Ahhh November, so we meet again. You think you can scare us with your grey and cold days? Ha, you can’t fool us – we know your sweet, beautiful side and intend to make the most of it.
Expert tip number one on how to survive November in Vienna: Convince yourself that you are looking forward to rain and grey skies.
If that alone doesn’t do it for you, check out our 15 tips on how to make the most out of November in Vienna:
At a cinema near you: The Viennale Film Festival
Watch as many films as possible @ the film festival Viennale 2018
When: October 25 – November 8 (see the program, here)
Where: Various locations. See the program, here.
On the big screens of Vienna’s most charming cinemas, the Viennale film festival is happening. This international film festival is always made up of a good range of local, European and international films. And half of the fun is the buzz within the foyer before the film begins. This is the one time of year our eyes go slightly rectangular and our diet becomes mainly popcorn. The full official program is out so you can get a sneak peek of what’s in store on the Viennale website.
Recommended if you like: films, films and more films, movie marathons before lunch, the romance of the big screen, indie films, memorising all the actors and actresses names, popcorn
MQ transforms into the optimal winter hangout
When: THU, November 8, 5pm-10pm
Who wants to hang out at an open air event in November? Stop those teeth from chattering at the thought and get your ass down to the MQs Winter opening on the 8th of November. The MQ will be celebrating its courtyard’s annual winter transformation with a crazy cool line-up of music (including Gewürztraminer ) as the punsch and Glühwein starts flowing in the ‘MQbis,’ which are the igloo-like pavilion bars that pop up at this time every year. The crowd from the international WAMP market will also be setting up for the occasion. Meanwhile, the igloos will stay throughout the month and into December, and there’s also a DJ program. Keep your eye on the MQ website for details of the winter events they have planned.
We also recommend: trying out your talent at Eisstockschießen (Bavarian curling) on the ice rink provided. It’s free!
Recommended if you like: ice, ice baby, getting all giggly excited for the first punch of the season, breaking out in song when the snow starts to fall, winter in Vienna
A workshop for aspiring content creators and storytellers
When: SAT, November 10, 10am–5pm
Entry: 100€ (get your tickets, here)
In a world stuffed full of noise, words, images and video, telling stories – that are made for humans – is needed more than ever to inspire people to listen to what you have to say.
This hands-on workshop will act as your guide to impactful content storytelling, and leave you walking away busting with ideas and concrete results.
Whether you’re looking to improve your storytelling game when it comes to your blog, or building a loveable or engaging story around your brand with content, this workshop will teach you tried and tested recipes to creating content that people decide to spend their time with.
To begin with, you’ll be guided through the basics of how to make powerful, emotional and magnetic content. This will include:
– An outline of the essential elements to good story-driven content
– Tips and tricks on how to develop and train your own storytelling skills
– A method to help you develop an engaging story for whatever message you’re trying to communicate
– how to make the right decisions to ensure your story is powerful and visual
– how to use the different forms of content to tell stories
– lessons from successful case studies of powerful storytelling
– narrative techniques
During the 2nd hands-on part of the workshop, you will have the chance to develop your own content with the support of the collection of creatives in the room, and under the guidance of an experienced content creator. Get more info about the workshop here and get your tickets, here.
Recommended if you like: being a student for life, being curious, spending a lot of time reading magazines, scrolling your social media streams for tasty content, wearing socks to bed, blogging like a mofo
A kick-ass indie design festival
When: FRI—SUN, November 16-18 (check out the opening times, here)
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
It’s the indie creative designer’s scenes time to shine in the middle of this month again as the city’s big-ass designer market sets up shop in the industrial setting of the Ottakringer Brauerei. Over 200 stands will have a cute seller behind it, dealing with all kinds of crazy cool design stuff, from fashion, to jewellery to artisan food products. And the cluster of food trucks will be parked out front like always. Oh, not to mention the workshops and DJs that will also be on offer also as part of the market.
Recommended if you like: indie design, being one of a kind, hipster beards, sleeve tattoos, buying local, getting inspired, wearing pants made by hand, having a collection of sunglasses that requires its own wardrobe
A huge vintage flea market!
When: SAT-SUN, November 17 – 18, 11:30am–7pm
Where: Kunsttankstelle Ottakring
Back again and ready to impress the masses, the Addicted to Vintage flea market’s organisers say they’re swimming in heaps of super cool stuff. On Saturday, vintage clothes, vinyls, lamps, home accessories, and all kinds of old trinkets from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s will be on offer at this market, along with a 70’s-style buffet, and old films being projected on a wall.
Recommended if you like: being where there are heaps of cool fashionable people, being one of those people, retro things, proudly presenting your vinyl collection to guests when they come over, discovering novelty in old things, bold-rimmed glasses
Open up to new cultures through cinema
When: SUN–SAT, November 18–24
Where: Metro Kinokulturhaus
The prettiest cinema in town is hosting a special kind of film festival dedicated solely to the region of Central America. Films, shorts and documentaries from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama will be screened in the Metro Kinokulturhaus, sprinkled with exotic events, such as cocktail nights and live Latino music, this intimate festival is worth checking out. There will be a large number of Brazilian movies, this year’s guest country, being screened throughout the festival week.
Find the complete program, here!
Recommended if you like: opening up to new cultures, very niche films, seeing what’s left of your Spanish after that Erasmus semester abroad, live Latino music and cocktails, doing the salsa, traveling with a backpack
1 beer please! Hold up, make that 8! Ok, make it a whole week!
When: MON–SUN, November 19–25
Where: Various locations
A week dedicated to beer – how awesome does that sound!? The week of beer will see events popping up all around town that celebrate our all time favourite hang out buddy…(yep, you guessed it) beer. You’ll be in for exclusive tastings, food pairings and tap takeovers, so wear your favourite sweat pants and make way for that beer belly. PLUS, as part of beer week, there will also be the Craft Beer Fest happening on the 23rd and 24rth of November – find all the details, here.
Plus: find more event details on viennabeerweek.at
Recommended if you like: admiring your tummy as it grows, the refreshing sound of opening a beer, following beer blogs, believing that nothing fun makes sense when it isn’t paired with beer, drinking craft beer like it’s wine
Get goose – it’s Martinigansl time!
A tradition that sprang way back from a saint’s feast day sees people flocking to Gasthäuser (traditional Austrian taverns) to dine on delicious, succulent roasted goose. Martinigansl is a traditional dish of roasted goose accompanied typically by potato dumplings and Rotkraut. Get goose or go home this month (except you vegetarians and vegans… you guys, just ignore this tip altogether)
Check out our list of the places to get a quality Martinigansl experience, here.
Tis’ the season of Glühwein and kissing when your nose is dripping
When: mid-November until December 26, 2018
Where: Various locations
Tis’ the season, and in Vienna this many people’s favourite season simply thanks to those charming Christmas markets! A wonderful vibe spreads around town as markets bloom all over Vienna, and the smell of cinnamon, mulled wine, and sweet desserts fills the air. Be sure to get some Beeren Punsch in, get in the spirit and enjoy every chance this season to get drunk at the market. And it just so happens that we’ve put together a list of our favourite Christmas markets, here.
PLUS – a special mention for one very unique Christmas market – the Medieval one that happens in from of the Military museum. This one all starts in November and is one special experience. Learn more about it, here.
Recommended if you like: the smell of gingerbread cookies, waking up with gifts waiting for you, being jolly, celebrating christmukkah, overcoming the cold by drinking hard spirits hidden in tea, Glühwein, meeting friends at Christmas markets
Come on down to the Comic con and nerd the f*** out!
When: SAT–SUN, November 17–18, 10am–5pm
Where: Messe Wien
Entry: Weekend 50€ pre–sale, 62€ on the door, SAT 31€/36€, SUN 28/33€
The event of the year for comic fans is here this month during which the Messe will be more full of fancy dress than at a Fasching party. But Comic Con is more than just fancy and outlandish outfits. There will be a floor packed with exhibitions, photo/autograph opportunities and panel events covering all aspects of gaming, Manga, film, Anime, comics, and much more. Even if you haven’t had a whole year to prepare your outfit, it is amazing what you can do with some cardboard and a bit of imagination (spray paint helps).
Here is a snippet of past events, so you know what to expect:
Recommended if you like: recycling your Halloween outfit, finally being able to wear tights in public, having an affinity for caps, seeing your favourite characters come to life, being in fancy dress on the Ubahn at 6am, geeking out, comics, Manga, Anime, Cosplay
Hello dark-indie-folk music, our old friend
When: THU–SAT, November 22–24
Where: Porgy & Bess
Entry: 3-day-pass: 89€, day-ticket: 35€ (at the doors: 39€)
Join this well established autumn highlight for 3 nights of Indie Folk tunes that will speak straight to your melancholic heart. The dark and intimate interior of Porgy & Bess will host 13 national and international artists (check out the program, here) that will awaken the blue bird inside of you. And while we totally made that one up and don’t know what it means, we still advise you to check out the line-up here and then rush to get your ticket organised, here.
Recommended if you like: the cold November rain, Singer-Songwriters, Indie Folk sounds, high-brow audiences, niche stuff, small festivals, blue birds
Fleamarket by moonlight
When: SAT, November 24, 2pm–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
Austria’s largest adventure and nature photography fair
When: SAT–SUN, November 24–25, 9am–6pm
Where: Messe Wien
Entry: 14.5€ day card, 27€ weekend pass, available here (one can also register for the seminars here)
This weekend’s fair is more than just an opportunity for every brand related to photography to show off their stuff, but it’s also a chance for many adventure travel brands to flaunt it. On top of the 250 different stalls/brands presenting at this fair, there will also be a chance to catch photo slideshows, talks and seminars from Austria’s leading adventurers, as well as product presentations and workshops. Sign up if you don’t want to miss an opportunity to learn more about life behind the lens.
Recommended if you like: fairs, photography, exploring photography, traveling, politics and art mingling, watching nature documentaries on the couch while only wearing a bath robe, David Attenborough’s voice, imagining dropping the day job and becoming an explorer
A film with a unique focus: Human Rights
When: November 29 – December 10
Where: various locations, check the program, here.
Entry: Varies per location
This is Vienna’s 2nd largest film festival and one that comes with a plenty of powerful messages in powerful films that will have you thinking about the big wide world. This Human World presents more than 100 documentary and fictional feature films, short films, animations and experimental films dealing with human rights issues, in 11 days. Films that aim to encourage people to scrutinise and re-examine their views and raise awareness about human rights and our responsibilities as fellow humans. Don’t keep going on about how the world’s turning to shit on your Facebook feed – get educated at this fascinating festival.
Recommended if you like: trying to understand issues bigger than you, being an active and responsible world citizen, being a film fanatic, watching documentaries
Get your kilt out of your closet – the Scots & the Irish are hosting a music + culture festival!
When: WED–SUN, November 30 – December 2 (check out the program, here)
Where: Various locations (check out the program, here)
Entry: varies, check for more information here
The Schottenfest is happening this week! Yippee! what the hell is the Schottenfest? Well, it’s a grassroots festival celebrating culture and music that the Scots, Irish and English have given birth to (and are still giving birth to). In it’s third year, while this festival has shrunk a little this year, there are some great acts on their stages worth checking out. This festival showcases the traditions and historic Gaelic links between Vienna, Ireland & Scotland in various locations around Vienna. Live music, readings, and talks will be happening over the 3 day festival. Check out their event guide for details on the price and program.
Recommended if you like: festivals that keep you out for three days in a row, the pleasing sounds of bagpipes, Scottish highland dancing, the Loch Ness monster, whisky, men in tartan, the Irish accent, rugged Scottish men…or women, Guinness, trying out your Sean Connery accent, singer-songwriters, making love slow and tenderly