When: MON–SAT, July 22–27 Where:Rathaus Entry: from 21€, check the websitefor details
The Austrian tradition of having a good old belly laugh at Kabarett (comedy) shows started a long while back at the beginning of the 1900s and has been getting better ever since. For several years in a row, the Wiener Rathaus will play host to several sarcastic, witty and hilarious shows from a bunch of well known local comedians. The festival runs just 5 days so book as soon as you can! For more information, check the programme.
Recommended if you like: laughing and crying at the same time, brutally honest comedy, sarcasm to the fullest, checking how the Rathaus looks like from the inside, laughing until your belly hurts, one-liners
When: THU–SUN, July 25–28 Where: Various locations around Karlsplatz Entry: free!
We always get excited when concerts and open-air happenings are taking place in the Resselpark of Karlsplatz! Nothing makes us more aware that we live in a hip urban city that has a long history of getting drunk and dancing wild to Pop concerts with the view of beautiful Karlskirche in front of us. And our favourite three-day festival that has us doing exactly that described above is the poppety-Popfest! This festival is the number one to be at if you want to get deep and intimate with the local music scene, with big to up-and-coming local bands taking to the stage every year. Check out the detailed programme for this year.
To get there you’ll need to… find your way to Karlsplatz. Easy cheesy!
This festival is special because… there’s nothing like having the Karlskirche as the backdrop to the stage.
Recommended if you like: being at a festival in the middle of the city, getting drunk in front of a church, crazy summer fests in Vienna, Austrian pop music, lying on your back and enjoying the moment, meeting friendly faces, festivals that keep you out for three days in a row
When: FRI, July 26, 9pm–3am Where: Mi Barrio Entry: 8€ (5€ students)
Get ready to go totally crazy to some Bachata and Samba music. We know you’ve got moves, either the ones you practiced in front of the mirror, or the ones that just come out naturally. And this is the perfect place to show them off. You can even participate at the Bachata Workshop at 9pm and add some new moves to your catalog. The workshop costs 5€ for students and 8€ otherwise. See ya at the dance off.
Recommended if you like: Samba, Bachata, dancing, showing off your dance skills, dance-offs with your friends, sweet drinks with some vodka in it, Mi Barrio
With the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo’s name slapped on it, there will be a Mexican human rights festival going down in Stadtpark from July 26th to the 27th. The event organiser’s state that Frida is a symbol a figure that fought for women’s rights amongst other rights for minorities, which explains the name of this festival. It’s certainly garnered some interest on Facebook so let’s see how it turns out. There will be live music, Mexican cuisine being served up and plenty of things to do for the whole family.
Recommended if you like: Frida Kahlo’s art, Mexican culture, anything that has a Latin flavour, Frida the music, Latino music, falling in love with people with mysterious dark eyes
Self-confessed ‘Noisician,’ Paula Temple, specialises (the clue’s in the name) in very noisy Techno, where the volume rarely drops below 200%. If you want to give your eardrums a workout, this may be just your thing. Take a listen here (disclaimer: Vienna Wurstelstand takes no responsibility for your headphones melting):
Recommended if you like: music so loud that you can’t think, replacing your eardrums every six months, dark beats, feeling the floor shake under the bass, Techno, getting home when the birds are chirping, Döner time at 4am, not getting out of bed for the entirety of Saturday
We don´t reeaally know what this event is all about, but at the end of the day, the main goal at Pratersauna is always to get your lazy asses movin´. Different DJ´s from all around the world, laying down all kinds of Electronic music for you, two nights in a row – It´s bound to be fun. Just don´t forget to eat and drink properly in advance 😉 Here’s a taste:
Recommended if you like: doing two all-nighters in a row, looking for your left shoe in the club at 7am, intensive rave training, Pratersauna
Check out this rave event that’s happening on Friday night to get your party mood up for the weekend. Or simply because you looove a good rave. This time around there will be all kinds of music, not only from the 90ies. So there is for sure something for everyone. And if you are one of those crazy ones who only party in crazy costumes, you can save yourself some money, as you’ll only pay 5€ for the night. So now there’s only one thing left to say: “Let the rave begin!”
Recommended if you like: raving all night long, dancing with glowsticks, entering a rave induced trance, the 90ies, drum and bass, ears ringing from a night of booming bass, dressing up, raving for free because its your birthday on the 26th or 27th!!!
One crrrrrrrraaaaaaazy party will be going down in Fluc this Friday night. Live Balkan Beats, Gypsy Swing and other Global music sounds – with a touch of Russian disco – will be blowing out from the speakers in the grungy setting, while rumour has it (actually, it’s not a rumour. they’re actually included in the event description) that the guy behind the electro swing world music outfit, dunkelbunt, will be part of the madness.
Recommended if you like: dancing until your feet hurt, traveling, being part of this magnificent big world of ours, pretending you’re a Russian spy, World Music, being Balkan
When: FRI, July 26, 8pm–1am Where: Kramladen Entry: TBD
Garage-Psych band The Heavy Minds hail from Upper Austria and are in town to blast their new album ‘Second Mind’ straight into your earholes. Their music takes in 60’s ‘n 70’s, Garage/Prog/Krautrock, Heavy Psych, Lo-Fi, Neo-Psychedelia and all sorts of underground rawness. If that sounds up your street, get your demim flare-clad booty down to Kramladen to catch them in all their glory.
Recommended if you like: rocking out with various bits of you out, double denim, expanding your mind through guitar music, leather jackets, big speakers and big sound, heavy guitar riffs, collecting old records, hard and heavy rock
Austrian producer and drummer, CID RIM, will show what he’s got at this Impulstanz party at the Vestibül this Friday. His music style is some kind of mix of Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop and UK Bass. Kind of like our fashion style – some kind of mix… Cid Rim’s partner in crime for the evening will be Austrian-born Electronic producer, salute.
Recommended if you like: local musicians, partying in grungy settings, letting your hair down even if you haven’t washed it, crazy parties in crazy party locations, beer and cigarettes, free parties with good music
A small outdoor party where everyone is welcome to hangout and to do whatever they want – eg. have a picnic, sunbathe til´ the sun drifts away, play frisbee, or dance. The organisers will take care of the music, with live music happening from 7pm, which will be followed up by some Techno music being spun on the decks. Sounds like a perfect plan to us.
Recommended if you like: doing two all-nighters in a row, looking for your left shoe in the club at 7am, intensive rave training, Himmel und Wasser, partying in the wild
When: SAT, July 27, 7pm–11pm Where:Alte Donau Entry: free!
The Alte Donau will come alive with light this Saturday, as the annual Lichterfest kicks off. The key to coming to this event is finding a good spot to watch the spectacle, and getting there early enough to set up picnic and camp, so you can watch the boats cruise by, all covered in their pretty lights and watch the huge firework display once the sun is down, Spritzer in hand – 1, 2, 3: Awwwwwww!
Recommended if you like: pretty lights, fireworks, picnics, night swims, skinny dipping, radlers, spritzers, boats, pirates, romantic pirates, commandeering a vessel and sailing upstream to invade Paris…
Are you craving culture this week? If yes, then this event is a perfect way to spend your Saturday. The annually held Barrio Fiesta is back this week, which celebrates the Filipino culture big-time. They’ll be serving up Filipino food, music and culture, all in one place. For all you people who love exploring other cultures, this is a must-attend event! For more information and the programme visit their website!
Recommended if you like: Filipino food, culture, entertainment, seeing old women serve homemade food, hundreds of Filipinos in one spot, hearing people speak tagalog, a minimum of 100 Filipino dads wearing baseball caps, losing your Filipino friends because everyone looks the same, good vibes, experiencing the “Asian glow”
The night/danceclub Grelle Forelle is celebrating its community, with regulars, residents, family, friends and partners, all invited for an unforgettable night out. So prepare for a night full of cool Techno beats, Electronic music, as provided by the best line-up this Saturday. Can you feel your heart beating to that bass? You’re about to!
Recommended if you like: Techno music, Electronic music, people trying to climb the speakers, hot DJs, one night stands, good vibes, feeling the bass shaking your core
Let the cute shot boys at this KEN Club! party edition this Saturday put you in just the right mood to party all night long. They’ll be serving hot shots and there’ll be a bunch of DJs making sure that the music vibes are right, too. Check out the lineup on their event page.
Recommended if you like: cute shot boys, muscles, hot stuff, stage boys, love is love, dancing until your heart can’t take it anymore, having dirty sex in dirty public toilets
When: SAT, July 27, 5:30pm–3am Where:Rundbar Entry: free
Enjoy your summer cocktails at the Rundbar to the fullest this Saturday night before they go on a summer break and return in September. This year at their summer festival, they’ll be a South American vibe to shake your booty to. Don’t forget to bring your friends! Or if you don’t have any, this is your chance to meet new people, or even your potential life partner(s). You never know.
Recommended if you like: summer parties, that flirty moment at the bar between talking and tongue in mouth, wearing your sunglasses at night, cocktails, 7th district BOBO bars
When: SAT, July 27, 10pm–4am Where: Burgtheater Entry: free!
If you´ve got nothing to do this Saturday, consider this event listed in your calendars, because FEMME DMC will be heating up the ImPulsTanz Festival Lounge in the Burgtheater, embracing female Hip Hop culture and providing us with some fresh beats that will make you lose your socks (we’re not sure why you would lose your socks). Check out theirline-up!
Recommended if you like: female DJs, fresh beats, good vibes, female empowerment, supporting the female agenda, DJanes, Electronic music
When: SAT, July 27, 9pm–4pm Where:Cabaret Fledermaus Entry: free from 9–10; after that probably 10€
Travel back in time to the 70s at the Fledermaus this Saturday. This legendary cabaret turned club knows how to throw a party. They are probably the most consistent 60s,70s,80s music club in Vienna. This time, with a second stage dedicated to RnB & Hip-Hop, you can mix it up any time you want. Don´t come too early, but don´t come too late, as we like to say here in Vienna.
Recommended if you like: 70s Disco, clubs with people of all ages, somebody nibbling on your earlobe, getting tipsy enough to tell all your friends how much you love them, Old School Hip-Hop, the Fledermaus
It’s getting dark this Saturday, and the nightly air is spreading avant-garde vibes. And you know what that means…yes, the Weberknecht is going to host a dark-themed night, inviting all Goth, Dark Elektro and Avantgarde Fans to join them in their celebration of darkness. Take a look at the lineup!
Recommended if you like: Gothic, Dark Elektro, EBM, Wave, Gothicrock, Avantgarde, Black hair, people screaming, bodily fluids, creepy vibes, dressing in black
Got nothing to do this weekend? Then this event is worth checking out. The Endstation Haltestelle 1er is hosting the Happy Station open air party this Saturday, providing you with new and fresh beats, but also fun, fun and more fun. Get ready for a great variety of DJs and a boost of Serotonin. Take a look at the line-up!
Recommended if you like: good vibes, electronic music, intense base playing, fighting your depression by going nuts at a party, open air events
When: SAT, July 27, 9:30pm–11pm Where:MQ Hof 8 Entry: free!
You are sick of Science Fiction, Comedy and Romance? And all that fake stuff they tell you in films? Pia Hellenthal has got you covered with her nominated documentary film about a girl called Eva (surprise, surprise). If you’re not afraid of intimacy, then cosy up under the stars at the MQ and enjoy your Saturday evening.
Recommended if you like: free films, documentaries, open air cinemas, to cosy up with strangers, feminists, female protagonists, nudity
When: SUN, July 28, 10am–4pm Where:Metastadt Entry: free!
Mondscheinbazar is back for a special summer edition at Metastadt, and this time it will actually be a fleamarket during the day! Hence, why they’ve called it Sonnscheinbazar. The market will offer up a vast hall filled with tables and racks full of handmade things, second-hand stuff, designer clothes, accessories and jewellery, as well as a bunch of the hippest food trucks Vienna has to offer.
Recommended if you like: moon light shopping during the day, unique locations, travelling for a bit to do some shopping, bargaining for a t-shirt, sandwiches from food trucks, sustainable living, the thrill of the flea market hunt, eating and drinking in your shopping breaks,
When: SUN, July 28, August 11 & August 25, 5:30pm–8pm Where:OBEN Entry: 8€ presale ticket, 11€ at the doors
Once again, you can be the judges and jury at a poetry slam! But what makes this slam special is not the participants (we’re sure they’ll be great too!), but the location, which will offer a cracking view. This Poetry Slam, organised by FAMP, is open for everyone to participate, and you can bring any text you’d like. If you’d like to stay out longer and enjoy the view and a cool summer breeze, you can do that too.
Recommended if you like: slams in all shapes and sizes, events with a view, believing words have power, emoting in front of an audience, crying in public, word architects, wearing sandals, slams in all shapes and sizes, events with a view, letting words wash over you like a warm embrace, people who are smart enough to make poetry
British band, Skunk Anansie, smashed into the Rock/Metal scene when their album ‘Paranoid and Sunburnt’ was released in 1995. They recently made headlines after Stormzy, whose set was the highlight at Glastonbury, tweeted that he was the first black British artist to headline it. Skunk Anansie’s singer, Skin, politely reminded him that it was she, in fact, who had done so 20 years earlier. Despite some time having passed since then, we think they sound even tougher and more raw in 2019. Although the gig has sold out, we think it’s worth checking out the Facebook event for last minute resells, or trying to get one on the door.
Recommended if you like: singing as loud as you can through a megaphone from a rooftop, shaving your hair off (head and all the rest), outdoor gigs, big speakers and big sound, heavy guitar riffs, hard and heavy Rock, beer and cigarettes
US Alternative band, Calexico and Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine will take over the stage at the Wiener Konzerthaus this weekend for a night of music that will give you goosebumps. Fans of both artists consider this pairing to be a huge success, so don’t miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime music gig in a super special location this Sunday!
Recommended if you like: Iron&Wine, Calexico, alternative music, Singer-Songwriters concerts, hearing live music in one of Vienna’s gorgeous concert halls, Wiener Konzerthaus
JazzyBIT are a trio performing on keys, bass and drums, and are tighter than the pair of leather trousers your dad keeps in his wardrobe from the 70s. Get ready to move ever so subtly to the slick grooves at this gig. Here’s a taste:
Recommended if you like: slapping a bass guitar, grooves slicker than an oil disaster, small and intimate venues, seriously talented musicians performing live, curing your weekend hangover with a beer and live music, nodding your head to the music ever so coolly while leaning on the bar
When: July 28–30 Where: MUMOK Entry: 15€/18€, buy a ticket
Dancing zombies might bring to mind Michael Jacko’s ‘Thriller’ video (and subsequent re-enactments in viral wedding party videos), but this performance should bring an added depth to the concept. Estonian performer Maria Metsalu brings her character Mademoiselle x to the stage as she plays a living corpse, or perhaps it’s just all in her head. View the NSFW trailer here:
Recommended if you like: dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight, seeing dead people, lighting candles not switching on lightbulbs, watching talented dancers on the dancefloor, female empowerment, inspirational events
The last Sunday of the month will bring a free tour of this fascinating exhibition currently showing at the Jewish Museum. Now aged 90, Arik Brauer sure has lived a life, given his talents as a painter, graphic designer, stage designer, singer and poet. And he founded the ‘Wiener Schule des Phantastischen Realismus’ (Vienna School of Fantastic Realism) – how cool does that sound?! Oh, did we mention the tour will be free?
Recommended if you like: art that makes your mind twist & turn, colourful paintings, learning about the place where you live, Sunday strolling through museums, thinking outside the box, being outside your comfort zone
The people behind Wiener Wildnis, an awesome multimedia project focusing on photographing wild life within the city limits, are hosting a few tours this summer in the Zentralfriedhof (central cemetery) where wild animals like foxes and deer are often spotted. The tour will take you between the graves while skilled photographers will teach you how to get some great shots of the wild nature moving around in this mysterious location.
Recommended if you like: photography, not knowing what to do with your day and deciding that a walk through the cemetery will do, dead stuff, abundant nature, getting to know new aspects of this city, wild things, taking your camera out for a spin
If your feet are tired from all that party-hopping, we suggest enjoying someone else’s dance performance. The ImpulsTanz Festival is definitely one of our cultural highlights every year: At different locations around the city, you can visit edgy dance performances and workshops (!) from some of the best dancers from all over the world. Allow yourself to be drawn into the magical world of dance, and we’re sure you won’t regret it.
PLUS! Don’t miss the after parties at the Burgtheater Vestibül, or Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz have reached legendary status – they are free and you get to rub shoulders and booties with the artists of the shows on the dance floor.
We also recommend… checking out the workshops offered throughout the festival – they’re affordable, incredibly diverse and inviting for beginners to advanced dancers. Check out the website for details.
Recommended if you like: partying in unique locations, Impulstanz parties, quality free parties, summer parties, getting to know some new dance steps while a little tipsy, singing in the shower, dancing until the early hours of the morning, dance performances
For the summer months, at the Donaukanal there will be an old ‘bike station’ where you can get your bike repaired. While this station will offer free checks on your old cycle like a traditional bike stop, it will also offer much, much more. A full programme is planned, including open air cinema and concerts. Be sure to check the event page for programme details.
Recommended if you like: bike stations the are more than bike stations, free check ups, celebrating any small event because why the fudge not, it’s summer so whatever, concerts by locals, supporting the local music scene, anything that happens by the canal because it is slightly cooler than being in the city, ska
As one of the largest festivals for contemporary dance and performance worldwide, the ImPulsTanz festival also organises one of the most legendary parties in the city. When all the dancing on stage ends, and the sun goes down, the festival lounge located in the unique location of the Burgtheater Vestibül opens its doors and start pumping out some of the most danceable tracks there are.
CID RIM, Ladyshave, Ashida Park Disco Nostra & Femme DMC are just a few of the artists listed for this year to hit the decks. Don’t miss the chance to get to know a few new dancing steps straight from the pro dancers, who you’ll often be sharing the dance floor with throughout the festival.
Recommended if you like: partying in unique locations, Impulstanz parties, quality free parties, summer parties, getting to know some new dance steps while a little tipsy
It’s that time again when the beloved city’s beer brewery, Ottakringer Brauerei, comes to life for summer with their Braukultur-Wochen. And they’ve got a packed program planned for this year, including all sorts of beer games, live music acts, and tours of the brewery. And yes, there will be lots of beer flowing – 100s of different kinds of craft beer from all over the world, to be exact. There will also plenty of food trucks and stands rolling up to take care of feeding you. This brewing culture weeks just keep getting more and more popular every year. To check out what will be happening, take a look at their website.
Recommended if you like: craft beer, events at the brewery, pommes, unique events that you miss when summer has gone, stealing ideas for your own craft beer, events that involve beer, drinking beer, tasting beer like you do wine, admiring your tummy as it grows, the refreshing sound of opening a beer
The ö-tONE literature festival will take place within the Museumsquartier for over a month, starting in the middle of July. The festival will shine a light on several Austrian contemporary literature writers and show the great diversity of authors in our small, cute country. Readings will take place on eight selected dates throughout summer. For detailed info on the festival programme, check out the website.
Recommended if you like: readings, better understanding the Austrian soul, getting more books for the old book list, having the best intentions of reading stuff but never really finding the time, hunting down a wee snippet before you commit to buying a book
When: June 29 – September 1 Where: Rathaus Entry: free!
Ah, the joys of living in Vienna. There is something quite unique going on every summer in this city’s heart, right at the Rathausplatz. Throughout summer, a great variety of concerts ranging from classic Ballett, Operas and Jazz to Pop and dance will be shown on a huge screen in front of the Rathaus. For free, we might add.
The films begin at sundown. However, from 11am onwards, there are over 20 food stands, featuring cuisine from around the globe. So enjoy sitting in the shade, have a Spritzer and wait for the film to begin. Throughout the summer, most films will be played twice.
Even if you are not into the concerts, you might still want to take a little spin around the diverse food-stands on offer. We feel like you can find nearly anything from every corner of this world there – crepes, Pad Thai, tacos, tajine, pastel de nata, burgers (we even once discovered kangooroo meat) and much more. It’s a culinary heaven!
Recommended if you like: hanging out at the City Hall in Vienna because it’s freaking gorgeous and it makes you feel fancy, food and alcohol stands, cosy-ing up for a show next to your hunny bunny, cooling down outside as the sun goes down
When: every week on Friday evening at 9pm Where: Starts at Heldenplatz. The route changes every week Entry: free!
Friday Nightskating will be happening throughout this month! Ring-a-ding-ding (that’s your bike bell resounding amongst hundreds of others on the night skate). Ever been surprised by a horde of skaters and cyclists passing you by in the middle of the night on Vienna streets? Rest assured, this wasn’t your mind playing tricks on you, but rather it was the crowd doing the Friday Nightskate. This is a recurring summer event in Vienna that is a whole lot of fun! Rollerblade and bicycle enthusiasts meet every Friday at 9pm on Heldenplatz to follow their passion in cruising through the streets of Vienna (that’s right, they even shut down streets for this event!) Find all the details on the website.
Plus: All the routes are different every time, so you might discover some places you’ve never been to before in Vienna.
Recommended if you like: taking to the streets, biking or blading, exploring the city, ringing your bell, the thought of hundreds of bikers dinging their bells in unison, how sexy you look in lycra, those events that give you goosebumps
If you’re going to endure a sticky Vienna summer, you might as well do it while also getting in shape, getting bendy, finding your inner peace while soaking up the sun and fresh(ish?) air, and taking in amazing views by signing up to some outdoor yoga classes!
Recommended if you like: not having to pay through the nose for a yoga session, living on the unusual side of life (wherever that may be), ‘ommm’ experiences, the healthy life, looking down on people, secret spy yogi stuff, being as flexible as a 14-year-old, doing downward dog, finding inner peace after work
Open air cinemas are one of the highlights of the summer season in this city. No more pondering for movie lovers on whether to stay in or head out. Open air cinemas offer those who get their tan from a movie screen a great way to spend an evening outside. Vienna offers a variety of open air cinemas, each screening a different flavour of film.
When: right now! Where: various locations in Vienna, check out our guide!
With so many culture events taking place – be it exhibitions in museums, powerful plays on theatre stages, art shows that scratch that inspiration itch – getting your daily dose of culture in Vienna is easy-peasy. That is, if you have our awesome art and culture guide, which tells you all about the best events happening in Vienna right NOW. If you think we’re missing any important ongoing culture events, drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or the good old, oldschool way, via mail.
Recommended if you like: tilting your head slightly in front of a painting and putting your pensive face on, wearing odd socks, strolling through galleries and museums on rainy days, getting inspired by the great and the up-coming greats, being a creative, seeing how people interpret our crazy world through art.
Choose that outfit that makes you go – ‘damn, I look good!’ – and party away
When: right now! Where: various locations in Vienna, check out our guide!
This beautiful town of our’s got so much to offer, especially when it comes to parties. We’ve put together a list of the parties happening every week in Vienna. So if you’re up for some fun, be sure to check out our weekly party event guide. If you think we’re missing any important parties happening every week, drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or the good old, oldschool way, via mail.
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