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 26 awesome things happening this weekend in Vienna:
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Help crowdfund Vienna Würstelstand’s new video channel
Where: wherever you may be at this present moment
In between having all the awesome experiences waiting to be had in this week’s event guide, we’d really appreciate if you took a few minutes to support us!
We’re crowdfunding to launch a video channel for you and we’d love if you contributed a little something to help us make this happen! We’re calling the video channel, vienna senf, and the main character will be…yep, you guessed it – Vienna!
We want to make our content for you even better in video format, but to do this, we need your help! We promise, we won’t be asking you for anything else in the near future (ok, maybe at Christmas for that remote control mechanical bull). For the price of a good night out, you’ll be helping us give this magnificent city, a magnificent video channel. It doesn’t matter if its 10€ or 10,000 – it all counts! Crowdfund Vienna’s Würstelstand’s video channel, vienna senf, here.
Recommended if you like: Vienna Würstelstand
A fascinating play that will take you into the world of female sexuality
When: THU–SUN, October 18-20, 7:30pm
Entry: 20€ / reduced price: 15€
This is one fascinating play that will be sticking around town from Thursday until Saturday. The Vagina Monologues is a play that shines a spotlight on a sensitive area that (some) people tend not to talk about much – vaginas…and the female experience of sexuality. After 200 women from all walks of life were interviewed about super personal topics like sexuality, love and relationships , Eve Ensler put it all into a play, which she called, The Vagina Monologues. This Thursday through to Saturday night, the play will be performed at the classic theater, Ateliertheater, and it will be done so in English. If you’re looking to leave your bubble this weekend, do it with this play.
Recommended if you like: owning a vagina, learning something about the vagina, plays that put out there subjects seen as sensitive, dressing up to go to the theater, learning something from art, woolen sweaters, wearing spectacles even though you don’t need them and calling them ‘spectacles,’ human stories
Learn all you need to learn about starting a business…up
When: FRI–SUN, October 19–21, 3pm–10pm
Where: Austrian Standards
Entry: 21,45€–51,45€ (check which you need here)
Whether you have an idea, are already in the process of building a startup, or are just looking to get inspired – this weekends’ startup event is for you. There are three days of activities planned for aspiring entrepreneurs, including talks/ workshops about presenting your pitch (registration required) – you’ll get feedback from pros in the field, which will mean you’ll be getting top quality feedback. PLUS, there are also prizes on offer and investors looking for potential oppurtunities. If you have even the smallest incline towards starting up a business, the ticket would be money well spent.
Recommended if you like: startups, Runtastic and Schpock stories, being an entrepreneur, believing in the struggle, getting advice, scouting for places to invest your cold hard cash (if you have some spare you can always give it to us), learning what the future holds, getting ideas, being inspired, helping start ups get on their feet, getting involved
When: FRI–SUN, October 19–21
For real kids that love to game, kids that are supposed to be old enough to stand on their own feet and have jobs but instead live at home, eat pasta with butter and game all day, as well as those kids that do have real jobs but count down the moments until the mundane day is over only to go home and game: we present to you… (drum roll) game city 2018! This weekend at Rathausplatz, gaming will be all there is to talk about in the gothic halls of the town hall! Try new games, talk about games and game until you pass out in the park at 2 in the morning. Check out the details, here.
Recommended if you like: forgetting to eat because you’re staring at the screen, forgetting that people don’t live in the shape of a Japanese anime, virtually killing people, making friends on the net you never meet in real life
1000thing to do in Vienna celebrates 5 years with a kickin’ party
When: FRI, October 19, 11pm–6am
Where: The Loft
Entry: 5€ for first 55 guests (includes goodie bag) 8€ students, 10€ normal
There is probably 1000 things you could do this Friday, but in the mind of the online guide, 1000things, there is only one thing you should be doing. This Friday, the lifestyle blogazine is celebrating its 5th birthday, with 1000 balloons, 3 floors with everything from Techno, Indie/HipHop/80s/90s Trash and a genre of music we have never heard of called TBA… get down and see how many thousands of things you can get up to.
Recommended if you like: birthday parties, birthday cake, someone finally rounding up the number of frigging luftballons, goodie bags, being early, Techno, TBA, Indie–rock, Hip Hop, 1000things
VICE magazine meets the undead (that’s you, guys)
When: FRI, October 19, 10:30pm–5am
VICE loves any old excuse to slip into their party shoes and get it on, and they’re doing it this Friday. Not that we are complaining. Dust off whatever outfit you desire (and ask yourself why the hell your clothes are dusty) and get ready to celebrate the undead…so the dusting off may not actually be required. Just be sure to prepare your liver – vodka makava is only 7€ (roughly the cost of a Makava). Vice parties are typically top class.
Recommended if you like: Absolute truths, vodka and ice tea, magazine parties, sets by magazine members who thus come up with pretty damn decent DJ names, VICE, people who tackle the dirtier side of things, a dirty, dirty party, massive amounts of white stuff (icebergs)
An emotional musical journey to Tarab
When: FRI, October 19, 11pm–6am
Where: Grelle Forelle
There will be music spun on decks with emotion this Friday at Forelle. The Tarab party team, along with a kick ass crew of their favourite DJ peoples, will be dragging all who turn up to… ergh, well, Tarab. Their sets are put together to draw the emotional effect of music out of you, encourage the dance within you, and it’s all done with an artistic flair. This will be bought to a climax by the man, Sven, who you can catch below…
Recommended if you like: dancing, music that really draws the emotion out of you, Tarab, House, Deep House, anything with a Middle Eastern influence in it, musical journeys, dancing with strangers, sharing sweat, Hamburger(I)nnen
French Techno at the Partersauna
When: FRI, October 19, 11pm–6am
Entry: 17€ (click here), 18€ on the door
French Techno legend, Oxia, has an impressive array of remixes and original releases spanning back 20 years. This Friday, he will head up a line-up of young guns in a night that will play Melodic Techno against its Powerful Tech House sister – don those dancing shoes!
Recommended if you like: Techno, Powerful Techno House, Melodic Techno, French kissing, French DJs, partying in a sauna, sweating on a D–floor, making friends with the person in charge of the toilets
Party with a German knight of the night
When: FRI, October 19, 11pm–6am
Entry: 10€/15€ early bird, on the door TBA
DJ and producer Marek Hemmann is one of those dark horses who rode into the scene without causing a hullabaloo, quietly making a name for himself with his tunes. This Friday will see him take his Groovy House and Minimalist Techno onto the stage at Horst in a night that will surely satisfy your desires to dance and let loose.
Recommended if you like: groovy House, Minimalist Techno, Techno, German DJs, partying in massive clubs, clubs that have black walls, being underground, Knights of the round turntable, doing the riding a horsey dance, grooving, wearing sunglasses inside so no one can see your pupils (or who/what you are staring at)
Witness a quality poetry slam at the Wien Museum
When: FRI, October 19, 7pm–10pm
Where: Wien Museum
It’s slam season and this Friday will sees it all kicking off with some poetry. While the stage is open for all who are bold enough (register here), moderation will be organised by two veterans of the slam scene, Jonas and Henrik, who will hope to raise some eyebrows and put your hairs on end with some breathtaking renditions. This is one of the best poetry slam nights in town.
Recommended if you like: poetry, poetry slams, local artists, FOMP, working up the courage to get on stage, getting over stage fright developed at a young age, being bold, doing something that scares you
TED comes to town with a bunch of international speakers
When: SAT, October 13, 9am–9:30pm
Entry: 59–149€ (while the tickets are sold out, you should try your luck in getting one on the Facebook event page or in front of the event venue)
Focusing on the theme of SIMPLEXITY, TEDx has organised a mega day of talks in typical TED-style and it’s happening in the Volkstheater. The annual conference will have a raft of international and interesting speakers talking about this (their words, not ours) – ‘ In the increasingly complex and interdependent world of 2018 human beings seem to be wired for bias. We often mistake immensity for complexity and subtlety for simplicity, ignoring for instance that house plants can be more complicated than manufacturing plants. ‘ Did you catch that? Well, to put it simply, the conference will shine a light on the intertwined and sometimes complementary relationship between simplicity and complexity. While the tickets are sold out, you should try your luck in getting one on the Facebook event page or in front of the event venue
Recommended if you like: future stuff, learning in your free time, speakers, meet and greets, meeting people in your field, networking, being open-minded, dreaming of living in Silicon valley, dreaming of earning like they do in Silicon Valley, international events
Catch the live stream of the big event
When: SAT, October 20, 9am–5pm
Where: Cafe 7Stern
If you were unlucky in finding a ticket for this weekend’s TEDx, or simply couldn’t get the cash together to afford one – fear not! This Saturday, you can still catch all the happenings of the massive TEDx event going down at Volkstheater for FREE at Cafe 7Stern. The added bonus being that one can come and go as one pleases without feeling guilty. You can also have a banging breakfast during the show. Read up more about it above, or check out this link.
Recommended if you like: doing things on the cheap, live streams, TEDx events, the endless search for simplicity, relationships, things that compliment, international line-ups, variety of talks, after parties, being sly, merging words, simplexity, making stuff up, thought provoking talks, inspiring people
Those stylish Scandinavians in Vienna’s 6th throw a party for their 3rd birthday
When: SAT, October 20, 10am−6pm
What do you think of when you think of Scandinavians? Wait, let us guess – swimming in icy cold waters naked! Ok, maybe that’s the 2nd thing – the first would be beautiful design. And there’s a handsome shop in Vienna’s 6th district that has been known for selling some of the best Scandi’ design for the last 3 years. And as this Saturday will mark their 3rd year of existence, they’ve decided to throw a party! This is a day time party, keep in mind, and the best thing about it is not hedonistic acts in dark corners of a club, yet rather there will be cake, drinks, and 10% OFF all the stuff in store! So if you’re looking to pimp your house with some stylish design, get on down to Nanna’s birthday this Saturday!
Recommended if you like: Scandinavian design, parties with Nanna, shopping local, jumping in icy cold waters naked, typography and art books
A food festival, with something extra
When: SAT–SUN, October 20–21, 10am–6pm (8pm SAT)
This one is for all the foodies out there – this Weekend ichkoche.at is presenting a full programme of food at, what is not only a trade show, but also a day of workshops (the ‘pimp my pumpkin’ workshop stands out as a must see ) this Saturday. It will be a celebration of all things edible. The workshops are autumn and winter themed, which we think is a pretty cool twist.
Recommended if you like: cooking, pumpkins, learning new tricks in the kitchen, playing with vegetables, pickling stuff, quality produce, food trucks, taking the little ones out and getting them excited about greens, making sexual innuendos with funny shaped veg’
Fleamarket by moonlight
When: SAT, October 20, 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
A mini-festival jammed into one night!
When: SAT, October 20, 5pm–5am
Where: Fluc + Fluc Wanne
Entry: 43€ here, or 45€ on the door (39€ at Jugeninfo)
Saturday will see Fluc gather a collection of underground DIY-esque artists in a line-up that is both bizarre and brilliant. While the ticket seems a little pricey, you do get 6 different bands (some of whom are below) all performing something that is a hard sell in the mainstream, but good in its own right:
Recommended if you like: the weird and wonderful, underground music, like really underground, Punk, Indie Punk, German Stuff, Japanese Music, 6 band evenings, mini festivals where you don’t actually have to leave the city, J-Pop, re–evaluating your music collection
Drum and Bass at Forelle with the Contrast crew
When: SAT, October 20, 11pm–6am
Where: Grelle Forelle
Entry: 14€ pre–sale here, 16€ on the door.
The Drum and Bass night has pulled in another British big dog leading us to the question, if there is no Brit on board, can it even be called a DnB night? Which in turn leads us to the next question. What on earth will happen to DnB on the continent post Brexit? How will a no deal effect the exportation of the genre? The fear sets in. Anyway, this Saturday will see Emperor take to the stage, a man who shot to stardom in 2012 and has been on the road ever since. Have a listen below for a taste:
Recommended if you like: Drum and Bass, British DJs, high contrast, contrast nights, repetitive bass to make sure your heart is beating properly, having that feeling that the floor will crumble beneath your feet because of the bass, baggy trousers, cargo trousers, having lots of pockets available on your trousers
Techno head from the heart of the scene hits up Vienna
When: SAT, October 20, 11pm–6am
Entry: 11€ early bird, 13€ after (both here). On the door TBA.
Saturday will see Dirty Doering take to the stage at the Sauna. The Berlin-based Techno head, who hit the scene running with the 2010 release of ‘I would’, has come a long way from just working in Techno bars. As is often the case, having been first an avid follower of the scene, he knows what you want and what will make you dance.
Recommended if you like: big dog Berlin DJs, Techno, dancing til’ you wear through the soles, House, Electronic music, Dance music, cats, being dirty, love and air, fairy floss, getting hot and sweaty in a sauna…the Pratersauna that is
Party back in time at Horst 90s party
When: SAT, October 13, 11pm–6am
Entry: 10€ before one if you post in event, 13€ otherwise
This Saturday will see the HORST club crew rolling out their 90s disco night again. So get ready to go full Bloodhoundgang, Backstreet Boys and Falco – we are talking, tops off and swimming on the floor kind of style.
Recommended if you like: doggie style, Will Smith, Mambo number 5, pelvic thrusts in the general direction of a good looking person, that time when Shady was back (who knows where he had been before) Scooter, pre-meltdown Britney, Oasis
A Hip Hop and RnB party for VIPs
When: SAT, October 20, 11pm–6am
Where: VIE i PEE
The self-proclaimed ‘place for Hip Hop and RnB’ in Vienna is definitely not messing around when they put on a night. This Saturday, with an indoor and outdoor area, basketball, shisha, and most importantly, all the classic Hip Hop and RnB you could possibly want going straight into dancing body.
Recommended if you like: RnB, Hip Hop, Basketball, Primetime parties, being a VIP without paying for it, peeing in special places, wearing a flat-brimmed baseball cap backwards, bouncing up and down to music with one arm in the air
Party to good vibes and Techno st this magic party
When: SAT, October 20, 11pm–6am
Where: Das Werk
Entry: 8€ until 11:30pm, 10€ thereafter
Salon Magika just got magic–er. This Saturday, they will be bringing their usual excellence to the decks with a very special twist – Hütte. The Hütte crowd are a collection of friends who love a party and have got rather good at it. After the success of their first mini festival (which was delightful FYI) they are bringing their love, friendliness and absolute desire to dance to a wider audience. Trust us when we tell you, this is not a night to be missed. Here is one of their own to get you in the mood and shepherd you to the right decision….
And the main man, Detmolt, who will be the climax on the decks:
Recommended if you like: wild parties, lovely people, minimalism, Techno, Love Buzzes, making friends on a night out, small but intimate, parties across floors, huts, living in a hut, shepherds, sheep skin, that Berlin sound in Vienna, Magic, utopian parties, declaring your love to strangers as you watch the sun rise
Catch one of Britain’s funniest men at the Marx Halle
When: SAT, October 20, 7pm–9pm
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 36.90–51.90€, buy your ticket here
Britain’s funniest man, ok maybe one of the top three funniest men is coming to Vienna this Saturday. Tickets are unsurprisingly moving quick, but if you do manage to snaffle one up, be warned! – do not heckle him! But definitely do encourage your friend to, and then enjoy the show as their life, family, friends and everything they believe in, is absolutely torn to shreds by Jimmy’s sharp tongue.
Recommended if you like: witty people, comedians with tongues so sharp they can cause damage, seriously good comedy, laughing so much that a little pee escapes, setting your mates up to get destroyed, a rare big name in town, doing something a little different with your Saturday night
Greatest Austro Pop hits at Theater am Spittelberg
When: SUN, October 21, 7:30pm–10:30pm
Where: Theater am Spittelberg
Entry: 23€, buy your ticket here
Austrian Singer-Songwriter, Ernst Molden, has been likened to the likes of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen in style.Together with two other Viennese musicians, Walther Soyka and Karl Sitner, they’ll perform at Theater am Spittelberg.
Recommended if you like: checking out local talents, Wienerlied, ever so cooly closing your eyes and listening to the music, Georg Danzer, improving your Viennese
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
Celebrating 100 years of Egon Schiele
When: FRI, September 28, 7pm–10pm
Where: Leopold Museum
Egon Schiele is a rock star in terms of modernist painters. And his groupies are aplenty. And to honour 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. This Friday, you’ll be able to take a look at the ‘reloaded’ exhibition at Leopold Museum for free!
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
100 years of Austria in pictures
When: Daily, until February 2019, 10am–7pm
Entry: 12/9€ (other deals available check here)
In this photo-journey you’ll find yourself following how all the above in the title developed in Austria from the year 1918 to the present day. The aim is to put the last 100 years of history into a visual format, using the MUMOK’s own collection, and they’ll be filling in the gaps with a few borrowed numbers from various Austrian institutes.
Recommended if you like: photo journalism, using photos to tell stories, you only read books if it has got pictures in it, learning the history of the country where you live, going over your own history, visualisation
Claude Monet will be hanging around (get it?) at the Albertina until 2019
When: the exhibition is on until January 6, 2019
The largest Monet exhibition in Austria in more than 20 years is happening in the Albertina at the moment. If you want to get your own glimpse of the water lilies, this your chance. This French Impressionist is considered a big deal and is loved in the art world for a reason, and for a limited time only, you can check out a big chunk of his work at the Albertina.
Recommended if you like: Claude Monet, Impressionism, French artists, Albertina, big freakin’ exhibitions, floral arrangements, weeping willows, lots of colour, impressing people with your weekend plans, gorgeous museums