Introducing September: a month of surprises, the month when summer meets autumn, when wine festivals in Vienna are a plenty, when the leaves start turn brown and people return from their holidays, when babies produced by a messy drunken rooty-tooty on New Years Eve are born and when the people of this fine city consume large amounts of pumpkin. You’re going to love it as this September is packed with fun things to do.
Here are 19 tips on how to make the most out of September in Vienna.
Walk wonky for wine amongst the vineyards at this wine festival
When: SAT–SUN, September 2–3 & 9–10
Where: various locations in the towns surrounding Vienna in the Wienerwald region. See here for details (the festival is easily accessible by bus and train)
This is the lesser-known of wine festivals happening in and around Vienna, and you know what this means – less crowds and cheaper wine! In vineyard covered hills that skirt the towns between Mödling and Bad Vöslau, you can hop between the different wineries, Heurige and Buschenschank who are all throwing open there doors for 2 weekends this month (see the dates above). This really is a beauty of a insider’s tip for those that love the wine culture in Vienna. What more could you want from life in September – an excursion out of town, fantastic wine, and scenic views, and a brilliant atmosphere. For more details, see here.
Recommended if you like: going on day trips, venturing out of Vienna, walks involving many wine stops, lying amongst vineyards in the grass, Gemischter Satz, getting a good dose of Austrian culture, running free in the fields like your pet dog Wilbur
Need a place? Speed dating for flat mates in a cool location
When: WED, September 6, 6pm—10:30pm
Entry: free with registration (you can register, here)
Need a room in this jungle of a city? This monthly event is the perfect way to look for your future roommate or to look for a shared flat, and this time around they are having it in a very cool open air location! Not only is it a fun, more relaxed alternative to running around checking out hundreds of different apartments, but there’s also free welcome drinks! To top it off you can celebrate immediately with drinks once you find your perfect match. The turnout at this event keeps growing and we keep hearing word that many people have found each other through this event!
How it works? You get a name tag with either ‘looking for a room,’ or ‘I have a room’ on it, and you start mingling. The lovely crowd organising the event are always happy to help.
Good to know: Flatmate me! will be happening twice this month as the organisers want to give the wave of students looking for a place, 2 chances to participate in this speed-dating format of finding a flatmate.
Recommended if you like: the idea of finding your new home over a drink, the idea of finding a place before your contract ending at the end of the month, being a people person
A big festival in a pretty park
When: FRI–SUN, September 8–9
Where: in the park in front of the 25Hours Hotel
A big chilled party in the park will be happening at the beginning of September in the pretty green space in front of the 25Hours Hotel. The hotel is teaming up with the urban market people from Markterei to create a great sunny day atmosphere (let’s hope the sun cooperates) in the beautiful park setting (it’s a great event for lazing about, eating and drinking in the grass). There will be stands selling artisanal food products, burgers being served up by the Burger de Ville caravan, music and other fun and games happening on the 2-day event.
Recommended if you like: filling up your tote bag or Turnsackerl with artisanal food products, chutney and mustard, the idea of a lazy day relaxing in the grass
Street performers occupy Karlsplatz and a weekend
When: FRI–SUN, September 8–10
Street artists bring personality to a city’s streets, and Vienna’s no exception. And we don’t know about you, but we feel there could always be more buskers in this city.
From acrobats, to clown acts, to musicians, dazzling fire shows, and a festival full of other bizarre tricks and performances from the central European inventive busker’s world will be happening in front of the Karlskirche at Karlsplatz one weekend this month. Drawing in talents from international artists as far as Mexico, this festival of Buskers is something worth checking out. To get a taste of what it’s all about, check out the program here. Entry is free.
Recommended if you like: festivals with a twist, fire breathing people, acrobats that can tie themselves up in knots, when somebody blows your mind with their talent
Get wonky with wine
When: FRI, September 8, 4pm–10pm
This magnificent event celebrating the greatness of wine is all about stripping it of all the fancy-schmancy culture that surrounds it, and creating a laid back atmosphere in which it can be tasted by people that don’t know what the f*** a wine’s tannat is. It’s all about taking wine out of it’s natural habitat and putting it in one that is way cooler. In the funky setting of the Volksgarten’s Säulenhalle, you can taste all of the wine you want and until you go wonky after paying the entry fee of 15€. There will also be some crazy cool DJ beats to accompany your wine adventure.
Recommended if you like: wine, when fancy things go mainstream, bringing wine to a picnic, events that try to be different, making up all kinds of words to describe wine when standing next to an expert like ‘this wine has brilliant goobles and the colour is freshlabtulous
Get some new kicks, and a specialty coffee kick while you’re at it
When: SUN, September 10, 12pm–7pm
Entry: 5€ (incl. 3€ raffle ticket)
Sneaker fans, this one is for you! An event by sneaker-lovers for sneaker-lovers. The organisers promise some 2000 sneaker sellers and showcas-ers (is that even a word?) this round, from Austria and Germany, and they’ll all be sharing their passion and knowledge about sneakers. With labels like New Balance, ASICS, Tiger, Jason Markk, and TOMS presenting themselves and their star products, the day will also be packed with newcomers, special edition shoes, and discounts dedicated to the day. While all this sounds like a very commercial type of event, they also promise DJs, specialty coffee (hence the title), cake and… wait for it… haircuts by a trendy barber who will be on site with some rather sharp scissors. Only one question remains…what shoes does one wear to such an event…?
Recommended if you like: haviong sneakers in all different colours, filling your wardrobe with sneakers, specialty coffee, lower arm tattoos, bearded men, bold rimmed blasses, streetwear
A night of laugh out loud in English
When: TUE, September 12, 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: opener, Andy Valvur, and headliner, Addy van der Borgh, 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, from New York to San Francisco, on stage. So, to put it short, if you feel like you can use a good laugh on a random September 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 your indie groove on
When: SUN, September 17, 7pm–12am
Entry: 35.50€, get your tickets here
If the summer festivals have left you with any bit of craving for good beats and funky sounds, then do show up at the Gasometer on this fine Sunday night to listen to band with a very confusing name, yet a great sound, Portugal. The Man.
The indie, very talented American rock band from Portland (nope, not Portugal) has a new album coming out called Woodstock, and you can get a sneak peek of it when they perform it on stage this month.
But, hey, less talking, more listening, here is one of the reasons why we are definitely looking forward to this gig:
Recommended if you like: jumping around in a moshpit, wearing sneakers on a night out, beer and cigarettes, discovering new bands
It’s a big-ass street fest!
When: SAT–SUN, September 16–17
For two whole days, the Babenbergerstraße next to the MQ becomes home to around 30.000 people who are apparentely celebrating mobility in the city, but are really just there for the food trucks and the atmosphere of a good ol’ street festival. There will be food, drinks, DJs, live bands, a silent disco and urban performances to enjoy. Visitors can also participate in several workshops, from street art to dance classes.
[dunkelbunt], the famous jumpy-dancy local world-music band will be on stage with a live act, and FM4 will host the Nihils in concert while the street around will be buzzing with games and street performers. Go crazy, wear a wig, bring your step dance shoes, come riding on a unicorn – it sounds like everyone will blend in at this eclectic festival!
Recommended if you like: raspberries on your muesli, nipples that look like raspberries, street festivals, soaking up summer while you still can, food truck food, brioche burgers, being at all the free festivals you can
Vienna’s modest answer to the Oktoberfest
When: THU–SUN, September 21 – October 8
Where: Prater park (Kaiserwiese), 1020
For the last few years, Vienna’s had a beer-swilling festival with lederhosen and traditional brass band music heard in upper Austria and Bavaria striving to be like the mother of all beer festivals, the Oktoberfest, which is happening at the end of this month a couple of hundred kilometres away in Munich, Germany. While we wouldn’t suggest this is a must this month, we’d recommend it for anybody who’s from upper Austria, wants a taste of the country-side beer festivals, enjoys drinking over-priced beer with a pretzel, or wanting to get a taste of the Oktoberfest without leaving Vienna. Check out more details, here.
The music festival where East meets West
When: THU–SUN, September 28 – October 1
Entry: 15–55€, get your tickets here
A wave of bands will be hitting Vienna’s shores at the end of this month when the Waves Vienna music festival rolls up. They claim to bring some of the best of up-and-coming Eastern European and Western Europe’s bands together in the one weekend-long festival. Each year, they have a couple of countries they focus on, and this year, the main music talent will come out of Italy and Czech. You won’t know the names of most of the bands in the program, and that’s the point – this music festival is all about discovering new sounds for your ears. Rock, electronic and alternative acts are amongst the mix, and there is a conference attached to the festival at which music and the collaborations between Eastern and Western are discussed and explored. Check out the program, here.
Recommended if you like: bringing variety to your Spotify playlists, music in languages you don’t understand, being a global thinker, being a explorer when it comes to music, collecting music like you do stamps and second-hand underwear
Wander through the wine hills of Vienna and enjoy the festival atmosphere
When: SAT–SUN, September 30 – October 1
Where: for the routes of the Wiener Weinwandertage, see here
Vienna looooves its wine and there is a weekend at the end of this month during which half the city can be found up on the wine hills surrounding the city, throwing back bottles of the liquid of the Gods. The Wiener Wandertage has grown to be an epic event in the calendar at which hundreds flock to the hills and hop from one wine heurigen or Buschenschank to the next. It’s a hell of a lot of fun. For more details about the two-day festival, see here.
Recommended if you like: drinking wine, Vienna’s wine culture, instagramming you on top of Vienna’s wine hills drinking wine, walking and wining, Gemischter Satz
There’s a Sturm a’ brewing
September is Sturm season! If you visit a Heuriger at this time of year, you’ll be able to sip on the sweet and sour delight of Sturm. The semi-fermented, alcoholic grape juice, made from the first grapes of the wine harvest season, is a tradition that has played out for many years in Austria’s wine taverns. And it’s a drink worth experiencing in amongst the changing colours of autumn happening in Vienna’s wine hills at this time of year. Watch the brown leaves fall to the ground, and let the Sturm keep you warm.
40 years of the Falter and they’re going to party!
When: FRI, September 22, 7pm–4am
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: 19/29€, get your tickets here
One of our favourite Austrian publications and go-to media for genuine news will be 40 this year. The Falter appeared first in 1977 and has been committed to doing great journalism ever since. That’s why we expect that their birthday party will be grand old soiree. They’ve invited headliners like Mavi Phoenix, Ankathie Koi and Der Nino aus Wien to the occasion, and will be spreading out the good times across the 2 floors of the Ottakringer Brauerei. And since they are the other great publication in Vienna who know how to give event tips for great parties (ahem!), we expect they also know how to throw them.
Recommended if you like: sinking into a bean bag, being a culture vulture, events in the Ottakringer Brauerei, having a subscription to the Falter, making out with journos’
One of the coolest art festivals in the city
When: TUE–SUN, September 19–24
Where: Alte Sigmund Freud Universität
Few things can inspire the creative mind as much as Parallel Vienna does each year. For the 5th time in a row, this art fair transforms abandoned buildings in Vienna into an exhibition center for both young and established art. The framework welcomes art initiatives of any kind, from galleries to project spaces, curated spaces and individual artists each gathered under one roof. It is as much showcasing of local talents and trends as it is networking and establishing of new collaborations and professional platforms around art.
So if you ever feel you are missing out on the overwhelming number of galleries and project spaces in this artsy city, get your dose of contemporary art and a generous overview on local creatives at this funky fair. Get all your info, here.
Recommended if you like: quirky minds, creative stuff, a unique art festival, contemporary art, checking out the up-and-coming artists, when art goes mainstream
A week of fashion!
When: MON–SUN, September 11–17
Where: Headquarters is at Museumsquartier (spin off events will be happening around the city. Check out more details, here)
Bold fashion, red carpet and cat walk moments, and pretty people giving steely stares into a sea of fashion aficionados – this is MQ Vienna Fashion Week. This week of fashion acts as a platform to exhibit local and international designers, top models, photographers, art directors and stylists. Several fashion shows and exhibits will run throughout the first half of the month, and a pop-up store stocking many of the clothes that hit the catwalk will be exclusively open in the MQ during the festival.
We can’t even coordinate our socks, however we enjoy showing up at this festival in denim overalls, flip flops and a bowler hat. Check out the website for more details on ticket prices, participating designers and the program.
Recommended if you like: being a fashionista, blogging your life and outfits on Instagram, when art is worn as an outfit, checking out what’s new in the world of fashion, wearing sunglasses at night
Eat plenty of pumpkin! … or any other Autumn seasonal fruit and vegetable
Eating with the seasons is a great way of making sure you’re eating flavourful, local produce, and eating more healthily and organically. September in Austria is a season during which every dish on a restaurant’s menu seems to have pumpkin in it. But there are other fruits and vegetables which you’ll find are especially good in September, like the stone fruits such as nectarines, peaches and apricots. For more info on the seasonal fruit and vegetable for September, check out this article by gesund.co.at, here.
A whole festival packed with Improv theatre talent!
When: SUN–FRI, September 28 – October 3
Where: TAG – Theater an der Gumperndorfer Straße
No script. A crowd of directors yelling demands at actors on stage – the only thing scripted at the TAG’s improv theatre festival this month, is that you’ll laugh your ass off.
Improvisational theater (also known as improv theater) is theater without the script. It’s created in the moment. With the help of suggestions from the crowd and a moderator, improv actors create dialogues, stories and actions on the spot.
While improv is big on the international stage, TAG are one of the few theatres in Vienna showcasing the entertaining genre of the stage. And they’re bringing in big name Improv actors for a week this month that will hit the stage alongside local talented improv actors. You can get your tickets, here.
Soak in the last rays of summer
Visit as many open air parties and Strassenfeste (street festivals) as you can before it’s too late, finish off your summer bucket list, dine in a Schanigarten, drink along the Donaukanal and lie in a park!
Squeeze summer like a lemon – or your lovers bottom during some hot, ravenous sex – before the city cools down. While September is not included in summer, plenty of outdoor events can still be seen happening around the city, with the sun typically sticking around until the end of the month in recent years.
Make the most out of enjoying life in the great outdoors. Check out our weekly WHAT TO DO guide released every Thursday for tips on open air events.
Recommended if you like: summer, having your bikini as the thing you wear most, cocktails, sun kissed skin, good times in the great outdoors
A fair for the art lovers amongst us
When: THU–SUN, September 21–24
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 9–35€, get your tickets here
Under the vast roof of the cattle shed turned event venue, the Marx Halle, contemporary art from all over Eastern and central Europe will flood the space. This fair – which has 100 galleries from over 26 countries participating – prides itself for not only being a market place for art aficionados to browse, yet also a fair that showcases young artists. The 4 day event will also see cinema screenings, guided tours and talks. Check out the program on the viennacontemporary website.
Recommended if you like: the epiphany of discovery, being an artist, contemporary art, moody ambient music, wearing odd socks