12 things you need to do to make the most out of this October in Vienna

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12 things you need to do to make the most out of this October in Vienna

Give us a MMMMMM for maroni!

Snack on chestnuts at a street stand

That familiar and pleasant smell of Maroni (chestnuts) roasting on an open fire begins to invade the streets as Autumn sets in in October, as the little stands selling them open up around the city. Even better, you can partake in an old Tyrolean tradition where farmers visit each other at this time of year after the grape harvest to try the first young wine of the season. The tradition would always be accompanied by chestnuts. Sounds like a solid tradition to us!

Go take a walk in the colours of Autumn and bring your camera!

Photograph the colours of autumn

As the trees lining the Ringstrasse of the old city begin to turn all kinds of colours (trees are such show-offs), this is the perfect time of year to jump on your bike and cycle the sweeping boulevards.  We’ve made a super cool list (well, at least we think so) of the perfect spots for autumn walks in Vienna where you’ll find heaps of brown and gold inspiration for your gram’ gallery.

We recommend you begin at Stadtpark and head towards the University, carry on to Schwedenplatz, and if you still have the energy, ride on and disappear into the Prater park which is full of those show-off trees.

A film festival celebrating the weird and wonderful cinema of Japan

Japannual 2020 – Japanische Filmtage Wien

Japannual is the a Japanese Film Festival in Vienna, organised by the Austrian-Japanese Society. There are a wide range of films to catch, spanning feature, documentary and Manga. More than 20 films will be shown. If you’re a proper Japan fan, you can buy a ticket to see absolutely everything screening at this festival.

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

World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 in Vienna

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.

 

Get your freak on, Latino-style, at this event!

Circuito Latino

Arribaaaa! The Perica Musikverein is hosting a Latino-fusion music festival at the Gürtel & Yppenplatz this weekend. With 16 bands, 7 DJs and different performances, acts and other offerings, this festival is worth checking out if you like the Latino flavour. Find out more about the festival on their website!

 

Feel like a scientist while chilling on your couch

DIGITALE LANGE NACHT DER FORSCHUNG

Corona is pretty good at ruining things we like, but your favourite science event is kicking its ass by rocking your screens with awesome content instead! That’s right, we’re talking about Die Lange Nacht der Forschung, which is taking place this Friday!

Starting at 2pm, it’s actually more like a long afternoon than a long night (like the name would suggest, but what do we know, right?) but it’ll be one hell of an educational afternoon! Oh, and the best part: The livestreams will be available until the end of December!

 

Participate in this feminist theatre workshop

Körper.Macht.Widerstand. – eine feministische Theaterwerkstatt

Your body is yours! This is essentially what Linda and Sophie from Theater der Unterdrückten want to highlight in this four-day workshop happening at WUK. Using techniques of theatre, but also other creative outlets like dance, writing and short films, they aim to reprocess every participants individual and collective experience. This will be a creative and expressive exchange on the topics of body-allocation, toxic masculinity and (subtle) patriarchal behaviours, and of course, everyday life.

Travel East without even leaving the city

Go on a trip with the… Salam Orient Music and Art Festival

This festival is about faraway cultures and oriental music. Experience the sounds of the Orient, from Southern Spain, across to Maghreb, East Africa and the Middle East…and you won’t even have to leave Vienna. It will all come together under the same roof in the form of a high brow music festival, hosted by the music venues, Porgy & Bess, Sargfabrik and the Wiener Konzerthaus. Bands from countries such as Marocco, Tunisia and Algeria will be on stage, along with local bands who dedicate their tunes to oriental beats. Find all the information about tickets, locations and shows on their festival page.

At a cinema near you: The Viennale Film Festival

Watch as many films as possible @ the film festival Viennale 2020

On the big screens of Vienna’s most charming cinemas, the Viennale film festival will be kicking off this month. This international film festival is always made up of a good range of local, European and international films. This is the one time of year our eyes go slightly rectangular and our diet becomes mainly popcorn.

Check out the official programme on the official website. They’ve also developed a detailed COVID-19 prevention concept, check them out on their website before you go to one of the screenings.

Ever wonder what a pumpkin festival would be like? Well, one's happening in Vienna!

Kürbisfest am Himmel

It’s pumpkin season in Vienna and, on the last weekend of the month, you can enjoy all the pumpkin you want at the Pumpkin Festival hosted by the Oktogon Café am Himmel! Now, we’re recommending this as we’ve heard from real Styrian people that this is one fun festival, so if it turns out to be crap, we can all throw pumpkins at these people together (which could be another idea for a festival).

Styrian producers will be selling their produce and goods, including wine and baked goods made out of those marvellous orange balls, and you can even carve up a pumpkin to take home for Halloween.

Check out this contemporary music festival

Wien Modern 2020

In November (and a couple of days in October), the contemporary music festival, Wien Modern, will be inviting one and all to a series of exciting cultural encounters. It’s all about music, and it’s cutting edge stuff. This year’s festival will be about the motto ‘Stimmung’. Check out the programme for details.

 

Make the most out of this year's spooky-season peak

Celebrate Halloween 2020!

Well, sadly, nobody can look into their crystal ball and tell us the fate of this year’s Halloween events and celebrations, so we’ll have to trust the universe on that one.

Anyway, there’s many other things you could do this year, other than your usual witchy midnight-ritual to hex your ex with a lifetime of misfortune. If you want to spend the day outside, you could go on a spooky walk through the Zentralfriedhof, or check out the catacombs under good ole’ Stephansdom.

All you homebodies out there can prepare a spooky movie night with lots of haunted snacks like finger-hotdogs and blood punch and chill the night away with a covid-friendly amount of friends.

Or, you can take it upon youself to prepare a murder mystery party and have you and your friends play the protagonists in a, you guessed it, cold-blooded murder story.

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