18 things you NEED to do to make the most out of September in Vienna

18 things you NEED to do to make the most out of September in Vienna

September 2, 2019

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September 2, 2019

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Squeeze September like a lemon before the city cools down and heads into winter!

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.

Check out these 18 events that will help you make the most out of September this year:

© Header image courtesy of Buskers Festival Vienna


Vienna’s finest (and weirdest) street performers all in one place!

Buskers Festival Wien 2019 – Wiener Straßenkunst Festival

When: FRI–SUN, September 6–8, 2pm–10pm (kids stuff from 2pm–7pm)
Where: Karlsplatz
Entry: Free!

Kids! Adults! Um, yeah, that about covers everyone – who doesn’t like some quality street performing? And thankfully, there’s a festival that will be gathering a whole bunch of beautiful buskers in one place. 

The Buskers Festival is three days of dance troupes, musicians, people wrapped in aluminium foil on stilts reading poetry, and all kinds of performers… you name it, the Buskers Festival has got it. This festival is simply awesome. 

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 the programme.

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, buskers

A relaxed day party in the park

Das große Parkfest 2019 / 25hours meets Markterei

When: FRI–SAT, September 6–7, 12pm–1am
Where: in the courtyard next to the 25 Hours Hotel
Entry: Free!

Don’t start pulling out your fall cardigans and rain boots yet! Summer can still be found laying on a blanket in the grass, clutching onto an Aperol Spritz and sauntering around buying jars of pesto at this 2 day festival of food, music, and general summer lazing. Save energy for flirting with sun-burned hotties (see what I did there?) at the after party at the rooftop bar of the hotel. Oh yea, no dogs. Sorry, pups.

Recommended if you like: eavesdropping on people the next blanket over, food gorging, food comas, skipping school, wearing flowy clothing, being really hot, walking slowly

A huge D’n’B party at the Gasometer


When: SAT, September 7, 10pm–6am
Where: Gasometer
Entry: 24.20€ (available here), 25€ on the door

Austria’s number one Drum and Bass record label, Mainframe, is turning 17 and unsurprisingly they are throwing a little party… well, this may be a little bit of an understatement. There will be a vast array of DJs throwing out their best DnB beats to a sweaty and hungry crowd in the Gasometer. This will probably be the biggest party of the month. Here’s a taste of what it will sound like:

Recommended if you like: Drum and Bass, getting out of town for a party, super sweet sixteens, that ringing sound you get from standing to close to a speaker, not being able to her your boss berate you on a Monday Morning, smiling and nodding

Laugh your ass off with this very witty and honest author

An Evening with David Sedaris 2019

When: TUE, September 10, 7:30pm–11pm­
Where: Gartenbaukino
Entry: 26€ (row 1–20) / 23€ (row 21–32)

If you get your hands on tickets for Sedaris’ show, count yourself lucky. Sedaris is one funny guy. Not only does he write well, but he’s also a brilliant performer at his readings. This American author lays bare everything, including his innermost thoughts, that he’d kept in diaries from nearly four decades. And he’ll be stripping himself naked (figuratively, not literally you weirdo) with his audience at the Gartenbaukino on this Tuesday night in September. Expect a lot of hilarious, illuminating, and captivating stories.

Recommended if you like: loling, being nosy, sticking your nose into another person’s personal affairs, diary poetry slams, comedians who tell you EVERYTHING about them, witty authors, David.Fucking. Sedaris

The year’s best photo journalism in one exhibition – powerful stuff!

World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 in Vienna

When: until October 20, 11am–7pm
Where: Westlicht
Entry: 7€ (5€ reduced)

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 full of inspiration.

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

Spin your Dirndl round and round, it’s time for a harvest festival!

Erntedankfest 2019

When: SAT–SUN, September 7–8
Where: Augarten
Entry: Free!

It’s time to lose the bikini bod’ and fatten ourselves up for the winter.  There’s no better way to do that than be having a blast at a harvest celebration! You can expect traditional Austrian food, performances, and lots of Lederhosen at this harvest festival. Sorry, we have no tips for where to park your tractor. For detailed info, check out the programme

Recommended if you like: harvest thanking, hoes (the farming tool, you sinner), feasting, standing very close to other people as you all engage in attentive music listening, drinking beer and yelling “jawohl!”

Get lost in the crowd (and lost in the music) at this street festival

Reindorfgassenfest 2019

When: FRI–SAT, September 6–7
Where: Reindorfgasse
Entry: Free!

You won’t be able to stand still at this street festival (like, really, because the crowd will be pushing you) as you listen and marvel at the many bands and solo artists playing on 3 different stages. This will be 2 days jam packed (get it? Jam) full of music; and that is not all folks! That is not all! There will be food, there will be face painting (we suggest you go for a butterfly look), there will be shopping for random flea market treasures, there will be children’s activities. ANNND …no, that’s about it. Something for everyone, right?

Recommended if you like: leaving the house every once in a while, aural pleasure, walking in the middle of the street, the smell of fried desserts, guitars and people who play them

“The flavors in this dish are so utterly complex in their simplicity” -Food Eater

Gault & Millau Genuss-Messe 2019

When: SAT–SUN, September 7–9, from 12pm
Where: Kursalon Hübner
Entry: 89€ for 1 day, 160€ for both days, buy a ticket

We would suggest you go light on breakfast before this boushy, gourmet affair. That way you’ll be prepared to experience the magic in your mouth promised to be made by the 100 top chefs and 50 winemakers that this event will be bringing to the city. Kitchen demonstrations (we hope there’s knife juggling), tastings, and masterful wine, schnapps, and beer pairings are all included in the ticket price.

Recommended if you like: food that’s so good you’ll cry, elitism, watching somebody chop veggies, the right wine with your food (we didn’t know there was ever a wrong wine),  taking your Bentley out for a spin

A week of fashion!

MQ Vienna Fashion Week 2019

When: MON–SUN, September 9–15
Where: Headquarters is at Museumsquartier (spin off events will be happening around the city. Check out more details, here)
Entry: from 20€, buy a ticket to a show

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.

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 programme.

Recommended if you like: being a fashionista, posting 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

A mini-fest celebrating women

Feministival 2019 – 5 Jahre Solidarity, Sister

When: FRI, September 13, 3pm–1am
Where: Brotfabrik
Entry: 5€ festival ticket, 15€ workshop ticket, buy a ticket

Sorority will be celebrating their 5-years anniversary in September. For those that aren’t aware, Sorority is a colelctive of ambitious and talented women all about supporting each other in their individual pursuits.

With an all female DJ line-up, this party will be displaying some of Vienna’s best female DJs, as well as offering food, drinks, live music, workshops and much more (including a sister’s gift corner, whatever that is!). Be sure to check out their event page for more info.

Recommended if you like: feminism, the women in your life, sisters before misters, checking out Vienna’s finest female DJs, mini-festivals, festivals with a fully packed programmes, gender equality, owning a vagina, the idea of living in a world where woman rule it, Lena Dunham

Alice Cooper lets off one of his amazing shows in Stadthalle

Alice Cooper in Vienna

When: MON, September 16, 6:30pm–12am
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: from 55€, buy a ticket

Artificial blood, live decapitations, monsters and big-ass spiders, gigantic stage shows that has had fans trembling and and rocking out for decades – this is the stuff of an Alice Cooper concert. And one of these shows will be going down in Stadthalle in September. So put on some messy makeup, and your leather jacket and enjoy this great stage show!

Recommended if you like: Rock and Metal music, artists that are famous for decades and never get boring, Stadthalle concerts, live events, creepy people and music acts, rock-grandfathers

It’s all about the rum, Vienna! Oh, and the gin!

Vienna Rum Festival & Ginmarkt 2019

When: FRI–SAT, September 20–21, from 12pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: 23€ day tickets, 34€ festival pass, buy a ticket

In September, the Ottakringer Brauerei will play host to a festival celebrating 2 kinds of spirits that have gained popularity in recent years – Rum and Gin! Two festivals will be taking place in the brewery at the same time – the Ginmarkt and the Rum Festival. Both festivals will bring together and showcase local and international spirit distillers, new cocktails, and there will also be some funky food on offer to  soak up all the booze. You’ll get some tasting vouchers with your tickets.

Tip: if you buy a ticket for both festivals, you’ll get a discounted entrance to both…and probably leave with a very wonky walk

Recommended if you like: being a pirate, cocktails in the afternoon, 2-day festivals, trying something new, getting wasted on a Sunday, Ottakringer Brauerei events, gin, rum, Moscow Mules, being a connoisseur

One of the coolest art festivals in the city

Parallel Vienna 2019

When: TUE–SUN, September 24–29
Where: Lassallestraße 5, 1020
Entry: free!

Few things can inspire the creative mind as much as the cutting edge art fair, Parallel Vienna, does each year. For the 7th 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 all kinds to showcase art, from galleries to project spaces, curated spaces and individual artists. 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 of local creatives at this funky fair. Get all your info on their website.
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 dedicated to Sake

1. Sake Week Vienna

When: THU, June 27, 5pm–9pm
Where: various locations in Vienna
Entry: TBA, check out this website for updates!

Vienna will see its first ever Sake festival taking place this September. Various events will take place throughout Vienna during this week that are dedicated to Japan’s finest rice wines. Take part in Cheese & Sake Tastings, Sake & Sense blind tastings and masterclasses with Sake Sommeliers (yup, that’s a thing, and much more.

Recommended if you like: looking civilised whilst slowly getting drunk, being a connoisseur, squinting into a glass and uttering which “notes” you can detect, Japanese culture, Asian cuisine, slurping ramen, drinking indoors, being highbrow

Vienna’s modest answer to the Oktoberfest

Wiener Wiesen Fest

When: September 26 – October 13
Where: Prater Kaiserwiese
Entry: varies, buy a ticket

in recent years, Vienna’s hosted a beer-swilling festival with lederhosen and traditional brass band music heard in upper Austria and Bavaria. The Wiener Wiesen Fest strives to be like the mother of all beer festivals, the Oktoberfest.

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 folk music, being jolly and happy

Check out Austria’s largest design festival

Get inspired at Vienna Design Week

When: September 27 – October 6
Where: All over town! Check out the programme & venues
Entry: varies, check the website for details!

For just over a week, the city will become an open stage for design. This festival showcases how design 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 exactly 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

Wander through the wine hills of Vienna and enjoy the festival atmosphere

Wiener Weinwandertage 2019

When: SAT–SUN, September 28–29
Where: for the routes of the Wiener Weinwandertage, check this website
Entry: free!

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, be sure to check out the Vienna Tourism website.

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

There’s a Sturm a’ brewing

September is Sturm season!

When: all September long, almost!
Where: various locations in Vienna (and also in supermarkets)

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.

Recommended if you like: semi-fermented drings, grape juice with a twist, running to and fro’ the toilet if you drink too much, first signs of autumn