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 31 awesome things happening this weekend in Vienna:
Roof top bar opens for the season
When: FRI, April 27, 6pm–4am
Where: KLYO Bar
Entry: Free! Only on if the weather’s fine
KLYO is opening their summer deck ,with its beautiful view over the Donaukanal, this Friday, and they’ll be making sure the occassion is celebrated accordingly. Resident DJane, Bianca Polner, will be dishing up the right kind of music on the decks, while barkeepers, Georg and Dominik will keep you hydrated with creative summer drinks. And all the while, the nice view of the city will make sure all your senses are stimulated during this neat night outon the rooftop of the city
Recommended if you like: summer openings, drinks in hand, DJ music, sun decks and balconies, great views, seeing and being seen, having a bunch of (too many) drinks, gin and tonics, fresh air with your drinks, being a sucker for a view, standing on the edge of a balcony with your arms outstretched yelling, ‘I’m the king of the world!’
Der Garten opening weekend party
When: FRI, April 27, 2pm–1am
Where: Der Garten
Der Garten in Prater is starting into a new year with a big opening weekend party. The celebrations will be going all of Friday, with special drinks at special prices on offer – this should do the trick to make sure you enjoy the lovely spring (early-summer) days outside. To give you a taste – there will be Gin & Tonics for 4.50€. Oh yeah!
Recommended if you like: summer opening parties, early summer feelings, toes in green grass, cold drinks to cool down from too much sunshine, music and nice people, mingling, starting Friday night early
Check out this new spring festival showcasing the best of the Ottakring & Hernal districts
When: April 19–May 4
Where: Various locations around the districts, Ottakring & Hernals (find the program, here)
For 6 days, several cultural locations (around 10) in the districts of Hernals and Ottakring will come alive with a festival with the focus to highlight the great hidden secrets of these 2 magnificent districts. A colourful spring program full of live music acts and artists will play out over the week long festival in these multicultural districts. If you’re scratching your head wondering which districts these actually are, think Yppenplatz and its surroundings. The festival looks to get the message about what great stuff the local entrepreneurs, artists and residents of the area are up to.
Recommended if you like: giving new things a go, Brunnenmarkt, multicultural pockets of the city, community events, grassroots arts and cultural projects
Feed your innovative spirit with insights from some forward-thinking creative minds
When: THU–FRI, April 26–27
Entry: from 150€/day to 200€/2 days
This is one of those conferences that are meant to inspire you to change your life and career entirely, and get up very early in the morning for the days to follow, to, you know, simply achieve more. At the Forward Festival, you’ll have the chance to feed your innovative spirit with insights and ideas from some forward-thinking creative minds and successful entrepreneurs, exchange ideas and network with other out-of-the-box thinkers in between key notes. The focus is on creativity, design and communication. Find the complete program, and other details about the festival on their website.
Recommended if you like: making a business out of an empty box, becoming the next big shot, pasting your pictures into the “Forbes most influential people!” list for motivation
Electro Swing to swing you properly towards summer
When: FRI, April 27, 11pm–6am
Where: Heart Club
Entry: 10€ (7€ if you dress all vintage)
After a successful first outing, the party people from Flaschenkind are back this Friday and will be whisking away those who turn up to a place where High-Fi meets gramophone. There will be people in fancy vintage clothing and the DJs will be bringing you the best and most up-to-date songs from Electroswing realm.
Recommended if you like: swing dancing, Lindy Hop, Big Band music, the sound of the banjo, being slid under somebody’s legs, dancing until your feet hurt and the music won’t let you stop
Cramming in all your 90s favs’ at Kramladen
When: FRI, April 27, 11:50pm–12am
Entry: Free (duh!)
There is nothing more heart-warming than going back to your roots, and this Friday, that is exactly what Kramladen will be doing. Hosted by the Home Sweet Home team, they will be going back to a time when we were all carefree and young (well, some of us). Yes, we’re talking the crazy 90’s with all your favourite Trash Pop, Indie Pop, etc. blaring out in this cosy location.
Recommended if you like: fluorescent singlets, Mariah Carey, doing the U-turn, doing like they do it on the discovery channel, Nirvana, being masochistic with your music taste, waking up in a random person’s bed while wearing a party hat
Big old British Drum and Bass line-up in Massive Hall
When: FRI, April 27, 10pm–6am
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 24.20€ (available here, many other options available check FB)
This Friday, Austria will be invaded by Brits’. Joy. Ok, so maybe not actually invaded, but the DJ decks at the Marx Halle will be taken over for most of the night by a hefty list of Drum and Bass obsessed British people who all want nothing more than to fill your ear holes with some dirty, dirty DnB. Here is a tune we selected at random to give you a taste:
Recommended if you like: clubs that look like some crazy shit has gone down there, drum and bass, letting loose on a Friday, humping like rabbits on some random apartment building’s steps, people watching in clubs…you creep
A legend of the scene on the decks
When: FRI, April 27, 11pm–6am
Where: Grelle Forelle
Entry: 22€ pre-sale here (on the night price TBA)
We would recommend reading the Resident Advisor blurb on Dixon (here), because we could not articulate what they have so kindly written about him in a few itty bitty words. Suffice to say, the Berlin-based DJ has the experience and the know-how to keep you fixed to the danceflooor for the whole night. The Deep Baked team will be in support. Check him out below:
Recommended if you like: House Music, Dance Music, Techno Music, legends of the underground scene, electro music that will make you dance, gin and tonic, grungy locations, third wave coffee, getting sweaty in a club
Lively, up-beat Electronica in grungy local
When: FRI, April 27, 11pm–6am
Where: Das Werk
The Birds and the Bees are coming out for spring and so should you be. This Friday, the Magical Salon will be throwing open its doors for you and Mimi Love, whose up-beat and happy Electronic beats are renowned, not just for getting people dancing, but also for just generally filling you with the best of moods.
Recommended if you like: dancing until your feet hurt, nodding your head to the music ever so cooly while leaning on the bar, gin and tonic, giving every guy and girl on the dancefloor the ‘I’m free and easy’ look on the dancefloor, Electronic, House music, doing the Mess Around
Latin American Electronica bringing some Tropical Vibes
When: FRI, April 27, 11pm–6am
Where: Fluc + Fluc Wanne
Entry: 7€ < 12am > 10€
A night with a little bit of everything will be happening this Friday at Fluc, and all of it is going on with a specific aim in mind: to bring you some sunshine and summer vibes. A live set from Barrio Lindo is the highlight, as they bring their unique blend of traditional South American music and Electronica to the grungy halls of the fluc. With a couple of other Tropical-esque DJs on the cards, the dance floor will be heating up to the sweaty humidity of a rainforest, we have no doubt. Check Barrio out below.
Recommended if you like: pan flutes, Electronica, Latin American culture, serious Salsa, Tango, cocktails, being a struggling dancer that lives for the movement, being attracted men/women with dark coloured eyes and dark hair, tropical heat
Hip Hop night headed up by some home grown Rap-Stars
When: FRI, April 27, 10pm–5am
Where: The Loft
Entry: 7€ < 11pm > 9€
As part of a 10-day music and culture festival, Urban Bloom and the Loft are hosting a party this Friday. Heading up this mini-fest within a fest are Kreiml&Samurai, whose recent sold out ‘Wuff Oink’ release shows prove that their Wiener Dialect Rap is quickly spreading as something loved by the masses. Check them out below.
Recommended if you like: flat-brimmed baseball caps, slowly bouncing up down to the beat with one hand in the air, food trucks, Austrian rap, beatboxing in front of a mirror, dialect, Wiener Lied, Hip Hop, home grown talent
Travel with Jazz in a cosy Cafe
When: FRI, April 27, 8pm–10pm
Where: La Vitrina
As students, Edith Letter and Beate Reiermann traveled far and wide, experiencing alot and coming into contact with many different kinds of people, especially musicians. These meetings left an impression on them and their music, leading to this Friday’s acoustic session, which will blend the melodic Jazz with the full-bodied music inspired by their travels.
Recommended if you like: improvised Jazz, when different music genres clash in one organised, beautiful mess, travellers, acoustic sets, wunderlust, traveling with a rucksack, not having a key in your pocket, the idea of feeling free for an evening
A night of Bolero dancing (including a crash course)
When: FRI, April 27, 8pm–12am
Where: Mi Barrio
Entry: 10€ pre-sale (email: email@example.com), 14€ on the door
There will be a night one hundred percent dedicated to Bolero this Friday, as Mi Barrio once again throws opens its doors for us to dance the night away to. Directing your moves will be the live band, Son Boleros. If you are a beginner, fear not, between 8pm–9pm there will be a crash course in Bolero Cubano, meaning this evening is open to on and all.
Recommended if you like: Cuban music, traveling, being happy, rum, plenty of drums and more rum, dancing to Latino music, grinding your hips in a rather sexy manner, traveling, Latino culture
Chilled drinks with a view
When: FRI, August 18, 8pm
Where: Dachboden im 25 hours hotel
The rooftop at the 25 hours hotel is like our own little slice of big city life here in Vienna: serving a beautiful view, drinks on the roof top, and well dressed bar men and women; its the place to go when you want to feel like you’re in a city with a skyline. This Friday, there’ll be drinks, a DJ and good vibes waiting for you up there.
Recommended if you like: hip hotels, drinks on rooftops, chilled music, flirting with and drinking something sexy, paying a bit more for your drink for the view
Japan and Europe – a tour in the world museum
When: FRI, January 26, 6pm–7:30pm
Entry: Only for Weltmuseum Wien Friends (so become a friend, here)
For those who have read ‘Hare with the Amber eyes,’ this Friday’s tour would be a great follow up. In 1873, an exhibition in Vienna displayed Japan to the world, as Japan was trying to prove itself as a modern country.In this tour, you’ll discover how this move affected Japan, and us as Europeans.
Recommended if you like: briefcase friends, everything Oriental, learning about the place where you live, reading history books that smell like your grandma, wearing striped pyjamas to bed, a Sunday strolling through museums
Theater: A school gang make a gruesome discovery
When: FRI, April 27, 7pm–8:30pm
Entry: 24€ (check here if there any still available!)
This hit play has spread quickly and it’s now your opportunity to catch it this Friday, as the Volx invites you to see the play, Concord Floral, a greenhouse that has more recently become host to gangs of school kids and teenage parties. Until a corpse shows up, which when discovered by one of the school gangs, threatens to tear the gang a part from beyond the grave. Sounds like a riot! Catch it this Friday night at the Volx theater.
Recommended if you like: theatre evenings, getting dressed up, sitting up with the gods, greenhouses, gruesome discoveries, kids on a mission, adventures, adventuring
An ‘explosive’ theater play about one of the biggest issues of our time
When: THU–SAT, April 26–28, 7:30pm–9:30pm
Where: Werk X
There is no avoiding the hot and controversial issues surrounding the Arab world and the 65 million displaced refugees around the world in this supposedly powerful piece from the Syrian/Kurdish author, Ibrahim Amir. We haven’t seen this play yet, so can’t vouch for how good this play is, but the content it’s playing with makes it worth checking out. If you’re interested in the xenophobia being experienced in relation to the millions of refugees on the move, and how homosexuals struggle in the Arab world, then this play is worth checking out.
Recommended if you like: plays dealing with issues of our time, thinking outside the box, having controversial conversations of the dinner table, reading rather large books, going to the theater
Presenting…the Vienna Film Music Awards at Porgy
Film Composers’ Lounge #10
When: FRI, April 27, 8pm–11pm
Where: Porgy and Bess
Entry: 16€ (fill out this form)
This Friday, there will be a gathering of the Austrian film and music big wigs at Porgy. They will be celebrating Austrian composers and the music they have made for numerous different films over the last year, and the night will include the presenting of the Vienna Film Music Prize 2018, which is basically exactly like being at the Oscars…
Recommeded if you like: film soundtracks, live music paired with the silver screen, Orchestras, Porgy and Bess, orchestra music, buying soundtracks to your favourite films, zombies
Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall of a hotel? now is your chance at this theatre piece
When: SAT, March 4, 6pm–10:30pm
Entry: 45€ (get them here, quick!)
Most showings of Simon Stone’s, Hotel Strindberg, are quickly selling out and it is easy to see how this Saturday’s show is one of the few with tickets left. The performance takes a look at the events that unfold in the individual rooms of a hotel, inspired by the life of a mad, but crazily innovative misogynistic Swede, August Strindberg. Check out the trailer:
Recommended if you like: being a fly on the wall of a hotel, following Australian-born directors, theatre evenings, getting dressed up, going to new and interesting venues, dark humour
Fleamarket by moonlight
When: SAT, April 28, 5pm–11pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
The MoodscheinBazaar always offers something a little bit more romantic than your normal flea market experience, and this Saturday, people will be filling the old beer brewery of the 16th with the hum of a good ol’ fleamarket hunt. As always, there will also be a bunch of food trucks to go with the hunting, and a few spots to get a drink. The industrial, multi-storey setting always makes for a funky spot to spend your evening browsing, eating and drinking.
Recommended if you like: shopping in the moon light, hanging around the brewery, unique locations, bargaining for a t-shirt, sandwiches from food trucks, sustainable living, the thrill of the flea market hunt
The First Lady of Minimal Beats on the decks
When: SAT, April 28, 11pm–6am
Entry: Early Bird 10€, Presale 1, 13€ (available here), door TBA
Polish born, Detroit-raised, Magda, has the advantage of being completely ‘Multi-culti’, enabling her Minimal Beats to reflect a wide range of influences and loves from around the world. On Saturday, she will be headlining on the first night of a two day, pre-May day festival at Pratersauna. Check her out below.
Recommended if you like: turning up at a party in a bikini or board shorts, random high fives, Techno, bass that leaves your ears ringing for days, dancing to forget
All day Sunday Techno Session by the pool
Tanz in den Mai Tag 2: Kein Sonntag Ohne Techno
When: SUN, April 29, 2pm–6am
Entry: 9€/10€ early bird/day-night ticket here
You know summer is coming when the party series, Kein Sonntag One Techno, hits the event lists! This Sunday will see them set up their Sunday shenanigans poolside at the Pratersauna. The outdoor area will be thrown open so ze’ people can party through the day, and well into the Monday morn’. With local and international DJs bringing you a delightful mix of Techno (obvs), House and Electroacoustic, there should be plenty happening, for those that have the stamina that is.
Recommended if you like: mini-festivals, Sunday sessions, silly Sundays, all the music listed above, Techno, outdoor parties, wearing boardies or bikinis while partying, pool parties
A party full of hits from the last decade
When: SAT, April 28, 9:50pm–6am
Where: The Loft
Entry: 1/5/7€ (< 10pm / < 11:30pm / rest of night)
Seeing as its the fourth Saturday of the month, it can mean only one thing – the party people from the 2010s club alongwith Noisy are throwing another party! Bringing you all the best sounds from the last decade, or actually the last 8 years, this party should keep you going well into the next morning.
Recommended if you like: 50 cent, Editors, Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga, listening to the radio, sloppy kissing where the person’s tongue ends up in your nostril, Biber, Nicki Minaj
A night of Soul, Funk and Latin Music to warm your soul
When: SAT, April 28, 10pm–5am
Where: Rote Bar
Entry: 8€ < 11:30pm > 12€
With 2 floors in action at the Rote Bar this Saturday night, there will be a whole host of DJs ready to bring you some fun at this party for the soul. They will be churning out all kinds of Soul, Funk and Latin vibes to get you dancing. Great location and grrrrreat party.
Recommended if you like: shirts with big collars, big sweeping dancfloors, getting some serious dancing done on a Friday night, Al Green, Taj Mahal, funking it up on a Friday (whatever the hell that means), messing kissing
A slam that has an underground feel and features a mysterious poet
When: SAT, April 28, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Of all the poetry slams, this seems a bit more grungy, a bit more underground. Not only is this Friday’s event open to all, you simply have to sign up 5 mins before 7:30pm to showcase your own work on stage. It will once again include a featured poet, who is as always a mystery at the moment, and this time we don’t even have a whisper of who it is…
Recommended if you like: pretending you’re a superhero when nobodies watching, Electro music, gin and tonic, stroking beards, sex in the park, smoking pipes, poetry, letting it all out in public, 8 mile
Viennese Expressionism combined with the stars of Jugendstil
When: January 18 – April 10, 10am–6pm
Where: Leopold Museum
To celebrate the anniversary year of Viennese Modernism, the Leopold Museum 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 out of the era of the Wiener Werkstätte.
Recommended if you like: Expressionists, Jugendstil, Wiener Werkstätte, art history books, practicing your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, Sucessionists, any of the above listed artists
Exhibition with augmented reality: Unrest After The Storm, by Günter Brus
When: February 2 – August 12
Where: 21er Haus
Entry: 8€ (6€ students)
He’s one of the pioneers of performance art, and his name is Günter Brus. Because it’s his 80th birthday, the Belvedere 21 is currently hosting an exhibition to pay homage to him. In this rather comprehensive retrospective showcase, the museum will shine a light on the Austrian artist’s oeuvre (we’re so sophisticated, aren’t we?!) and the way he uses the body as a canvas, and a screen to critique society. You’ll have time until August to see this exhibition. Plus this exhibition is a super special one because the Belvedere has teamed up with the pioneering augmented reality app, Artivive and an extra dimension to the experience in which you can watch the art come to life.
Recommended if you like: fucking the society (well, not literally, but you know what we mean), being totally against the system except on Tuesdays when you visit your Oma, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, being a fiend for culture
Photo © eSeL.at / Belvedere Wien 2018
Exhibition Opening: The Art of the Viennese Watercolor
When: THU, February 16 (ongoing until May 13)
this exhibition at the Albertina, will put Viennese Watercolor in the spotlight. The Golden Age of this kind of art was during the Biedermeier era (that’s 1815 til 1848, in case you didn’t know, and yes, we had to google it as well). This Thursday will mark the opening day of the exhibition, but you’ll have time til May 13, if you’re interested in this kinda’ art.
Recommended if you like: learning about the place where you live, reading history books that smell like your grandma, wearing striped pyjamas to bed, Sunday strolling through museums, practising your pensive face in the mirror
Photo via Albertina
American painter and photographer
When: ongoing until June 24, 10am–7pm
Where: Kunstforum Wien
Entry: 11/8.50/6€ (available here)
He may not be a household name, but the American photographer and painter, Man Ray, spent much of his artistic career in Paris where he was informally able to influence and take part in the more well-known movements like the Dada and Surrealists. On display will be a variety of his painting and his photography, showing just how impressively varied the man was.
Recommended if you like: exploring photography, traveling, politics and art mingling, watching historical documentaries on the couch while only wearing a bath robe, peripheral artists, early trail blazers, American artists, Surrealism, Dada Movement
A celebration of Austria’s architectural great, Mr Wagner
When: March 15 – October 7, 10am–6pm
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
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