It may be the shortest of all the months, but it’s got plenty to offer. Shake off that winter fatigue with these 13 tips of what to do to make you’re February fantastic in Vienna:
Take a playful break with the kids in the Rathaus
When: WED–SAT, February 6–9, 2pm–7pm
During the Spieltage in February, the Rathaus will be transformed into a huge world of play and games for four entire days. Play around with the latest children’s and family games and toys, invent your own games, try new console games and get busy with lots of other fun things happening there.
Recommended if you like: board games, going on adventures, making new friends, forgetting to eat because you’re so into the game, embracing your inner nerd, being a sore loser and throwing the board game when you lose
Vienna’s music scene is especially kicking this February
Catch a concert this February
Several talented acts will be hitting stages and doing their thing in Vienna this month. Check it out:
When: WED, February 6, 7pm
Where: Wiener Konzerthaus
Entry: 44.90€-66.90€, buy a ticket
When: SAT, February 9, 7pm–10am
Entry: 41.20€, buy a ticket
When: SAT, February 9, 7pm–10pm
Where: Arena Wien
Entry: 29.80€, buy a ticket
When: THU, February 14, 7pm–10pm
Entry: 33.70€, buy a ticket
Get enlightened at this very cool exhibition in the old beer brewery
When: SAT–SUN, February 8–9
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
The Ottakringer Brauerei will open its doors to this special art installation, LUMEN 400, on a weekend in February. Vienna-based artist, Johannes Rass, will use a total of 400 old floor lamps (that he got from the 48er Tandler fleamarket, so probably using that lamp you threw out) that are connected with LEDs and will produce sound that will bounce around the halls of the brewery. Visitors can take a stroll among them and get enLIGHTened (get it?!). Deep Baked, the Vienna-based DJ collective, will perform exclusively at the gallery all night long on Saturday.
Recommended if you like: lights, practising your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, art mingling, parties in unique locations, vintage furniture, art exhibitions at breweries, live DJs at breweries
A party for the 1950s swing hound in all of us
When: SAT, February 9, 10pm–4am
Where: Gartenbau Kino
Entry: 11€, buy a ticket
Get ready to dress up and swing that Tanzbein at this very retro event happening in the cool-looking foyer of the Gartenbaukino this February. The crew behind the Swell Time events are celebrating 8 years of vintage fashion and swing parties and will be dedicating this Mad Men inspired anniversary to the golden ’50s and ’60s. So, put your best bowtie and suspenders on, or alternatively your polka-dots/floral motif dresses, and join this dancing crowd for a night of old-fashioned cocktails and chain-smoking.
Recommended if you like: living in the past, binging series on advertising in the old days, vintage clothing, elaborate hair styles, wearing a suit to a party, old-fashioned cocktails, dancing, special locations, dressing up, false nostalgia.
Fun in the snow
Let’s all say it together: Dear weather-gods, be good to us and let it snow! Even though this ancient spell has worked for years, in this city we can never be sure how long the white wonder will last (approximately three hours). So our advice: If you see snow, let everything else be and run outside for some of that fantastic winter wonderland fun. Even though you don’t really need an excuse for behaving like a kid during the rest of the year – in those rare occasions even strangers might join in on running around in the snow, building snowmen, and making snow-angels. We love it! Also head out to the ski spots nearby, or go ice skating!
Recommended if you like: going numb in your bum, ice skating, skiing, any kind of sport in the snow, how you look in a ski suit, days in the mountains
Enjoy being single, or in love this month on Valentines Day
Valentine’s Day & World Single Day
In China, there’s a day in the month of November on which unattached bachelors and bachelorettes celebrate being single. It’s one seriously big festival. Now, while we don’t know if it’s official and if UNESCO has endorsed it (wink, wink), somebody has declared on the world wide web that February 13 (not an accident this is the day before Valentine’s day) is the World Single day.
We’d suggest (which we’d suggest for every month) celebrate being single for the whole of February in whatever way makes you happy, whether it be waking up in different person’s bed every Sunday morning, or just dancing like mad in your living room to your favourite music while enjoying being alone.
However, if you’ve found the love of your life, hold them tight, make love to them several times, and perhaps indulge in something special. Be sure to check our lovers and singles guide where we’ve got a few tips for you on what to do for this year’s Valentine’s Day in Vienna.
Recommended if you like: Barry White, making love on a bear rug, lotsa’ sexy time, being single, being madly in love, candle-lit dinner, composing love songs for yourself or your lover
A workshop for aspiring content creators and storytellers
When: SAT, February 16, 10am–5pm
Where: Das Packhaus
Entry: 90€ early-bird, 115€ regular price (get a ticket)
In a world stuffed full of noise, words, images and video, telling stories – that are made for humans – is needed more than ever to inspire people to listen to what you have to say.
This hands-on workshop will act as your guide to impactful content storytelling, and leave you walking away bursting with ideas and concrete results.
Whether you’re looking to improve your storytelling game when it comes to your blog, or building a loveable or engaging story around your brand with content, this workshop will teach you tried and tested recipes to creating content that people decide to spend their time with.
To begin with, you’ll be guided through the basics of how to make powerful, emotional and magnetic content. This will include:
– An outline of the essential elements to good story-driven content
– Tips and tricks on how to develop and train your own storytelling skills
– A method to help you develop an engaging story for whatever message you’re trying to communicate
– how to make the right decisions to ensure your story is powerful and visual
– how to use the different forms of content to tell stories
– lessons from successful case studies of powerful storytelling
– narrative techniques
During the 2nd hands-on part of the workshop, you will have the chance to develop your own content with the support of the collection of creatives in the room, and under the guidance of an experienced content creator. Get more info about the workshop and get a ticket.
Recommended if you like: being a student for life, being curious, spending a lot of time reading magazines, scrolling your social media streams for tasty content, wearing socks to bed, blogging like a mofo
Get inspiration for your next DIY-project at this fair
When: SAT–SUN, February 16–17, 10pm–6pm
Where: MGC Halle
Entry: 5€ day ticket
If you’re one of those people who like to do things with your hands, you should swing by the Kreativmesse this year. Over two days, many exhibitors will present their creative things and you’ll also have the possibility to take part in several workshops, including stuff like Bob Ross painting, beading, scrapbooking and upcycling. This is perfect for those handicraft enthusiasts out there, if you ask us. Which you didn’t. So we’ll be quiet now.
Recommended if you like: DIY-projects, creating things with your own hands, scrapbooking, Bob Ross, knitting with Oma on a Sunday, learning how to make stuff to make presents cheaper, the idea of teaching your kids to sew back on their own buttons
Because waltz isn’t the only way to dance
Go to an alternative Viennese Ball in February
When walking around central Vienna in January and February, you will very often encounter people slightly overdressed for a regular night out. Well, if the overdressed outfit implies a tuxedo or a gown, chances are these people are going to a Viennese Ball where they drink fancy drinks from fancy glasses, dance the waltz and pretend the Habsburgs will show up any minute. Yes, the Balls in the Hofburg and other palace-like locations have been around ever since white, curly toupées were a thing, and like many things in this city, they haven’t changed much. Still, every year some alternative events pop up piggybacking these balls, in alternative locations, with less rules and a more present-day atmosphere. Like these, for example:
When: SAT, February 23, 9pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: 42€ (29€ students), buy a ticket
The tagline of this event is ‘tradition meets the future at a ball with bass.’ And that pretty much sums it up. This crazy night of Techno in the grungy and industrial halls of the old Ottakringer brewery will be offering up 4 floors to dance like mad to the finest Techno beats. The dress code still applies so come dressed fancy in suits and gowns, and some people even paint their faces.
When: THU, February 28, 10pm–6am
Where: Palais Auersperg
Entry: 74€ pre-sale, buy a ticket
The Rosenball is an annual parallel event to the very traditional Viennese Opera Ball. Instead of the classical music and typical Viennese waltz music, there’ll be House and Disco music. It’s both a cheeky wink, and a tribute, to the Austrian ball culture and is often dubbed as the alternative Opera Ball.
Open your mind at this art exhibition
When: February 6, 7pm–February 10, 5pm
Where: Improper Walls
This art exhibition at Improper Walls explores interaction between strangers and questions what is a flight from reality and what is plain old commonplace. We were thinking about this a lot on the U-bahn this morning. Are these strangers real? Or have they been planted here. We hope we find answers at Improper Walls.
Recommended if you like: art, exhibitions at Improper Walls, questioning life and reality itself, inviting your mind to think differently, wearing art smocks in public, slurping your noodles at Italian restaurants, supporting Austrian artists
Celebrate British icon, Vivienne Westwood, at this documentary screening
When: FRI & SUN, February 8 & 10, 8:15pm
Entry: Free (or 9€ for the front row), get tickets here
Global fashion phenomenon, Vivienne Westwood, is celebrated in this highly-praised documentary. Come along to hear the story of this punk, icon and activist. We love films, and we particularly love films about special people, especially when they’re free!
Recommended if you like: dressing like an individual, celebrating iconic women, fashion blogging, watching films about celebrities or interesting people, reading fashion blogs, man buns and coffee, leopard print, shopping for clothes
Get your kicks at this sneaker convention
When: SUN, February 10, 11am–8pm
Where: MQ – Museumsquartier
Entry: 11.54€ – 32.64€, get your tickets, here
If you’re looking for a cool convention this weekend (and who isn’t?) this one is a SHOE in. (Get it?) At this convention all about sneakers and street-wear, you’ll be able buy/sell limited sneakers, customize some new kicks for yourself, meet designers, and more! Treat your feet and get out to this footwear convention.
Recommended if you like: shoes, sneakers, street-wear, trading shoes with people you don’t know – something we haven’t done since that birthday party in 3rd grade, one-of-a-kind shoes, fancy footwear, custom made sneakers, sneaker conventions
Be sure to get your daily dose of culture!
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.