Are you an upcoming singer/songwriter who’s up for a challenge? If you’re between the ages of 13-26 you may have the opportunity to share your unplugged talent with the world! Perhaps not the entire world, but at least the crowd in Theater am Spittelberg who will be watching you perform on stage. For further information on how to register, visit wienXtra soundbase’s website!
Recommended if you like: sitting at the Donaukanal with your feet dangling over the water, free festivals, Indie Rock, ska, Singer/Songwriter tunes, toes in the sand, following the sun, living the good life, fish and chips
Not even the two actors of this improvised theatre show at Spektakel know what it’s going to be about yet, so you’re gonna have to find that out for yourself. Anyway, anywhere and anytime is their motto, so who knows, maybe you’ll end up on a trip to space!
Recommended if you like: not knowing what you’re walking in to, watching people prove their acting skills, imagining things that aren’t there, unique theatre performances, not letting mondays get the best of you
Back to school is happening this summer! The Vienna Children’s University is opening its (digital) doors for all young and eager minds who are willing to experience University. On their online platform, you can find classes and learning tools from nearly all academic institutions of higher education in Vienna. You can register your young Einsteins and mini Marie Curies on their website and give them 10 weeks of scientistic (it’s a real word) fun from the comfort of your home.
Recommended if you like: checking out what the city’s creatives are doing, the idea of entertaining little adults, nostalgia of your school days, cheeky children that sometimes outsmart you
When: MON & TUE, July 6 & 7, 8pm (plus additional dates in August) Where:Theater im Park Entry: already sold out! Check event page for ppl selling tickets
The Austrian-Persian stand-up comedian, cabaret artist, and actor, Michael Niavarani, will be on stage at this summer’s ‘Theater im Park‘ theatre. With his solo show, Homo Idioticus – eine Kulturgeschichte des Trottels, Niavarani is on the hunt for the biggest idiot on earth. We’re looking forward to his witnessing the scientific methods he uses to make fun of humanity, and himself… probably. Unfortunately, his shows in July are already sold out, but you might be able to get some for August. Or, you could also keep an eye out for anyone selling their tickets via the Facebook event page.
Recommended if you like: lolling, curing your weekend hangover with beer, local comedians, the Viennese dialect and charm, making farting sounds with your armpit
When: MON, July 6, 7:30–10:30pm Where: Shebeen Entry: 10€, buy a ticket
If you like jokes about things like culture and religion, then this is the show for you. And what else is there to joke about OTHER than culture and religion, really?
Go laugh until your belly hurts at this show by Hungarian / South African now Vienna-based professional comedian, Tamos Vamos. Apparently, he’s known for hard hitting punch lines, dark humor and political incorrectness. This Monday, he’ll be performing at the Sheebeen.
Recommended if you like: laughing so hard it hurts, jokes about culture and religion, spitting beer out through your nose when you laugh, wearing polka dotted socks, drinking in pubs
There’s more to the Waldviertel than huge trees and hiking trails. Who knew this region was a hub for coffee-houses, mills, rail stations, and cinemas? We certainly didn’t, but you can find out all about the forgotten business and building-constructions in this Tuesday evening book presentation hosted by the author duo Reinhard Linke and Christoph Mayer.
Recommended if you like: learning about the place where you live, reading history books that smell like your grandma, wearing striped pyjamas to bed, Sunday strolling through museums, asking questions because you’re not nosy, but curious about everything
In this movie-screening at the Actors Studio, you’ll get to watch this adventurous guy Christoph Pehofer spend his travels through North America and Asia sleeping on random people’s couches in his documentary film Couch Connections. You might have heard of Couchsurfing before and found it daunting, but, as one of Christoph’s hosts said fittingly, every friend was once a stranger, and you never know the beautiful friendships that could form if you just take a step forward.
Recommended if you like: vicariously living through other people’s travels, seeing beautiful friendships unfold on the screen, getting the itch to leave everything behind and go travel, building bridges between strangers and cultures, adventures overseas
This Tuesday, laughs are guaranteed at the English Comedy night at Kramladen. The British musician turned comedian, Jack Holmes, will be trying his best to make you laugh if you show up at this comedy event on Tuesday. He’s known for his mix of self-deprication and frustration about the world. Reginald Bärris, an American living in Vienna has brought his stand-up on multiple successful European tours and headlined in 20 countries and 50+ cities. So it’s likely they’ll both have you howling with laughter on a random July Tuesday.
Recommended if you like: laughing at Americans, laughing so hard you snort a little, when your stomach hurts from laughing, comedy shows, fun things to do with friends during the week.
At this dance class at Pfarre Akkonplatz you’ll learn that Jazz is not just a music genre, but also a wicked style of dance. The class is made for beginners that want to get the basics down and add them to their repertoire of moves for the (jazz)dancefloor.
Recommended if you like: dancing ’til your socks are on fire, getting down on the dancefloor, broadening your dance horizons, learning the basics first, sweating to some Jazz, meeting new people while dancing
This Tuesday, the Vienna Art Market celebrates their July opening and wants to spoil you with top–notch art! You’ll get to admire the work of 15 awesome artists! So, if you feel like spending an afternoon making impressed noises and pointing out pretty art: you know where to go!
Recommended if you like: art (duh!), getting inspired by creative people and their work, spending an afternoon around fellow creatives, art that complements your spacy personality
When: every Tuesday, 8:30pm–11pm Where:Cafe Lassa Entry: 1€ per card
Everyone’s familiar with the rules of bingo, so we don’t have to explain them here, right? But at this special Music Bingo Night at the funky craft beer bar, Cafe Lassa, the rules are a bit different: you’ll have to listen to 30 seconds of a song and cross out the appropriate artist/musician on your card. Don’t forget to yell ‘bingo’, when you’ve crossed out all the names in a row! There will also be prizes. It’s a BINGO!
Recommended if you like: taking your granny to fun events, stalking Peter Rapp, being a music addict, a friendly competition that might turn violent after you’ve had too many beers, being brilliant at knowing rather irrelevant things, drinking while thinking
On Tuesdays at the Vienna City Beach Club, there’ll be a pure Latino feeling floating about the sandy party place. There will be damn fine Latino music, delicious cocktails, sand under your feet and a ‘Caribbean feeling’.
Recommended if you like: feeling the rhythm in your bones, doing the chicken dance when nobody’s looking, picking up a corner of your skirt and swaying your hips in the kitchen while cooking, finding sand 2 days later in places you never knew existed on your body, a nice drink after work
So, you want to do something on a Wednesday or Sunday but don’t want to waste your time with meaningless entertainment? Look no further, SHADES TOURS Vienna has got you covered! You’ll get the chance to take part in a very special walk around the 6th district, dedicated to the topics addiction and drugs. The guide of this walk will tell you about his first–hand experiences with addiction and you’ll get to ask questions to find out more about this delicate topic.
Recommended if you like: learning to understand other people and their situations, fighting prejudices, rocking out to ‘Come As You Are’ by Nirvana, going for walks, listening to other people’s stories
The workshop-loving crowd from ‘We love handmade’ will be teaching you much more than tasty recipes and sustainable crafting this summer. Join their workshop in the 3rd district to learn the intricate skills of watercolour lettering. To register for the event, and to read more about what’s in your craft kit of a head, check out their website.
Recommended if you like: designer markets, checking out what creative minds are doing in the city, t-shirts with witty prints on them, artisan food products, chutney, wearing toe rings as nose rings
When: WED, July 8, 9pm–12am Where:Cafe Carina Entry: TBA
On the fine night of Wednesday, Cafe Carina will throw at you some progressive rock supported by musicians Blank Slate & Leon. Along with Leon and his mellow piano, the four-member prog-rock group will leave you bobbing your head in a steady rhythm. So bring your rocker face, grab a drink, and join in on the post-quarantine jam.
Recommended if you like: when different genres clash, drums and piano over drum and bass, clapping your hands to the right moments in songs, that moment when a breakdance circle forms and everybody’s too shy to take the floor
When: WED, July 8, 7:30pm–10pm Where:Tunnel Entry: 10€
If you’ve been meaning to become outgoing, or do something brave and get out there, then this event is your chance. At this open mic comedy night, you can join other aspiring comedians on stage this Wednesday at the bar, Tunnel. With local comedians and the performer Okello Dunkley hosting and introducing his own material, you will be in good company on stage. So nothing to fear, right? Wrong – trying to be funny in front of a bunch of strangers is one of our most common nightmares! But the organisers console those considering getting up there that half the audience will be drunk, anyway. Check out this open mic comedy night (in English) if you haven’t already!
Recommended if you like: doing something well outside your comfort zone, that you have many funny stories to tell, getting up on stage and becoming a legend for a night, potentially earning yourself some free drinks, English comedy
When: every Wednesday until July 22, 7pm–11pm Where: Kramladen Entry: tba
The Kramladen is hosting these weekly socially distanced DJ nights that finally give you a floor to dance on again. You’ll have to stay two meters apart from other people, but on the upside, you’ll have more room to bust out your most outrageous dance moves.
Recommended if you like: safely dancing with other people, listening to good music while sippin’ on a drink, going to work hungover, partying on a weeknight, having some breathing room, not having your personal space being intruded
When: THU–SAT, July 9–11, from 3pm Where:your apartment Entry: free!
The idea of a radio festival for women, lesbians, inter-, non-binary-, and trans* -persons (FLI*NT) and girls is probably new to you. For the second year, ‘Claim the Waves’ will be addressing whichever category you feel comfortable through webinars and open space programs for an entirety of 48h. Turn your station to Radio Orange 94.0 and start listening. And if you’re eager to contribute as a speaker find out more on their website!
Recommended if you like: getting all your As to all your Qs, feminism and equality, female empowerment, inspirational events, meeting great people, talks and discussions, learning something new, being part of the movement trying to drag the world into the 21st century and into the future, fostering female entrepreneurship
When: THU, July 8, 6pm–9pm Where: Karma Food Entry: unfortunately, already sold out – but be sure to check out one of their future classes!
Does the word ‘curry’ make you start to drool a little? Then, we hope you’re reading this at home because that could be embarrassing if you’re drooling in public. This cooking class with the folks from Karma Food will be your chance to learn how to make an amazing curry and impress your loved ones (or just yourself) with your tasty skills. Get a cookbook, a gift and a doggy bag to take home left-over food from the class all included in the price.
Unfortunately, this week’s edition is already booked out, but Karma Food are hosting semi-regular cooking classes – so be sure to keep an eye out for any future classes.
Recommended if you like: curries – delicious curries (now stop dooling), cooking delicious meals for yourself and your loved ones, showing off your impressive cooking skills, learning how to best use those spices, eating lots of warm and filling food (don’t think we know anyone who doesn’t like this)
This Thursday, the Meidlinger Markt is celebrating the beautiful island of Hawaii with drinks, beach chairs and authentic hula-dance shows and classes. Although it’s probably nothing like being on the actual island, this might be one of the only possibilities for you to get a bit of that island feeling (you know, because of the pandemic).
Recommended if you like: celebrating the Hawaiian culture, trying a new style of dance, lounging in beach chairs, chasing that island feeling although it’s not the real deal, supporting dancers and musicians
His name may not say much about the type of music he makes but Sir Tralala has steadily transcended from the Austrian subculture music scene onto German and Bavarian broadcast. Being back in Austria for a night you can witness the sometimes controversial, oftentimes mad artist in action, at the music local Chelsea. Reserve a ticket via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recommended if you like: clubs that look like some crazy shit has gone down there, drum and bass, letting loose on a Friday, humping like rabbits under a tree in the Prater, people watching in clubs…you creep
At this Jazzfest in the 9th district of Vienna, the Servitenplatz is turning into a beautiful open-air Jazzclub. There is also the weekly market happening at the same time, so you can eat some culinary specialities while having your ears blessed with some smooth Jazztunes.
Recommended if you like: using the word artisanal to describe your food, hearing the saxophone and bass guitar in beautiful symbiosis, a delicious meal with a side of Jazz, evenings outside with friends, being jealous of other people’s musical talent
When: FRI, July 10, 7pm–11:55pm Where:Neu Marx Entry: 2€, buy a ticket!
On the 10th of July, the ‘Silent Baulückendisco’ will be taking a different route from what we know to be ‘Kopfkino’. Instead of making up your own cinema in your mind, headphones will be provided for you and many others to listen in on the sound-film of your choice. So while you’re laughing at ‘A fish called Wanda’ don’t be too alarmed if your neighbour is shedding tears over ‘The Marriage of Maria Braun’. To stay up-to-date, visit the event’s Facebook page!
Recommended if you like: doing Michael Caine impressions, series bingeing, couch surfing, open air cinema, hoarding popcorn all to yourself
When: FRI, July 10, October 31, 8:45pm–10:45pm Where:Gartenbaukino Entry: 9.50€ (8.50€ students), buy a ticket
One of the most infamous movies of our time is always worth a re-watch. This Friday, there will be a special Beethoven 2020 screening of A Clockwork Orange. Why Beethoven? Well, first of all, 2020 is a special Beethoven-year in Vienna (check our Beethoven facts article for details), and the film character Alex loves listening to ‘a little of the Ludwig Van’. You can catch all the gore and grim entertainment in the delightfully pretty settings of the Gartenbaukino this Friday.
Recommended if you like: infamously messed up movies, bowler hats, watching critically acclaimed movies on a big screen, popcorn, walking sticks, dressing all in white knowing you are going to get it messy, starry nights
When: FRI, July 10 – SAT, July 18, check event for times Where: varies, check event for details Entry: tba
During the time of this art festival, multiple locations in the 15th and 12th district of Vienna are opening their art studios and creative workshops for visitors. The concept of strolling from place to place is part of the plan, as well as showing beautiful spaces where art thrives in this city. Check out their program!
Recommended if you like: supporting artists and creatives, watching people’s creative process, strolling through the city, enjoying culture and art wherever and whenever, having your brain visually stimulated, feeling the artistic feels
Austrian travel photographer Marion Payr has curated an exhibition at Einflussraum, where Austrian photographers show their favourite holiday pictures. Many different styles will be featured, ranging from artistic analogue photography to your classic instagram post, which you can all live vicariously through to get those holiday feels you’re missing this year.
Recommended if you like: taking yourself on a trip through someone else’s memory lane, seeing people’s private moments on holiday but not in a weird way, artistic photography, supporting female Austrian photographers, getting phantom holiday feels
When: every Friday througoout summer until September 12, 9pm–1am Where:Roxy Club Vienna Entry: TBA
What may sound like a new Instagram Hashtag is actually a celebration of hip hop you should be looking forward to every Friday. This American music style originated in the East Coast and will be transcending to Roxy Club for your ears to enjoy. To see the full schedule until September visit Roxy Club’s Facebook page!
Recommended if you like: old school RnB, moving your hips in a rather smooth manner, Rap and Hip Hop, underground club locations, low-riders
When: every Friday until August 28, 5:30pm–7:30pm Where: Kühnplatz Entry: free!
Spend your evenings with friends and neighbors at these culture and music events at Kühnplatz in the Freihausviertel. With the goal of supporting artists and the local economy, the program is full of variety with multiple genres of music, culture and dialogue that’ll liven up the neighbourhood this summer.
Recommended if you like: getting to know your neighbours, having a cold one and listening to some music, seeing who lives in your area, socializing excessively, feeling like you’re on holiday when you really aren’t
If you’re looking for a beach party on a Friday night, Vienna City Beach Club has got you covered! This Friday, you’ll find a Disco Beach raging on the sands of this chilled bar by the river. Party away into the night to Pop songs while enjoying one (or more) drink(s). For now, without dancing though.
Recommended if you like: summer days, wearing your bikini or board shorts to a party, marinating yourself in large quantities of alcohol, wearing your sunglasses at night, parties in unique locations, summer cocktail sipping by the water, gin and tonic, laughing like a fat man, being barefoot most of summer
On Friday the event organisers, the AirlinerParty, will be welcoming you to music, dinner, and a comfy massage lounge, and all of this following the theme of aviation. No need to book your ticket, the event is free and welcomes everyone aboard. For a detailed itinerary check out their Facebook page!
Recommended if you like: Music of all breeds, underground clubs, showing up to a party and not knowing it was themed, wearing costumes during sex, pretending you’re from a different country every night out
This African culture festival at Otto-Geißler-Platz is here for you to enjoy some music and culture, mingle with the crowd and support talented Austro-African artists. An essential part of it is the dialogue program, which takes place just before the start of the festival every year and talks about a variety of important topics.
Recommended if you like: supporting young and talented artists, having conversation about the important topics, celebrating culture, being outside and joining a crowd, listening to music for multiple hours a day
On June 26th something cool popped up at the Kagraner Platz and will stay all summer long! That’s right, we’re talking about the Beer & Streetfood Napoleon Pop Up! We were already all ears when we heard ‘beer’ and ‘streetfood’ but there is more! Streetart, pop up live concerts and awesome summer vibes!
Recommended if you like: spending all summer outside in Schanigärten, convincing your non-transdanubien friends that there are actually cool things happening over there, graffiti artists, live concerts, everything about streetfood
Are you one of those lucky bastards who live in an apartment with their own rooftop or are you one of us poor souls, who rely on cool events in order to spend some time above the roofs of Vienna? If the later is the case: We’ve got the perfect event for you! Every Friday, you get to hang out at the Organics Sky Garden, which is not a normal, boring rooftop (as if rooftops could ever be boring, but you know what we mean), but literally a garden!
Recommended if you like: going out in the first district, getting drunk above the roofs of Vienna, events with an age restriction because showing them your ID makes you feel like a VIP, not having to choose between a rooftop party and a garden party
The Aurora Rooftop Bar has made it their mission to bring your dream summer holiday all the way to Vienna while offering you a damn fine view over the city! You will not only get to spend this weekend on an awesome rooftop but also pretend like you’re at Venice Beach while sipping on your cocktail and nodding your head to the DJ beats.
Recommended if you like: having a view over Vienna, sipping on cocktails all evening, choosing your friends depending on their rooftop situation, going on holiday without leaving town, awesome summer night vibes
When: every WED–SAT in July, 5:30pm–10:30pm Where:WUK Entry: free!
If you just want to spend an relaxed evening but desperately wanna leave your flat: The Bin hinten! Bar at the WUK could be perfect for you! The open air bar awaits you every Wednesday to Saturday (if the weather’s good) and offers you a fun yet relaxed atmosphere and the perfect place to hang out on warm summer evenings!
Recommended if you like: a relaxed atmosphere, sitting outside with a cold beer, meeting up with friends without having an exhausting agenda, counting “chilling” as a hobby
This is the one and only short film festival happening under the starry sky in Vienna, and boy is it a good one. There’s around 120 short films from around 40 countries on their programme . This is the open air cinema you should be attending if you’re looking to broaden your experiences when it comes to film. And trust us, many of the films on the programme will leave you thinking ‘…’ To make things short, check out the programme.
Recommended if you like: movie marathons, open air events, starry nights, the sound of birds chirping, lying on your back watching the clouds, being outdoor, fresh air, popcorn
Liven up your Tuesday evenings and grab a drink while you’re at it
Wiener Mischung im Flex Garten
When: Every Tuesday until September 8, 5pm–11pm Where:Flex Garden Entry: Free!
When the DJ group, Wiener Mischung, come together, they incorporate House, Drum & Bass and Techno to bring you different flavours of music for your enjoyment. And all of this will be on offer with free every Tuesday evening! Join in on the fun, but don’t forget to maintain the new standards of safety for partying your butt off in the year of Corona.
Recommended if you like: Electro music that will make you dance, gin and tonic, grungy locations, third wave coffee, getting sweaty in a club
When: WED–SUN throughout summer, 5pm–11pm Where:Ginger Forest Entry: free!
It may seem like the days of late-night clubbing are long gone, but clubs are continuing to get creative during the time of Corona. The hip hop club, VIE I PEE, has rebranded its outdoor garden, Ginger Forest, and they’ll be holding a bunch of different events in it throughout this summer. Keep an eye on the event page for regular updates on what kind of events will be happening (they’re promising from magic shows, to a Mario Bros corner, to board games and a bunch of other fun stuff).
Recommended if you like: Hip Hop & RnB, gin and tonic, trying really bad pick up lines for the laugh, surprises, and unexpected theme parties, kicking everybody’s ass at chess in the club (never did we think we’d hear ourselves say something like this)
The fluc + fluc_wanne is back with regular culture and music events that’ll give you an excuse to consume insane amounts of beer and spritzer. Just behind the main building, at the so called fluc Marina, as well as in the wanne, they are finally doing concerts, readings and parties, again. Gonna’ have to sit on your butts for most of them for now (Corona and stuff), but we’re sure you’ll have just as much fun.
Recommended if you like: going to work hungover, drinking beer and spritz picnic-style while listening to some music, feeling the breeze, partying with your friends outside, staying ’til the DJ cuts the music
Open air cinemas are one of the highlights of the summer season in this city. No more pondering for movie lovers on whether to stay in or head out. Open air cinemas offer those who get their tan from a movie screen a great way to spend an evening outside. Vienna offers a variety of open air cinemas, each screening a different flavour of film.
When: July 1–September 18 Where: various locations in Vienna Entry: free!
In the year of Corona, there’s no big music festivals happening, of course. HOWEVER, the people behind the Donauinselfest have gotten creative. The festival organizers have put together a festival touring bus that’ll be making a stop in every district throughout July & September. There are 50 acts and Pop-Up fun stuff happening that will having you chasing this bus around the city.
Be sure to check out the website for exact location details and the programme!
Recommended if you like: open-air parties, when the dancefloor can be on the grass, heading to a party half-naked, summer cocktail sipping by the water, gin and tonic, laughing like a fat man, being barefoot most of summer
If you’re going to endure a sticky Vienna summer, you might as well do it while also getting in shape, getting bendy, finding your inner peace while soaking up the sun and fresh(ish?) air, and taking in amazing views by signing up to some outdoor yoga classes!
Recommended if you like: not having to pay through the nose for a yoga session, living on the unusual side of life (wherever that may be), ‘ommm’ experiences, the healthy life, looking down on people, secret spy yogi stuff, being as flexible as a 14-year-old, doing downward dog, finding inner peace after work
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.
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