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The weekend starts now! Vienna’s weekend events guide for 2 March to 5 March, 2017

We can finally eagerly go out with the warmer and sunny weather setting in and amazing events to experience in Vienna this weekend.

Check out the career fair, open door days at the business university, the vinyl and music festival. Don’t skip the amazing presentation at the Museum of Applied Arts where you get to experience traditional handcrafts in the digital age and even take some pieces home.

And further proof that museums are amazing comes at Wien Museum in form of virtual parachuting over this great city.

For those of you who love dancing, there is salsa and the Techno Ball. With the International Women’s Day coming, enjoy the Women Film Festival. And finally, catch the last days of ice-skating at the Vienna Ice Traum.

Bye, bye slow winter days.

Let’s make some new memories!


• BeSt³ Wien 2017 – Career, Studying and Continuing Education Fair

15895597_1309901179073376_6110826035976053344_oWhen: 2 March – 5 March, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Wiener Stadthalle, Roland-Rainer-Platz 1, 1150 Vienna, Austria

BeSt stands for the trade fair for Career, Studying and Continuing Education (Messe für Beruf, Studium und Weiterbildung auf Deutsche). Whether you are looking to start university, you are in the middle of it, you have graduated a long time ago, there is something for you there.

Give those brain waves a workout and have fun.

You can expect presentations about studying possibilities, but also about possible careers.

Entry is free. You can get more info here.


•  Open Door Day at the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business )

16177490_181142239032004_7364914240081988157_oWhen: Friday, 3 March, at 9 AM – 6 PM

Where: WU (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien), Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria

Register here.

Whether you or someone you know is interested in studying, or just want to get to know the WU, here is an opportunity to attend classes, get a tour of the campus or learn how studying at the WU works.


• Ottakringer Vinyl & Music Festival

14258223_1822404374659417_5052318416268330345_oWhen: 3 March and 4 March

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

More info here.

If you are a fan of great music and love being able to experience music life and also to hold your favorite records in your hands, this is the festival to go to. Vinyl records and CDs, Indie labels, a “long night of indie labels,” workshops, discussions, live music and food trucks …. you will be glad you went.

Vinyl records and CDs, Indie labels, a “long night of indie labels,” workshops, discussions, live music and food trucks …. you will be glad you went.

It is indoors, so you will be warm and dry.
Check out the highlights here.

Day ticket 5 euros/ 3-day pass  12 euros
Opening hours: Friday 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


• Salsa Imperial

Dance-with-us-part-IIIWhen: Saturday, 4 March, 8:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Where: Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel, Ungargasse 60, 1030 Vienna, Austria

From the website:

“In the lobby of the architectural impressive Imperial Riding School Renaissance Vienna Hotel, the dance studio Mi Manera is organizing a dance party to the sounds of Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba! A professional dance floor, delicious cocktails and the best Dj’s are going to fullfill everthing what your dancer’s soul desires.
As always, all dance styles and not-yet-dancers are welcome – admission is free!

Dress code: Overdressed is impossible
Stylish, Fancy Cocktail – we want to see your most beautiful clothes! Show with us that the dancers are the most attractive people in the world! 

The program (you don’t need a dance partner!)

21.00 – 21.15:
Free taster class:
Footwork with Volkan

Free taster class:
Bachata Dominicana with Alberto & Karina

21:45 to 22:00:
Greet & meet other dancers – Stefan is going to connect everybody – perfect for everybody without dance partner or for level Beginner – Intermediate. He is also going to show you the basic step of Salsa LA Style – but you can dance also your dance style.

For the free taster workshops no partner is necessary! Maybe you want to show your friends your dance passion? Come with them and have fun together!

Admission is free, this event is funded by your consumption. That’s why we ask for your understanding that the carriage of own food and beverages is not allowed (we know that this is needless to say for 95% of you)!

All dance styles are welcome.


• 8th Vienna Techno Ball

When: Saturday, 4 March,  7:30 p.m. to  6 a.m.

Where: Kursalon Wien, Johannesgasse 33, 1010 Vienna, Austria

The ball season in Vienna is great because you have opportunities to experience the tradition and glamour of the old days, but also some balls that mix it up and make it very contemporary.

This Saturday, you get to enjoy another one under the slogan “Tradition meets the future”. This time, it is all about techno. But do not think there is no history involved. The venue is the historic Kursalon Hübner.

Find out more at or

Ball gowns, tails, cocktail dresses, tuxedo, suit, traiditonal Tracht dress suits, Dirndl and Uniform all the way to fantasy costumes. So take your pick and spice it up.


• Handcrafts Action Weekend #2

16819240_10154516833329895_7890781014136725534_oWhen: Saturday, 4 March and Sunday, 5 March, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna

This sounds like a must-go-to event. The handWERK exhibit presents you traditional skills in the digital world. This weekend you can experience all things handWERK – handcrafts.

Saturday, 4.3.2017

2 p.m. 
Guided tour of the exhibit

Cost (in addition to the entry ticket): € 3,50

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Project presentations by the students of the  New Design University, St. Pölten

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Close Contact III – Textiles
MAK Design Kids, Workshop for children age 8- 12 (without adult accompanying them)
Participation: € 8

Sunday, 5.3.2017

Noon to 2 .m.
Farmhouse cupboard 2.0 – Traditional Handcraft in the Modern World
View and participate in the MAK FORUM workshop
Co-Making Space,

3 p.m.
Guided tour of the exhibit

Cost (in addition to the entry ticket): € 3,50

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For a donation of € 20 you can have a SOHO-Hocker (a small chair-stool), designed by Mostlikely Architecture, built and painted in one of the Le Corbusiers color palette and take it home with you. ►

4:00 PM
Everything you have always wanted to know about porcelain but have never had a chance to ask – with Sandra Haischberger (porcelain manufacture feinedinge*)
Cost (in addition to the entry ticket): € 3,50

Handcrafters show their skills to their live audience as part of “Live-Werkstatt“

At Action Weekend #2 you can see: wienerSITZgruppe, TapeziermeisterInnen (upholstering masters)
Registrations for some of the programs is necessary – go to

Participation if not designated as free – entry to MAK € 9,90 / € 7,50 reduced.


• FrauenFilmTage 2017 – Women Film Days 2017

When: Today through Thursday, 9 March from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Where: various theater locations, check detail under link below

What would March be without the International Women’s Day! And in Vienna it comes with a film festival.

You get to see amazing films by women and they are not necessarily offered in the mainstream movie theaters.

Speaking of that – why not join a discussion on the (under)representation of female film creators in the film industry.


• Virtual Parachuting on Vienna

16904705_1371934996183838_4285262258956885492_oWhen: Saturday, 25 March, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Wien Museum, Karlsplatz 8, 1040 Vienna, Austria

If you are afraid of heights but would love to experience descending on Vienna in a parachute, here is your chance.

Wien Museum has made possible simulated parachute jumps in cooperation with the Technical University of Vienna as part of the exhibit “Vienna from Above.”

Here is what you get to experience:

15,000 meters above the city you are in a Hercules-Transport machine and get to see the city and its districts through a few clouds. Then spread your arms and jump with the wind blowing in your face. You will land where you started – at the Wien Museum.

The number of participants is limited and requires registration

Read the conditions of participation here (in German and English)



696When: every day until 12 March, from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. on weekdays and the whole day on the weekends

Where: Rathaus Wien, Vienna City Hall, Rathaus, 1082 Vienna

Free entry for children and beginners.

Starting on January 25, ice skating and training rink of 550 square meters is open for beginners. The whole skating area is 8,500 square meters right in front of the Rathaus, Vienna’s city hall. Skates in sizes 23-52, and adjustable from 21-25, as well as helmets are available. Food stands provide nourishment when you decide to take a break.

So what are you waiting for!

Oh, there’s curling available as well.

More info here on the website
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