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

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

July 1, 2020

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

July 1, 2020

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Oh! Hey there July and summer! Ssssso nice of you two to turn up. We’ve been waiting half a year for you, with our big inflatable pool donut and the new pair of sunglasses and bathing suit we bought that we soooo couldn’t afford, but hey, they’re going to be our defining looking this summer.

Looking to take advantage of the sunny weather (fingers crossed) this July in Vienna? Well, in between hanging out at these swimtastic spots on the Danube river, or posing at these outdoor pools, here’s the best of the best events happening this month in Vienna:

Make the most out of the season in the city

Have a Vienna in summer moment

We are not ones to complain but we’ll admit summer in Vienna can be a hot and sticky affair. And not in the good way. If you don’t have the time or the energy to go to the Donau or a pool, try having a real urban summer moment.

Suggested scenario: visit your own/one of your friends’ terrace, roof or balcony, get in your sunbathing gear, slurp on some Radler out of a can, cool yourself off with a spray bottle and let your gaze wander over the city. Does it for us, everytime. Every. God. Damn. Time.

Beer and bites at the brewery

Ottakringer Bierfest 2020

When: July 2 – 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

Join in on this reeeaaaallly long festival

Donauinselfest 2020

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

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

A short film festival under the starry summer sky in Vienna

dotdotdot Open Air Kurzfilmfestival 2020

When: July 5 – August 25
Where: Volkskundemuseum
Entry: pay as you can!

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

Free outdoor cinema in the MQ

Frameout Open Air Filmfestival

When: July 17 – September 5 (during weekends)
Where: MQ – Museumsquartier
Entry: free!

The free open air cinema at the MQ, Frame[o]ut, will take place again this year. They’ll be screening all sorts of films there, from documentaries and feature films to art films and animations. Unfortunately, the programme isn’t out yet, but we’ve heard that it will be a good one this year! So be sure to check out the website for any updates.

Recommended if you like: open air film festivals, free events, spending time outdoors on warm and starry nights, foreign language films, outdoor cinema, chilled stuff, outdoor picnics under the starry nights, shooting popcorn out of your nose

The University of Applied Arts is holding their festival like never before – streamed online

Angewandte Festival 2020 – alternate.mode

When: TUE, June 23 & FRI, June 26, 6pm–12am
Where: your apartment!
Entry: free!

You’d expect the people at the Uni of applied arts, the Angewandte, to get creative during a pandemic, right? Well, they have – this year, they’ll be hosting their annual festival online (for well beknownst reasons).

So fill up your wine glass, have a seat and prepare to get your mind bent in all sorts of ways by online exhibitions from an array of impressive young artists. The idea of the festival is to showcase the student and faculties work, from the architecture department, to the painter’s masterpieces, to graphic design, photography and (insert any other creative pursuit here).

You can check out what’s going to be on offer in the festival’s program and on their Facebook page.

Recommended if you like: creative design, watching creative concepts come to life, experimenting with your style or simply wishing you had other people’s style, identifying as a creative

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

Have a go at University life, but with your kids as the students

Vienna Children’s University 2020

When: July 6 – September 9
Where: your apartment
Entry: TBA

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

Get sucked in by some stories on the big screen under the stars

Catch a film under the starry night sky

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.

And the good news is: many of them are free! Take a look at our guide to where the open air cinemas are popping up in Vienna!

Recommended if you like: the sound of the trumpet, being a film fanatic, using movie quotes in conversations, having summer experiences in Vienna

It doesn’t take much to spend an amazing evening at the Donaukanal

Spend some time by the Donaukanal

When: all summer long!
Where: Donaukanal

It doesn’t take much to spend an amazing evening at the Donaukanal. And we suggest you spend a bit of time down there by the waterside during July. Make sure to follow our list of the DOs and DON’Ts so you truly enjoy the Donaukanal to the max during the summer. And don’t forget to check out our guide on what’s happening on the Donaukanal this summer!

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

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

Sink your toes into the sand at a beach bar

Since restaurants and bars started opening, so did some of the city’s beloved beach bars!

Longer days and warmer temperatures have us yearning for some fun and sun in the sand. Vienna might not be blessed with natural beaches, but don’t let that stop you from slipping into your swimmers and sinking your toes into the sand at these a beach bar.

If all goes according to plan weather-wise in June, we recommend you spend a few of your evenings seeing the sun set in one of the city’s bars with sand. We’ve made a list of our 7 favourite for you that you can check out, here.(extra Corona info: the places in this list we can confirm are definitely open in June are Tel Aviv beach bar, Strandbar Hermann, Sansibar, Copa Beach, and the ADRIA. With the other locations, you should check with the directly).

 Recommended if you like: finding sand 2 days later in places you never knew existed on your body, starting summer early, star fishing in the sun, summer days in Vienna

Open air food festival with a soundtrack 

Eat your way around the world at Rathausplatz 

When: July 4 – September 6
Where: Rathausplatz

Ok, so the Filmfestival with the massive food market attached won’t look the same this year. Those watching the open air cinema, that will be streaming all kinds of music videos, will be doing so in a booth that fits 2 to 4 people. From the 4 July to the 6th of September, a great variety of concerts ranging from classical Ballet, Operas and Jazz to Pop and dance will be shown on a huge screen in front of the Rathaus. For free, we might add.

Meanwhile, there will be an array of food stands set up like always, boasting food from all over the world BUT the seating area will be set up like one big dining area in which a host, or hostess will accompany you to your seat. You can check out their website for more info on how this beloved festival will be in the year of Corona.