Make the most out of March in Vienna with these 13 magnificent things to do

Make the most out of March in Vienna with these 13 magnificent things to do

March 1, 2020

Make the most out
of it in Vienna with
these 13 magnificent
things to do in March

March 1, 2020

Vienna Würstelstand's and say

Change is in the air: The days are getting longer, those chirping birds are back, and the first flowers are showing their heads. This can only mean one thing – March, and the official beginning of spring, is just around the corner.

Here are 11 tips on how to make the most out of March in Vienna:

Visit this festival all about architecture

Hear all about the architecture of the future @ Architekturfestival TURN ON 2020

When: THU–SAT, March 5–7
Where: ORF RadioKulturhaus
Entry: free!

With our fast-changing society, political movements, and advancements in technology, architecture is on the move, as well. The architecture festival, Turn On, is addressing the question: how architecture can improve our life in these times of change.

The festival will take place from March 5 to the 7th, and there will be many interesting talks on the development of architecture. For more info on the festival, check out the full program.

Recommended if you like: architecture, reading philosophy books instead of magazines, thinking outside the box, dreaming of a better world, talks and discussions, drawing your straight lines free hand, talking abobut architecture for hours at house parties, the idea of seeing the behind the scenes of a city

Spend a weekend at this music market in a brewery

Build up your vinyl collection @ the Ottakringer Vinyl & Music Festival 2020

When: SAT–SUN, March 7–8
Where: Ottakringer Brauerei
Entry: day ticket 7.50€, evening/concert ticket 12€, weekend pass 12€, all available here

The old Ottakringer brewery will be transforming into a temple for all things music and vinyl on the first weekend of March. Pulling out all the stops, they not only have a mega line-up of some of Austria’s finest Indie and DJ artists performing in the evening, but they have also rustled up a mega market of all things music-related. Whether you are after vinyls and CDs, posters, or just browsing, or munching your way through the food trucks, you’ll find it all at this market for music-lovers.

Recommended if you like: having an impressive vinyl collection, the true sound of music, wearing Converse with trousers so tight people question how you got into them, boys with long hair and arab straps, leather jackets, collection vinyl

A fair for pet owners… or those considering to be

Haustiermesse Wien 2020

When: SAT–SUN, March 7–8, 10am–6pm
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 10€ (8€ discounted), get tickets

Disappointingly, this is not a massive hall filled with animals of all shapes and sizes, although we imagine many people will bring theirs along… just because. Instead, this weekend will see the Marx Halle filled with all things ‘Haustiere’ (that’s German for pet). If you own one, or you’re thinking of buying one, this is where you should be this weekend. Or not. Maybe in a park somewhere playing with your pet might be a nicer idea. What do we know. The last pet we owned was a hamster that we suspect may have jumped off of the balcony when we were at work.

Recommended if you like: your pet, want to deter your partner from wanting a pet, getting a pension plan for your pet, having had nothing but grief about why ‘insert animal here’ wasn’t their Valentines day present, playing with other people’s pets, owning a snake

Celebrate equality on International Women’s Day

International women’s day is not just about celebrating the contribution women make to the human race, but it’s actually a day to remind us to keep up the fight for equality between the sexes, and women’s rights. What began as a holiday celebrated by mainly communist and socialist countries, this has become a day recognised across the globe in the calendar. There will be events happening around the city in Vienna to help people come together and live by the purpose of the day: to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Watch out for our guide on all the awesome stuff happening on this Women’s day.

Witness the Art history museum taken over by the theme of power

Ganymed In Power

When: throughout March, check the website for the exact dates
Where: Kunsthistorische Museum
Entry: 42€, buy tickets (you gotta’ quick – most of them are already sold out!)

A very special exhibition is going down in the art history museum. Instead of love (last year’s motto) taking over the opulent halls of the museum, this year it will be power! You have to buy one of the tickets for one of the exclusive appointments at which you can catch the exhibition. This is part of the highly successful exhibition series, Ganymed. 13 stations will position power as the main actress in this art performance and show. Find more details on the KHM website.

Recommended if you like: art, exclusive art events, being one of the few to witness something special, being inspired in a gallery, practising your pensive face in the mirror

A film festival dedicated to the animated cinematic art of female artists

Check out this international animation female film festival: Tricky Women/ Tricky Realities 2020

When: WED–SUN, March 11–15
Where: Metro Kinokulturhaus
Entry: 9€ (8€students), reserve via reservierung@filmarchiv.at

The middle of March marks International Women’s Day, and around this date, the Tricky Women festival will be taking place at the Metro Kinokulturhaus. At the centre of this festival is the showcasing of awesome animated movies made by women. The cool thing about this film festival is that besides screening movies that make you go ‘wow!’, there’ll also be workshops and lectures on the topic. For detailed info, check the program here. And take a look at the trailer for the festival, here:

Recommended if you like: feminism and equality, fighting for your rights, inspirational events, adding a few solid arguments to your feminism discussions, red velvet seats, popcorn, reading philosophy books instead of magazines, festivals that keep you out for three days in a row, escaping the cold by going to the cinema

The big design market is back

Discover local design at Edelstoff – Markt für junges Design

When: SAT–SUN, March 14–15 | SAT: 11am–8pm, SUN: 11am–6pm
Where: Marx Halle
Entry: 4€ (both days with stamp, kids free)

The Edelstoff market is back! We remember our last time at the last Edelstoff Designmarkt fondly – we were greedily munching our way through the different street food stands while looking at some damn hip design, art and jewellery. Multitasking is a glorious thing. We like that even though there’s always a big, young crowd at Edelstoff, it never gets too full, or stressful. The market will also feature the traditional hoard of food trucks to splurge at, while they also have some neat DJ tunes in the background to urge on your hedonistic urges. 

Tip: The design market will take place at the cattle-shed-turned-event-venue, Marx Halle, which in itself is a place worth visiting.

Recommended if you like: alternative markets, young designers, beard glitter, filling your wardrobe with unique fashion, quirky prints, enjoying some great food truck food, hip people, see and be seen, tote bags, tattoos and big hats

Grab a pint of green beer or Guinness and celebrate the Irish!

Go Irish this St Patrick’s Day

When: the actual St Patrick’s Day is on TUE, March 17
Where: Various locations

Singing, dancing without moving your arms, a green pint or two – it’s St Paddy’s Day again! With Vienna really getting into the celebration, there’s plenty of ways to go green (literally – if ya’ drink like the Irish, you’ll be going green by 2am) be Irish, and celebrate St Patrick’s Day (Tuesday, March 17, 2020) in Vienna. Plenty of bars will be throwing parties all weekend, and there’s a parade every year. Plus, they light Vienna’s Riesenrad (ferris wheel) and Burgtheater up in green every year!

Plenty of fun madness is happening on this day – be sure to watch out for our guide on what to do this St Patrick’s Day!

Recommended if you like: a pint of Guinness with your fish and chips, a good Craic, being Irish, pretending you’re Irish and trying your Irish accent out on others, Oscar Wilde, all things in Irish

Vienna’s music scene is especially kicking this March

Catch a concert this March

Several talented acts will be hitting stages and doing their thing in Vienna this month. Check it out:

Pentatonix

When: THU, March 19, 7pm–10pm
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: 45.30€, officially sold out – check the facebook event for spare tickets!

 

Avril Lavigne

When: SUN, March 22, 6pm–11pm
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: 56.20€, get a ticket

 

Metronomy

When: SAT, March 28, 7pm–10pm
Where: Gasometer
Entry: 37.40€, get a ticket

 

A fancy French circus is in town

Corteo – Cirque du Soleil 2020

When: WED, March 25 – SUN, March 29
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: from 59.10€, get a ticket

There are normal circuses with sad clowns and holes in their tent, and then there is Cirque du Soleil. These guys are as good as it gets when it comes to performing artistic entertainment and acrobatics. You can catch their performances at the Stadthalle at the end of the month, so be sure check out their website for the exact times.

Recommended if you like: going to the circus, clowns, acrobats, daring stunts, being amazed by what people can do with their bodies, wanting to become a circus artist after seeing the show

Better loosen your belt for this festival all about food

European Street Food Festival

When: SAT, March 28 – SUN, March 29, 11am–10pm & 11am–8pm
Where: Wiener Stadthalle
Entry: free!

This is a whole festival dedicated to food – now that’s something. Exhibitors from all around the globe are gathering at the Stadthalle to prepare some culinary treats for you and your friends to salivate over, and eat, of course. Expect bodacious burgers, Vietnamese street food, crepes, waffles and more.

Recommended if you like: food, international cuisine, eating, thinking about eating when you just ate, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, street food, a little bit of everything at a festival

Start Easter early with a visit to the Ostermarkt Schönbrunn

Ostermarkt Schönbrunn

When: March 28-April 14, 10am–7pm
Where: Schönbrunn
Entry: Free entry

The famous Schönbrunn palace and its vast and beautiful gardens are hosting more than 60 market stands offering their handmade and crafted goods and other neat Easter stuff. But if you’re like us, you’ll be more interested in the wine and food on offer that you can consume in an idyllic setting with the palace as your backdrop and the sun on your face (hopefully).

Recommended if you like: outdoor markets, spending the day with the family, buying last minute easter presents, eating and drinking in the daytime, regal settings, sticking up your pinky finger when sipping at your wine, exclaiming now and again spontaneously, ‘Tallyho!’

A huge vintage flea market!

Get some vintage outfits for your wardrobe at Großer Vintage-Flohmarkt

When: SAT–SUN, March 21–22, 11am–6:30pm
Where: Kunsttankstelle Ottakring
Entry: Free!

Back again and ready to impress the masses, the Addicted to Vintage flea market’s organisers say they’re swimming in heaps of super cool stuff. On a Saturday and Sunday this month, vintage clothes, vinyls, lamps, home accessories, and all kinds of old trinkets from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s will be on offer at this market, along with a 70’s-style buffet, and old films being projected on a wall.

Recommended if you like: being where there are heaps of cool fashionable people, being one of those people, retro things, proudly presenting your vinyl collection to guests when they come over, discovering novelty in old things, bold-rimmed glasses