18 things you NEED to do to make the most out of September in Vienna

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18 things you NEED to do to make the most out of September in Vienna

There’s a Sturm a’ brewing

September is Sturm season!

September is Sturm season! If you visit a Heuriger at this time of year, you’ll be able to sip on the sweet and sour delight of Sturm. The semi-fermented, alcoholic grape juice made from the first grapes of the wine harvest season is a tradition that has played out for many years in Austria’s wine taverns. And it’s a drink worth experiencing amongst the changing colours of Autumn happening in Vienna’s wine hills at this time of year. Watch the brown leaves fall to the ground, and let the Sturm keep you warm.

Wander through the wine hills of Vienna and enjoy the Heurige wine taverns

Head out to the Heurige

Vienna looooves its wine and during this time of the year, 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.

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 want to be surrounded by grape vines, 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.

If you’re feeling really adventurous you can also check out our article about the Weinwanderwege in Viennas wine hills, which we’re sure you didn’t know about.

 

A week of glitz, glamour and fashion!

MQ Vienna Fashion Week 2021

Bold fashion, red carpet and catwalk moments, and pretty people giving steely stares into a sea of fashion aficionados – this is MQ Vienna Fashion Week. This week of fashion will act as a platform to exhibit local and international designers, top models, photographers, art directors, and stylists.

We can’t even coordinate our socks, however, we enjoy showing up at this festival in denim overalls, flip flops, and a bowler hat. Check out the website for more details on ticket prices, participating designers, and the programme.

Vienna’s horror and fantasy film festival is back!

Slash Filmfestival 2021

At the end of September, four cinemas in Vienna (Filmcasino, Metro, Stadtkino & Schikaneder) will play host to the city’s one and only horror and fantasy film festival, screening film after film that are made to twist your mind like a pretzel, or scare the crap out of you. So expect plenty of blood (on the screen, we mean), and plenty of mindf**** films.

Be sure to check out the full program, here.

The year's best photojournalism in one exhibition – powerful stuff!

World Press Photo Exhibition 2021 in Vienna

This exhibit is even in the calendars of those that hardly ever step foot in a gallery. With around 100 exhibitions around the world annually, the World Press Photo exhibition is the most popular traveling photo event in the world and will be displaying attention-grabbing photos at Westlicht gallery. The poignant, moving images that are always guaranteed at this exhibition of photojournalism’s greatest shots of the year, can be seen by anyone whose interest is remotely peaked in photography. Don’t be surprised if you leave with tears in your eyes, or full of inspiration.

 

OPEN for everyone!

OPEN HOUSE WIEN 2021

Ever wondered what’s behind the street facade of some of Vienna’s beautiful and interesting looking buildings? Ever wondered what some companies do that you’ve heard of. Ever wanted to get a sneak peek at the parts of the city that are closed to the public? Well, Open House Vienna is all about exploring your city and doing the things mentioned above.

Companies and buildings will throw open their doors to the public, and allow them to have a look around some of the most interesting parts of the city, especially those places with some of the most interesting architecture. Full details are available on their website, which will also includes a list of the buildings that are participating.

“The flavors in this dish are so utterly complex in their simplicity” - Food Eater

Gault & Millau Genuss-Messe 2021

We would suggest you go light on breakfast before this bougie, gourmet affair. That way you’ll be prepared to experience the magic in your mouth promised to be made by the 100 top chefs and over 50 winemakers that this event will be bringing to the city. Kitchen demonstrations (we hope there’s knife juggling), tastings, and masterful wine, schnapps, and beer pairings are all included in the ticket price.

Join in on this island festival

Donauinselfest 2021

Finally the Donauinselfest is taking place in it’s original form again! Unfortunately it’s not possible for them to throw the big-ass festival party it usually is on the island, so there’s gonna be fewer acts and stages this year. But honestly, we’re just glad it’s happening. And you can still look forward to a weekend filled with excellent music and lots of good vibes. Completely for free!

Be sure to check out the website for all the details and the programme!

One of the coolest art festivals in the city

Parallel Vienna 2021

Few things can inspire the creative mind as much as the cutting edge art fair, Parallel Vienna, does each year. For the 8th time in a row, this art fair will transform unique buildings in Vienna into an exhibition center for both young and established artists. The framework welcomes art initiatives of all kinds to showcase art, from galleries to project spaces, curated spaces, and individual artists. It is as much a showcasing of local talents and trends as it is of networking and establishing new collaborations and professional platforms around art.

So if you ever feel like you are missing out on the overwhelming number of galleries and project spaces in this artsy city, get your dose of contemporary art, and a generous overview of local creatives at this funky fair.

It’s all about the rum, Vienna! Oh, and the gin!

Vienna Rum Festival & Ginmarkt 2021

In September, the Ottakringer Brauerei will play host to a festival celebrating 2 kinds of spirits that have gained popularity in recent years – Rum and Gin! Two festivals will be taking place in the brewery at the same time – the Ginmarkt and the Rum Festival. Both festivals will bring together and showcase local and international spirit distillers, new cocktails, and there will also be some funky food on offer to soak up all the booze. You’ll be given your own tasting glass, but be careful how often you use it…you’ll probably end up leaving with a very wonky walk.

Tip: Due to Corona regulations the event will be held at different time slots. Check out the event’s Facebook page to find out when you’d like to visit!

Celebrate diversity at a ball!

13. Diversity Ball presented by Magenta Telekom

How better to celebrate diversity than with a ball? Wear spandex or a ball gown and party until dawn at this celebration of everything and everyone. Every gender, age, sexual orientation and disability will be in one fabulous setting at the Kursalon on Saturday to welcome each other and themselves in this safe and spectacular place.

The music festival where East meets West

Waves Festival 2021

A wave of bands will be hitting Vienna’s shores when the Waves Vienna music festival rolls up. They claim to bring some of the best of up-and-coming Eastern European and Western European bands together in the one weekend-long festival. Each year, they have a couple of countries they focus on (this time it’s gonna be the Danube countries) under the motto “East meets West”.

You won’t know the names of most of the bands in the program, and that’s the point – this music festival is all about discovering new sounds for your ears. Rock, Electronic and Alternative acts are amongst the mix, and there is a conference attached to the festival at which music and the collaborations between Eastern and Western are discussed and explored. Check out the full line-up here.

Check out Austria's largest design festival

Get inspired at Vienna Design Week

For ten days, the city will become an open stage for design. This festival showcases how design is shaping our everyday lives and influences us as individuals. Design is defining our lifestyle, our taste and our aesthetic sense and the Vienna Design Week is here to remind us of exactly that. This festival shows that design can open eyes and bring solutions to many day to day issues.

Check out their website for the complete program and get ready for many days full of exhibitions, workshops, presentations, guided tours and talks on the subject of design.

Check out this big culture festival

Wiener Festwochen 2021

This multidisciplinary art festival is offering up 5 months of events that embrace the culture and arts scene from a range of different angles.

In past years, some of the stuff in the program has been avant-garde to the point of being confusing, and some of the stuff caters to the age-old crowd that has been going to the festival for years. One thing is for sure –  you’ll always experience something new at the Wiener Festwochen.

You should check out the programme now if you’re into this sort of ‘tang.

Celebrate the late summer at this festival

1. SPÄTSOMMERFEST am Mexikoplatz

Summer’s not over just yet, so better make use of the last warm days as much as you can. For example by heading to this new festival that’s taking place at one of Vienna’s prettiest squares.

Three days full of awesome activities await you – various musicians and DJs are gonna play live on stage, you can join in on some morning yoga sessions and there’ll also be special shows for the little ones. Truly something for everyone.

If you wanna check out the detailed programme, head over to the event page.

Let out your big belly laughs at these culture and cabaret events happening in a park

Theater im Park

When a former royal garden opens up for the entertainment of us peasants – like the Garden of the Palais Schwarzenberg is doing for the summer-long Theater im Park, – it might be time to dust off that suit and dress you got in the back of your closet. A good dose of culture and cabaret is going to be served up to you right in the park under the stars. It’s very much tailored to be Corona-safe, but probably not from mosquitos. Check out their programme!

 

 

This is THE hotspot for cool events this summer!

GLOBE Wien Open Air

Now that people are getting vaccinated and Miss Roni is slowly packing up her bags, Marx Halle is opening their Outdoor Area, which hosts over 1000 seats!

From June till September, you can enjoy a smattering of cultural events and shake the dust off your lockdown brain. There even is an option to pre-order snacks and drinks for your table! Check out the GLOBE Wien Open Air’s program!

Good to know … be sure to keep an eye on the weather conditions when you book a ticket, as events won’t be happening if storms are.

Check out their FAQs!

Catch some culture, tunes, and street food at Das Werk's summer terrace

KulturTerrasse WERK

Das Werk has opened up a terrace last year to fight their way back from the damage done by the Corona shutdown, and it’s a damn fine terrace, indeed. They’re calling the terrace – KulturTerrasse, and they’re back this year! It’s where street art meets music, meets visual art, meets street food, meets one very chilled atmosphere at which to enjoy a drink with friends. Find all the info you need about what’s happening on the specific day you’re going on their website.

 

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