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

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

August 1, 2020

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

August 1, 2020

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While the weather hasn’t played along the whole time this summer, and Covid has gone and messed up our holiday plans, there’s still plenty of ways to redeem your summer in 2020. August has got a whole bunch of adventures awaiting you.

Here are 16 tips on how to make the most out of August in Vienna in 2020:

Check out this outdoor music festival 

Kunst am Kanal – 14 Jahre WERK in Wien

When: FRI, August 7–SUN, August 9, 4:30pm–11:30pm
Where: Das Werk
Entry: Free!

Das Werk is set to celebrate it’s 14th birthday with a shindig this weekend, and you’re invited! Well, everybody kinda’ is. For a total of three days, various musicians and DJ’s of a range of genres will hit the stage at this music festival, all while you get to chill out and down a few cold ones.

Recommended if you like: supporting the struggling club scene, pretending you’re in a crowd dancing, safely enjoying as much of a festival as you can get, sitting outside in beach chairs and watching the sun set

Expand your vinyl collection at this festival

Ottakringer Vinyl & Music Summer Nights

When: FRI–SAT, August 7–8, 4pm–10pm
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: free!

As part of the Ottakringer Bierfest 2020, the Vinyl & Summer nights will take place at your favourite Vienna brewery in Ottakring this Friday and Saturday! The hybrid of a festival and vinyl market seems like a dream come true for all you vinyl lovers out there! There will also be beer and music, of course. 

Recommended if you like: real music (not that funky weird shit you hear on the radio nowadays), the smell of a new vinyl, the smell of an old vinyl, watching the disc turn on your record player, dreaming of owning a gramophone, feeling kinda hipster but always denying it

The city-wide summer culture festival is back

Wir sind Wien Festival 2020

When: July 1–September, check program for times
Where: varies, check program for details
Entry: Free!

A good fix of arts and culture once in a while can surely liven up that daily routine of yours. Especially with all this Corona stuff bumming you out.  Anyway, enough of that – check out one of the various events happening as part of the Wir sind Wien Festival 2020. This free festival will see performances and concerts happening in every single one of Vienna’s Grätzels. Cool concept, right?

Recommended if you like: arts and culture right around the corner, finding new spots in your hood, going to a concert in your pyjamas, losing your slippers in the crowd, stumbling upon some happenings in your district, all kind of arts and culture

Image © Sophia Rührer

Sip at wine in a funky location – limited time only

Check out this Meinklang pop-up featuring damn good wine and a cool location

When: WED-SAT, 10am–6pm (or catch an event in the evening)
Where: Schleifmühlgasse 3, 1040

The crowd from the winery Meinklang have moved into the city for a few months this year. They’ve got a pop-up happening on the 4rth district’s Schleifmühlgasse and it’s a damn cool location. They’ve got a big table, hay bales scattered around the pace – the atmosphere is on point. AND, while they’re open all day for you to hang around and taste their wines, they’ve also been partnering up with restaurants and eateries to host awesome food and wine nights. Be sure to keep on their Facebook page for the events happening in August.

Recommended if you like: being that person at the party that knows about wine, swallowing rather than spitting…we’re talking wine, foodie experiences

Check out this week-long street art fest, choc-a-block with workshops for aspiring artists

Spend some time @ the street art festival Calle Libre

When: August 1–8, various times (check the event page for details)
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 spray painting workshops. In case you were wondering, this year’s theme is ‘future perfect’. 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 many have limited spaces! 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


Enjoy Vienna’s diverse culture and arts at this summer-long culture festival!

Kultursommer 2020

When: every THU–SUN, July 9–end of August, check program for times
Where: various locations in Vienna, check event for info
Entry: Free!, register via website

Vienna robust arts and culture scene will be on display as part of the city-wide festival, Kultursommer. They’ve got a diverse (and huge) program and all of it is totally Corona-appropriate. There’s something to see for all – even a garden concert in front of retirement homes for all the Omas and Opas living there! We love this concept! Check out the program if you’re a culture vulture and you know what’s good for you.

Recommended if you like: being entertained while being Covid-safe, going to events with your family, supporting artists during these tough times, enjoying the fact that cultural events are finally back, seeing anything from readings, concerts and dance classes, being there for the arts, how you look when you’re doing your deep-in-thought facial expression

image © JAMJAM

See the city from aloft the Naturhistorische Museum

Go on a ‘View from the roof’ Tour

When: every 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

Go to an absolutely Corona-safe film festival in a sweet location

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

When: until September 6
Where: Rathaus
Entry: free!, reserve a ticket

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 are shown on a huge screen in front of the Rathaus. For free, we might add.

This year, due to our least favourite aunt Miss ‘Rona overstaying her welcome, you do have to reserve your tickets in advance to save your spot in front of the screen. BUT, you’ll be lounging in loges of either two or four people, just like fancy people in the theatre.

The films begin at sundown. However, there are a plethora of food stands open all day, featuring cuisine from around the globe. You can enter the gastronomy area with your personal QR-Code after a one-time registration and enjoy sitting in the shade, having a Spritzer and waiting for the film to begin.

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

Show your kids the wonderful world of books

Lesen im Park

When: every MON–THU until September 3, 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 at these park events, as part of the daily play and leisure programme on offer. It will take place in various parks all over Vienna, so be sure to check out the 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

Learn new moves while having fun at these free dance classes

Get your moves on at ImPulsTanz – Public Moves 2020

When: July 9–August 30, check schedule for times
Where: various locations in Vienna, check event for info
Entry: Free!, register via website

The ImPulsTanz Festival is cancelled this year, of course, but for all you passionate dancers, or dance performance lovers – don’t despair! The festival is offering in 2020 a Covid-friendly workshop program, packed with a variety of outdoor dance classes in seven different locations around Vienna – and they’re all free! You can learn anything from Ballet, Bodywork, Jazz and Hip Hop, Voguing and Yoga. All age groups and skill levels are welcome – as long as you keep your distance.

Recommended if you like: passionately moving your body to some music, learning from various very very talented dancers, jumping into cold water and trying a new dance style, meeting your dance friends regularly to jam, dancing until your feet fall off

Sip on some fancy cocktail concoctions at this festival

Liquid Market Vienna – the Cocktail Festival 2020

When: THU, August 6–SAT, August 8, 2pm–11pm
Where: Wild im West
Entry: 38€ per day, 78€ 3-day-festival-pass

Whether you’re a wild bar hopper, or sophisticated sipper, the one thing most of us have in common is our deep love for the holy spirits of this world, and at this cocktail festival happening at the former Sophienspital, you can sample a bunch of them being made into original cocktail creations. The Liquid Market festival sees the city’s best barkeepers and mixologists come together in the one place. 35 Vienna bars and their brilliant barkeepers will be presenting and preparing their coolest creations for a couple of days from Thursday onwards.

Recommended if you like: being mesmerised by the cocktail shaker, sippin’ on something new every 10 minutes, checking out trends, tasting flavours, drinking as a hobby, sitting out in the sun

We dare you!

Try these Vienna-inspired dives

Do something different this year when you’re going for a swim in the Danube and try one of these Vienna-inspired dives from the video below.  It will be fun, we promise. Jumping into the water like a boring person is so last year, anyway.

Recommended if you like: doing funny things for the laughs, swimming, loling, skinny-dipping in the Danube, wearing a bikini or swim shorts all summer long, enjoying the fresh summer breeze on your naked butt cheeks

Look book nerds! It’s a literature festival!

o-töne Literaturfest im Museumsquarter

When: July 16 – August 29, check exact dates on their website
Where: MQ – Museumsquartier
Entry: free!

The ö-tONE literature festival will take place within the Museumsquartier for over a month, starting in the middle of July. The festival will shine a light on several Austrian contemporary literature writers and show the great diversity of authors in our small, cute country. Readings will take place on eight selected dates throughout summer. For detailed info on the festival programme, check out the website.

Recommended if you like: readings, better understanding the Austrian soul, getting more books for the old book list, having the best intentions of reading stuff but never really finding the time, hunting down a wee snippet before you commit to buying a book

Let out your big belly laughs at these culture and cabaret events happening in a park

Theater im Park

When: July–September 26, check programme for times
Where: garden of the Palais Schwarzenberg
Entry: varies, check programme for tickets

When a former royal garden opens up for the entertainment of us peasants – like the Garden of the Palais Schwarzenberg is doing for the summer-long Theater im Park, – it might be time to dust off that suit and dress you got in the back of your closet. A good dose of culture and cabaret is going to be served up to you right in the park under the stars. It’s very much tailored to be Corona-safe, but probably not from mosquitos. Check out their programme!

Recommended if you like: culture and comedy, being proud of your belly laugh, crowd pleasers, laughs in the park, being jealous of someone else’s hilarity, clapping for talented people, getting dressed up a bit, mosquito spray

image © Markus Wache

Wander through the wine hills of Vienna and enjoy the Heurige wine taverns

Head out to the Heurige

When: All summer and autumn long
Where: on the outskirts of Vienna, where the wine hills begin

Vienna looooves its wine and in summer, a big part of the city can be found up on the wine hills surrounding the city, throwing back bottles of the liquid of the Gods and cooling in the shade of well tangled vines. The Wiener Heurige (wine taverns) culture is something you have to embrace when living in Vienna, else you are seriously missing out.

For beginners, head out to the 19th district’s area of Grinzing and pick from the many nice Heurige gardens aligning the streets. There, you can sit and enjoy the local, self-produced wine, that you must pair with some unpretentious but tasty Schmankerl (a snack made of cold cuts, cheese and spreads). Some Heuriger have a hot buffet to choose some limited but carefully selected Austrian dishes.

For a more authentic and non-touristy wine expedition head out to Stammersdorf where you can follow our tipsy-tips for a full experience.

The fun doesn’t stop here, the areas around Vienna are packed with Heurige so anytime you see yourself surrounded by vine, check out our guide to the wine growing and Heurige-hosting regions around Vienna.

And in case you want to brush up your Heurige-Know-How before heading out to one of them, we’ve got some facts about Heurige we bet you didn’t know.

Recommended if you like: drinking wine, Vienna’s wine culture, instagramming you on top of Vienna’s wine hills drinking wine, walking and wining, Gemischter Satz

Beer and bites at the brewery

Ottakringer Bierfest 2020

When: until September 4, every TUE–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. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19-restrictions, they won’t be able to host their annual Braukultur-Wochen, but they’ve set up the Ottakringer Bierfest, which is actually fairly similar to the Braukultur-Wochen.

Most importantly, if you ask us, there will be lots of beer flowing – different kinds of beer produced in their brewery, to be specific. There will also be food stands taking care of your growling stomach. To check out what will be happening, take a look at their event page for details.

Recommended if you like: craft beer, events at the brewery, 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

Our tip: Lean back and chillax

Respect the so-called „Sommerloch“

During August, you may start to see shops putting up signs stating they’ll be back in September and you may start to notice a lot of your emails bouncing back with holiday auto-replies. This is Vienna’s infamous ‘Sommerloch in action.

In tackling the Sommerloch, we highy recommend respecting the Sommerloch. Take it easy, don’t bother people with unnecessary emails, don’t expect people to react quickly to anything, and don’t take local news too seriously (they have to write about something other than the weather).

Spend some time at your favourite club

Visit one of these clubs that have moved outside

When: every WED–SUN during summer

Saying good-bye (or rather a very dramatic ‘see you later’) to your favourite clubs was hard, we know. We also felt the pain in our party-loving souls. But some of your favourite clubs are back to kick COVID–19s ass. Well, let’s just say they’ve found a way to still have fun without being irresponsible! Check out our article about the clubs in Vienna that have gotten creative and moved their (chilled) parties outdoors.

Recommended if you like: supporting your favourite club, getting creative in order to get what you want, thinking that the Rolling Stones song is actually called ‘You can always get what you want’, going to clubs without the stinky club air, open air event more than clubs anyways

Find inner peace yogis in the great outdoors!

Get bendy at some yoga sessions in the great outdoors

When: throughout summer, check out our guide to the regular open air yoga sessions in Vienna
Where: various locations in Vienna
Entry: varies, from free to 32€

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!

Be sure to check out our guide to these (fairly) regular outdoor yoga classes that will be taking place throughout summer.

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