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

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

September 1, 2020

15 things you
need to do
to make the
most out of
in Vienna

September 1, 2020

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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 15 events that will help you make the most out of September this year:


A relaxed day party in the park

Das große Parkfest 2020 / 25hours meets Markterei

When: FRI–SAT, September 4–5, 12pm–8pm
Where: in the park
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 we did there?) at the after-party at the rooftop bar of the hotel. Oh yea, sorry, pups but no dogs allowed in the park (see what we did there again?)

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 week of glitz, glamour and fashion!

MQ Vienna Fashion Week 2020

When: MON–SAT, September 7–12, 7pm–10pm
Where: Headquarters is at Museumsquartier (spin-off events will be happening around the city. Check out more details on their website)
Entry: 20€ online & presale, from 25€ at the doors, buy a ticket

Bold fashion, red carpet and catwalk moments, and pretty people giving steely stares into a sea of fashion aficionados – this is MQ Vienna Fashion Week. This week of fashion will act 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 program.

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

(drum roll) it’s FASHION WEEK!

Vienna Fashion Festival 2020

When: September 4 – September 12
Where: various locations in Vienna! Check the event website for details
Entry: varies, TBA

Boys and birls, designers, people that think they currently dress like peasants, and fashion-obsessed people! There will be a fashion festival in Vienna at the beginning of September and whoop it’s looking good! There will be events all around the city and you will definitely find your Autumn fashion inspo’ at one of them. So, if you’ve got nothing to do and want to experience that Devil wears Prada moment, girl (or guy), get your tight bread buns to these events! Look at the fabulous program!

Recommended if you like: fashion, Faschion, wearing your most extravagant outfit to show off, meeting designers and influencers, getting cast as model because you look so good, finding your inner beauty (just kidding, it’s all about the FASHION)

Vienna’s horror and fantasy film festival is back!

11. /slash Filmfestival

When: THU–SUN, September 17–27,
Where: Filmcasino, Metro Kinokulturhaus,  Gartenbaukino and Schikaneder
Entry: TBA

Throughout September, 4 cinemas in Vienna will play host to the city’s one and only horror and fantasy film festival, screening film after film that are made to twist your mind like a pretzel, or scare the crap out of you. It’s the 11th time the /slash Filmfestival is happening, and this time around will bring 40 movies (most of them showed twice) in 11 days to the big screen. So expect plenty of blood (on the screen, we mean), and plenty of mindf**** films. Check out the complete programme on their website and check out their film festival trailer, below:

Recommended if you like: film festivals, fantastic worlds and plots, being a film fanatic, being freaked out, The Shining, gore, sh*tting your pants at the movies, scary clowns

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

Reindorfgassenfest 2020

When: FRI–SAT, September 11–12
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

Rappers read rap lyrics, and explain their interpretation

Rapper lesen Rapper

When: FRI, December 6, 8pm–11am
Where: ORF RadioKulturhaus
Entry: 17€, buy a ticket

Before the party comes the reading. However this is no normal reading, instead, local artists will be taking some of the more obscure, lesser-known raps and interpreting them in their own voice, throwing in some of their creations to boot, followed by a party where there may even be some people getting all wax lyrical. Check out the event page to see which rappers will be reading.

Recommended if you like: hip hop, rap, old school, my boy blue, new school, readings, interpretations, going streaking, waxing lyrical, mom’s spaghetti

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

World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 in Vienna

When: September 11 – October 25
Where: Westlicht
Entry: 8€ (5€ students)

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 will be displaying attention-grabbing photos at Westlicht gallery. The poignant, moving images that are always guaranteed at this exhibition of photojournalism’s greatest shots of the year, can be seen by anyone whose interest is remotely peaked in photography. 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

Enjoy some beautiful music in the royal gardens

When: FRI, September 18, from 7pm
Where: Schloss Schönbrunn
Entry: free!

Summer is coming to an end, but at Schönbrunn people will be kicking it off traditional-style in front of a fancy-schmancy castle and listening to some fancy-schmancy music. Yep, we mean the famous annual, Sommernachtskonzert, performed by the badass performers and breakdancers (this last bit may not be true) of The Vienna Philharmonic, with the dazzling Schönbrunn palace in a background. This unique experience is FREE and inspires WOWs every time.

Recommended if you like: thinking Mozart was a badass, thinking Beethoven was a stud, classical music as your drug and Vivaldi as your main dealer, going back in time while listening to Josef Strauss

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

Gault & Millau Genuss-Messe 2020

When: SAT–SUN, September 19–20, 12pm–6pm
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 bougie, 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 over 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

One of the coolest art festivals in the city

When: TUE–SUN, September 22–27
Where: Wiener Gewerbehaus
Entry: free!

Few things can inspire the creative mind as much as the cutting edge art fair, Parallel Vienna, does each year. For the 8th time in a row, this art fair will transform unique buildings in Vienna into an exhibition center for both young and established artists. 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 of networking and establishing new collaborations and professional platforms around art.
So if you ever feel like 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. Find out more about how they transformed a former economics office to a contemporary space via 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 fair for the art lovers amongst us

International Art Fair viennacontemporary 2020

When: THU–SUN, September 24–27
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: from 13€ (online), 19 € at the doors, check the website for updates on tickets

Under the vast roof of the cattle shed turned event venue, the Marx Halle, contemporary art from all over Eastern and central Europe will flood the space. The viennacontemporary art fair – which hosts over 100 galleries from over 26 countries – prides itself for not only being a market place for art aficionados to browse, yet also a fair that showcases young up-and-coming artists.

The 4-day event will also see cinema screenings, guided tours and talks. Check out the programme on the viennacontemporary website.

Recommended if you like: the epiphany of discovery, being an artist, contemporary art, moody ambient music, wearing odd socks, very-very modern art

Image © viennacontemporary, photo: kunst-dokumentation.com

Check out Austria’s largest design festival

Get inspired at Vienna Design Week

When: September 25 – October 4
Where: All over town! Check out the programme & venues
Entry: varies, check the website for details!

For ten days, 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. 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

Vienna’s modest answer to the Oktoberfest

Wiener Wiesn Fest #dahoam

When: September–October
Where: On your couch!
Entry: TBA

In recent years, Vienna’s hosted a beer-swilling festival with lederhosen and traditional brass band music heard in upper Austria and Bavaria. This time around, because of COVID-19 the situation has changed and The Wiener Wiesn Fest was quick to adapt. Have a taste of the Wiesn Fest within your own four walls with an assorted #dahoam basket. You’ll be able to enjoy typical Austrian delicacies from your dinner table and being your own bartender gives you the perks of bottomless Lager, prost! 😉

For more information on when you’re basket will be ready for send-off stay updated on the event’s website!

Recommended if you like: leather pants, dirndls, the Austrian national costume, digital parties, social distance drinking, listening to local folk music, being jolly and happy

Wander through the wine hills of Vienna and enjoy the Heurige wine taverns

Head out to the Heurige

When: All summer and autumn long
Where: on the outskirts of Vienna, where the wine hills begin

Vienna looooves its wine and in summer, a big part of the city can be found up on the wine hills surrounding the city, throwing back bottles of the liquid of the Gods and cooling in the shade of well tangled vines. The Wiener Heurige (wine taverns) culture is something you have to embrace when living in Vienna, else you are seriously missing out.

For beginners, head out to the 19th district’s area of Grinzing and pick from the many nice Heurige gardens aligning the streets. There, you can sit and enjoy the local, self-produced wine, that you must pair with some unpretentious but tasty Schmankerl (a snack made of cold cuts, cheese and spreads). Some Heuriger have a hot buffet to choose some limited but carefully selected Austrian dishes.

For a more authentic and non-touristy wine expedition head out to Stammersdorf where you can follow our tipsy-tips for a full experience.

The fun doesn’t stop here, the areas around Vienna are packed with Heurige so anytime you see yourself surrounded by vine, check out our guide to the wine growing and Heurige-hosting regions around Vienna.

And in case you want to brush up your Heurige-Know-How before heading out to one of them, we’ve got some facts about Heurige we bet you didn’t know.

Recommended if you like: drinking wine, Vienna’s wine culture, instagramming you on top of Vienna’s wine hills drinking wine, 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