Summer is (almost) over but that doesn’t mean the fun is over! NOOOOO way. September has so much to offer this year in terms of markets, art festivals and more!
Here are 15 things to do to make the most out of September in Vienna:
Don’t miss our event!
When: THU, September 6th, 6pm
Where: West.Bar.Die Pop-Up Bar beim WestLicht
Entry: Pay as you wish, all donations go towards crowdfunding Vienna Würstelstand’s fun and fresh new video channel, vienna senf (More info. here)
(insert dramatic drum roll here) Vienna Würstelstand presents: the VIENNA SENF FEST
Here’s the deal – we’re calling on Vienna Würstelstand’s community to show us some love by helping us crowdfund our new video channel, vienna senf.
In return, to launch the crowdfunding campaign, we’re throwing you one hell of a PARTY! (ain’t no party like a vienna senf part-ay!)
In the awesome location of the pop-up WestBar. Die Pop-Up Bar beim WestLicht there will be:
+ Brazilian Maracatu drummer band, Maracatu Caxinguelê will be performing to kick the party off!
+ the talented guest DJs from the Heimlich collective, Marisa Sarah Mo & m ë x providing some Downtempo Techno type beats. Here’s a taste of their sound:
+ The mighty Wrapstars serving up their fat, flavoursome & no bulls** wraps!
+ the beautiful crowd from WestBar serving up summer drinks
+ a piñata (because what’s a party without a piñata)
+ a ‘I hate/love Vienna’ video booth in which you can tell us why you hate/love Vienna on video
+ a kid’s pool filled with senf (this one is on the maybe list, but could you imagine!)
+ and the BIGGEST song release of the year! (we’ve produced a awesome super Schlager tune to prove to you how much we love this city.
This ain’t your typical crowdfunding party. NOPE! We’re calling on the people power of the Vienna Würstelstand community to help us make their magazine even better.
Recommended if you like: Vienna Würstelstand, the West.Bar, showing love and support, a party like no other, street food, likeminded people, exclusive events in cool locations, international and local crowds, down-tempo music, Brazilian drums!
Vienna’s finest (and weirdest) street performers all in one place!
When: FRI–SUN, September 7–9, 2pm–10pm (kids stuff from 2pm–7pm)
Kids, adults, um, yeah that about covers everyone – who doesn’t like some good street entertainment? The Buskers Festival will be three days of dance troupes, musicians, people wrapped in aluminium foil on stilts reading poetry… you name it, the Buskers Festival has got it. Fair warning: A trick of the trade for performers fighting stage fright is to imagine the audience in their underwear so don’t wear those imaginary granny panties, no matter how comfortable they are. Check out thew program, here.
Recommended if you like: throwing rotten tomatoes at performers (just kidding, don’t do that!), watching humans launch other humans into the air, melodic confessions of angst and anguish, free entertainment, fire-breathing,
Walk wonky for wine amongst the vineyards at this wine festival
When: SAT–SUN, September 8-9
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 the vineyard-covered hills that skirt the towns between Mödling and Bad Vöslau, you can hop between the different wineries, Heurige and Buschenschank who will all be throwing open there doors this month (see the dates above). This really is a beauty of an 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
Saturday Fleamarket in the 19th
When: SAT, Sept 15, 8am–6pm
Where: Obkirchergasse, 1190
What’s autumn without visiting the massive flea market on the 19th district’s Obkirchengasse. On a sunny September day (we hope) private sellers will set up their stands full of second-hand stuff, and the businesses along the street will also spill onto the pavement. It’s a family affair (so no naked cowboy stunts again) and there will be face painting, a small kids flea market and a clown named Clown Poppo (which somehow we found to be a very creepy name) doing his thing. Come for the secondhand stuff, stay for the clown.
Recommended if you like: flea markets, being outdoors and feeling all springish, getting a bunch of new things yet old for you or your home, clowns, second hand things, the thrill of the fleamarket hunt for that new pair vintage boots you’re looking for
The year’s best photo journalism in one exhibition – powerful stuff!
When: September 14 – October 21, 11am–7pm
This exhibit is even in the calendars of those that hardly ever step foot in a gallery. With around 100 exhibitions around the world annually, the World Press Photo exhibition is the most popular traveling photo event in the world. And the poignant, moving images that are always guaranteed at this display of photojournalism’s greatest shots of the year, can be seen until the second half of October in Vienna’s Westlicht gallery. Don’t be surprised if you leave with tears in your eyes, or inspired.
Recommended if you like: understanding the world a little better, pictures that say more than words, a picture speaks a thousand words, photo journalism, playing caption competitions with your exhibition buddy, being moved and inspired
See parts of the city you’ve never seen before on this special day
When: SAT–SUN, September 15–16, 10am–5pm
Ever wondered what’s behind the street facade of some of Vienna beautiful and interesting looking buildings? Ever wondered what some companies do that you’ve heard of. Ever want to get a sneak peek into some of the parts city closed to the public? Well, this event Open House Vienna is all about exploring your city and doing all these things mentioned above. Companies and buildings throw open their doors to the public, and allow them to have a look around some of the most interesting parts of the city, especially those places with some of the most interesting architecture. Full details are available on the Open House Facebook Page, which will be including a list of the buildings that are participating.
Recommended if you like: exploring your city, going in places you shouldn’t, looking through the keyhole, being nosy as hell, free tours of interesting buildings, architecture, free stuff
A week of fashion!
When: MON–SUN, September 10–16
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
Wander through the wine hills of Vienna and enjoy the festival atmosphere
When: SAT–SUN, September 29 – September 30
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. Expect some queues and to walk like penguins in parts of the trails where it gets narrow and crowded, but all in all 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 into boss while you’re both tipsy, walking and wining, Gemischter Satz
Vienna’s modest answer to the Oktoberfest
When: THU–SUN, September 27 – October 14
Where: Prater Kaiserwiese
Entry: 39–99€, buy your ticket here
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. Around the same time, the festival is happening a couple of hundred kilometres away in Munich, Germany. We’d recommend the Wiener Wiesn fest for anybody who’s from Bavaria and missing home, 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.
Recommended if you like: leather pants, dirndls, the Austrian national costume, drinking beer with strangers, listening to local country music, being jolly and happy
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
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.
Streetball & Hip Hop at Karlsplatz
When: September 22, 10am
16 Streetball teams, Hip-Hop DJs, drinks & signature sandwiches from the super delicious Gorilla Kitchen Taste Laboratory will make this September day definitely worth your time. Interested teams made up of 3 to 5 members can still sign up for this very cool basketball competition. But be warned – it’s not just for the fun of it as the comp’ will be fierce with precious vouchers for Gorilla Kitchen’S tasty treats up for grabs. Yumm! There’s always a funky vibe happening at this event.
Recommended if you like: Streetball, hippidy-hop, great street food, new tastes, over-sized trousers that reveal boxer shorts, bold sneakers, hoods, NBA, wearing flat-brimmed baseball caps, burritos
Make the most out of this month of markets!
There are many market opportunities popping up in September and they’re all awesome. Some come with street food on the side, DJs and lots and lots of designers and creators showing off their unique and original items, from fashion to accessories, jewellery and more
When: SAT, September 22, 5pm–11pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
The MoodscheinBazar always offers something a little bit more romantic than your normal flea market experience, and this month, 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.
When: SAT–SUN, September 15–16
Where: Marx Halle
Edelstoff market is back with an early spring market edition this month. We still remember our time at the last Edelstoff Designmarkt fondly – we were greedily munching our way through the different street food stands while looking at some damn hip design, art and jewellery. Multi-tasking is a glorious thing. We like that even though there’s always a big, young crowd at Edelstoff, it never gets too full or stressful. The market will also feature the traditional hoard of food trucks to splurge at, while they also have some neat DJ tunes in the background to urge on your hedonistic urges.
Recommended if you like: shopping in special locations, sipping a drink between stands, unique items, bargaining for a t-shirt, sandwiches from food trucks, sustainable living, the thrill of the market hunt
One of the coolest art festivals in the city
When: TUE–SUN, September 25–30
Where: Lassallestraße 1, 1020
Few things can inspire the creative mind as much as the cutting edge art fair, Parallel Vienna, does each year. For the 6th time in a row, this art fair will transform unique 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 all gathered under one roof. It is as much a 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 fair for the art lovers amongst us
When: THU–SUN, September 27–30
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. The Viennacontemporary art fair – which hosts over 100 galleries from over 26 countries – prides itself for not only being a market place for art aficionados to browse, yet also a fair that showcases young up-and-coming 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, very-very modern art
The music festival where East meets West
When: THU–SAT, September 27-29
Entry: 24–55€, get your tickets here
A wave of bands will be hitting Vienna’s shores this week when the Waves Vienna music festival rolls up this month They claim to bring some of the best of up-and-coming Eastern European and Western European 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 Slovakia and Portugal, under the motto “East meets West”. 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 an explorer when it comes to music, collecting music like you do stamps and second-hand underwear
Get inspired at Vienna Design Week
When: September 28 – October 7
Where: All over town! Check out the program and venues here!
The Vienna Design Week is Austria’s largest design festival and has reached its 12th edition this year! For just over a week, the city becomes an open stage for design, and to showcase how it is shaping our everyday lives and influences us as individuals. Design is defining our lifestyle, our taste and our aesthetic sense and the Vienna Design Week is here to remind us of just that. The addressed themes are very broad – from education to migration, mobility and future scenarios for living environments. This festival shows that design can open eyes and bring solutions to many day to day issues. Check out their website for the complete program and get ready for many days full of exhibitions, workshops, presentations, guided tours and talks on the subject of design.
Recommended if you like: graphic design, product design, having a juicer designed as a milk carton, when pretty things are useful things, wallpaper, fonts, design, getting inspired, exhibition-hopping
The city’s biggest flea market is on again
When: FRI–SAT, September 28–29, 8am–7pm
On a 2km stretch, 360 stands will be set up along the beloved Neubaugasse street in the 7th district. The stands will stock lots and lots of vintage accessories, fashion, stuff from the stores that live on the street, and plenty of antiques. This flea market always attracts hundreds, making the street as packed as a …well, really busy street. Alongside all the shopping, there’ll be live concerts, art shows, food & drinks and special acts for one and all.
Recommended if you like: 1070 Wien, shopping, vintage things, re-using things, street events, live music and action, the thrill of the flea market hunt