Current highlights for visitors plus annual events and festivals of particular interest (listed by month); perhaps you can find something to add that little extra to your Vienna trip…
Selected events on now(ish)
(The medieval advent market takes place this week)
Selected event highlights for the coming days include:
- Yep, it’s that time of year: all the main Christmas markets have already opened and continue until at least December 23rd. And we enter the days of the Advent concerts
- Three short-term markets join the fun this week
Annual events and festivals
These should take place each year but do check the linked individual and (especially) the monthly articles, since events may shift around the calendar or skip a year.
(Musikverein concert venue)
For dates, details and more activities and ideas, see the full guide to January 2023. Some possibilities:
- The 1st of January is, of course, the date of the world-famous New Year’s Concert
- You might catch the final days of the New Year markets at the beginning of the month
- It’s time to slap on your skates for the Vienna Ice World, which usually runs until early March
(Open-air ice skating)
For more tips on seasonal activities, try the February 2023 guide. Sandwiched innocently between the holiday season and spring, February has few major annual events of note, but you might consider, for example:
- January’s Ice World, which continues through the month. And there’s the famous Opernball, of course
- The end of the month brings the International Orchid Show
(Decorative Easter egg for sale)
See the full March 2023 guide for all details and more thoughts on what you might do in the month. Some highlights:
- The Easter markets might start up in March, depending on when Easter actually falls. See, for example, the one at Schönbrunn Palace
- The Vinyl & Music festival drops into the city’s main brewery and the Blues Spring Festival typically starts up at the end of March
- The Edelstoff design market will please art and crafts fans
(The Easter market on the Freyung)
For more tips, exhibition suggestions and outdoor activities, try the full April 2023 guide.
- The Easter markets may continue (or start) in April, and the Vienna Blues Spring music festival still fills its venues during the month
- April also has one of the early food festivals: the Styrian Spring festival. For nourishment of the more visual kind, try the Jewish Film Festival or the Festival du Film Francophone (French-language movie festival)
- If you want to work off the calories after all those Styrian delights, then the Vienna marathon is usually in the same month, as is the Argus Bike Festival
(A month of culinary delights)
For dates, more information, and even more suggested things to do, see the complete May 2023 guide.
This is the month when music and food lovers come into their own.
- On the music front, you have the Fest der Freude, a free concert on Heldenplatz to celebrate the anniversary of the liberation of the city in WWII
- Music also appears at many of the food and drink festivals (and similar):
- The open day at the city-owned Cobenzl winery
- The Genuss Festival that stretches across the Stadtpark
- The spring edition of the Craft Beer Festival
- The Burgenland Kultinarium on Am Hof square
- The Waldviertelpur festival on the Rathausplatz
- The Steffl Kirtag around Stephansdom cathedral
- The Südwind Straßenfest NGO festival
- The Wiener Zitrustage in the Schönbrunn palace orangery
- And the European Street Food festival outside the Stadthalle
The events of May give you a big hint as to what Vienna is really all about: food, drink & music.
(The Alserkirche church)
Find out about more June events, including dates, using the broader June 2023 guide.
- The month usually starts with the military old-timer meet at On Wheels and Tracks
- Two notable international music festivals pop up in June – the Vienna Jazz Festival and the Donauinselfest. The latter is Europe’s largest free open-air festival
- Two world-class orchestras perform for free:
- The spring/summer edition of Fesch’Markt Vienna lets you sample the creative output of independent designers and artists
- The Foto Wien photography festival makes this a happy month for photographers and those who appreciate their work
- The Long Night of the Churches invites you into Christian institutions for all sorts of activities, tours, entertainments, and more
- The Vienna Shorts film festival focuses on short-form movies
- The spring edition of Veganmania also makes an appearance
- And the Vienna Beer Festival focuses on, well, I’ll let you guess
(Open-air film and food fun)
For other activity tips and more detailed suggestions, try the comprehensive July 2023 guide.
- The big July event is the Rathaus Film Festival, with daily public viewings of concerts and performances from various genres of music on the square in front of the Rathaus
- Talking music, June’s Jazz Festival usually continues through the early part of the month, too. And there’s more music in July:
- More on the food and drink front with…
- The Ottakringer Beer Festival, if you like a beer or three
- And if mead’s more your thing, there’s always the Montur & Pulverdampf medieval festival
- July typically also sees the start of the Frameout open-air cinema season at the MuseumsQuartier and the start of the dotdotdot film festival at the folk museum
(Old timers on parade)
Discover a whole slew of ideas for what to do this month in the full August 2023 guide.
- Many of July’s film and other festivals carry on through August. Notable additions to the calendar include:
- Jump from classic to contemporary: numerous classic cars drive around the Ring at the Vienna Old Timer Parade, while the month also hosts the Calle Libre street art festival.
- For (live) modern music, try the Gürtel Nightwalk or the Afrika Tage African festival (where food, music, and art comes together for over 2 weeks)
(Brewery and event venue in one)
For more suggestions, details, and dates, browse the main September 2023 guide.
- The food, drink, film, and music theme common to Vienna dominates the month with, for example:
- The Liquid Market cocktail festival, if you like a cocktail or three
- The international Buskers Festival
- The family-friendly Streetlife Festival
- The Vienna Harvest Festival (Erntedankfest)
- The Rum and Gin festivals
- The Vienna Coffee Festival
- The fantastical SLASH film festival
- …and the city celebrates a different type of music to the usual classics with Hollywood in Vienna
- The last Sunday in September is European Heritage Day, when various historical buildings open their doors to the public (for free). The same concept applies at Open House Wien, but with a focus on newer constructions
- And the modern flavour continues at the…
(The MAK: museum and venue)
Take a peek at the October 2023 guide for more details and further tips and suggestions.
- You can sample the best of Vienna’s museal treasures at the Long Night of Museums
- Lovers of good photography and design should find their way to…
- If you prefer your design in interactive pixel form, then visit Game City on the Rathausplatz.
- For a bit of autumnal flair, try the Herbsttage (a small fair and botanical exhibition)
- As in many months, film features strongly in October, too, with the start of the prestigious international film festival, the Viennale
- For both ends of the modern music spectrum, consider:
- Or just get some fresh air: late October typically sees the start of the open-air ice skating season
(Vienna Comic Con attracts top guests)
Call up the November 2022 guide for more information on the below, as well as tips on other activities and art exhibitions, etc.
- Both the Viennale and Wien Modern normally carry through into November
- The month’s main claim to fame is the start of the Christmas season, notably the wonderful Advent markets, the lights, outdoor ice skating, and early signs of gift-buying panic
- Indulge your geekier side and enjoy the world of science fiction, fantasy and comics at Vienna Comic Con
- To pick up some gifts of a particularly artistic nature, try:
- Or forget the season and immerse yourself…in a glass of beer at the autumn edition of the Craft Beer Festival, visions of faraway lands at the Photo+Adventure fair, or guilt-free shopping at Vegan Planet
For all the details and a few more tips, check out the December 2022 guide.
You’ll be surprised to learn that seasonal themes tend to dominate in December, notably…
- The Christmas markets, which continue through until December 23rd, and often beyond
- Many people also celebrate New Year’s Eve in Vienna along the Silvesterpfad. The final two days of the year feature the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year concert previews
THE END (of the year and article).