Change is in the air: The days are getting longer, those chirping birds are back, and the first flowers are showing their heads. This can only mean one thing – March, and the official beginning of spring, is just around the corner.
Here are 16 tips on how to make the most out of March in Vienna:
An 8-day festival dedicated to the feminist fight
When: March 1–8
Where: various locations
Entry: free! Some events require a ticket or registration, check here
The festival focused on the good feminist fight is happening from the start of the month until the following Friday, with more than 70 events happening in locations all over town! The unique Rrriot festival is all about heating up the discourse around feminism and sexism. Museums, galleries, cinemas, clubs, co-working spaces, as well as other cultural-political and feminist initiatives, will be playing host to a broad spectrum of talks, workshops, panel discussions, tours, and shows – all about feminism. Find more info and the full program, here.
Recommended if you like: feminism and equality, fighting for your rights, inspirational events, meeting great people, talks and discussions, learning something new, adding a few solid arguments to your feminism discussions being part of the movement trying to drag the world into the 21st century and into the future
Spend a weekend at the music market
When: SAT–SUN, March 2–3
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: day ticket 7.50€, evening/concert ticket 12€, weekend pass 12€, all available here
The old Ottakringer brewery will be transforming into a temple for all things music and vinyl on the first weekend of March. Pulling out all the stops, they not only have a mega line-up of some of Austria’s finest Indie and DJ artists performing in the evening, but they have also rustled up a mega market of all things music-related. Whether you are after vinyls and CDs, posters, or just browsing, or munching your way through the food trucks, you’ll find it all at this market for music-lovers.
Recommended if you like: having an impressive vinyl collection, the true sound of music, wearing Converse with trousers so tight people question how you got into them, boys with long hair and arab straps, leather jackets, collection vinyl
A film festival dedicated to the animated cinematic art of female artists
When: WED–SUN, March 13–17, 7pm–10pm
Where: Metro Kinokulturhaus
Entry: 9€ (8€students), reserve via email@example.com
The middle of March marks International Women’s Day, and around this date, the Tricky Women festival will be taking place at the Metro Kinokulturhaus. At the centre of this festival is the showcasing of awesome animated movies made by women. This year’s special focus will be on what the changes happening at the moment in our digital, political and social realm mean and how we can deal with it all. The cool thing about this film festival is that besides screening movies that make you go ‘wow!’, there’ll also be workshops and lectures on the topic. Plus, there will be a few Chinese animated films, which are defs’ worth checking out. For detailed info, check the program here. And take a look at the trailer for the festival, here:
Recommended if you like: feminism and equality, fighting for your rights, inspirational events, adding a few solid arguments to your feminism discussions, red velvet seats, popcorn, reading philosophy books instead of magazines, festivals that keep you out for three days in a row, escaping the cold by going to the cinema,
Because waltz isn’t the only way to dance
When: SAT, March 2
Entry: 45€ pre-sale (40€ students), 48€ doors
The Viennese Refugee Ball is hosted in one of our favourite party locations in town: the city hall / Rathaus. Its generous space will be hosting the biggest world music party around, with beats alternating from Gypsy Punk to Hungarian speed-Funk, some Jazzy vibes, lots of Folklore tunes and many other weird and wonderful mixes that will get the crowd up and dancing for hours. If you want to celebrate diversity, inclusion and simply being human in today’s world, make sure to get tickets and have a mighty good time!
Recommended if you like: when old meets new, traveling, trying something different, when finally a unique kind of party turns up in town, multi-kulti parties, being around an international crowd
Crazy Carneval, the fun of Fasching
Wild, crazy, colourful, fun-filled carneval – we are happy to have you back! We wouldn’t miss a chance to play dress-up for anything in the world, and neither should you. Whether you shake your ass in a David Bowie costume in a club or intend on being a drunk unicorn at a house-party – this is the time of the year to let lose and simply have fun. And on top of that, delicious jam-filled Faschingskrapfen can be found at every other corner of this city. Oops, we just accidentally started drooling.
If you are lucky enough to have the time to travel to one of the traditional Faschingsumzüge in the rural parts of Austria, you should definitely go for it. Seeing those artfully crafted costumes and masks and wild figures who are trying to scare the winter away really is an experience of its own kind.
Tip: Many clubs offer a discount of entry if you come in costume – all the more reason to get in character!
A Fasching party we recommend:
When: TUE, March 4, 11am–6am
Entry: 13 € (with costume 8€)
Recommended if you like: getting dressed up, living another life, the crazy fun of Fasching, beer and bretzl, country-side mischief, fun for the sake of having fun
A fair for pet owners… or those considering to be
When: SAT–SUN, March 2–3, 10am–6pm
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 9.50€ (8€ discounted), get tickets
Disappointingly, this is not a massive hall filled with animals of all shapes and sizes, although we imagine many people will bring theirs along… just because. Instead, this weekend will see the Marx Halle filled with all things ‘Haustiere’ (that’s German for pet). If you own one, or you’re thinking of buying one, this is where you should be this weekend. Or not. Maybe in a park somewhere plying with your pet might be a nicer idea. What do we know. The last pet we owned was a hamster that we suspect may have jumped off of of balcony when we were at work.
Recommended if you like
: your pet, want to deter your partner from wanting a pet, getting a pension plan for your pet, having had nothing but grief about why ‘insert animal here’ wasn’t their Valentines day present, playing with other people’s pets, owning a snake
Celebrate equality on International Women’s Day
International women’s day is not just about celebrating the contribution women make to the human race, but it’s actually a day to remind us to keep up the fight for equality between the sexes, and women’s rights. What began as a holiday celebrated by mainly communist and socialist countries, this has become a day recognised across the globe in the calendar. There will be events happening around the city in Vienna to help people come together and live by the purpose of the day: to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
Check out our guide on how to celebrate International Women’s Day in Vienna.
A festival all about architecture
When: THU–SAT, March 7–9
Where: ORF RadioKulturhaus
With our fast-changing society, political movements, and advancements in technology, architecture is on the move, as well. The architecture festival, Turn On, is addressing the question: how architecture can improve our life in these times of change. The festival will take place from March 7–9, and there will be many interesting talks on the development of architecture. For more info on the festival, check out the full program.
Recommended if you like: architecture, reading philosophy books instead of magazines, thinking outside the box, dreaming of a better world, talks and discussions, drawing your straight lines free hand, talking abobut architecture for hours at house parties, the idea of seeing the behind the scenes of a city
Grab a pint of green beer or Guinness and celebrate the Irish!
When: the actual St Patrick’s Day is on SUN, March 17
Where: Various locations
Singing, dancing without moving your arms, a green pint or two – it’s St Paddy’s Day again and considering it’s on a Sunday this year, it’s safe to assume this year will be one big Craic! With Vienna really getting into the celebration, there’s plenty of ways to go green (literally – if ya’ drink like the Irish, you’ll be going green by 2am) be Irish, and celebrate St Patrick’s Day (Sunday, March 17, 2019) in Vienna. Plenty of bars will be throwing parties all weekend, and there’s a parade every year. Plus, they light Vienna’s Riesenrad (ferris wheel) and Burgtheater up in green every year!
Plenty of fun madness is happening on this day – be sure to check our guide to St Patrick’s in Vienna.
Recommended if you like: a pint of Guinness with your fish and chips, a good Craic, being Irish, pretending you’re Irish and trying your Irish accent out on others, Oscar Wilde, all things in Irish
Check out this festival dedicated to photography
When: March 20 – April 20
Where: various locations in Vienna
The festival, Foto Wien, will explore the diversity and potential of the local photography scene. More than 120 venues all over Vienna will take part in this massive festival that will explore this highly relevant medium. Be sure to check out the programme for details and visit a few of the museums, galleries, art universities, and off-spaces over the period of the next month.
Recommended if you like: exploring photography, art mingling, watching historical documentaries on the couch while only wearing a bath robe, being a tourist in your own city
Photo © Éva Szombat
A festival that honors bread
When: SAT, March 23, 9am–7pm
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 8€ pre-sale, get them here (free for kids younger than 12)
The one and only Viennese festival dedicated to the humble bread is back at Marx Halle in March for the fourth time, and will be showing off the skills of many bakers (and maybe some handsome buns!), including some coming all the way from Italy and Slovakia for the festival. A small market will offer up all kinds of bread, while a stage show will tell you everything there is to know about baked stuff. Also, there will be a temporary bakehouse showing the bakers at their craft. Upstairs, you’ll be able to buy all the ingredients and tools you need to bake your own bread at home so you become a famous baker and are the invited special guest at next year’s bread festival.
Recommended if you like: bread and baking, eating bread, the smell of freshly baked goods, learning something new, sharing your passion with other people, meeting your favourite bakers in real life and acting like a bakery groupie, finding crumbs in the most unexpected places
Catch this Electro Punk band out of Germany
When: THU, March 21, 7pm–10pm
Entry: 24.90€, get tickets
The German Electro-Punk band, Frittenbude, are back with their new album, Rote Sonne, and touring again. They’ve been making music for 13 years now and are known for boldy voicing their opinions against right-wing extremism They’ll be in town for a gig at the Flex. Check out one of their latest songs, below:
Recommended if you like: music that will make you dance, beer and cigarettes, dancing until your feet hurt, partying until the sun comes up, having a break at a Döner stand and then heading to the next party, dedicating your youth to the part-ay, raving, bands that believe in something
Don’t miss this musician with plenty of skill & passion
When: WED, March 27, 8pm–11pm
Entry: Sold out!
California-based rapper, singer, drummer and producer, Anderson .Paak, is known for combining classic elements of Motown, Soul and Funk, with modern R&B, Rap and Pop. He’s currently on tour with his live band, the “Free Nationals”, and will be performing a gig in Vienna. Too bad it’s already sold out, but we’re sure you’ll be able to get yourself tickets outside the venue, on willhaben, on Ebay, or on the Facebook event page black market. There’s always a way to get your hands on concert tickets.
Recommended if you like: R&B, Hip Hop, the feeling of sweat dripping down your spine, dancing your little backward facing bandana off, very talented musicians doing their own awesome thing
Witness the Art history museum taken over by the power of love
When: March 20 & 30, April 6, 10 & 24 // check out additional exhibition showings
Where: Kunsthistorische Museum
Entry: 38€, buy tickets
A very special exhibition is going down in the art history museum this month and beyond (it begins on March 13). Instead of nature (last year’s motto) taking over the opulent halls of the museum, this year it will be love! You have to buy one of the tickets for one of the exclusive appointments at which you can catch the exhibition. This is part of the highly successful exhibition series, Ganyemed. 13 stations will position love as the main actress in this art performance and show. Find more details, here.
Recommended if you like: art, exclusive art events, being one of the few to witness something special, being inspired in a gallery, practising your pensive face in the mirror, thinking about love
The big design market Edelstoff is back
When: SAT–SUN, March 30–31 | SAT: 11am–8pm, SUN: 11am–6pm
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 4€ (both days with stamp, kids free)
The Edelstoff market is back with a spring market edition at the end of March. 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. Multitasking 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.
Tip: The design market will take place at the cattle-shed-turned-event-venue, Marx Halle, which in itself is a place worth visiting.
Recommended if you like: alternative markets, young designers, beard glitter, filling your wardrobe with unique fashion, quirky prints, enjoying some great food truck food, hip people, see and be seen, tote bags, tattoos and big hats
Celebrate the Irish at this ball
When: SAT, March 9, 7pm
Where: InterContinental Hotel Vienna
Entry: 110€, get your tickets, here
It’s time to get all dressed up and go out for a night for a Ball, Irish-style. There will be a 3-course meal, a charity benefit, and, of course, dancing! You won’t regret partying with the Irish, trust us. The best part is, all the money you spend on your ticket and the Ball will go towards 1 Austrian and 1 Irish charity. Nothing like partying with a purpose.
Recommended if you like: going to a ball in Vienna to celebrate Irish culture, wearing your fanciest outfit, dancing in public, the color green, Ireland, Irish people, 3-course meals, charity benefits, staying out until your eyelids are drooping