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

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

October 1, 2019

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

October 1, 2019

Vienna Würstelstand's says

Ahhh, Vienna in Autumn. Taking long walks in the city that’s filled with colourful trees, the smell of the first Maroni being roasted at the small stands and easing into all the things from winter that you’ve missed.

This October has a huge amount of events worth checking out, from parties to lose your pants at, markets and cultural festivals.

Plenty to check out so get on it!

We’ve rounded up 20 things to put on your bucket list this October:

A legendary party by FM4 to wrap officially end summer in the park

Party in the Prater with FM4 Unlimited

When: FRI, October 5, 11pm
Where: Wiener Prater
Entry: 13.20€, buy a ticket

Do you remember the FM4 Unlimited parties that were happening in the Rathaus in past years? Since the last edition, the location has changed to the Wiener Prater, but the fun and good vibes remain. Live acts will be happening on 5 stages in the Wurstel Prater fairgrounds, Pratersauna and the VIE i PEE club, all accessible with one ticket (the Red Bull stage in the fairground is free entry!).

The party starts with some warm-up breakdance sessions and a Red Bull Music Autodrom Friday evening, and will continue with DJ gigs ‘til the early hours of the next morning. The music is, as always, very eclectic and electronic, brought to your ears by some quirky live local acts and DJ crews. Read more about the line-up, the schedule and tickets on their event page!

Recommended if you like: the gang at FM4, big-ass party where you can choose your room by music, frisky business in the bushes of the park, gin and tonic, pretty headbands

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

World Press Photo Exhibition 2019 in Vienna

When: until October 20, 11am–7pm
Where: Westlicht
Entry: 7€ (5€ reduced)

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 the poignant, moving images that are always guaranteed at this display of photojournalism’s greatest shots of the year, can be seen until the second half of October in Vienna’s Westlicht gallery. 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

A film festival celebrating the weird and wonderful cinema of Japan

Japannual 2019 – Japanische Filmtage Wien

When: TUE–SUN, October 1–6
Where: Filmcasino
Entry: 7€ students, 8€ non-students, 65€ festival pass, buy a ticket

Japannual is the 3rd 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. We’re particularly intrigued by ‘The Wonderland’, a Ghibli-like Anime where the ground opens, a magician walks out and kidnaps young heroine, Akane, to a colourful parallel world (come take us, too!). If you’re a proper Japan fan, you can buy a ticket to see absolutely everything screening at this festival.

Recommended if you like: the land of the Rising Sun, Manga, all things Japanese, anime, film festivals, celebrating other cultures, films where you really don’t know what’s coming next, Vienna’s finest cinemas.

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

Photograph the colours of autumn

When: all autumn long!
Where: almost everywhere in Vienna
Entry: free, obviously!

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.

Recommended if you like: autumn colours, blankets, hot chocolate, foliage, exploring Vienna, going on a mini adventure, photo walks

Give us a MMMMMM for maroni!

Snack on chestnuts at a street stand

When: all autumn and winter long!
Where: almost everywhere in Vienna

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!

Recommended if you like: street food, snacking on nuts, Maroni, Autumn, being able to finally taste autumn, the colour brown, make snow angels in the Autumn leaves, hot chocolate

Check out the first Vienna Art Book Fair

Vienna Art Book Fair 

When: FRI–SUN, October 4-6
Where: Angewandte
Entry: free!

Are you an art and book nerd that likes a quality fair? Well, we’d say the two just go together like plum jam with Kaiserschmarrn, right? If that’s a yes to this question, turn up at this 3-day event that is the Vienna Art Book fair. Creative types will crowd the cool setting of the Angewandte – University of Applied Art, that will provide a platform for artists, publishers, small publishers, printers and many others who are dedicated to the medium of the Art book. There will be readings, book signings, panel discussions and special exhibitions during this geeky lil’ fair.

Recommended if you like: books…specifically books with art in them, meeting new like-minded people, trying to out scream the speakers when having a deep conversation, Vienna Art Book Fair, wearing your creative-type outfit and fitting right in

Giggle until you snort and a bit of cola comes out of your nose

Catch some comedy

There’s a couple of quality old school comedy acts hitting Vienna this month. If your in the mood for a laugh, we suggest catching one of their shows!

John Cleese – Seven ways to skin an Ocelot

When: SAT, October 12
Where: Globe Wien

Recommended if you like: Life of Brian, British comedians, doing your best British accent, Fawlty towers, humour that’s so dry it makes you cough dust when laughing

Bill Bailey – Larks in Transit Tour

When: WED, October 30
Where: Globe Wien

Recommended if you like: laughing at really wrong jokes, giggling until you snort a little, having your hand on your belly when laughing so you can feel it jiggle, toilet humour, being immature for life



Dedicate your Friday evening to a hiking journey around one of Vienna’s markets

Standlwanderung mit Wienerlied

When: FRI, October 4, 4pm–9pm
Where: Meidlinger Markt
Entry: free

This Friday, four Viennese Wienerlied bands will be performing while walking around a market. They’re calling it the Standlwanderung, which is a hiking tour around the market stalls at the Meidlinger Markt, with music. Because there’s plenty of different choices for food options. Plus, the music will make for an awesome experience. Wiener Kabinett Orchester, Da Weana, Fiakerfiasko, and Manfred Chromy’s Texas–Schrammelduo (not particularly in this order) are going to accompany the walking tour with their music.

Recommended if you like: singing and hiking (mutually done tho), farmers markets, wandering around in your dress shoes, typical Viennese music, getting yourself a Käs–Leberkäs (meatloaf with extra cheese) as a treat, the sound of the accordion

See what’s on the insides of the human body at this weird touring exhibition 

Körperwelten – Eine Herzenssache | Wien

When: October 4 – February 9
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: 19€, prices may vary! Get your tickets here!

Our bodies are fascinating with all their different shapes, sizes and colours. And over time, the human body has evolved in many different ways, which we still don’t fully understand. The Stadthalle is opening up for an exhibition that offers an insight into the questions that still remain about how our bodies have evolved as humans, and reveals what our bodies look like on the inside. And they do this by putting on display model-type things which reveal the insides of the body. And there’s good reason why these bodies look life-like (we’ll let you find out why on your own).

Recommended if you like: being fascinated about the human body, always learning, being a student for life, horror movies with lots of gore, knowing the human inside out

Spend a charming day of wine & sturm @ this very Viennese festival

Stürmische Tage in Stammersdorf 2019

When: SAT–SUN, October 5–6,  2pm–midnight
Where: Stammersdorfer Kellergasse
Entry: Free!

The weekend of the 5th and 6th of October brings us the ‘Stürmische Tage’ which literally means stormy days. The other, more pleasant and more cheerful meaning, implies less storms and more of that cloudy drink that is known as Sturm – a perfect mix between grape juice and wine that gets you drunk while leaving you feeling like you’re on a detox, thanks to the wholesomeness of the grapes in the drink.

60 Heurige in the outer Vienna suburb of Stammersdof will be open for this event. There will be wine, local bites, handmade crafts and musical entertainment. Autumn in Vienna at its very best!

Recommended if you like: the mix of sweet and sour, Viennese wine festivals, wine and walking, exploring the outreach of the city, making love between grape vines, sticking grapes up your nose and shooting them out at unsuspecting passers by

A night at the museums

Museum hopping @ ORF Lange Nacht der Museen 2019

When: SAT, October 5, 6pm–1am
Where: Museums all around the city. Check out the website for more details!
Entry: 15€ general admission tickets, 12€ students

Once a year, the museums are the cool kids in town and leave clubs and dance floors empty as they make crowds of people choose art and discovery over getting so smashed you pass out in the closest park on your way home. As part of the long night of the museum, museums and galleries will open their doors (including many rarely open places) from 6pm to 1am for all those interested in culture. Presentations, special exhibitions and other events will also be happening all over town throughout the night as part of the program.

One ticket will ensure you the entrance into a variety of museums, so plan ahead and map out your choices so you’re prepared. The main museums will obviously be the busiest ones, where queues are to be expected. So, why not use the occasion to check out the smaller, more underground and unexpected amongst Vienna’s museums? Such as a hat museum, or one dedicated to funerals? Get inspired by our guide of the lesser known, weird and wonderful museums in Vienna.

Recommended if you like: art, hats, funerals, to look but not to touch, culture after dark, Saturday night at the museum, geeky weekend activities, going where everyone is going, that feeling you get when you’re part of something that thousands of other ppl are doing

Otaku haven

Dive into the world of gaming @ Vienna Game City 2019

When: FRI–SUN, October 18–20
Where: Rathaus
Entry: free!

For all those real kids that love to game, kids that are supposed to be old enough to stand on their own feet and have jobs but instead live at home, eat pasta with butter and game all day, as well as those kids that do have real jobs but count down the moments until the mundane day is over only to go home and game – we present to you… (drum roll) Vienna Game City 2019!

This month at Rathausplatz, gaming will be all there is to talk about in the gothic halls of the town hall! Try new games, talk about games and game until you pass out in the park at 2 in the morning. Check out the details on their website.

Recommended if you like: forgetting to eat because you’re staring at the screen, forgetting that people don’t live in the shape of a Japanese anime, virtually killing people, making friends on the net you’ve never meet in real life

Catch this special symphony performance

Hollywood in Vienna

When: FRI, October 18, 7pm–10pm
Where: Wiener Konzerthaus
Entry: from 55€, buy a ticket

The ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna will be taking you through a glamorous and fabulous journey through eight decades of film music at their event, ‘Hollywood in Vienna’. Think of The Adventures of Robin Hood, King Kong, Gone with the wind, and the likes. It will be a grand night for sure at the Wiener Konzerthaus. And if you wanna’ step it up a notch, you can also get a ticket for an Award gala event happening the day after.

Recommended if you like: good movies, bad movies, any movies at all, incredible and inspiring music that makes you exhale audibly even when it’s embarassing, beautiful concert locations, getting emotional to soundtracks, the Disney films

At a cinema near you: The Viennale Film Festival

Watch as many films as possible @ the film festival Viennale 2019

When: October 24 – November 4
Where: various cinemas in Vienna
Entry: 9.50€

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. And half of the fun is the buzz within the foyer before the film begins. 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 Viennale website.

We’ve also got a guide of films we recommend you definitely try to see at this year’s Viennale.

Recommended if you like: films, films and more films, movie marathons before lunch, the romance of the big screen, indie films, memorising all the actors and actresses names, popcorn

Make the most out of this month of markets

Make it to one of these magnificent markets

We’re calling it – this October is officially the month of markets. Typical of when the weather cools down, a bunch of markets pop up around the city. Here are the ones happening throughout October:

Flohmarkt im Liechtensteinpark 5 – 6 Okober

When: SAT-SUN, October 5–6
Where: Liechtenstein park

This legendary flea market in Vienna’s 9th district is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon or morning. It happens in the pleasant setting of the Liechtenstein park and usually a good mix of stall vendors turn up selling their wares, from young to old.


Edelstoff★Markt für junges Design #19

When: SAT, October 5

This design market if well loved by those who know it. A raft of creatives and designer set up little stands and sell their funky fashion, jewellery, and all other kind of stuff.


7*Stern Flohmarkt: Juwelen aus den 80er, 90er, 00er

When: SUN, October 6
Where: 7stern

This one-off market is claiming that all the stuff up for sale will hail from the 80s, 90s and the beginning of the 2000s. It will be happening in the funky location of the 7stern cafe so if you’re a flea market fan, this is worth checking out.



The Gürtel bars combine to deliver one massive party night!

Gürtel Connection #8

When: FRI, October 25, 6pm–8am
Where: Gürtel locations
Entry: free! Donations welcome (it’s for charity so cough up!)

The whole nightlife hotspot strip, the Gürtel, will come alive at the end of this month for one night only for a big festival. And the partying is all in the name of charity! Many of the night spots along the shady infamous Gürtel will join forces to deliver over 60 live acts and DJ performances across 14 different venues. And this year, the majority of the proceeds will to go to the homeless shelter, Obdach Josi.

This will be one hell of a night that will continue on into the early hours of the following morning, The only problem will be deciding where to start. Check out the programme on their event page.

Recommended if you like: variety on a night out, festival line–ups, not having to travel much along a bar hop, charity, party, dirty Gürtel kids, big parties, mighty morphine power rangers

Keep warm at one of these kickass festivals

Party your way into Autumn

So, everybody’s back from their summer holidays all tanned and loosened up and the weather’s getting colder. Our number one suggestion to make Autumn your season is by hitting up one of the awesome parties happening throughout the month of October!

Heimlich mit Leveldva

When: FRI, October 4
Where: fluc & fluc wanne

Recommended if you like: Downtempo Techno, parties where anything could happen, inserting your tongue in various people’s mouths throughout the night, expressing yourself freely amongst a crowd of other people doing the same

FM4 Indiekiste mit Pixies // Vienna

When: WED, October 9
Where: Gasometer

Recommended if you like: The Pixies, Alt-Rock bands, getting all sweaty in a moshpit, parties in the Gasometer, getting your nipples licked


Little Simz // Wien

When: FRI, October 11
Where: WUK

Recommended if you like: the magnificent English Rapper, Singer and actress Little Simz, music with attitude, being in the crowd bouncing to the beats, catching international acts without leaving Vienna, the grungy halls of the WUK


Onyx Live in Vienna – Samstag, 12.10. Flex

When: SAT, October 12
Where: FLEX

Recommended if you like: American hardcore hip hop, bouncing in the crowd with one hand in the air, forgetting your troubles by going to concerts, music with a message


Horst & Hannelore w. Klangkarussell

When: FRI, October 18
Where: HORST

Recommended if you like: Music that you can’t resist but move to, Electronic beats and moving your feet, catching very talented DJs when in town


Swell Time – A Mad Men Night Out *Freaky Friday*

When: FRI, October 18
Where: Gartenbaukino

Recommended if you like: a swing-a-ding-dinging party, dancing the Lindy Hop, being slid through somebody elses legs, wearing a fedora, polka dot dresses, music from the 1920-1950



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

Kürbisfest am Himmel

When: SAT–SUN, October 26–27, 10am–6pm
Where: Café Restaurant Oktogon
Entry: free!

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.

Recommended if you like: having a pumpkin overload, Halloween, enjoying Autumn, the October sun, enjoying the outdoors before winter creeps in, locations with a good view

Check out this contemporary music festival

Wien Modern 2019

When: October 28 – November 30, 7pm–9:30pm
Where: various locations in Vienna
Entry: 130€ festival pass, single tickets available – check the events!

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 ‘Growth’. Check out the programme for details.

Recommended if you like: music festivals, having a music taste that ranges from Backstreet Boys to Bach and back, nodding your head to the music ever so coolly while leaning on the bar, getting more than your daily dose of culture

Get dressed up, join in on a parade, or party hard this Halloween

Celebrate Halloween 2019!

When: THU, October 31
Where: various locations
Entry: varies, check the events!

Halloween’s around the corner and so are many exciting and scary Halloween events, including loads of parties. Not sure which one you should check out? Fear not, we’ll get a list together with THE events that will make sure that you get your Halloween dose of a scary party, pumpkins and Vampire smooches. Be sure to keep an eye out for our guide for all the exciting events taking place.

Recommended if you like: dressing up for special occasions, Halloween-lite parties, the adrenalin rush of being scared, dressing up like your favourite character from Twilight, making out with a zombie, getting dressed up, getting everybody with your fake blood trick