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The weekend starts now! Vienna Events 20 October through 23 October

It is getting colder and you might want to stay at home. But Vienna again offers fabulous weekend experiences. Ice skating season begins, tree planting and activities for children, a tech event for the digitally inclined and a gaming event for those who enjoy video games.

It’s still warm for some biking, at least for a bike fair. And the most significant event on our list – the Viennale Film Festival begins this week and brings you movies you have to watch and talk about in the coming weeks.

So whether you like it easy and cozy, or prefer active and outdoorsy – there is something to take your friends and family to this weekend. Go get them!


14753402_1108584735885626_7731016929529698609_oWhen: Today through Saturday, 22 Oct at 20:00

Where: Wiener Eislaufverein WEV, Lothringerstraße 22, 1030 Vienna, Austria

If you love winter activities, you can start enjoying ice skating at the season opening this weekend. And that is for free. Claudia Kristofics-Binder and her team have a colorful program for families and from 18:00 to 2:00 Uhr begins the radio program Club on Ice by KRONEHIT – Wir sind die meiste Musik .

• DIGITALDAYS2016 – An Event of the DigitalCity.Wien

keyvisual_digitaldays_-1024x511When: Today through Friday, 21 October

Where: main location Technical University Vienna (TU Wien) at Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Vienna

Participation is free, but registration is required. Program and registration here.

The DigitalDays 2016 showcase digital competences of the Smart City Vienna, the projects, initiatives and partners which make Vienna strong.

Some of the program excerpts:

  • Thursday, 20 October, 2016:  “Innovation_Startups_Corporates_Transform-Fest” + Digitalr Salon
  • Friday, 21 October, “Celebration_Digital Hotspot Wien” and a great graduate event of the Digital Days.

More information: DigitalCity.Wien – web site DigitalDays 2016


14666328_1198587426869751_4682566925140319349_nWhen: Tonight 20 October, 18:00 – 22:30

Where: Mel’s Craft Beer, Wipplingerstraße 9, 1010 Vienna

If you are an expat, and even if you are not but enjoy the company of expats, try this monthly meet-and-greet event.

• VIENNALE – Vienna’s Film Festival

mediaWhen: Tonight through Wednesday 2 November

Where: Movie theaters in Vienna (Check program details)

More info and program details here.

“The Viennale is Austria’s most important international film event, as well as one of the oldest and best-known festivals in the German-speaking world. Every October, the Viennale takes place in beautiful cinemas in Vienna’s historic center, providing the festival with an international orientation and a distinctive urban flair. A high percentage of the more than 94,000 visitors to the festival from Austria and abroad is made up of a decidedly young audience.

In its main program, the Viennale shows a carefully picked selection of new films from all over the globe as well as from Austria, some of them international premieres. The choice of about 300 films offers a cross-section of bold film-making which stands apart from the aesthetics of mainstream conventionality and is politically relevant. Aside from its focus on the newest feature films of every genre and structural form imaginable, the festival gives particular attention to documentary films, international short films, as well as experimental works and crossover films.”

• VIENNA’S BICYLCLE SHOW – Wiener Fahrradschau

14045808_1162964043776241_4498848821913565920_nWhen: Friday, 21 October 21 through 23 October 23

21 Oct at 18:00 to 23 Oct. at 18:00

Where: MARX HALLE, Marx Halle, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna, Austria

If you are passionate about bicycling, or if you just like pedaling leisurely in your free time, you’ll want to check out this bike fair.

The fair is divided into six areas in the Marx Halle: Brands and trends, bicycles and accessories, fashion and accessories.

This annual event is expanding toward Austria from its origins in Berlin. Bike ride, free wheeling, street art, pump track competition and many other events as part of the three-day fare will likely pique your interest, so make sure to check out the program for details.

Tickets starting at €15 for a day pass, to €23 for 3-day pass. Discounts available. More information here.


• VIENNA ILLUMINATED – Wien leuchtet 2016

When: Friday, 21 October 21 through Sunday, 23 October, 19:00-23:00

Where: Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna

If you remember the magic from the few last years when the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna – (Art History Museum) and the NhM Naturhistorisches Museum Wien (Natural History Museum) were illuminated with a light show, a mix of video, slides, light and sound, you will not want to miss the light magic that will take place the next three nights!

More information here and here.

NERD ALERT: Gamer’s Heaven

14199575_707762566039313_436631709952576537_nWhen: Saturday 22 October, 14:00 till 04:00 on Sunday

Where: REPLUGGED, Lerchenfelderstrasse 23, 1070 Vienna, Austria

If gaming is your passion and if clubbing is your fashion, then there is an event for you this week – the Nerd Alert. The theme of the night is video games: on consoles, PCs, handheld browsers or mobile phones. Accompanying activities and decoration with video game heroes.

Entry: 5€ / 8€

Questions at:

• FREE ENTRY INTO THE WINTER PALACE of the Prince Eugen von Savoyen – Belvedere

14573005_1104859069591526_2095992775451322609_nWhen: Saturday, 22 October starting at 10:00 to Sunday, 23 October at 18:00

Where: Winterpalais Prinz Eugen von Savoyen, Himmelpfortgasse 8, Innere Stadt, Wien, Austria

The beauty of an open house in honor of the Prince Eugen birthday is that visitors get free entry and an interesting program with topics on how to recognize baroque art, a drawing course, photo session as Prince of Savoy among others.

Check the program here for details.


urlWhen: Saturday, 22 October 10:00-16:00

Where: 22., Lobaugasse/Heustadelgasse

Every nature lover and every person who appreciates clean air and is environmentally friendly will be thrilled by the possibility to help in planting a forest in Vienna, brought to you by the city magistrates MA 49 (Forestry and Farming) and MA 13 (Education). Some 10000 regional tree species and bushes will be planted as part of this activity that has taken place in different parts of Vienna annually since 2001.

Fun activities in addition to planting include printing with natural materials, forest medals, pumpkin painting, discovery of nature through a microscope, bread over bonfire, games around nature, street cleaning and trash separating.

Fun, useful and educating for adults and kids. You are going to want to post photos of you taking part in this activity on your Facebook page.

More info on the website here.


14492569_770280933110616_6556341689977364955_nWhen: Saturday, 22 October, 9:00 – 11:30

Where: Polymorph, Paschinggasse 8/4/B5, 1170 Vienna, Austria

Have you ever thought of making your own drums, castanets or other sorts of percussion instruments? Perhaps you want to support creativity and have new experiences with your child and are looking for something to do this weekend.

In any case, try the course where you make your own instruments from recycled materials and everyday objects. You conclude the course by playing some music on what you have built. Sounds like something your child would enjoy?

Price: 25 euros including all materials and a small healthy snack
Course by: Sonja Pirak & Romana Ackumey

Info & registration here.

• SALAM.ORIENT 2016 – Music, Dance and Poetry from Oriental Cultures

salam-orient-2016-rita-movsesian-19to1When: Now through 31 October at various locations and times. Check out the program details here.

Where: Various locations across Vienna.

Ex oriente lux. (Translation: light/culture comes from the East.)

Though we currently hear about refugees and conflict coming from the East, some of the greatest inventions came from the same region – agriculture, city cultures and the first writing.

Nowadays, amazing artists from Syria, Iraq and Iran, Palestine, Turkey and also from India have been pushed to the margins. This festival brought to you by Vienna Acts helps bring closer the beauty and the art from the East and brings it to the West in form of presentations, dances, dervishes, and readings.

Learn about the oriental world that is not so present in the news by taking part in this festival.

Click here for more information. 

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