up all kinds of bread, while a stage show will tell you everything there is to know about baked stuff. Also, there will be a temporary bakehouse showing the bakers at their craft. Upstairs, you’ll be able to buy all the ingredients and tools you need to bake your own bread at home so you become a famous baker and are the invited special guest at next year’s bread festival.
Plus: get 1kg of baker’s flour for free when you leave
Recommended if you like: bread and baking, eating bread, the smell of freshly baked goods, learning something new, sharing your passion with other people, meeting your favourite bakers in real life and acting like a bakery groupie, finding crumbs in the most unexpected places
The big design market Edelstoff is back
When: SAT–SUN, March 10–11 | SAT: 11am–8pm, SUN: 11am–6pm
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 4€ (both days with stamp, kids free)
Edelstoff market is back with an early spring market edition this weekend. We still remember our time at the last Edelstoff Designmarkt fondly – we were greedily munching our way through the different street food stands while looking at some damn hip design, art and jewellery. Multitasking is a glorious thing. We like that even though there’s always a big, young crowd at Edelstoff, it never gets too full or stressful. The market will also feature the traditional hoard of food trucks to splurge at, while they also have some neat DJ tunes in the background to urge on your hedonistic urges.
Tip: This time, the design market will take place at the cattle-shed-turned-event-venue, Marx Halle, for the first time, which in itself is a place worth visiting.
Recommended if you like: alternative markets, young designers, beard glitter, filling your wardrobe with unique fashion, quirky prints, enjoying some great food truck food, hip people, see and be seen, tote bags, tattoos and big hats
Catch one of the Scots best exports (besides the fried mars bar) on stage
When: TUE, March 13, 7pm
Entry: 39.90€, get your tickets here
The lads out of Scotland have brought out a whole new bunch of tunes on their new album Ascending Waves and this has sent them touring around Europe, and yep, they’ll be dropping by Vienna. In that strange round ball of a concert venue, the Gasometer, the boys will be letting loose on stage while you do on the dancefloor. Have a listen if you need a dose of their sound for inspiration:
Recommended if you like: Indie Pop Rock, getting sweaty in a moshpit, having your toes sucked, going to atleast concert a month, wearing sneakers, playing air guitar while in your underwear while seeing ‘Sooo if you love me!’
Grab a pint of green beer or Guinness and celebrate the Irish!
When: the actual St Patrick’s Day is on SAT, March 17 (check out our guide to Paddy’s day, here)
Where: Various locations
Singing, dancing without moving your arms, a green pint or two – it’s St Paddys day again and considering it’s on a Saturday this year, it’s safe to assume this year will be one big Craic! With Vienna really getting into the celebration, there’s plenty of ways to go green (literally – if ya’ drink like the Irish, you’ll be going green by 2am) be Irish, and celebrate St Patrick’s Day (Saturday, March 17, 2018) in Vienna. Plenty of bars throw parties, there’s a parade every year and they light Vienna’s Riesenrad (ferris wheel) up in green! Plenty of fun madness is happening on this day and you can find out all about it in our guide to St Patrick’s in Vienna.
Recommended if you like: a pint of Guinness with your fish and chips, a good Craic, being Irish, pretending you’re Irish and trying your Irish accent out on others, Oscar Wilde, all things in Irish
Spotlight is shined on Klimt, Moster, Schiele and more
Spend some time with Vienna’s greatest hits in art
Where: various locations
Celebrating a century at the heart of the modernist movement, Vienna is putting on quite a show this year. It’s the anniversary year of Viennese Modernism, and many galleries are doing impressive things with exhibitions spotlighting the main protagonists of the movement. There’s the Leopold Museum who 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 from the era of the Wiener Werkstätte. Or you can head for the “Klimt Bridge” at the Kunst Historisches Museum, or the pioneering Virtual Exhibition in the MAK, Klimt’s Magic Garden. This is a special time to marvel at the incredibly creative masterpieces done by these super creative individuals during what was a grand time for art.
Recommended if you like: Expressionists, Jugendstil, Wiener Werkstätte, art history books, practicing your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, Secessionists, any of the above listed artists
Witness the Art history museum taken over by the power of nature
When: Check out the exhibition showings, here.
Where: Kunsthistorische Museum
A very special exhibition is going down in the art history museum this month and beyond (it begins on the 7 March) which has nature taking over the opulent halls of the museum. You have to buy one of the tickets for one of the exclusive appointments at which you can catch the exhibition.This is part of the highly successful exhibition series, Ganyemed. 13 stations will position nature as the main actress in this art performance and show it in all its opulence and violence. Find more details, here.
Recommended if you like: art, exclusive art events, being one of the few to witness something special, being inspired in a gallery, practising your pensive face in the mirror
Start Easter early with a visit to the Ostermarkt Schönbrunn
When: March 17-April 2, 10am–7pm
Entry: Free entry
The famous Schönbrunn palace and its vast and beautiful garden area are hosting more than 60 market stands offering their handmade and crafted goods and other neat Easter stuff. But if you’re like us, you’ll be more interested in the wine and food on offer that you can consume in an idyllic setting with the palace as your backdrop and the sun on your face (hopefully).
Recommended if you like: outdoor markets, spending the day with the family, buying last minute easter presents, eating and drinking in the daytime, regal settings, sticking up your pinky finger when sipping at your wine, exclaiming now and again spontaneously, ‘Tallyho!’