Things to do in Vienna November 2018. The quiet pre-Christmas season is great for walks, wine, seasonal shopping, and culture. It does have a few excellent entertainment events, too, though. Top concerts, operas and operettas take it up with any grey day. The first Christmas markets are open from mid November, and the first advent concerts start at the end of November.
Voice Mania: Balcanto
Things to do in Vienna November 2018. Neither you nor the world has gone crazy if you hear voices on the 6th November.
For three weeks, Vienna’s city centre will turn into a pop, rock, jazz, swing, world music and comedy stage when 12 vocal ensembles and solists from Austria, Germany, Central Europe and Madagaskar let their voices ring from balconies and church galleries. Find out more about this festival, and eight more, in my Vienna Music Festival guide.
Vienna Boys Choir Backstage
Things to do in Vienna November 2018. Use the Vienna Boys Choir‘s annual Open Day event to experience them backstage. Visit them at their boarding school at baroque Augarten palace for an afternoon.
As you pass different ‘play stations’ you will not only learn about their singing but also about the Vienna Boys Choir’s lives on tour. (They regularly perform international tours throughout the year.) Right at the start, the choir boys will give a free concert at their own concert hall MuTh next to the palace.
Date: 9th November 2018,
Location: Augarten Palace, Obere Augartenstrasse 1
Time: 1.00 pm to 5.30 pm (concert starts at 2.00 pm)
Things to do in Vienna November 2018. The opening of the carnival season in Vienna is the biggest ballroom dance in Central Europe, and probably the most fun opportunity to dance Vienna waltz.
The Association of Viennese Dance School Instructors, who sponsors the event, also invites participants to Austria’s biggest quadrille dancing. If you don’t know how to dance, don’t worry. Two of Vienna’s best dance instructors will demonstrate every step and turn.
Date: 11th November
Location: Graben boulevard in the city centre;
Time: 11 minutes past 11.00am
Things to do in Vienna November 2018. Klosterneuburg Abbey and its fantastic wine cellar are just about to reach out to international visitors. While every Viennese knows Klosterneuburg, Austria’s oldest wine estate has managed to slip past mass tourism. The photo shows a detail of the stunning Medieval Babenberg family tree in the abbey’s Imperial palace rooms.
Wien Modern Festival
Things to do in Vienna November 2018. Lovers of modern and experimental music will look to make space in their calendars for the annual Wien Modern Festival. So much is clear for 2018: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the opening concert!
And international star conductor Claudio Abbado will lead wonderful ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra at the concert ‘Chaos and Ecstasis’ on 2nd November. The full 2018 programme will be available from the summer. Visit website for further information.
Date: 28th October to 3oth November 2018
Locations: various musical venues, including Wiener Musikverein and Wiener Konzerthaus
Admission: pre-sales from June 2018
More Things To Do In Vienna November: Alpine Perchtenlauf
Things to do in Vienna November 2018. At the Christmas village at Altes AKH you can watch an eerie Alpine tradition come to life: A group of horned individuals in horrible monster costumes (‘Perchten’) will chase away winter’s bad spirits. Watch out that you don’t cross their paths, they love to scare off guests.
While the Perchtenlauf is a super fun tradition it can be a little gruesome for small kids.
Location: Altes AKH (university campus), Hof 1; Alser Strasse/Spitalgasse; A-1090 Vienna;
Date and Time: 30th November, 6.00 pm;
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