11 things to do to make your February fantastic in Vienna

11 things to do to make your February fantastic in Vienna

February 1, 2020

11 things to do
to make your
February fantastic
in Vienna

February 1, 2020

Vienna Würstelstand's says

It may be the shortest of all the months, but it’s got plenty to offer. Shake off that winter fatigue with these 11 tips of what to do to make you’re February fantastic in Vienna:

Spend a classy evening on the Gürtel at this mini-festival

Labelnights – JazzWerkstatt Wien

When: TUE, February 4, 8:30pm–11:30pm & WED, February 5, 8:30pm–11:30pm
Where: Rhiz
Entry: tba

At the mini festival, Labelnights, happening on February 4th and 5th at the Rhiz, it’s all about the good ol’ jaaaazz! Two ensembles will be exhibiting their skills and latest releases each night. You’ll be enjoying shows full of jazzy tunes from flutes and saxophones through to electronics! Check out the program. 

Recommended if you like: jazz, going out to the Gürtel and staying classy, live music, the tunes of a well–played saxophone, being proud of your music taste, enjoying good music in a room filled with people who like the same music as you do


Make the Rathaus your own playgrounds with the kids

Spieltage im Rathaus

When: WED–SAT, February 5–8, 2pm–7pm
Where: Rathaus
Entry: free!

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

Make the most out of this month of markets

Make it to one of these magnificent markets

Typical of cold winter months, a bunch of markets pop up around the city. Here are the ones happening throughout February:

Vintage Kilo Sale • Vienna • VinoKilo

When: SAT, February 15, 9am–6pm
Where: Semperdepot

Vintage Kilo Sale is back! Need a fur coat (fake fur, of course) to go with those fur panties you bought last year? Come on out and start pillaging through never-ending racks of vintage treasures. There will be great music and deals you don’t want to miss that you can buy, by the kilo!


Fashionista’s best 2nd Hand Market

When: SAT, February 15
Where: Aux Gazelles

Fashionistas will be selling off their fashionable (we guess) clothes on one Saturday in February. Expect to walk out with plenty of fashionable stuff (we guess).


Turnhallen-Flohmarkt im Februar

When: SUN, February 16
Where: Die Turnhalle

This market is all about finding some treasures. Loads of stands will be set up in their cool space upstairs above the cafe for you to do your fleamarket hunt.



Check out this new exhibition from one of Austria’s most talented artists

Opening: Martin Tardy – Anthropos

When: TUE, 11 February, 7pm–9pm
Where: Galerie Ernst Hilger
Entry: free!

One of Austria’s most up-and-coming artists, Martin Tardy, will be hanging is works on walls at the Galerie Ernst Hilger from February 11 onwards. The exhibition opening will be happening that night, while the art will be on the walls until March 13. If you don’t know his work, check it out on his website. 

Recommended if you like: practising your pensive face in front of the mirror before going to exhibition openings, modern art, the free booze at exhibition openings


Catch some of the film nominations and a live screening of the Oscars itself

Oscar-Nacht 2020 – im Gartenbaukino!

When: SUN–MON, February 9–10
Where: Gartenbaukino
Entry: varies, check the website

With the Oscars, the Gartenbaukino always get involved and host a screening of the night, even if it means staying open into the wee hours of the morning. This Sunday will see the Gartenbaukino putting on a programme full of the films nominated for the awards. With four to five films showing throughout the day, there will always be an opportunity to catch something. Once the last film ends those who wish can stay and watch the actual ceremony on the big screen. Check the Facebook event for details.

Recommended if you like: doing Michael Caine impressions, series bingeing, couch surfing, Oscars, the red carpet, the little golden man, being a true film fanatic, the idea of not turning up to work the next day

Enjoy being single, or in love this month on Valentines Day

Get all kitschy and love-struck on Valentine’s Day

Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day this month! If this inspires a groan from the depths of your belly, then look away from this event tip and read on! However, if you’re the romantic type, or have somebody special in your life that you’re thinking of overwhelming with kitschy declarations of your love, we’d suggest you check out our guide on how to spend Valentine’s Day. And hey all you singles! We didn’t forget you. There’s plenty of tips of how you, the lone wolf, can spend this – some say, commercial day hijacking love, some say, sacred day of sweetness that ends in a climax of some wild rooty tooty – day.

Recommended if you like: Barry White, making love on a bear rug (a fake one of course) , lotsa’ sexy time, being single, being madly in love, candle-lit dinner, composing love songs for yourself or your lover

An exhibition all about fashion made in our good old Alpine Republic

SHOW OFF. Austrian Fashion Design

When: February 14 – August 30
Where: MAK
Entry: 14€ (11€ students under 26)

Not many people know this, but Austrian fashion encompasses far more than just Dirndls and Lederhosen. That’s probably why the Museum of Applied Arts is hosting this exhibition where everything is all about homegrown fashion design. Around 50 designers and 30 photographers are taking part, showcasing various creations from the eighties, up until today.

Recommended if you like: being en vogue, dressing up, reading fashion magazines, reading fashion blogs, being a fashionista, dreaming of expensive clothes you’ll probably never be able to afford, worshipping the shrine with a picture of Karl Lagerfeld next to your bed

Find out about the crazy adventures of other people

Alles Leinwand – Reise & Abenteuer Festival

When: SAT–SUN, February 22–23
Where: Campus der Universität Wien – Altes AKH
Entry: 13–99€, buy a ticket

On February 22nd and 23rd, a festival completely dedicated to adventure and travel is taking place at the University Campus at the Altes AKH. A number of people will be holding presentations about the incredible adventures they’ve experienced travelling the world. You can either buy tickets for a whole day, or simply book a ticket for a certain presentation. It’s up to you. More information about the event and the presentations can be found on their website.

Recommended if you like: travelling, planing crazy trips to foreign countries, adventures, listening to cool things other people have done, getting inspiration for your next big journey, different cultures, finding out more about different countries


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 loose 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. Keep an eye on our event guide for tips on the best Fasching parties happening around Vienna.

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!

Browse photographs that tell you a story

Alec Soth – Photography is a Language

When: February 26 – August 30
Where: Kunst Haus Wien
Entry: 9€, buy a ticket

Do you count photography as your hobby, even though the only photos you take are selfies? On February 26th, the Kunst Haus Wien opens an exhibition focused on the photographer, Alec Soth, who focuses on people and their unique situations in his work. The exhibition might inspire you to not only think outside the selfie–box, but also to learn more about the language of photography.

Recommended if you like: photography, getting insights in the lives of people you have never met, getting inspired by photographers who master the language of photography, hanging out in galleries, the Kunst Haus Wien

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: FRI, February 7, 7pm–11pm
Where: Gasometer
Entry: 37€, buy a ticket



When: FRI, February 14, 6:30pm–10:30am
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: 51€, officially sold out – check the facebook event for spare tickets!



When: FRI, February 21, 6:30pm–11pm
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: 49.95€, buy a ticket



When: TUE, February 25, 7:30pm–12am
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: SOLD OUT, check the Facebook event for spare tickets!


Milky Chance

When: FRI, February 28, 7pm–10pm
Where: Gasometer
Entry: 39.30€, buy a ticket

Because waltz isn’t the only way to dance

Go to an alternative Viennese Ball in February

When you’re walking around central Vienna in January and February, you’ll very often encounter people slightly overdressed for a regular night out. Well, if the overdressed outfit includes a tuxedo, or a gown, the chances are these people are going to a Viennese Ball, drinking fancy drinks from fancy glasses, dancing the waltz and pretending the Habsburgs never got booted out of power. Yes, the Balls in the Hofburg and other palatial locations have been around ever since white, curly toupées were in fashion, and like many things in this city, the traditions haven’t changed much. Still, every year some alternative events pop up piggybacking these balls in alternative locations, with less rules and a more contemporary atmosphere. Like these, for example:


Vegan Ball

When: SAT, February 15, 5:30pm
Where: Arcotel Kaiserwasser
Entry: 25–29€, buy a ticket

If you’re vegan, this ball allows you to feel fancy without having to feel like you’re starving during an event, because all of the food at the gala dinner (NB: not included in the entry fee) is vegan, waiting to be consumed by you! And if you’re not vegan, this could be an inspirational evening for you! But, like most events during the ball season, this evening is about dancing and having a good time while feeling pretty. If you’re not convinced yet, there will be goodie bags for everyone! Who doesn’t love free stuff?


Wiener Flüchtlingsball – The Refugee Ball

When: SAT, February 22, 8pm
Entry: 44,60–50,10€, buy a ticket

The Viennese Refugee Ball is hosted in one of our favourite party locations in town: the Rathaus (city hall). 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, this is your event!

Recommended if you like: when old meets new, travelling, trying something different, when finally a unique kind of party turns up in town



When: MON, February 24, 7:30pm
Where: Hofburg
Entry: 105€ (45€ for students), buy a ticket

This ball is all about secrecy. Maybe not in that secret agent kind of way that you’re imagining right now, but it’s still pretty badass! It’s the biggest and most mysterious masked ball in Vienna! And as if a ball with tradition since 1899 wasn’t already fancy enough, this event is happening at the Hofburg. Go there and feel like a real king or queen!

Be sure to get your daily dose of culture!

All the best culture and art events happening in Vienna right now

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.