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Action & Events

Throughout the year, Vienna hosts a broad array of cultural events. Find here some typical ones.

New Year´s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

January 1st. Tickets are rare. Very early booking recommended between January 2nd to 23rd each year: www.wienerphilharmoniker.at

Vienna´s Ball Season

Major balls in January and February only, including Blumenball (Rathaus/City Hall), Ball der Wiener Philharmoniker (Musikverein), Wiener Ärzteball (Hofburg Palace), Jägerball (Hofburg Palace), Kaffeesiederball (Hofburg Palace), Vienna State Opera Ball (Vienna State Opera), Juristenball (Hofburg Palace). For a comprehensive outline follow this link: www.wien.info

Holiday on Ice

Evergreen since we were kids. Usually in January: www.stadthalle.com

Wiener Eistraum

End of January to March. You won´t forget this event. You skate through the magnificent, spaceous place in front of Vienna´s Rathaus. Entertaining pop muzak; food and drinks, local as well as from Austria´s provinces are sold. www.wienereistraum.com

Easter markets

Beautiful easter markets in April mostly in front of Schönrunn Palace and in front of the Schottenstift, a Roman Catholic monastery founded in 1155 AD, when Henry II of Austria brought Irish monks to Vienna. Read more:  www.ostermarkt.co.at

Vienna City Marathon

End of April. Since 1984. Course record is below 2:06 hours. The biggest event was in 2010 with nearly 33,000 runners. The course covers all Viennese attractions on both sides of the Danube river. www.vienna-marathon.com

Wiener Festwochen

Mid of May to mid of June. Top performane of international artists throughout a five weeks time span in many locations in the heart of Vienna. www.festwochen.at

Summer Night Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

End of May mostly. The world´s best orchestra performs at one of the world´s nicests cultural places. Each year we pray for sunshine on this day, since it is an open air event. www.sommernachtskonzert.at

Summer at MuseumsQuartier

From May to September. Museumsquartier is an extraordinary event location within the walls of an ancient exhibition which is now host to two stunning museuma, among of which is Museum Leopold. Find timeless scene-hangout and enjoy both culture and conversation with young Viennese intellectual folks. www.mqw.at

Rock in Vienna

Early June. This is our new three days´festival. All majors, including the Original four heavy metal bands have shown up already. This makes sense. Location is Donauinsel, Europe´s largest recreation area within city boundaries. www.rockinvienna.at

Donauinsel Festival

End of June. Three days, three millions people. It is Europe´s greatest open-air festival. So far entry has ben for free. However, authorities think of a budget entry. Nonetheless, great international stars appear regularly. ´festival. All majors, including the Original four heavy metal bands have shown up already. This makes sense. Location is Donauinsel, Europe´s largest recreation area within city boundaries. www.donauinselfest.at

Life Ball

Usually mid of June. For decade, this summer ball is among the world´s biggest charity events. It ever was more than a bourleque interpretation of the city´s gay and lesbian scene. Actually, no words can describe its flair. Just try. Had a pause in 2016 for the first time in order to re-invent. www.lifeball.org

Music and Film Festival Rathausplatz

During the summer break of all major theatres and opera houses, something extremely nice develops year by year from the beginning of July to the beginning of September on Vienna´s Rathausplatz, the large place in front of the City Hall. On each day, classical concerts, operas, jazz productions and international entertainers´concerts are shown on a huge screen for free. Thousands of seats are available. Right next to it, you enjoy both local and internation food provided by a number of Vienna´s top restaurants as well as a vibrant feeling from the afternoon to around midnight . www.filmfestival-rathausplatz.at

ImPuls Tanz

Mid of July to mid of August. Resembles the European meeting of top dance performers and includes numerous workshops. www.impulstanz.com

Vienna Bike Days

Usually mid of July. For three days, Honda (…) and Harley Davidson bikers celebrate together in peace. Spectators are welcome. www.viennabikedays.at

Vienna Fashion Week

In September. It is not as glorious or presticious as the weeks in Milan or Paris; however, it is yet a well estabilshed platform of designers and exhibitors in Europe. It also provides interesting side events. www.viennafashionweek.com

Wiener Weinwandertag

Around early October. Believe it or not. Excellent wine is not only produced in the hills of Lower Austria or around Lake Neusiedl. It has been developing for years to become highly renowed in Austria´s wine landscape. In two days you combine tasting wine and hiking the Vienna Woods. www.wien-event.at

Wiener Wiesn-Fest

End of September to the mid of October, according to the opening of its original in Munich, Germany. When I was kind of surprized to face an Octoberfest in a Hilton Hotel in Caracas, Venezuela in the early 1990s, it didn´t take long to realize the quick spread of Munich´s traditional beer celebration event in the entire world. Accordingly, this is Vienna´s copy. And it is a good one, given the fact that you love loud traditional brass music, fatty food and beer. www.wienerwiesn.at

Viennale

Two cineastic weeks in October. International movies, meetings with producers, directors, actors. This film festival can easily compete with Germany´s Berlinale. Only one and a half decades ago, we had to queue up for tickets. Now they are available online. But be quick! www.viennale.at

Around Christmas in Vienna

From mid of November to the Second Christmas day (St. Stephen´s Day, Boxing Day). Ice pavillons. What the hell is Punsch. If you become aware of, please contact us and share your experience! Museumsquartier is an extraordinary event location within the walls of an ancient exhibition which is now host to two stunning museuma, among of which is Museum Leopold. Find timeless scene-hangout and enjoy both culture and conversation with young Viennese intellectual folks. www.weihnachtsmarkt.co.at

Gala concert Christmas in Vienna

Usually one week prior to Christmas. Venue is Vienna´s famous Konzerthaus. www.christmasinvienna.at

New Year´s Eve

December 31st. Vienna´s inner city turns to one huge party zone. You need to like it. There are several stages with live acts, millions of people etc. It is an excellent venue for party hoppers. www.wien.info