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 25 awesome things happening this weekend in Vienna:
Eat, drink, dance and repeat the last 2
When: FRI, June 22, 6pm
Where: Grelle Forelle
The waterside club, with the underground club kind of reputation, will return with its event Summer of Food, which combines 2 of the best things in life – a solid party and tasty food! A raft of restaurants and eateries will be popping up at Grelle Forelle’s outside terrace where they’ll be serving up their flavoursome dishes while some DJs get the party started. The atmosphere is always spot on at these warm up events when the weather is fine, so be sure to catch this Friday’s edition… and no leaving before 6am the next day!
Recommended if you like: slapping people in the face with Frankfurters, dirty love-making in dirty public toilets, street food, summer days by the canal, summer cocktail sipping by the water, gin and tonic, laughing like a fat man, being barefoot most of summer
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
House, RnB and 90s disco @ the Volksgarten
When: FRI, August 17, 11pm–6am
With a nice mix of music across the three dance floors of Volksgarten this Friday, there will surely be something to get everyone dancing. There will be House, RnB and 90s classics filling the Volskgarten. It’s bound to be a laugh.
Recommended if you like: outdoor parties, RnB, House, 90s Disco classics, dancing under the stars, going home when the sun is up, waking up in somebody else’s bed, t-shirts with witty sayings on them
Chaos plus Hip Hop equals a party
When: FRI, August 24, 11pm–6am
Join the carnage of this crazy party as VIEiPEE promises not only a serious amount of top quality Hip Hop this Friday night, but also absolute bloody chaos, as well. We would say be careful, or be on your best behaviour, but when the organisers say it shall be chaos than we guess that you don’t really have to heed those calls for calm. Go nuts!
Recommended if you like: going friggin’ mental mate, absolute bloody chaos darling, Hip Hop, joining the carnage, for the bants, NERD, Pharrel Williams, getting down and dirty, dropping and popping right up close and personal with someone’s groin, flat-brimmed baseball caps
Dance the night away with Merkwürdig @ Grelle Forelle
When: FRI, August 24, 6pm–8am
Where: Grelle Forelle
Entry: Free, its kinda in the title
We can always sense when the end of the summer is approaching by what parties are coming up. This Friday will see possibly one of the last ‘Freekends’ (Free weekends) happening at the down and dirty club, Grelle Forelle, so be sure to take advantage. As always, from 6pm there will be food and casual frolics before the DJs of Merkwürdighit the decks and entice you to join them inside with their beats.
Recommended if you like: food, free entry to clubs, long old parties, up-and-coming DJs and Janes, stranger things, celebrating the summer to its absolute fullest, getting up to mischief in the toilets of the opposite sex
Get ready to dance, Latino-style
When: FRI, August 24, 10pm–4am
Where: Aux Gazelles
After a summer break, the Salsa/Bachata, Reggaeton and Latin Hip Hop party is back and ready for you to boogie. This Friday will see the first of a series of parties that will have us dancing right into Autumn.
Recommended of you like: Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton, Latin Hip Hop, grinding your hips right up against a stranger’s, pelvic thrusts, the dark and mysterious eyes of Hispanic peoples, getting all sweaty on the dancefloor, tight trousers and silk shirts that are barely buttoned up and let the chest hair burst out of them
The German Indie Rockers @ Arena
When: FRI, August 24, 8pm–11pm
Where: Arena Wien
Entry: Sold out, but were there is a will…
We know its sold out, but we wouldn’t include it if we didn’t think it was worth having a little look around for tickets. The German five piece band are bringing their Rock/Indie sounds, combined with Sprechgesang, for one of two open air concerts that they are doing this August. Even if you don’t know German, you have to admit, its kind of catchy. Have a listen:
Recommended if you like: German musicians, Rock, Indie, open air concerts, breaking into sold out gigs just to prove to your mates you are exactly as ninja as you claim (or just buying a ticket from somewhere and making up a good story involving a helicopter, tunnel or ninja ropes
Life’s a beach (party)
When: FRI, August 17, 8pm–3:30am
Where: Vienna City Beach Club
If you’re looking for a beach party on a Friday night, Vienna City Beach Club has got you covered! Every Friday, you’ll find a Disco Beach raging on the sands of this chilled bar by the river. Dance away into the night to Pop songs while enjoying one (or more) drink(s). This party is running the whole summer, but this is the last one before the infamous ‘Sommerloch’ so get down and boogie while the people are still here.
Recommended if you like: summer days, wearing your bikini or board shorts to a party, marinating yourself in large quantities of alcohol, wearing your sunglasses at night, parties in unique locations, summer cocktail sipping by the water, gin and tonic, laughing like a fat man, being barefoot most of summer
Blues in a castle setting
When: FRI, August 24, 6:30pm–10pm
Where: Schloss Neugebäude
The Vienna Blues Association will be playing this Friday night in a pretty grand setting.They will be leaving no one with the blues as they perform some classic blues tunes, as well as some of their own creations, in the magnificence that is the castle, Schloss Neugebäude.
Recommended if you like: the blues, live music, associations, velvet jackets and pipes, smokey voices, Chicago blues, hanging out in smokey cellars, cellar door, gigs in castles
Exhibition from the Uruguayan visual artist, Theic
When: THU, August 16, 7pm–10pm
Where: Improper Walls
In his latest artwork, the visual artist from Uruguay, Theic, wants to build a bridge between the painters Juan Manuel Blanes and Gustav Klimt. Both painters are known for portraying their own country, and Theic will show the connection between the two very different cultures. He will also bring his own interpretation to the table. This Thursday, the opening event will be happening, but you can take a look at the Uruguayan artist’s exhibition at Improper Walls until September 8.
Recommended if you like: showing others that you are intellectual just like them, practising your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, getting all philosophical, contemporary art, partying in intimate locations that are so intimate you’re wearing other people’s sweat, making farting sounds with your armpit, free booze at opening nights
Bike ride or skate around the city on Friday night!
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
The end is nigh! So enjoy the horse stables turned event venue, Creau while you still can!
When: SAT, August 25, 4pm–2am
Entry: 7€ < 6pm > 10€
With closing orders imminent, Creau has invited ‘SAM,’ the Vöcklabrucker event crowd, for one last party, making this Saturday the pre-closing party. With live music from 6pm, followed by DJs as well as lots of activities dotted around the site, it would be worth going early just to get a few solid hours of table tennis in, so you can really earn yourself that beer (yes, there is a table tennis table).
Recommended if you like: parties that offer more, celebrating the end of something beautiful, the stables, horsing around, trotting, eating hay, table tennis, live music, finding yourself in a stall, wearing harnesses and bridles, saddling up, riding bareback
A mini wine festival in Stammersdorf
When: SAT–SUN, August 25–26, 2pm–10pm
Where: Stammersdorfer Kellergasse
Cometh hour cometh the man, or in this case, Cometh the Sun, Cometh the wine. This weekend will see another of Stammersdorf’s three little summer wine festivals happening. With stalls lined up on ye’ old Kellergasse, selling everything from wine to honey, it’s the perfect setting for a lovely afternoon amongst the vineyards, with plenty of drinking stations provided to make sure no one is going to get thirsty in the heat.
Recommended if you like: wine, slow food, home grown products, shopping locally, visiting a different district to your normal stomping ground, festivals and markets, food glorious food, being outside, day drinking, a wine festival– Austrian-style
A festival celebrating Youtube cat stars
When: SAT, August 25, 8:30pm–10:30pm
We’re fairly certain this festival needs no selling. But we’ll do it anyway – this Saturday you’ll have the chance to cry with laughter in a film marathon of those beloved cat videos many like to watch for hours on Youtube. With five different CATegories there will be ample fantastic footage of the evil geniuses at their very best. While we in the office are fairly certain cats hate humans and are just waiting to overthrow humanity (if they haven’t already, maybe we are already enslaved and we’re sent to work just to feed them), there is only one thing to do in the face of hate – laugh at it.
Recommended if you like: laughing in the face of evil, joking at hate, laughing at cats and all their furry funniness, humiliating our evil overlords, cats stuck in boxes, watching them beat up dogs much bigger than they are, bingeing on youtube videos, bowing to our true overlords
Summer is here and so are the open air cinemas
When: almost every day in summer
Where: various locations in Vienna
Entry: depends on the location, from 0–10€
Since the dawn of time, stories have been told by humans under the starry sky. In the beginning, it was around a fire where stories were told and acted out in strange dances (we still do that if we’ve had enough to drink). Today, it’s done with popcorn, surround sound, and HD projector screens. Luckily, there are many great spots where you can catch a movie under the skies during summer in Vienna. Here’s a list of where to catch some open air cinema in 2018.
Recommended if you like: popcorn, picnics, romantic dates, lying on your back watching the clouds, making out on a couch in public, reading the romantics
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
Open air Techno party up in the clouds
When: SAT, August 25, 4pm–6am
Where: Schloss Cobenzl
Entry: 15€ available here
Time is ticking at the LuftSchloss Cobenzl until the end of the season, but that ain’t stopping them from throwing a party. This Saturday, they’ll be getting all Electro and Techno on your asses, when they get the German Techno head, Sascha Braemer, on the decks. Check him out below.
Recommended if you like: Electronica, Techno, German DJs, heading outta town for a party because you can’t afford an actual holiday, open air parties, wearing Tracht to Techno parties (it is in the dress code), partying in castles in the sky, food trucks
Free party to get things re-going
When: SAT, Ausgust 25, 11pm–6am
While we are certainly ecstatic that all the clubs are beginning to re-open after their summer holidays, there is a tiny part of us that is screaming, ‘No! We aren’t ready for it to end yet.’ But oh well, the inevitable approaches and this Saturday will see Auslage open its doors just in time for the Gürtelnightwalk, and to begin the run in to Autumn.
Recommended if you like: House, Techno, the Gürtelnightwalk, having somewhere to go after the walk, live music, dancing in the moonlight, mannikins, that weird boat thingy that is on the Gürtel that know one really knows what it is or what it’s for, getting home when the bird’s are waking
Party at a D’n’B night full of surprises
When: SAT, August 25, 11pm–6am
Where: Grelle Forelle
As a thank you to their fan base, Contrast is putting on a night that is part thank you and part, check out what we can do. With 20 different DJs, from 10 different crews – five of whom are surprise international stars – you are bound to be entertained throughout the whole hedonistic evening.
Recommended if you like: Drum and Bass, bass lines that get you skanking like a MOFO, when parties throw you a freebie, big line-ups, surprises, going into a night with absolutely no idea who the DJ is, partying down by the river, going into a toilet cubicle with five mates for a gossip
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
Music and munching your way through food stands at the Rathaus
When: Daily, June 30 – September 2
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 Ballets, 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.
Recommended if you like: opera and ballet on screen, getting drunk with classy wine from Burgenland while watching Swan Lake, cuisine from all around the globe, eating all day long, getting your daily dose of culture while eating like a beast
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
100 years of Austria in pictures
When: Daily, until February 2019, 10am–7pm
Entry: 12/9€ (other deals available check here)
In this photo-journey you’ll find yourself following how all the above in the title developed in Austria from the year 1918 to the present day. The aim is to put the last 100 years of history into a visual format, using the MUMOK’s own collection, and they’ll be filling in the gaps with a few borrowed numbers from various Austrian institutes.
Recommended if you like: photo journalism, using photos to tell stories, you only read books if it has got pictures in it, learning the history of the country where you live, going over your own history, visualisation
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: THU, March 15 – SUN, October 7
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