19 things you need to do to make the most out of November in Vienna

The English speaking magazine. Making the most out of Vienna and life.

19 things you need to do to make the most out of November in Vienna

Check out this contemporary music festival

Wien Modern 2021

In November (and a couple of days in October), the contemporary music festival, Wien Modern, will be inviting one and all to a series of exciting cultural encounters. It’s all about music, and it’s cutting edge stuff. Check out the programme for details.

 

Bring out that woolly jumper!

Rearrange your wardrobe to winter mode, and bring out that wooly jumper!

We might not necessarily be fond of the cold, but we do love our reindeer-motifed, wooly jumpers, our comfy thick socks and hats and our knitted underwear (yes, we knitted them ourselves ;-).

While rearranging your closet sounds boring, it can actually be quite fun and meditative. Put on one of your best playlists and dive into your wardrobe.

Get goose or go home this month

Get goose – it’s Martinigansl time!

A tradition that sprang way back from a saint’s feast day sees people flocking to Gasthäuser (traditional Austrian taverns) to dine on delicious, succulent roasted goose. Martinigansl is a traditional dish of roasted goose accompanied typically by potato dumplings and Rotkraut. Get goose or go home this month (except you vegetarians and vegans… you guys, just ignore this tip altogether).

Tip: Check out our list of the places to get a quality Martinigansl experience.

 

Give us a MMMMMM for maroni!

Snack on chestnuts at a street stand

That familiar and pleasant smell of Maroni (chestnuts) roasting on an open fire begins to invade the streets as Autumn sets in in October, as the little stands selling them open up around the city.

Even better, you can partake in an old Tyrolean tradition that saw farmers visit each other at this time of year after the grape harvest to try the first young wine of the season and east chestnuts.

So why not plan a chilly day meet up with friends where you hit up a Maroni stand, bring your own wine and do like the Tyrolean farmers do.

Check out these one of a kind antique pieces

52. ART&ANTIQUE Hofburg Vienna

Art & Antique will take you back in time by presenting notable pieces of work from over 40 exhibitioners in Hofburg. If you’re a fanatic for old porcelain table-sets and can’t get enough of well-aged furniture, then this is the right spot for you. No worries if you don’t know your Ottoman from your side-table. The event’s organisers will be more than glad to help you with any questions.

Tis' the season of Glühwein and kissing when your nose is dripping

Go to a Christmas market!

Tis’ the season, and in Vienna this many people’s favourite season simply thanks to those charming Christmas markets! A wonderful vibe spreads around town as markets bloom all over Vienna, and the smell of cinnamon, mulled wine, and sweet desserts fill the air. Be sure to get some Beeren Punsch in, get in the spirit, and enjoy every chance this season to get drunk at the market. And it just so happens that we’ll soon be publishing a list of our favourite Christmas markets. So stay tuned!

Check out this crazy festival dedicated to the energetic dance, Klezmer!

Get crazy dancing to Klezmer at a festival dedicated to the energetic dance

You know that energetic sound of music that floats over to us from the Jewish people of Eastern Europe now and again known as Klezmer? If you don’t, you haven’t lived…well, danced. And if you do, you’ll know how energetic this instrument filled music can be and how it can be to dance to. And there’s a whole festival of it coming to Vienna this month! Local and international Klezmer ensembles will be filling venues all around town with the good vibes music. Be sure to check out the programme!

 

 

Books, books and more books at the Vienna book festival!

BUCH WIEN 2021

Book enthusiasts and passionate readers will once again be spoiled by choice at this international book fair happening over 4 story-filled days at the Messe Wien, and many other locations around the city. So pack your reading glasses and warm up your fingers for some serious page-turning this month (or clicking if you read your literature on an e-book). There are many readings and discussions on the agenda so you might want to plan ahead and choose whatever sparks your interest.

Stay fresh and keep it fesch

Fesch’markt Wien #23

In November the Ottakringer Brauerei will turn into that huge and hip market that brings a bunch of talented and up-and-coming independent designers together in the one place again.

Around 250 stands – filled to the brim with art, fashion, jewellery and other cool kinds of unique design pieces – will make your inner-hipster scream with joy. And did we already mention the abundance of tasty street food there’ll be on offer? ‘Cause, ya know, shopping makes everybody hungry.

Listen to your new favourite podcast

Check out Vienna Würstelstand’s new podcast, The Wurst Guide to Living in Austria

Vienna Würstelstand has a podcast! Woot! Woot! Whether you have a love or love-hate relationship with Vienna and Austria – this podcast is for you!

The Wurst Guide to Living in Austria helps people make the most out of Austria (specifically Vienna) and life in this rebel of a country that moves to its own beat.

Join host, Jacob Moss, as he explores all the questions you’ve ever, or never, had about Austria & Vienna with guests that will fill you in on insider tips that enrich your life or tell stories that blow your mind. Experts, randos, and Austria-famous people will turn up here.

Have any suggestions, demands, or scoops on Austria? Hit us up on the @viennawurstelstand Instagram channel.

You can listen in on one of the first episodes below:

Discover an unknown artistic side to Vienna

Vienna Art Week

This week, the Vienna Art Week is taking place in numerous locations around the city. This is a very broad event with all kinds of performances for you to get in touch with the city’s artistic scene. There will be exhibitions, talks, guided tours, performances, movie screenings… you name it, they’ve got it. Check out their programme and plan your artsy week!

 

Treat your children to a film at this film festival for the young ones

Kinder Filmfestival

This film festival will be screening international films for kids (starting at age 4)! The topics range from a young girl who has lost her teddy to one that follows the hardships and complexities of teen life. Check out the schedule here and find the film that’s right for you…um, we mean your kids.

 

Open up to new cultures through cinema

Central American Film Festival 2021

The prettiest cinema in town is hosting a special kind of film festival dedicated solely to the region of Central America. Films, shorts, and documentaries from Central America will be screened in the Metro Kinokulturhaus, sprinkled with exotic events, such as cocktail nights and live music, this intimate festival is worth checking out. Be sure to check out the complete festival programme!

Open your mind and embrace diversity at this unique film festival!

Transition International Queer Minorities Film Festival

With a focus on films for, by, and about Queer* minorities the international Queer Minorities Film Festival will take place at the Schikaneder. Support this movement and these people fighting for acceptance, make their voices heard, and resist the growth of anti-minority sentiment lurking around the place. You can find more information on the programme online.

Come on down to the Comic con and nerd the f*** out!

Vienna Comic Con 2021

The event of the year for comic fans is here this month, during which the Messe will be more full of fancy dress than at a Fasching party. But Comic Con is more than just fancy and outlandish outfits. There will be a floor packed with exhibitions, photo/autograph opportunities and panel events covering all aspects of gaming, Manga, film, Anime, comics, and much more. Even if you haven’t had a whole year to prepare your outfit, it is amazing what you can do with some cardboard and a bit of imagination (spray paint helps).

Welcome to a world where animals live happy lives and humans only eat veggies!

Next stop for all Vegans! – Vegan Planet Wien 2021!

Veganism is a big thing in this country, and the lifestyle is becoming more and more popular as more and more people come to understand that good tasty food can also come minus the meat. Nearing the end of this month, vegans and all of those interested can learn and explore more about the Vegan lifestyle at the fair happening within the fancy halls of the MAK. Vegan Planet Wien is all about exhibiting the ways of a healthy and mindful lifestyle. There will be vegan products galore on show, workshops (including cooking!) and yoga sessions. If you want more info about what will be happening over the weekend, check out the website.

 

Hello dark-indie-folk music, our old friend

Show your melancholic side at the Blue Bird Festival 2021

Join this well-established autumn highlight for 3 nights of Indie Folk tunes that will speak straight to your melancholic heart. The dark and intimate interior of Porgy & Bess will host national and international artists that will awaken the blue bird inside of you. And while we totally made that one up and don’t know what it means, we still advise you to check out the lineup and then rush to get your ticket organised.

 

Did somebody say beer festival?!

A weekend of beer @ the Craft Bier Fest Wien

Yes, there’s a weekend in the month of November dedicated to that beautiful amber (now coming in a multitude of colours thanks to the craft beer trend) drink we know as beer. From tastings by large and small breweries to brewing workshops, and expert talks – they’ll have it all in the massive space of the cattle shed turned event venue, Marx Halle. If you’re a craft beer fan, this is something you won’t want to miss!

How it works? You buy tokens at a counter which is like magic beer money – you give the person behind a beer stand some tokens, and they give you a beer.

 

Be sure to get your daily dose of culture!

All the best culture and art events happening in Vienna right NOW

With so many culture events taking place – be it exhibitions in museums, powerful plays on theatre stages, art shows that scratch that inspiration itch – getting your daily dose of culture in Vienna is easy-peasy. That is, if you have our soon-to-be-published awesome art and culture guide, which tells you all about the best events happening in Vienna right NOW (or soon-ish). If you think we’re missing any important ongoing culture events, drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or the good old, oldschool way, via mail.

Get this guide in your inbox every Thursday

We’re committed to your privacy. We will use the information you provide to us to contact you about our relevant content and services in the form of a newsletter. For more information, check out our Privacy Policy.

Check out these places for Eat & Drink inspiration!

Watch our latest video!

Gusto Gabsi bestellt…VEGANES ESSEN | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review

Gusto Gabsi bestellt…BURRITO | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review

Gusto Gabsi bestellt…SUSHI! | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review

Vienna's most hip & happening neighbourhood Neubau, explained

Gusto Gabsi bestellt…SCHNITZEL | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review

Gusto Gabsi bestellt…from one of the worst rated restaurants on Mjam | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review

Gusto Gabsi bestellt…Pizza!| Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Reviews

Gusto Gabsi bestellt…Burger | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Reviews

Gusto Gabsi bestellt...Tikka Masala | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Reviews

The new Vietnamese eatery, Vevi, that vegans are super excited about

The CRAZY story behind Vienna's damn ugly war towers known as the 'Flakturm'

Did you know that the concept of WASHING YOUR HANDS was invented in VIENNA?!! A-WHAAAAT?!

We experienced a day exploring VIENNA WITHOUT A PHONE (& used a map for the first time ever)

How Vienna's BEST Krapfen is made & how to eat it without getting it all over yourself

Was the BAGEL actually invented in Vienna? Find out in the latest Vienna History Mystery!

We decorated 8 unexpected places in Vienna to make people smile

12 Things you Have to do at a Vienna Christmas Market

We trick the least touristy person into being a tourist in Vienna for a day | Christmas edition

Gusto Gabsi bestellt…VEGANES ESSEN | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review
Gusto Gabsi bestellt…BURRITO | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review
Gusto Gabsi bestellt…SUSHI! | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review
Vienna's most hip & happening neighbourhood Neubau, explained
Gusto Gabsi bestellt…SCHNITZEL | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review
Gusto Gabsi bestellt…from one of the worst rated restaurants on Mjam | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Review
Gusto Gabsi bestellt…Pizza!| Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Reviews
Gusto Gabsi bestellt…Burger | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Reviews
Gusto Gabsi bestellt...Tikka Masala | Ein Echter Wiener Lieferservice Reviews
The new Vietnamese eatery, Vevi, that vegans are super excited about
The CRAZY story behind Vienna's damn ugly war towers known as the 'Flakturm'
Did you know that the concept of WASHING YOUR HANDS was invented in VIENNA?!! A-WHAAAAT?!
We experienced a day exploring VIENNA WITHOUT A PHONE (& used a map for the first time ever)
How Vienna's BEST Krapfen is made & how to eat it without getting it all over yourself
Was the BAGEL actually invented in Vienna? Find out in the latest Vienna History Mystery!
We decorated 8 unexpected places in Vienna to make people smile
12 Things you Have to do at a Vienna Christmas Market
We trick the least touristy person into being a tourist in Vienna for a day | Christmas edition