Hey, hey! We’ve selected the very best of what’s happening in Vienna this week so you can spend less time working out what to do, and spend more time making the most out of this city… and life.
Check out below the 26 awesome things happening this week in Vienna:
Catch a few snack-sized films
When: July 4 – September 1 (every THU & FRI, even if the weather turns bad, check out the program, here.)
Entry: pay as much 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 200 short films on their program, but they certainly live up to their name as a festival. Meaning, there are also lots of side events happening through the festival, including workshops and talks on the short form of cinema. This year’s focus is all about breaking down barriers and inclusiveness. 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 program will leave you thinking ‘…’
To make things short, check out the program, here.
Walking for Mandela
When: TUE, July 18, 5pm–8pm
In honour of the great man Nelson Mandela’s birthday, SADOCC have invited us all to join them on a walk from Hannah–Arendt–Platz to Nelson Mandela Platz this Tuesday. Along the way, there will be readings, music and contributions detailing the life and fight of Nelson Mandela.
Recommended if you like: walking, walking for human rights, promoting human rights, humans, readings, learning, change, south africa, nelson mandela, kid freindly, living green, reading rather large books
Corinthian BBQ at a Bacon Bar
When: THUR, July 20, 6pm–9pm
Entry: Free (you pay for what you eat though!)
If there is one thing we have learnt about the people from Corinthia, it is that they love their food (especially their organic food ), the great outdoors and grilling… oh, and beer. They love a cheeky tipple. Therefore, this Thursday, you can be guaranteed that there will be super food, and chilled vibes in the centre of the city at a little BBQ some Corinthians will be hosting. Plus, anywhere that is called the ‘bacon bar’ must be worth a visit if you haven’t already).
Recommended if you like: bacon, bacon stripes and bacon stripes, Corinthians, organic food, BBQs, grillin’ and chillin’, beer, meat feasts, sausage parties, beer (and wait, did we already say that?)
Wine tasting at Supersense
When: TUE, 18 July, 7pm–11:30pm
Entry: 89€, register via firstname.lastname@example.org
The cafe/ bar set in a palatial-style building, Supersense, is hosting a wine tasting night this Tuesday. Eleven red and white wines will be tasted by the connoisseurs of the good life. Of course, quality wine goes hand in hand with quality food and good company. This is a really cool location, which always makes for a good event.
Recommended if you like: wine, feeling French, tasting different drinks, chilled evenings, wine tastings, popping corks, wine talk
A grand Veggie restaurant opening
When: TUE, July 18, 4pm–7pm
Get yourself onto Facebook and like the Veggiezz page, and then say you are attending the event and you will win! If you count free food as winning that is. Oh, and also homemade lemonade and ginger sekt will be part of your prize. This is all in the name of their grand opening this Tuesday. Winner, winner, vegan dinner!
Recommended if you like: free meals, taster menus, free sect, grand openings, vegan stuff, tofu, vegetarian stuff, something different, free food, the Vegan life
A improv reggae ska band on stage
When: TUE, July 18, 7pm–10pm
Where: Arena Wien
Entry: 34,99€ – standing, 108,49€ – soundcheck experience, 160,99€ –Delux VIP (get ’em here)
Apparently, these guys are famous in their own right, however we only really know them from that five people, one guitar cover they did, among other interesting covers they do with weird and wonderful bits and bobs and uncommon interest like children’s toys, like this one…
Check this Canadian independent alternative rock, ska, and reggae rock band from Burlington, Ontario out on Tuesday night.
Recommended if you like: cover bands, ska, random instruments, walking off the earth, canadians, five pieces, live music, show–boaters, rock, reggae, pop, folk
US Indie band at the Fluc
When: TUE, July 18, 8pm–11pm
Where: Fluc + Fluc Wanne
Entry: 25€ (get ’em here)
With 20 years of experience under their belts (the majority of which has been spent under no commercial pressure) Of Montreal, have been able develop their brand of lo–fi indie pop at their own pace. The results fall beautifully into a melodic mix of Bowie, Prince and the Beatles Sgt Pepper.
Recommended if you like: veterans, indie, indie pop, live music, intimate venues, cross-dressing, un–commercialised indie pop, lolli–pops, pop–sicles
Midweek Madness – Techno Tuesdays
When: TUE, July 18, 11pm–6am
Entry: 5€ until 11:30pm, 8€ until 12am, 11€ thereafter
Like all decent techno DJs, Gregor has a unique blend – a delicate blend of techno and melody, which he enhances with old instruments whose ability to drift out of tune add an extra bit of panache to his sound, apparently. If anything, it is a really good excuse to get messy on a Tuesday. Midweek madness is a delight, only experienced by the free and wild.
Recommended if you like: techno, midweek madness, tipsy Tuesdays, partying under bridges, messing about by the river, partying when you want
Veteran soul singer on stage
When: WED, July 19, 7pm–10pm
Entry: 29€ (get ’em here)
Jamie Lidell is somewhat of a veteran in his field, and a bit of a one-off in this day in age. While the hype around soul singers in the last 15 years or so was focused solely on the females, he was ploughing on with his own vibe. The results of his dogged hard work will be available for all to see this Wednesday in the funky setting of the WUK. Check it out:
recommended if you like: live music, soul, British soul, trumpets, pharaohs, tutenkhamun, veterans in their field, British people’s accents
The dinosaurs are back for a one-time-only concert in WUK
When: THUR, July 20, 7pm–12am
Where: WUK, Währinger Str. 59, 1090
Entry: 36€, get tickets here
The US rockers, Dinosaur Jr will take to the stage Thursday at WUK. Their band released their first three albums during their initial run in the 80s and got back together in the 2005, releasing their fourth album thereafter. Prepare yourself for a truely rocky ride. Have a listen:
Recommended if you like: rock, going crazy on Thursdays, rockin’ on, long haired rockers, leather jackets, catching US bands when they’re in town
Vintage swing and rock party
When: WED, May 10, 8pm—1am
Shake your booty vintage style on a modern hipster rooftop. On Wednesday, the 25 Hours Hotel will be receiving DJ King D who will be performing a mix with 7 inch vinyl records. Combining swing, rock, R&B – all of them released 25 years ago.
Recommended if you like: shaking your booty, going vintage, thick glasses with thick beards, using a typewriter instead of a mac
Start your week with a smile and a hop
When: MON, July 17, 8pm–1am
Where: Volksgarten pavilion, Volksgarten, 1010
The IG HOP swing dance group will throw their swinging party series on Monday night – Fruity Hop at Volksgarten Pavillon. Start the Monday with a smile and dance to the funky electro swing rhythms from Dj Horner. People that go to this party really know how to dance. But don’t be intimidated if you are just starting out. They’re a welcoming bunch that will be happy to show you the moves.
Recommended if you like: dancing on Mondays, garden parties, good vibes, nice music, being a bohemian at heart, living in the 1920s, polka dots
It’s finally time…to dance
When: THUR–SUN (and daily after that), July 13–August 13
As one of the largest festivals for contemporary dance and performance worldwide, the ImPulsTanz festival also organises one of the most legendary parties in the city. When all the dancing ends, and the sun goes down, the festival lounge located in the unique location of the Burgtheater opens its doors and start pumping out some of the most danceable tracks there are. On top of this, ImPulsTanz social will be hosting two festival parties which are not to be missed. Cody ChesnuTT, Violetta Parisini & the band, DJ Kormac, DJ DSL, Sofa Surfers & The Bandaloop are few of the artists listed for this year. Don’t miss the chance to get to know a few new dancing steps straight from the pro dancers (who you’ll often be sharing the dance floor with throughout the festival.
Recommended if you like: partying in unique locations, Impulstanz parties, quality free parties, summer parties, getting to know some new dance steps while a little tipsy
A weekly swing-a-ding party
When: WED, July 19, 8pm–1am
Where: 25hours Hotel, Lerchenfelder Str. 1-3, 1070
Style, passion and quality – this is the recipe with which DJ King D claims he approaches his time with the DJ decks. You might also know him from such parties as – Cirque Rouge in Volkstheater or the Tarantino Lounge in U4. This party combines RnB, swing, rock’n’roll and vintage sounds with a great roof top view.
Recommended if you like: dancing in pairs, exchanging partners ;), vintage events, music played on vinyl, turning back time, wearing a fedora, sliding between somebodies legs (not like that you perverted sex maniac 😉
Game of Thrones night in Vienna
When: MON, July 17, 8pm–10pm
Where: UCI Kinowelt Millennium City
Winter is coming and its got to be the 1st time somebody has read this sentence, and got excited. That’s right, we’re talking GOT. The 7th season of the fantasy drama television series, Game of Thrones, is finally here! And for the first episode, UCI kinowelt will be screening it on the big screen. Just after the official release in the US, the movie will be screened in English and German, with UCI kinowelt preparing two cinema halls for the big day. Tickets will be given on a first come, first serve basis from 6pm, so make sure you get there early enough.
Recommended if you like: fantasy drama series, Game of thrones, complicated family relations, twisting plots, unexpected denouements, kings and queens, dragons, khaleesi, winter in the mid of the summer, John Snow, fantasising about John Snow and Kaleesi sloppy making out in a club
After work drinks at Albertina
When: WED, July 12, 6pm–11pm
Where: Albertina Museum
Like every year, Albertina celebrates the coming of the summer season with style and invites all of Vienna’s creative and creative-looking characters to do the same on their terrace with their Wednesday event, Albert & Tina. Be sure to enjoy this event series at least once this year, which is a mixture of art, music and classy drinks in the scenic location. It will be happening again this Wednesday. This year’s theme is WEIBLICHKEIT, so don’t forget to put on your sexiest dress, Audrey Hepburn style. The ladies with a strong sound, Madamme Fleischer and NESTA, will be taking care of the beats this week for the 6th edition.
Recommended if you like: chilled events with good music and quality drinks, being chic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, art and making out with art lovers
Summer Afterwork party at Le Jardin
When: THUR, July 20, 6pm–2 am
Where: Cafe Francais Stadtpark
After its opening on the 22nd of June, Cafe Francais Stadtpark will be throwing their second big chill out event from the series Le Jardin Sommer Afterwork. Days are long, sunsets are colorful, nights are starry and after work, drinks in a pretty Schanigarten is a must. There will be beats, booze and tasty French food to feast on.
Recommended if you like: “The secret garden” book, after work chill, being bourgeoisie, classy drinks, feeling yourself as a good life connoisseur, laughing in a exaggerated way even when you don’t find something funny
The life, love of music and legend of John Coltrane
When: MON, July 17, 8:30pm–12am
It’s been fifty years since the American jazz saxophonist and composer, John Coltrane, passed away. In his honour, for the first time in Vienna, Gartenbaukino will be screening the documentary from 2016, Chasing Trane. The documentary represents the life, love of music and legend of the influential musician. After the screening, DJ Samir KÖCK will transform the foyer of Cafe Drechsler into a jazz club for the after party. Selected records and posters of John Coltrane will be on sale, supported by Universal Music.
Recommended if you like: jazz legends, documentaries, saxophonist, great American musicians, stocking the life of others, honor people who made change, the sound of the sax’
A meet-up for Expats
When: THU, July 20, 6pm – 11pm
Where: Beaver Brewing Company
The group, Vienna expats are back again at the craft beer and burger temple, Beaver Brewing Company, for their July meetup. What top expect at this event? Well, beer brewed by the bar itself, good American-style food, and casual people with a chilled attitude and an openness to meet other internationals in the city.These meetups alwaysa attract a very welcoming crowd.
Recommended if you like: meeting new folks, living away from home, American food, craft beer, being an expat
Art Garfunkel and his team put on a show
When: TUE, 18 July, 7pm–12am
Where: Wiener Konzerthaus
Entry: 59,90€–89,90€, get tickets here
Vienna is one of the 30 stops in the tour of the singer, poet, teacher and actor with a cult following, Art Garfunkel. On his world tour called ‘In Close Up’, Mr Garfunkel will be on stage with his guitarist, Tab Laven, and the keyboarder, Dave Mackay. Highlights of his solo music career include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, six Grammys, including the lifetime achievement award and introducion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Enjoy a night with this one-of-a-kind folk rock musician.
Recommended if you like: legendary singers, American folk music, singing as loud as you can on concerts while the performance of the artists, going old schools, knitted cardigans and suit vests
A powerful dance performance
When: WED–FRI, July 19–21, 7pm–9:30pm
Where: Theater Odeon
The Austrian choreographers and performers, Michael Turinsky and Doris Ulrich, have their minds and art meet on stage for this spectacular performance. Two devices are fired up, and seismic vibrations shake the room. She rides a rocking machine, while he dances in his wheelchair. Two humans, complete with their props, create an energetic and powerful performance, which breaks all stereotypes and sees relationships take on new forms.
Recommended if you like: performance dance, thinking about things like the connection between man and machine, ImPulsTanz, high class choreography, Impulstanz festival, dancing in your underwear at home
The dark essence of human nature on stage
When: WED, July 19, 11pm
The psycho-dramatic chamberplay, Consumption as a cause of coming into being, is a dark comedy which represents of the dark essence of human nature. Based on the occurrences of a cannibal act in the German town of Rotenburg in 2001, Alexander Bailey and Roland Rauschmeier go on a journey to the depths of male passion and explore the limits of social morality. Madness meets civilization in this 55 minute act of deviant sexual practices and the ugly side of humanity, sprinkled with humor.
Recommended if you like: seeing the dark side of humanity, revealing human nature, cannibalism, unforgettable plays, ImPulsTanz festival, amazing, dark humor
Water in photos
When: March 23 – August 27
Where: Kunst Haus Wien
Check out Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s work at Kunst Haus Wien and dive into the world of large format pictures of landscapes that show critical areas of the our ecosystem’s current status.
Recommended if you like: photography and art exhibitions, Kunst Haus Wien, Hundertwasser’s creativity, inspirational places, wonky floors, looking after the environment
An exhibit dedicated to the lady trail-blazers
When: until September 2017
This explores the momentous moment in the 70s when female artists began to collectively search out their own voice in a world dominated by men. The exhibition is showing 300 works from different pioneering artists of the 70s across various mediums.
Recommended if you like: art, breaking moulds, kicking stereotypes, trail blazers, blazing saddles, expression, variety in mediums, strong women, equality, being a feminist
I, robot, you, human – Vienna Biennale
When: THU, July 6, 4pm–5:30pm
Entry: MAK admission plus 5€
Now, we must confess, while we imagined a lot of things about robots and A.I., their tears is something we’ve never thought of. In this exhibition, and in a special guided tour, expect to come across many other re–imaginings of robots, from the perspective of not just tech-heads but also artists. We wouldn’t recommended watching Ex Machine before going to this exhibition, which is part of this year’s Vienna Biennale.
Recommended if you like: private tours, robots, A.I., sully, big boys don’t cry, artist interpretations, futuristic exhibits, the border between real and fake, fake news, robots in pop culture, Vienna Biennale
Get to know Robots
When: June 21 – October 1
You keep saying your going to check out what’s on at this diverse festival of thought, and you should be sure to act on it this summer. Grab yourself a program for the Vienna Biennale 2017 as soon as you can and start planning in the many talks, exhibitions and other cool stuff this 4 month festival has to offer. The theme this year is ‘Roboter. Arbeit. Unsere Zukunft.’ Find the program, here.
What we really recommend… you should definitely catch the exhibitions running throughout the festival, Hello Robot / Artificial Tears.
Recommended if you like: art biennales, the Viennese art scene, live concerts at the museum, party evenings with artsy people, electro-rock