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 33 awesome things happening this week in Vienna:
Apocalyptic sounds under the U6
When: MON, September 18, 9pm–12am
Indie-, dark-, and psych-folk is what you will be getting at the Rhiz on Monday. This is sure to put you in an apocalyptic mood (so you’ll be ready when the time comes). Zinn from Vienna is starting the show, followed by New Zealand-based, Nadia Reid, who is touring with her new album, Preservation. Get a taster, here:
Recommended if you like: locations under the U6, live concerts, starting the week with a good gig, curing your weekend hangover with some folk music, Stadtbahnbögen
Monday drum and bass at Camera Club
When: MON, September 4 / 11 / 18 / 25, 5pm–1am
Where: Camera Club
A great thing for all the Drum’n’bass fans of the city: Camera Club will be hosting a weekly Monday night D’n’B party in their club all throughout September. Even better: the entry is free! So all you need to do is turn up, have a drink as well as celebrate and dance!
Sept. 4: Mi-Low / Pandora / Mac Delay / Phlage / Fourtex
Sept. 11: Kaffee Schwarz / Demased / Skore / Mental Decay / Shifty
Sept. 18: Riddhim b2b Doree / Redex / Splinta / Dorian / Janex
Sept. 25: Adam Neo / Unics / Replic / M-Jane / Dismatic
Recommended if you like: Monday night partying, free parties, clubbing after the weekend, drinking and dancing, people who still love drum and bass music as much as you do
The city’s cool contemp. art festival throws a party
When: TUE, September 19, 1pm–6am (party starts at 6pm)
Where: Alte Sigmund Freud Universität
Entry: 8–10€, buy tickets here (tickets include fair + opening party)
A mix between art fair, exhibition, gallery and studio – that’s the Parallel Vienna 2017, and this is the official kick-off party to the fair happening on Tuesday. Definitely a party where the likelihood of meeting the artists and curators in person is really high, not to mention they seem like a cool crowd the people behind the contemp. art festival (last year’s party was great!). A nice addition: you’ll get to explore an abandoned property of Vienna where the festival is set – the old Sigmund Freud university. Presale tickets are limited, so be quick!
Recommended if you like: cool DJs, exhibition openings, showing others that you’re an intellectual, pretending to be artsy when talking to actual artists, exploring abandoned buildings, wearing mismatched clothes
Maybe your last chance to dance salsa on a beach for a while
When: TUE, September 19, 8pm–12am (the event is only on if the weather is good)
Where: Vienna City Beach Club
This might be your last chance to go crazy on two dancefloors dancing the Salsa, Bachata, and Cha Cha Cha to Reggaeton, Latin Hits at the beloved Viennese Beach Club on Tuesday. You can even get professional help (with the dancing we mean) so you won’t look completely lost on the dance floor by taking a free trial lesson with Javier (good ol’ Javier). Plus, there’s a happy hour going on before the event even starts, so you can easily soothe your nerves before dancing vigorously with a complete stranger.
Recommended if you like: Dirty Dancing 2, mojitos, dancing in the sand, getting sand stuck in your shoes, Latino stuff, dancing the salsa, the postcard on your fridge that your friend sent you from South America
Triple whammy of American rockers
When: TUE, September 19, 7pm–12am
Where: Arena Wien
Entry: 19.50€ (get ’em here)
The girls of Chastity Belt literally don’t hang about – their first album sold out quicker than they could even imagined, and they quickly moved onto producing a second, and are soon to realise their third. This Tuesday, they will be rocking out in Arena, supported by the just as rocky, but significantly less tongue in cheek, Waxahatchee – another lady powered rock band.
Recommended if you like: ladies on lead, women rocking it in a man’s world, rocking out to some proper American stuff, the indie box, getting down and dirty in a dodge hat and some converse, grungy locations
Brighton-sprung singer/ songwriter in intimate exclusive concert
When: TUE, September 19, 8pm–10pm
Where: ORF RadioKulturhaur
Entry: Gotta win them from the radio, or online at FM4. Got to be in it to win it.
We can almost guarantee that you will recognise the first track that springs up on a famous video website by this man. We did, and now we want to go this Tuesday. His music has been used and sampled in TV shows and commercials, making it all familiar, while his voice makes it soothing and lovely. Oh, and he is from Brighton, which means he must be cool (yes, the guy writing this is from Brighton).
Recommended if you like: songs about somebody else, singer/ songwriters in intimate environments, middle-aged hipsters with guitars, live sessions with artists, competitions, being somewhere not many people got to go to
Latin American movie night
When: TUE, September 19, 8:30pm–11pm
Entry: 9€, reserve your ticket here, or via +43 1 587 90 62
The film-loving crowd from Latin Film Lounge are back at Filmcasino where they will be showing a selection of great Latin American movies all throughout September. This Tuesday, you will get the chance to watch the film, Una Mujer Fantástica – a movie about a great woman who once was a man (it was awarded the silver bear at Berlinale this year).
There will also be a rum & tequila tasting by Casa Mexico, culinary tid bits by the restaurant Pancho, and music by DJ Tony, before the movie. It will be screened in Spanish with German subtitles.
Recommended if you like: special movie screenings, movie festivals, popcorn and nachos, free tastings, DJ music in a cinema, very chilled evenings, retro cinemas, traveling, South America
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
Cuban dance Wednesday nights at Dual
When: WED, September 6, 9pm–12am (weekly event)
Entry: free entry in September, from Oct. 5€
Club Dual, in the basement of WIRR on Burggasse, is having their Cuban night dance night again this Wednesday. There will be 100% Cuban music, so polish your Salsa, Timba, Son, Rumba and Salsaton dance moves, put on your fanciest dance clothes and prepare for some sweaty dancing!
Recommended if you like: Cuban and Latin music, middle of the week entertainment, long nights of dancing and sweating, showing off your mad dance skills
80s only karaoke
When: WED, September 20, 7:30pm–11pm
Where: Beaver Brewing Company
Entry: A desire to sing your socks off
There is probably argument for every decade to be the ‘best’ decade for music. The 80s for example COULD be one of those decades that produced the best. Whatever your opinion, you can’t deny that it did produce some absolutely corkers of karaoke numbers, and Wednesday there is the chance to throw out some of these ballads at the top of your lungs… hopefully with the crowds support.
Here is a playlist, you know, so you can start planning/ practicing.
Recommended if you like: classic 80s ballads, singing loud and proud, bellowing out the lyrics til’ you cough up a lung, digging up long forgotten lyrics from that special corner of your brain, judging people as soon as they miss the first note, good ol’ fashioned drunken tom foolery
Mini Jazz festival continues
When: WED—SAT, September 20–23, 11pm–3pm
Where: WUK Projectraum
Entry: 10€ for one session, 30€ festival pass
Unfortunately Bulbul has had to pull out, but they have found an equally talented replacement for this concert in Max Nagl. In these three days, you could find yourself traversing the city to lots of weird and wonderful locations that you would normally not find, and seeing jazz acts that you would also struggle to catch, so make the most out of this oppurtunity! For the full line up, check it out here.
Thursday: Das Kammerer OrKöster
Friday: Max Nagl
Saturday: Monophobe and Karma Art
Recommended if you like: jazz in all its forms, live and freestyle jazz, holding a brandy and wearing a cravat with a smoking jacket being sophisticated, electronic jazz, talented musicians letting loose on stage
A small Burgenland festival with wine & food
When: THU, September 21, 3pm–9pm
Have you ever wanted to learn more about Burgenland while sipping a glass of fancy wine and having a treat from the region? Then this is definitely a event you should be at. The 40 stands playing a part will more than happily tell you everything you want to know about the region, places you should visit, and things you can do there. Plus, you’ll get to meet the local mascot. Definitely something that Burgenland-philes wouldn’t want to miss out on. Oh, and did we mention the wine and food?!
Recommended if you like: fancy wine, getting your ears chewed off by random people in a dialect you don’t understand, free stuff, places outside of Vienna, expanding your Burgenland trivia knowledge
The pre-work party
When: THU, September 21, 6:30am–9:30am
Where: Le Meridien Vienna
Entry: 18€, buy tickets here or via firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe that there is no better way to start into the day, than by dancing. The morning rave event, Wake up & Dance, is celebrating its two year anniversary, so you can dance your way into the day with them for 18€ at Le Meridien on Thursday. But don’t worry – it’s not only exercising you’ll be doing! There’s also a super healthy breakfast, yoga lessons, massages, and drinks awaiting you.
Recommended if you like: morning clubbing, pre-work dancing, waking up early, sweating before heading to work, spending all your energy before work, health freaks
Swingtime = dance & cotton candy time
When: THU, September 21, 8pm–6am
Entry: 5€ with registration / 12€ (register via email@example.com)
Afterwork Clubbing in a very different format is happening at the Volksgarten on Thursday. Sign up and give Salsa and Bachata (whatever this is) a try with instructor, Ruben (hey Ruben!), for only 5€. Or just pay the normal price of 12€ to enjoy the mix of (electro) swing, house, pop, and 90ies music and nibble on some free popcorn or cotton candy while sipping on your welcome drink (may it be strong and put you in the mood!).
Recommended if you like: cotton candy, Dirty Dancing 2, dance floor hopping, showing off your dance skills, listening to Despacito over and over again, sex with the lights on
DJ Shadow’s new album on show
When: THU, September 21, 7pm–12am
Entry: 29.90€ (get ’em here)
Now this new album is a lot more heavy on the hip hop and R&B than his previous offerings, however, it does still have the killer mixes behind them that earned DJ Shadow his name. This Saturday is your chance to catch the man himself and for what we would consider a bargain, especially as his music needs to be heard so loud it hammers the heart strings. You’ll recognise one of the below tunes from his old albums (and a famous telecoms advert, you know with the bubbles and Sean Beans dulcet tones…ahhhh forget it!).
Recommended if you like: listening to DJs in their natural habitat, your music loud and pumping, having a bass line attached straight to your ear holes, mist and shadows
Funk and Soul Thursdays at Camera Club
When: THU, September 7, 5pm–1am (and every Thursday after that)
Where: Camera Club
Thursdays are funk and soul nights at Camera Club, as of September 7. It’s official. Admission is free, so nothing will keep you from starting your weekends off early from now on, dancing to some fine Funk and Soul music, having a few drinks and mingling with beautiful people.
Recommended if you like: funk and soul music, Thursday night clubbing, after-work clubbing, early weekends, people who have crazy dance skills, meeting new people, mingling and hanging out at a club
The end (of the summer) is nigh’ & Le Jardin are holding a party to celebrate it!
When: THU, September 21, 5pm–1am
Where: Cafe Français Stadtpark
This is less of a closing party, and more of a thank you party. This Thursday, the beautiful Stadtpark location, Le Jardin, is indeed closing, but before they do they want one last hurrah, one last opportunity to say thank you to all the costumers who came through their doors over the summer. And if you didn’t, well, now is your chance to lap up their respective glory – it would be rude not to enjoy the last of the summer wine, no?
Recommended if you like: milking every last ounce of summer before winter comes, saying farewell but not goodbye, mingling in the centre of the city, park parties
Females in art: past, present, future
When: THUR, September 21, 6pm–9pm
Based on the idea of the ‘past, present and future of female artists’, a group of 27 international female artists are presenting the long list of working conditions of modern artistry for their gender. They will be showing off their photography, installations, performances and videography followed by an audience discussion and artist talks.
Plus: see the list of artists performing and curators here
Recommended if you like: shows, expressing yourself, women, understanding social norms, art in various mediums
The thriller film festival’s opening night & your worst nightmare
When: THU, September 21, 8pm–3am
Entry: TBA, get tickets at Filmcasino or here
It’s time for the thriller/ fantasy film festival, /slash, again (yay!) and it’s 8th opening night will transform the Gartenbaukino into, what they say, will look like ‘a homage to Stephen King’s legendary novel IT.’ WTF??! There will be a guest performance act from Nesterval, a free Vodka-shot, and a promising dance party, featuring DJs Ilyssa Fisher and Comante. Here’s a teaser of their music, here:
Recommended if you like: films, celebrating films, dancing, prancing, shaking it off in beautiful buildings, watching thriller films, being freaked out, that adrenalin rush when you get scared
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
Topic of this year’s Humanties Festival: revolution
When: SAT, September 23, 12pm–7pm
Where: Wien Museum Karlsplatz
This year’s Vienna Humanities Festival is bringing together important spokespeople from the areas of social science, the humanties and art and culture, to talk about a pressing matter this Saturday – the revolutions. Ranging from 1917’s Russia to the 68-movement and the Wendejahr 1989, to the recent uprising and changes in the Arab world and Ukraine. There will be a bunch of great lectures and talks happening. You can download the complete program, here.
Recommended if you like: festivals, talk and lectures, listening to people with big ideas, being inspired, trying to change the world, meeting motivated people, being socially engaged, reading rather big books, hot discussions about important topics
Last summer open air dance on the hills of Cobenzl
When: FRI, September 22, 3pm–6am
Where: Café & Schloss Cobenzl
Entry: 6€ < 6pm > 12€
This is your last chance! We repeat, your last chance to dance through the day outdoors at Café & Schloss Cobenzl, the place perched on top of Vienna’s hills. Starting in the afternoon, the party will continue late into the night and into the early morning, with a crazy cool DJ lineup to keep you going organised by the cray crowd from Tanz durch den Tag. 3 floors (including the garden) will be featuring different DJs that will have you dance through the day and night. So if you’re looking to party with a bunch of open-minded, good looking people this weekend where the vibe is different to your everyday affair, head to the funky Cafe at Cobenzl this Friday.
Recommended if you like: dancing all night and all day, open-minded people, finally having a party that’s different in Vienna, techno, music that will send you into a trance, having your nipples nibbled on, Vienna’s mountain view
Something for the lovers of all-things-ceramic
When: FRI–SUN, September 22–24, 10am–6pm
Where: Wiener Porzellanmanufaktur Augarten
Entry: Adults: €6, students: €4, children up to 12 years: free!
This weekend, Vienna’s oldest baroque park, the Augarten, is hosting an event for lovers and collectors of contemporary ceramic art. You can turn up to check out what the big deal is (ceramic isn’t just those dog salt and pepper shakers your grandparents had – it is a biiiig deal!), buy a piece or 2, or learn more about the production and history of porcelain by the experts of the Viennese Porcelain Manufactory Augarten.
Recommended if you like: ceramics, porcelain, collecting porcelain dolls, things delicate, traveling to different countries and insisting on buying porcelain souvenirs in all of them, discovering new hobbies, drinking your coffee out of art
A talk on what it means to be a mother today
When: FRI, September 22, 10am–12:30pm
Entry: Free! Sign up here
The crowd from Sorrority strikes again: this time, the girl’s club is organising a talk on what it means to be a mother today – socially, politically, and in terms of work and career. The goal of the laid-back discussion is to create connections, exchange stories and raise awareness about what today’s moms are going through. This will all be happening in the very funky setting of Creau.
Recommended if you like: being a mum, being around people that just get it, discussing women’s rights, discussing men’s rights, owning a vagina
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.
A 2pac-centric hip hop night
When: FRI, September 22, 10pm–5:30am
Where: The Loft
Entry: 5€ < 12am > 10€ (3€ for September babies)
HiphopJam are celebrating their birthday and they are doing so by harking back to the golden age of hip hop and dedicating the night to the legend that is 2 Pac. Expect all the classics from that era this Friday, as well as all your other favs’.
Recommended if you like: 2–pac, the golden age of hip hop, celebrating any birthday that isn’t your own, the father of hip hop and rap, dancing your little backward facing bandana off
British Grime night, mate
When: FRI, September 22, 11pm–6am
Where: Opera Club
Grime was born in the UK, and it is spreading. This Friday, get some full-on British grime, fresh from the scene in the form of the up-and-coming artist, Flohio – don’t let her youth fool you in the video below, she still spits out some savage lyrics.
Recommended if you like: getting down and dirty to some proper fresh grime, up-and-coming artist in tiny clubs, feeling like you are in the UK london scene
It’s a mini-October fest!
When: FRI, September 22, 11pm–6am
Whichever part about the Octoberfest you love, they will have it this Friday at the Säulenhalle. So dust off the Dirndl or old Leddy’ hosy’, and get ready to throw some ‘Maß’ive amount of beer down your sausage hole (Oh my…we just noticed the double meaning here but it’s too late! We’ve written it now!), while spilling half of it on the dance floor when the Schlager music kicks in.
Recommended if you like: how good you look in Tracht, how good you look covered in beer on a dance floor, white sausage, dancing to Schlager music while thinking of the ump pa pa song, slapping your thighs in time to the music, growing a moustache a la Franz Josef
All night silent disco party @ the Palmenhaus
When: FRI, September 22, 8pm–3am
Where: Palmenhaus Burggarten
Entry: Competition winners only! Get involved here.
A very special silent disco is happening this Friday, but you can only get in if you enter a competition in which you show off your fiesta moment. Do this, and win an opportunity to take part in an exclusive silent disco (normal set up of two DJs) under the palms of the Palmenhaus, which is a location that always reminds us of that film, Jumanji for some reason…
Recommended if you like: dancing under palms just like you did at that full moon party in Thailand way back in 07, silent discos, wailing along to a tune while not really hearing yourself, not wearing headphones at a silent disco and just people watching
Open gallery and studio day in the 3rd
When: FRI–SAT, September 22–23, 2pm–8pm
Where: various locations in Wien 1030
For two whole days, all of the galleries and ateliers of the 3rd District are opening their doors for free for you to take a look see. Friday and Saturday will be your chance to see every form of creative making of stuff on display in the district, from painters to graphic designers, fashion to schmuck – all over the 3rd.
Recommended if you like: free stuff, spending days at galleries, taking it all in, the third district, seeing all types of art in one day, hanging out in the third district all day, being inspired
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’
An exhibition exploring the place where humanity meets the wilderness
When: Ongoing– until October 18, 10am–6pm
Where: Kunst Haus Wien
In the Secondary Wilderness series on display at the Kunsthaus Wien gallery, artist and photographer Iris Andraschek explores the relationship and rituals of communities living on the periphery, their alternative lifestyles, and how rural life and nature meet. With an archive of images that have been steadily growing since the 90s, the path of development in her work will be interestingly on display.
Recommended if you like: wilderness, humanity in the wilderness, peripheral communities, nature at its boundaries with humanity, austrian artists, supporting local, the kunst haus, being a culture vulture
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