15 things you need to do to make the most out of August in Vienna - Vienna Würstelstand

15 things you need to do to make the most out of August in Vienna

August 1, 2019

15 things you
need to do to
make the most
out of August
in Vienna

August 1, 2019

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We are having the best time of our lives and can’t stop grinning like the Cheshire Cat. This summer has everything we wished for: sun, heat, sexy tanned people – it’s simply perfect. AND: there is a whole new month full of adventures just waiting around the corner.

Here are 15 tips on how to make the most out of August in Vienna.

Dance the weekend away to contemporary Electronic music

Lost Social Festival 2019 | Âme Live + Mano Le Tough

When: Aug 2–4
Where: Pratersauna
Entry: 10€ early bird Fri, 10€ early bird Sat, TBD Sun, buy a ticket

The Lost Social Festival aims to take you back to a pre-smartphone era, when connections were made on the dancefloor, not on social networks (note: this also means they have no ATM on site). Along with cutting-edge contemporary Electronic music, there’s also yoga, food and art to keep you bendy and energised enough for some serious bopping. It all be happening all weekend.

Recommended if you like: dancing to your alarm clock, shaking your booty while doing the downward dog, Electronic music, partying in unique locations, festivals that keep you out for three days in a row, wearing your bikini to bed

Check out this very cool taking over of a museum by street art and skateboarders

Takeover Street Art & Skateboarding

When: until September 1
Where: Wien Museum at Karlsplatz
Entry: free!

The Wien Museum at Karlsplatz has been emptied out for its big renovations, so there’s currently plenty of room for new, fun things to take place in there. SOOOOO, it’s been turned into a playground for street artists and skateboarders (there’s an actual mini skate park where an exhibition once stood). And the street art hall of fame is really worth checking our. Check out the workshops and events that the guys and gals at CreativeMornings will be hosting occasionally at Wien Museum throughout summer.

Recommended if you like: street art, events in unusual locations, free events, wearing your favourite pants for a night out, skating, pop-up party locations, street art

© picture Wien Museum

Go to a film festival in a sweet location

Eat your way around the world at Rathausplatz and catch a movie!

When: until September 1
Where: Rathaus
Entry: free!

Ah, the joys of living in Vienna. There is something quite unique going on every summer in this city’s heart, right at the Rathausplatz. Throughout summer, a great variety of concerts ranging from classic Ballett, Operas and Jazz to Pop and dance will be shown on a huge screen in front of the Rathaus. For free, we might add.

The films begin at sundown. However, from 11am onwards, there are over 20 food stands, featuring cuisine from around the globe. So enjoy sitting in the shade, have a Spritzer and wait for the film to begin. Throughout the summer, most films will be played twice.

Even if you are not into the concerts, you might still want to take a little spin around the diverse food-stands on offer. We feel like you can find nearly anything from every corner of this world there – crepes, Pad Thai, tacos, tajine, pastel de nata, burgers (we even once discovered kangooroo meat) and much more. It’s a culinary heaven!

For details & more info, check the programme!

Recommended if you like: hanging out at the City Hall in Vienna because it’s freaking gorgeous and it makes you feel fancy, food and alcohol stands, cosy-ing up for a show next to your hunny bunny, cooling down outside as the sun goes down

See the city from aloft the Naturhistorische Museum

Go on a ‘View from the roof’ Tour

When: on WED, FRI, SAT & SUN, check their website for details
Naturhistorisches Museum
Entry: 8€ (excl. museum entrance)

The Natural history museum’s tour ‘The View from the roof’ is one of the coolest tours in the city, especially in summer. On this hour long tour, you’ll get filled in about highlights of the museum, the architecture of the place, get a glimpse into a few behind the scenes rooms, and finally, a unique chance to see the city from the rooftop – which is one of the best views in the city. For more info, take a look at their website.

Recommended if you like: wearing a bib for grown-ups, the Natural History Museum, rows and rows of animal species, dinosaurs, rooftop tours, getting your daily dose of culture

Show your kids the wonderful world of books

Lesen im Park

When: every MON–FRI until August 30, 2pm–6pm
Where: various parks in Vienna, check their website for details
Entry: free!

Like every summer, there’s the event ‘Reading in the Park’ happening, where young kids from 3 to 10 years are invited to immerse themselves in the exciting world of books. Kids can read, play, paint and also borrow books there with the aim of giving the youngster the possibility to experience reading as part of the everyday play and leisure programme on offer. It will take place in various parks all over Vienna, so be sure to check out their info page for details.

Recommended if you like: reading all day long, fun activities for your kids, having an exciting summer programme ready for your children, reading kids’ books, realising how deep some kids books actually are

© Photo via Institut für Jugendliteratur

Beer and bites at the brewery

Ottakringer Braukultur–Wochen 2019

When: until August 26, every MON–SAT from 4pm–12am
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: tba

It’s that time again when the beloved city’s beer brewery, Ottakringer Brauerei, comes to life for summer with their Braukultur-Wochen. And they’ve got a packed program planned for this year, including all sorts of beer games, live music acts, and tours of the brewery. And yes, there will be lots of beer flowing – 100s of different kinds of craft beer from all over the world, to be exact. There will also plenty of food trucks and stands rolling up to take care of feeding you. This brewing culture weeks just keep getting more and more popular every year. To check out what will be happening, take a look at their website.

Recommended if you like: craft beer, events at the brewery, pommes, unique events that you miss when summer has gone,  stealing ideas for your own craft beer, events that involve beer, drinking beer, tasting beer like you do wine, admiring your tummy as it grows, the refreshing sound of opening a beer

Week-long street art fest, choc a block with workshops for aspiring artists

Spend some time @ the street art festival Calle Libre

When: August 3–10, 9am–10pm
Where: All over the city
Entry: free, but registration may be necessary for some things

Where to begin with such an expansive programme! This street art festival literally has everything covered from Graffiti tours to film screenings to painting trainers, and this year’s theme is ‘Duality’. We’re sure that over the course of this week-long-festival, you will definitely find something that intrigues you, especially if you’re into street art. Just be sure to check out what events require registration as they may have limited spaces! Be sure to check out the programme.

Recommended if you like: graffiti, street art in all shapes and sizes, workshops, painting trainers, mini parties, seeing how all your favourite graffiti is actually put together, urban design, dance, film, theory, conferences on art, all the art all over your face

Mama Africa is calling from the Donauinsel 

Afrika Tage Wien 2019

When: August 9 – August 26
Where: Donauinsel
Entry: varies, 9€ day ticket until 5pm / 95€ festival ticket (student discouns available), buy a ticket

If you are missing out on festivals this year, fear not! The Afrika Tage is here to provide. It’s exactly the festival you’d expect it to be – colourful, full of music and food. This festival happening on the Donauinself everyday until August 26 is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture. Check out more info and the programme on their website!

Tip: There is free entry on Mondays. The prices on the other days vary, so check out their website.

Recommended if you like: traveling bling with a backpack, music that makes you dance, sounds of percussions, exploring other cultures, Mama Africa!, lying in the grass with a cold drink listening to music

Culture, music and a party by the waterside

Kunst am Kanal 2019

When: SAT–SUN, August 9–11 (check out the programme for details)
Where: Das Werk
Entry: free donations until 12am, then 10€

Along the graffiti-riddled space of the Donaukanal (up near Das Werk and Grelle Forelle) there will be quite the event happening this August. A ton of bands will be playing their tunes, readings will be happening, a fun kids program will be underway and the ateliers of the artists based at Das Werk (yep, it’s not just a club) will be open to the public.

It’s going to be quite the cultural soiree. We also expect this family-friendly fun will turn into hedonistic, messy partying as the day becomes night. Check out all the other cool stuff that will be happening as part of this 2-day festival.

Recommended if you like: unusual locations, street art, partying all night long, mini-festivals, exploring the city, doing fun stuff in Vienna in summer, being artsy fartsy, creative talks

A festival dedicated to Vienna’s culture of wine

Neustifter Kirtag 2019

When: FRI–SUN, August 16–18
Where: Neustift am Walde
Entry: free!

This festival is a family fun event during the day, which turns into a good ol’ fashioned Austrian party at night. Neustift am Walde, an area of Vienna’s 19th district, is quite famous for it’s annual ‘Kirtag’, which is a wine fair that sees lots of people dress up in Lederhosen and Dirndl and enjoy those Austrian festival vibes. This month, it will be back with 3 days of some heavy wine drinking and culinary feasting. As well as the traditional procession, some neat togetherness, the chance to buy wine stock for the next 500 years, and one of the best views of the city. Find more info on the programme on their website.

Recommended if you like: wine fairs, vineyards and vintners, getting drunk in the afternoon, pretending to know what good wine is, weekend entertainment, three-day-happenings, wine festivals, Austrian-style fun

A Swing-a-ding party

Get swinging at Swell Time Sommerfrische

When: SAT, August 17, 10pm–4am
Where: Volksgarten Pavillon
Entry: 8€ early bird, 9€ regular presale

Them folks from the Swell Time party crowd are at it again and they’re packing their usual 50/60s flair. They are inviting all those that can’t help but dance when they hear the sounds of Swing, Electroswing, Rock’n’Roll, R’n’B and Soul to their summer bash that will be happening in the Volksgarten Pavilion’s garden. As always, the dress code is 1950s/early 60s and they ain’t kidding about this. Getting dressed up adds to the charm of the event!

Recommended if you like: Swing, Rock’n’Roll, Jive, having a billboard time, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, being swell, just swell stuff, Mad Men, wearing a fedora, Big Bands and horns in your music, kicking your legs above your head, being slid through somebody’s legs

Check out this event honouring the camera

WestLicht feiert 180 Jahre Fotografie!

When: MON, August 19, 2pm–10am
Where: WestLicht
Entry: free!

It´s been 180 years since the human being was introduced to photography. And the WestLicht is honoring this revolutionary invention by opening up their doors on a day in August for anyone who´s interested in the magic of the camera. You can take part in various workshops and a discussion about the history of photography. And for all the nerds out there – there will be a special focus on Daguerréotype (a photographic process from back in the days). And yes, of course will there will also be a bar.

Recommended if you like: being nerdy, being fascinated by the inventions of humans, bore your friends with actually really interesting facts about photography, learning something new, going to events only to get drunk, WestLicht, knowing how to talk photography talk

Biggest Vegan fest in Europe, this time at the Donauinsel

Veganmania Donauinsel

When: SAT–SUN, August 24–25, 12am–9pm & 10am–7pm
Where: Donauinsel (at the Leuchtturmwiese at U1)
Entry: Free!

Calling itself the biggest Vegan Fest in Europe, there’s a vast array of vegan-centric companies and brands taking part. Over the course of two days, there will be vegan food galore on offer, as well as music and activities that are all 100% animal-friendly. Whether you are vegan or not, there will be definitely something that will blow your mind, as well as give you ideas on what to cook when the vegans come for dinner. There will also be stands handing out advice on how to live the vegan life. And this time, it will take place at the Donauinsel. Woot woot.

Recommended fi you like: big festivals, food markets, going to a fest and having breakfast, lunch and dinner, finally learning what to cook for vegans, seeing what life without cheese would be like, being part of something massive, animals, fair trade, living with principles and purposefully

Culture on a summer’s evening

A night of culture @ Art Night 2019 | Ein Ticket, drei Museen

When: THU, August 29, 5pm
Where: Museumsquartier
Entry: 15€

You can’t spend every day of summer at a beach bar, or at the river. Come on! You’ve got to keep that bulging brain of yours cultured and inspired. And 3 museums are cooperating to bring you this summer event – Art Night – which is exactly what the name of the event indicates – a night full of art. For the price of one ticket, you’ll gain access to 3 galleries housed within the magnificent MQ: Leopold Museum, mumok, and the Kunsthalle Wien.

Recommended if you like: art, speaking in riddles, staring at a painting with a pensive face for a good ten minutes, inspiration injections, making love with the lights on, Schiele, contemporary art

A night of partying along the city’s Gürtel

A festival along Vienna’s party belt @ Gürtel Nightwalk XXII

When: SAT, August 31, from 6pm
Where: Various locations along the Gürtel between Lerchenfelder & Hernalser Gürtel
Entry: Free!

We’ve all had those messy nights below the neon lights of the bars located along the Gürtel, and there’s a festival that will encourage more of that this month – the Gürtel Nightwalk. If you haven’t done this before, then just imagine hopping from bar to bar, stage to open air stage, with a drink in hand, and plenty of music being pumped into your ears – it’s good, wholesome fun.

This year, a bunch of clubs and bars will be participating and there will be 4 open air stages with rockin’ live performances singing into the streets of Vienna. If you’re home before 4am without a horrible pain in your stomach from that Käsekrainer you downed just before calling it a night, you haven’t done the night justice.

Recommend if you like: partying along the Gürtel, grungy locations free live music, having a large selection of belts in your wardrobe, beer and cigarettes,  the look of smeared lipstick on your teeth, being tickled by somebody’s rather long eyelashes