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 32 awesome things happening this weekend in Vienna:
Treasures from 50 art galleries and antique dealers
When: MON-SUN, November 12-18, 11am-7pm
Entry: 13€, ticketing info here
Art & Antique Hofburg is celebrating its 50th anniversary and that means you’ll find treasures from 50 art galleries and art and antique dealers in the grand rooms of Vienna’s palaces. Who doesn’t want to wear their corset and white wig out for a little treasure hunting IN A PALACE!? (Corsets and wigs: not required.) Fun facts: Women get in free on November 12th and men get in free on November 14th. Also, there’s a tour for kids ages 4-12.
Recommended if you like: Art & Antique Hofburg, feeling boushy as fuck, saying “what a fine piece” and “splendid!” and “Hans, ready the carriage”, walking on cobblestones, reading by candle light, art, antiques, palaces, a chance to see impressive pieces of art and antiques from 50 different galleries
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
Get in the mood for Christmas this week when the markets open!
When: November 15 – Christmas, 2pm−5pm
Set within the narrow cobblestone lanes of the Spittelberg neighbourhood, below the short, sweet houses, this Christmas market really does give us a furry, warm feeling inside. And it’s opening for the season this Thursday, November 15! Christmas markets don’t get more charming than this. The craft stands are mostly occupied by local artisans here, which is a fresh change to the made-in-China craft found at many Christmas markets around Vienna.
Recommended if you like: Kartoffelpuffer, Punsch, Christmas time in the city, the idea of saving yourself Christmas shopping gauntlet, the smell of roasted maroni
Celebrate Brazil’s Culture!
When: FRI−SUN, November 16−18
This weekend, enjoy a full 3-day ride into Brazil’s culture at the Weltmuseum. This weekend, you will have the opportunity to explore Brazil’s music, literature, filmography and more!. Celebrate the diversity this amazing country offers and get your Samba steps flowing for what will be a brilliant celebration of Brazil’s cultural richness, and its intercultural dialogue with Austria!
Recommended if you like: Brazil…duh, learning about other cultures, foreign films, reading your books like you eat your cereal, the Portuguese language, traveling with a backpack
Catch a Ukrainian Techno pro at Grelle Forelle
When: FRI, November 16, 11pm–6am
Where: Grelle Forelle
Entry: 13€, buy your ticket here
To get their first event up and running, the CirQ team have employed the help on the decks of the Ukrainian, Nastia, this Friday. Known not only for her lack of formal ‘training’, but also for her relentless hard work ethic and absolute desire to get people onto the dance floor, her rise from club dancer to Techno legend reads much like a rags to riches story.
Recommended if you like: Ukrainians, Techno, DJs who dance more than you, DJs who dance with you, propaganda, rags to riches stories, people who work hard to get what they want, clubs where photos are not allowed, dancing in the dark
Dance to German Techno in the Sauna
When: FRI, November 16, 11pm–6am
Entry: 15,99€ available here
Catch German DJ, Sascha Braemer, this Friday at the Sauna. Going solely on the fact that the Electronica DJ has already sold out the ‘super early bird’ and ‘early bird’ tickets, he must be some DJ, so make sure you don’t miss out and find yourself just sitting alone, on your sofa, in your sweat pants, watching videos like the one below, this Friday:
Recommended if you like: Electronica, Minimal Techno, Deep House, German DJs, sold out crowds, aimlessly wandering through the Prater Park trying not to get freaked out in the early hours, hanging out in the Prateraauna, scented snow balls
Lose yourself in a night of magic Downtempo Techno tunes
When: FRI, November 16, 11pm–6am
Where: Das Werk
This Friday, the party crowd from Salon Magika will continue with their collaboration-themed nights when they pair up with the Leipzig outfit, the Ost–Apotheke. Instead of providing vitamin supplements, the Apotheke team have instead curated a list of Leipzig–based DJs headed up by Slow–House/Tech head, Garstique, whose bio’ promises ‘heartbeat music.’ Check him out, below.
Recommended if you like: collaborations, Slow Techno, Slow House, slowing the feck down sometimes, Ost–Apotheke simply because the name is cool, Leipzig, industrial beats, heart beat music, making the world smaller through dance
From Coffee house to DJ Decks – catch a unique DJ on the decks
When: FRI, November 16, 11pm–6am
Where: SASS Music Club
This Friday at Merkwürdig, they have enlisted the talents of the eccentric cafe owner, Barry Bahia. The part-time DJ has a love for Soul and Groove, which can be heard in his Klagenfurt Coffee house. However, Friday he will step back behind the decks with his buddy, Will, and the team at Merkwürdig to get us all dancing, fixing us with beats that hit as strong as their coffee.
Recommended if you like: coffeehouse beats, Groove, Soul, Techno, people from Klagenfurt, Corinthia, Minimal Techno, strange things, dancing all the way into Sunday, wandering around the first district still a bit pissed but pretending to be a tourist, blaming tourists for everything
A night of slamming poetry into people’s ear holes
When: FRI, November 16, 8pm–11pm
The Slam B poetry slam at the Literaturhaus is back this Friday with 12 wordsmiths hitting the stage for 5 minutes, slamming their poetry out to a crowd of literary lovers. As always at this veteran of the slams, the applause is the vote, so be sure to cheer extra loud for your favourite poet. This week’s Slam B edition will be a special one, as it’ll be party of the Bock auf Kultur event series.
Recommended if you like: poetry made for the modern day, the beauty to be found in words, audience participation, wordsmiths, people being bold, poetry, emotional events, getting inspired
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
Enjoy this little Christmas village opening for the season
When: SAT, November 17, 2pm−5pm
Where: Campus der Universität Wien – Altes AKH
The Weihnachtsdorf in the Altey AKH will open this weekend, so if you wanna’ get in the Christmas spirit early, this is the place to be this Saturday! With lights strung from tree to tree in the vast courtyard of the university campus, this Christmas market almost makes you feel like you’re in the middle of a forest. It’s also one of the most children-friendly markets, with a bunch of rides and a small ferris wheel, which adds to the ambience. The wooden huts are mostly filled with the stuff you’ll find at most markets, however the magic of fairy lights in the trees can’t be beaten.
Recommended if you like: Punsch, Christmas time in the city, the idea of saving yourself Christmas shopping gauntlet, the smell of roasted almonds
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
London band, Public Service Broadcasting, hits up Flex
When: SAT, November 17, 8pm–11pm
Entry: 19,90€ (available here)
Don’t miss a Public Service announcement this Saturday as the London trio, Public Service Broadcasting, hit the stage at Flex. To say they are a bit niche is an understatement. The band take old propaganda advertisements and general information announcements, and overlay it with atmospheric music to fit its mood. Have a listen:
Recommended if you like: old school clips, Atmospheric music, Electronic samples, Indie Rock, a bit of Funk, the sound of old school broadcast announcements, people with ridiculous pseudonyms–J. Willgoose, Esq., Wrigglesworth and JF Abraham, dancing astronauts, learning while listening, creative sounds
Party to live classic 90s R’n’b in the Volksgarten
When: SAT, November 17, 11pm–5am
Entry: TBA (post ‘I love 90s’ in the event for a chance to win free entry)
There will be a proper 90s throwback this Saturday in the Säulenhalle when they lay down the best Hip Hop and RnB from the decks. To keep the summer vibes from the Pavillion going, they have 90s RnB legend, Horace Brown, performing all his classic hits live, just to get you warmed up and ready for the DJs in a night that offers a little bit of everything. Have a listen:
Recommended if you like: 90s music, 90s RnB, Hip Hop, live performances in clubs, one for the money, doing things for love, shaking it up, Horace Brown, grinding to live music, locking hips with a sexy chica or chico
Catch a lively band who will get you moving
When: SAT, November 17, 8:30pm–11:30pm
Where: Simm City
Entry: 24.70€ (available here) or 27€ on the door
As combinations go, this orchetra makes for pretty explosive viewing. Bringing together sounds of Klezmer, Balkan Gypsy Music, all with Catalan/Latin American passion, and even elements of Rockabilly, makes their sound unique, yet familiar, and definitely not the kind of blend that is going to leave you standing still. Have a listen:
Recommended if you like: Klezmer, Balkan vibes, Gypsy vibes, dancing, Rockabilly, genre blending, Jazz, accordions, big bands, lively performances, Barcelona, performances that leave nothing behind, sweating it out on the dance for to some live acts
Party back in time at Horst’s 90s party
When: SAT, November 17, 11pm–6am
Entry: 10€ before 1am 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
Get moving to some rebellious musical vibes at Fania live
When: SAT, November 17, 10pm–12am
This Saturday will see Celia Mara and her boys take to the stage in a night full of resistance. Channeling the frustrations of Democracy, repression and hate into emotional songs that are both poetic and rebellious. These songs carry extra meaning when you look into where each member hails from. This music makes for a passionate performance that hopes to spread a message, and make you dance.
Recommended if you like: fighting oppression with music, Funk, Brazilian Music, Samba Wamba, Jazz, Groove, music with meaning, multiculti bands, resisting, sticking it to the man
Some Downtempo to help you unwind
When: SAT, November 17, 11pm–6am
Where: Opera Club
Entry: 5€ before 12am, 10€ after
Offering a slightly more chilled clubbing experience this Saturday are the Jessas team, who promise the DJs they have gathered will have Downtempo beats designed to be more Thai massage, than a fitness workout on the dance floor. We can all only hope that there is a happy ending to this all (joke in bad taste, we know. Apologies):
Recommended if you like: dancing, Downtempo, Electronica, 90–120bpms, ambience, the Opera, cheaper entrance fees for parties, your parties a little more intimate, Jesus, the sound of pianos, people who are good with their fingers, happy endings after a night out
Design pop-up shop in a funky coffeehouse
When: November 9 – December 22 (check out the very specific and irregular opening times, here)
Where: Rienna contemporary design shop
There’s an oddly named design pop-up shop running throughout November and December and it will popping up in the 5th district’s Schleifmühlgasse, Rienna. Showcasing and selling awesome products from local creatives, it’s surely worth checking out during the lead up to Christmas (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). Plus, there are special events happening (relating to creatives doing creative things) also throughout the lifespan of this funky store. Check out details, here.
Recommended if you like: forearm Tattoos, beards, ham and cheese toast, filling your wardrobe with unique fashion, being that member of the Family that everybody knows for thoughtful and cool gifts
Watch a cult film amongst film junkies
When: SAT, November 17, 6:30pm−10:00pm
Where: Breitenseer Lichtspiele
Make your Saturday night a movie night at the Breitenseer Lichtspiele, but change the old Netflix and chill to the more old school version in a very old, and cool, cinema. Each film being screened on each Klut Kino night has been chosen by somebody famous, and this Saturday, you can enjoy a film chosen by Voodoo Jürgens.
Recommended if you like: being a film fanatic, cult classics, calling yourself The Dude, films that’s make you smirk from beginning until end, a man full of class, seeing what creatives watch
Revisit a classic film as a musical
When: SAT, November 17, 8:00pm−11:00pm
Where: MQ – Museumsquartier
Entry: 37€−60€ you can buy them here
This Saturday night, get your 80s nostalgia flowing with this 1-night performance of the musical from the classic film, Flashdance. This will be the first night that the show will happen in Vienna on a run that will last only 12 days! So you better put your leg warmers on, get out your hairspray, and buy your tickets now!
Recommended if you like: Musicals in general, the 80s, being a film fanatic, finding a soundtrack to mundane routines, believing life is a play and you are its main performer
Swedish classical musical taking over Vienna
When: SUN, November 18, 7:30pm−9:30pm
Where: Wiener Konzerthaus
Entry: 19−77€, buy your ticket here
End your weekend by enjoying a nice soothing musical evening at the Vienna Concert house by seeing the Swedish Radio Symphony orchestra perform. Be part of the tough jury who will decide where the swedes can teach Austria a thing or 2 about what classical music is all about. Just kidding, nobody can teach the Austrians that (wink, wink).
Recommended if you like: dressing up fancy for breakfast, you listen to Mozart while in the toilet, you dream of wearing renaissance wigs, beautiful symphonies, the joy of a coordinated sound.
Check out this contemporary music festival
When: October 28 – November 30, 7pm–9:30pm
Where: various locations in Vienna
Entry: 130€ festival pass, single tickets available – check the events!
In November (and a couple of days in October), the contemporary music festival, Wien Modern, will be inviting one and all to a series of exciting encounters. With this year’s motto, ‘Security’, they’ll be showing a diverse range of artists that push the boundaries between freedom and control. Check out the programme for details, here.
Recommended if you like: music festivals, having a music taste that ranges from Backstreet Boys to Bach and back, nodding your head to the music ever so coolly while leaning on the bar, getting more than your daily dose of culture
A fascinating exhibition of a Georgian painter @ the Albertina
When: Daily until January 27th 2019
Entry: 14€ Adults (11€ students)
One of this seasons’ highlights in the Albertina is the Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmani. In the words of the curators: he’s the ‘avant-garde’s hero to be discovered.’ Born in Georgia under Russian rule, he spent his life as a nomadic artist, hopping from one tavern to another, painting pictures in exchange for somewhere to sleep and a warm meal. That’s why his work is scattered across taverns in Georgia and Russia! With his own style, this autodidact brings to life motifs from his native Georgia, its people and their traditions. The exhibit is on in the Albertina until January!
Recommended if you like: getting to know new painters, an afternoon of strolling in the Albertina, avant-garde painters, winter motifs, being inspired by art
Magnificent street photography out of New York
When: October 12 – January 27
Entry: 14€ (11€ yound adults under 26)
In case you haven’t heard of here, Helen Levitt was a street photographer who captured through the lens the heart of New York. By ‘heart’ we mean she ventured into Harlem, the Bronx, the Lower East side and captured pictures of the people and stories that occupied the streets of this buzzing city. And the result? Some poignant black and white photography that reveals a lot about the human spirit and struggle in this city.
© Photo courtesy of Helen Levitt
Exploring what makes up beauty with famed designers, Sagmeister & Walsh
When: October 23 – March 31
Entry: €12, €5 each Tuesday after 6pm
This is an exhibition dedicated to beauty. Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh collaborate on this complex design exhibition to find the deeper meaning of beauty, analyse our relationship with it, and prove that beauty is not only ornamental, but beautifully designed objects automatically improve their purpose and functionality. Take this journey through product design, graphic design, architecture and urban planning and let yourself be challenged by the thought that beauty is not always in the eye of the beholder, but something that can be mastered and reproduced in a purposeful way. Find all the info, here.
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
Exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum: 450th anniversary of Dutch grand artist
When: October 2nd – January 13th
Where: Kunsthistorisches Museum
Bruegel, ‘the Elder’ as he was known, was a 16th century Dutch artist who arrived at a time of much socio–political and economic change in Europe. His drawings reflect the effect these massive changes had on normal day to day society in an almost cheeky and humorous way, while also highlighting the hardship of social conditions in a dark comedic, almost tragic, way.
With paintings as old as 450 years, it’s obvious that the fragile inventory rarely travels, so this makes it a very unique occasion to visit all these masterpieces in one place. The queues that formed up in the days following the opening prove that locals and tourists alike are eager to see Bruegel’s first ever major monograph exhibition.
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