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

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

July 1, 2019

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

July 1, 2019

Vienna Würstelstand's and say

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. We’ve made a Summer bucket list tailor-made for Vienna and tailor-made for you.

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.

This is your new favourite after work chilled drinks event

Afterwork Gin&Tonic and Tacos Sundowner

When: every Wednesday & Thursday night throughout summer, 4pm–9pm
Mendez Vienna
Entry: free!

You want to make the most out of what’s left of the summer’s day with some refreshing drinks and some tasty bites that help you reset, leave the work day behind – we’ve got just the right simple combo’ for you – Tacos & Gin & Tonic! Both priced at 4.90€

That’s right – a plate of tacos for 4.90€ and a couple of G&T’s to wash them down, costing only 4.90 each.

Will the Gin give me a hangover, you ask? No way! We wouldn’t do that to you. We use what the queen drinks – Bombay Gin. How do we know what the queen drinks? Well, let’s just say it was one wild night involving a Queen’s guard outfit, a boxing match, and one of the Queen’s best horses.

Anyway, all that’s important now is – we’ll be serving up cheap G&T’s, tacos, all to sounds of old school Hip Hop at Mendez, every Wednesday & Thursday throughout summer.

Recommended if you like: watching the sunset with a drink in hand, G&Ts that just keep coming, tacos, events that put together unexpected food and drink combos, sucking on the little lemon wedge in your G&T

Celebrate and make a statement for human rights at this 2-day colourful festival

Frida Kahlo Festival Wien

When: FRI–SAT, July 26–27, 2pm–10pm
Where: Wiener Stadtpark
Entry: free!

With the Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo’s name slapped on it, there will be a Mexican human rights festival going down in Stadtpark from July 26th to the 27th. The event organiser’s state that Frida is a symbol a figure that fought for women’s rights amongst other rights for minorities, which explains the name of this festival. It’s certainly garnered some interest on Facebook so let’s see how it turns out. There will be live music, Mexican cuisine being served up and plenty of things to do for the whole family.

Recommended if you like: Frida Kahlo’s art, Mexican culture, anything that has a Latin flavour, Frida the music, Latino music, falling in love with people with mysterious dark eyes

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

Our tip: Lean back and chillax.

Respect the so-called „Sommerloch“

In coming months, 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 mails, 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).

Take over the city with your bike at the Friday Nightskate

Experience the joy of Friday Nightskating

When: every week on Friday evening at 9pm
Where: Starts at Heldenplatz. The route changes every week
Entry: free!

Friday Nightskating will be happening throughout this month! Ring-a-ding-ding (that’s your bike bell resounding amongst hundreds of others on the night skate). Ever been surprised by a horde of skaters and cyclists passing you by in the middle of the night on Vienna streets? Rest assured, this wasn’t your mind playing tricks on you, but rather it was the crowd doing the Friday Nightskate. This is a recurring summer event in Vienna that is a whole lot of fun! Rollerblade and bicycle enthusiasts meet every Friday at 9pm on Heldenplatz to follow their passion in cruising through the streets of Vienna (that’s right, they even shut down streets for this event!) Find all the details on the website. 

Plus: All the routes are different every time, so you might discover some places you’ve never been to before in Vienna.

Recommended if you like: taking to the streets, biking or blading, exploring the city, ringing your bell, the thought of hundreds of bikers dinging their bells in unison, how sexy you look in lycra, those events that give you goosebumps

July’s all about dance

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival 2019

When: July 11 – August 11
Where: various locations in Vienna
Entry: varies, get them here

If your feet are tired from all that party-hopping, we suggest enjoying someone else’s dance performance. The ImpulsTanz Festival is definitely one of our cultural highlights every year: At different locations around the city, you can visit edgy dance performances and workshops (!) from some of the best dancers from all over the world. Allow yourself to be drawn into the magical world of dance, and we’re sure you won’t regret it.

PLUS! Don’t miss the after parties at the Burgtheater Vestibül, or Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz have reached legendary status – they are free and you get to rub shoulders and booties with the artists of the shows on the dance floor.

Stay informed with our weekend what to do guides; and also be sure not to miss the opening party on July 11.

We also recommend… checking out the workshops offered throughout the festival – they’re affordable, incredibly diverse and inviting for beginners to advanced dancers. Check out the website for details.

Recommended if you like: partying in unique locations, Impulstanz parties, quality free parties, summer parties, getting to know some new dance steps while a little tipsy, singing in the shower, dancing until the early hours of the morning, dance performances

Picture © Jork Weismann, Performer Mani Obeya

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. 

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

70 competing mixologists and more in 3 days: the city’s cocktail festival

Liquid Market 2019 – Vienna Cocktail Festival

When: THU–SAT, July 11–13, 3pm–11pm
Where: Volksgarten Evergreengarten
Entry: 39€ on Thu, 48€ Fri & Sat, 89€ 3-day festival pass; includes all-you-can-drink cocktails

Shake it baby! And once you’re done with that, you’ve got a cocktail festival to get to – on ya’ bike! Vienna’s cocktail festival is happening for the fourth year in the Volksgarten. Liquid market will see many elite cocktail mixers from bars around Vienna get together and do ‘der tang, if ya’ know what we mean?! You’re right, we’re not sure either. So, to get straight with you – you pay your entry at this festival (from 38€) and you get all your fancy drinks inside for free (well, you kind’ of paid for them). That means you’ll get a bunch of drinks (with, or without alcohol) included in your ticket. Shit! We suggest you stay dry for a couple of weeks and see what happens after this marathon!

Please note: we do not promote excessive drinking… unless you do stuff that makes us laugh afterwards and post it on our Instagram.

Recommended if you like: bitching at people who drink vodka redbull or any other boring combi, drinks with mint served in a hip glass by a dude with a beard, having 8 different types of guides on the art of mixology at home, drinking and getting people drunk, spending all your weekend allowance in one go, mules

A light show on the river

Lichterfest an der Alten Donau 2019

When: SAT, July 27, 7pm–11pm
Where: Alte Donau
Entry: free!

The Alte Donau will come alive with light this Saturday, as the annual Lichterfest kicks off. The key to coming to this event is finding a good spot to watch the spectacle, and getting there early enough to set up picnic and camp, so you can watch the boats cruise by, all covered in their pretty lights and watch the huge firework display once the sun is down, Spritzer in hand – 1, 2, 3: Awwwwwww!

Recommended if you like: pretty lights, fireworks, picnics, night swims, skinny dipping, radlers, spritzers, boats, pirates, romantic pirates, commandeering a vessel and sailing upstream to invade Paris…

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.

Look book nerds! It’s a literature festival!

o-töne Literaturfest im Museumsquarter

When: July 11 – 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

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 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

Vienna’s beloved free pop festival, with a great view!

Popfest 2019

When: THU–SUN, July 25–28
Where: Various locations around Karlsplatz
Entry: free!

We always get excited when concerts and open-air happenings are taking place in the Resselpark of Karlsplatz! Nothing makes us more aware that we live in a hip urban city that has a long history of getting drunk and dancing wild to Pop concerts with the view of beautiful Karlskirche in front of us. And our favourite three-day festival that has us doing exactly that described above is the poppety-Popfest! This festival is the number one to be at if you want to get deep and intimate with the local music scene, with big to up-and-coming local bands taking to the stage every year. Check out the detailed programme for this year.

To get there you’ll need to… find your way to Karlsplatz. Easy cheesy!

This festival is special because… there’s nothing like having the Karlskirche as the backdrop to the stage.

Recommended if you like: being at a festival in the middle of the city, getting drunk in front of a church, crazy summer fests in Vienna, Austrian pop music, lying on your back and enjoying the moment, meeting friendly faces, festivals that keep you out for three days in a row

Photo © simon brugner theyshootmusic.com

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