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The weekend starts now! Vienna weekend events list 12 January thru 15 January, 2017

If you thought that January is a slow month in Vienna, you are very wrong!

The Vienna Ball Season kicks into high gear this weekend with a total of four extraordinary balls – Steirerball, Zuckerbäcker Ball, Blumenball and the WU ball – making it an amazing weekend.

If, however, you have not prepared your formal outfits and your dance skills need improvement, there are great less-formal events including ViennaAutoshow and Vacation, Holidays and Leisure trade fairs through Sunday giving you opportunities and flexibility to enjoy every bit of it this weekend.

And the Vienna Coffee Festival 2017 makes the weekend offering even more amazing and difficult to choose where to go first. Do not stress out. Relax at Tunnel Vienna with stand-up comedy on Friday evening.

If the beginning of this year is this eventful and the events are this amazing, the only question is, “How are we going to keep up the pace?”

Now, go have the time of your life. Vienna makes it possible!

 • Vienna Coffee Festival 2017

14581313_2023677391191898_5615538092812119381_nWhen: Friday, 13 January 13 at 15:00 to Monday, 6 January 16 at 18:00

Where: Ottakringer Brauerei, Ottakringer Platz 1, 1160 Vienna, Austria

For all of you who need a good cup of coffee to start the day on the right foot, here is a festival for you.

This is the third Vienna Coffee Festival bringing you exquisite coffee experience. In 2016, there were 12,000 visitors at this coffee festival. Judging by the number of visitors, this is a great festival.

What you can expect are tasting and demonstrations by baristas, interactive coffee workshops, live music, DJs, craftsmanship, SCAE barista championship.

Whether you are interested in coffee micro roasters, espresso, or filter coffee, there are designated areas for each of this at the festival location at the Ottakringer Brewery. Some of the many demonstrations, events and competitions are below.

Check all details  and tickets here.


15:30-17:00 – SCAE Brewers Cup Day 1

16:00-17:30 – Latte Art Experience Battle

20:00 – Open End Welcome party – free entry, but only with registration


10:00-13:00 – SCAE Brewers Cup Day 2

13:30-18:30 – SCAE Barista Championship

16:00-17:30 – Latte Art Experience Battle

20:00 – Open End Hasta Barista Party – free entry, but only with registration

Additional events and presentation from various baristas, check program details here.


10:00-14:00 – SCAE Latte Art Championship

14:30-19:00 – SCAE Cup Tasting Championship

16:00-17:30 – Latte Art Experience Battle

Further workshops and coffee presentations on Sunday and Monday, see program


• Vienna Autoshow 2017

maxresdefaultWhen: Thursday, 12 January at 09:00 to Sunday,  15 January at 18:00

Where: ViennaAutoshow, Messeplatz 1, 1021 Vienna, Austria

You can get tickets here.

This trade fair is all about the automobile, whether for singles, families, car fans, off-road, eco, city, for short or long distances…you get the picture. It’s all about the four-wheelers that get us places. More than 400 new cars by some 40 car makers will see their Austrian and European premier at ViennaAutoshow 2017.

You can also use your ticket to visit the Vacation, Holidays and Leisure Trade Fair – Ferien-Messe Wien 2017 in halls A and B.


• Vacation, Holidays and Leisure Trade Fair – Ferien-Messe Wien 2017

When: Thursday, 12 Jan. at 10:00 to  Sunday, 15 Jan. at 18:00

Where: Ferien-Messe Wien, Messe Wien, Messeplatz 1 (Eingang A), 1020 Vienna, Austria

14718834_10154488122337870_5624827965085103080_nIf you are planning your next holiday or even just daydreaming about one, perhaps visiting the Ferien-Messe Wien 2017 will give you some inspiration.

With “more than 800 exhibitors from over 70 countries presenting popular holiday destinations, best kept secrets, recommended means of traveling, an entire range of leisure activities, tailor-made holidays, great bargains, competitions, prizes draws and lots, lots more – all at the ideal booking time. Holidays, travel and leisure under one roof.”

You can expect to see presentations, program from industry insiders and even programs for kids. You will be one of the expected 150,000 visitors.

Good to know – your ticket is also valid for the ‘Vienna Autoshow’ taking place this weekend too in halls C and D.

More info here.


• How To Laugh in English – Stand Up Comedy with Alfie Brown

When: Friday, 13 January, at 18:30 – 20:30 

Where: Tunnel Vienna Live, Florianigasse 39, 1080 Vienna, Austria

“Quite simply the future of British stand-up”

★★★★★ Brian Donaldson The List

Alfie’s firebrand style of comedy has been forged from years of pushing boundaries and experimentation. Natural stage presence combined with explosive material makes for a thrilling performance every time he hits the stage.

Constantly evolving and striving for ways to innovate, Alfie can move from hour-long idea driven shows to tight sets in various clubs effortlessly. His material touches on introspective thoughts and considerations of the human condition as well as broader observations on social-political issues. All done in an accessible and hilarious way.

An assertive, acerbic and compelling voice, Alfie has garnered critical acclaim throughout his career and continues to grow a fan base here and throughout Europe. With the benefit of being a young act with years of experience the future is bright for this phenomenal talent.


• 116th ZuckerBäckerball – Confectioners Ball

zucker-15_sb_086053When: Thursday, 12 Jan. 20:00 to 05:00

Where: Hofburg Wien, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Tickets info available here.

January in Vienna is all about the culture of going to the balls. The weekend begins with the Zuckerbäcker or Confestioners Ball in Vienna’s Hofburg, the royal palace and the heart of Austria and Vienna.

All who have been to Vienna know the culture of cake and dessert making. The best confectioner and the confectioner apprentice shall be awarded the title of the “Vienna Cakemaster” for the best torte cake. The ball will be in the sign of great music and dancing in addition to its sweet side.

The ball program includes performance by the Star-Tenor Vincent Schirrmacher, Association of the Vienna State Opera Ballet, formal dances and more entertainment.

More program details available here.

Photos and videos from previous year are here.


• 95th Flower Ball – 95. Blumenball der Wiener Stadtgärten

header_finalWhen: Friday, 13 January from 20:00 to 05:00 Saturday, 14 January

Where: Wiener Rathaus , Friedrich-Schmidt-Platz 1, 1010 Vienna

Tickets: 57-90 Euro online here.

Ticket contact – E-Mail:, +43 1 4000-8042

Vienna is one of the rare places where the ball season is the highlight of the cultural life and the ball dances a very important tradition that lives on in the 21st century. And we are at the beginning of the season.

Blumenball – the Flower Ball – is all about colors, forms, patterns and types of flowers and their influence in art, architecture and fashion. The city gardeners will use 10,000 blossoms to form unforgettable images for the ball.

The various halls of the Rathaus, Vienna’s historic city hall, will have music ranging from the waltz, polka, Latin-American dance, bar music and more.

Musik and dance program

  • 21:00 Opening dance by the dance school Rueff
  • 22.30 Latin-American Musik
  • 24:00 Fledermaus-Quadrille
  • 1:00 Paso Doble, Mambo, Samba
  • 2:00 – Fledermaus-Quadrille DaCapo
  • 2:30 Quickstep, Charleston, Twist
  • 3:00 Slow Fox, Tango, Langsamer Walzer
  • 4:00 Boogie, Rock’n’Roll

Note: Keep in mind there is mandatory attire!

Ladies:floor-length evening dress
Men:tailcoat, tuxedo, black suit with bow tie

More details are here.


• Styrian Ball – Steiererball

1416060855404When: Friday, 13 January starting at 20:00 until 04:00 the next day

Where: Hofburg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna

Tickets: € 85 – € 90 (You can get them here.)

Dress code: Traditional “Tracht” clothing details are available here.

The Styrian Ball in Vienna is a celebration of the culture of this Austrian province and a great possibility to put on the finest traditional Tracht clothing made of silk and cotton and used only on special occasions.

It is the ball season and this ball is the one with a twist and lots of tradition, but much less classical. If you go, you are guaranteed to have a great time. The mix of Styrian culture, music, customs, dance and cuisine will make it happen.

More details here.

Check out photos from previous Steiererball here.


• WU Ball 2017 – The ball of the Vienna University of Economics and Business

wuball_kompWhen: Saturday, 16=4 Jan 14 at 8 PM to Jan 15 at 5 AM

Where: Hofburg Palace, HELDENPLATZ, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Tickets are here.

“With its mix of notables from the economic and political sector and students from around the globe, the ball of the Vienna University of Economics will be a highlight of Vienna’s ball season.


The well known traditional venue for the ball, Viennese Hofburg Palace, will open its doors this coming year for the guests of the most famous ball for students in Vienna:


Ticket box offices opens at Hofburg entrance area.


General admission to the Vienna Hofburg. VIP: Special guests reception by invitation and confirmed registration only, in the “Forum” room. You will be asked to show your credentials or invitation to security officers.

Celebration of the entrance of the inaugural committee and the guests of honor under the musical direction of Prof. Hans Schadenbauer and his C.M. Ziehrer Hofballorchestra. The opening of the ball is performed by the young ladies and gentlemen of the inaugural committee with a dance choreographed by the Svabek dancing school.

Welcoming the guests

“Alles Walzer”

Beginning of sale for the raffle

Midnight event in the big danceroom
Raffle drawing for the main prizes


1st audience quadrille

2nd audience quadrille

After eight hours entertaining, the C.M. Ziehrer Hofballorchestra closes the ball of the WU Vienna at 5 o’clock with the traditional final waltz “Brüderlein fein”.

In order to make this traditional ball a truly exclusive event, the following dress code will be enforced with no exceptions for admission into the Hofburg!

Ladies:floor-length evening dress
Men:tailcoat, tuxedo, black suit with bow tie (no tie!) or class A uniform (EU); USDOD: formal wear

Admission is only possible with the appropriate clothing.


• Vintage-Design-Market of the ’50s/’60s/’70s


Where: Offenes Souterrain, Meiselstraße 31, 1150 Vienna, Austria

When: Saturday, 14 January, 10:00 to 16:00

If you are interested in starting the New Year with some shopping of items with tradition, perhaps this vintage design market with original designs from the 50s, 60s and the 70s is something for you to do this weekend. Small furniture, porcelain, mirrors, hats, dishes will be awaiting you. The event also take place on Friday, January 13 from 16:00-19:00

See all the details here.

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