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Things To Do in Vienna September 2018: Tips For My Hometown

Things to do in Vienna September 2018.  My top 10 specials below cover one-off events and typical things to do in September. I have taken care that you end up at quality events, and local favourites. For an insider view on music events, visit Vienna concerts.

Wine Hiking In The Vienna Woods

Things to do in Vienna September : Wine hikingThings to do in Vienna September 2018. As a child, I strolled through the vineyards of the Vienna Woods during wine harvest. Vintner families and helpers were picking grapes and loading them onto their tractors. You can trace my foot steps if you join this local tour guide. He arranges wine hiking tours during September, the main month for the grape harvest. The tour starts from Leopoldsberg in the North East of Vienna. You will hike along our ‘home mountains’ Leopoldsberg and Kahlenberg. They are great for panoramic views of Vienna and the Danube. The tour ends with a visit to a lovely winery. Check availabilities for this private wine hiking tour.

New Opera and Operetta Season

Things to do in Vienna September: Vienna opera houseThings to do in Vienna September 2018. In September, the city’s main opera houses re-open after the summer break. The new opera and operetta season starts. The Vienna State Opera is the hardest to get tickets for. I kept falling off the official ticket waiting list, and have now found a great alternative. If you want to secure a space at the State Opera, read my story and the best way for booking Vienna opera tickets.

To find out what’s on stage during your trip check the calendars for operas in September at Staatsoper and Volksoper and for operettas in September at Wiener Volksoper.

Lipizzaners And Vienna Boys Choir

things to do in Vienna May: Vienna Boys ChoirThings to do in Vienna September 2018. 400-year old Lipizzaner horses pair up with 500-year old Vienna Boys Choir. What sounds spooky is a graceful and uplifting tradition. On two days in September (and one in early October), you can listen to the angelical voices of the choir boys at the Spanish Riding School in the Imperial Palace. The Lipizzaner performances will alternate with the choir performances.

For further 2018 events and dates go to Vienna Boys Choir.
Dates: 7th and 21st September, 5th October 2018 
Location: Spanische Hofreitschule Wien, A-1010;
Tickets: get tickets

Cathedral Concerts

things to do in Vienna September: StephansdomThings to do in Vienna September 2018. I love soaking in St. Stephen’s Cathedral rich art and architecture while classical music washes around its pillars, statues, paintings and altars.

In September and October, you can listen to Vivaldi’s epic Four Seasons as the autumn settles into Vienna. Find out more in my Stephansdom guide.

Dine At A Local’s Home

things to do in Vienna September: cooking and private diningThings to do in Vienna September 2018. Do you sometimes ask yourself what it would be like to live at the place you visit as a tourist? And what the locals are like? I do that regularly. In Wien, it’s now quite easy to find that out. If you like some cooking, sign up for a local Viennese cooking session at a private hobby chef’s home – including lots of chatting and of course dining. (Luckily, cooking class manager and food blogger Angelika should be back from maternity leave in September!) Read more in Vienna cooking classes with private dining.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra In Wachau Valley

Things to do in Vienna September: Grafenegg castleThings to do in Vienna September 2018. Congratulate yourself if you are lucky enough to be around Vienna on the 6th September. You will get the chance to listen to an open air concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with renown conductor Franz Welser Most they will perform Anton Bruckner’s 5th symphony. The location is Grafenegg Castle in Wachau Valley, about an hour west of Vienna. The concert concludes the annual high-profile Grafenegg Summer Festival. Get tickets for the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Grafenegg. You can combine your visit with a trip to UNESCO World Heritage site Wachau Valley.

Baroque Music Soirée

Things to do in Vienna September 2018. You won’t often get a chance to listen to original historic instruments producing Bach music and other fine baroque tunes in an authentic setting: To celebrate its re-opening, Vienna’s Collection of Historic Musical Instruments invites to a musical soirée at their location at Hofburg Palace.

Date: 23rd September
Time: 7.30 pm
Location: Neue Burg, Burgring 5, 1010 Vienna
Admission: EUR 24 (pre sales start on 6th August 2018; email info.sam@khm.at to make a reservation)

Wiener Wiesnfest

Things to do in Vienna September: Wiener WiesnfestThings to do in Vienna September 2018. Vienna’s answer to Munich’s Octoberfest feasts on Austrian tradition. The Wiener Wiesnfest is THE place to watch (and wear) dirndl dresses and lederhosen. Have a decent beer with savoury snacks in one of the festival tents, experience authentic Austrian folk dance, enjoy folk music and watch demonstrations of local crafts. My favourite is the original Styrian log cabin where you get fabulous regional delicacies. On certain days, each of the nine Austrian regions will present their own folkloric culture. Check the musical program calendar.
Date: 27th September to 14th October 2018
Location: Vienna Prater, just next to the Giant Ferris Wheel, A-1020 Vienna
Tickets: from EUR 37; just needed for the three party tents;

MQ Vienna Fashion Week

things to do in Vienna September: Museum QuarterThings to do in Vienna September 2018. You can’t imagine Austrian fashion beyond the dirndl dress? Get a glitzy update at the contemporary and avant garde Vienna Fashion Week. The event represents the final of the Summer Of Fashion At Museumsquartier. There will be dozens of fashion shows, exhibitions and pop up stores from Austrian and international designers. Watch out for elegant fashion by Anelia Peschev, Habig, Elke Freitag, Elfenkleid and Michel Mayer. You can enter the shows 10 minutes prior to each show. Access will be granted according to capacity.
Date: 10th to 16th September 2018
Location: Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1, A-1010 Vienna
Tickets: available at MQ Point, main entrance of Museumsquartier

vienna contemporary

Things to do in Vienna September 2018. vienna contemporary is vibrant, bizarre and happy. This affordable art fair opens a window to the buzzing art scenes of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Hungary, the Caucasian Region and other European countries, on top of showcasing Austria’s best in contemporary art. Learn who is up and coming in Central, Eastern and Southern European art. You may even end up with the most sophisticated souvenir from your trip.
Date: 27th to 30th September 2018
Location: Marxhalle Wien, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna (tbc)
Programme: visit website

Vienna Design Week

Things to do in Vienna September: Vienna Design WeekThings to do in Vienna September 2018. We love Baroque and Art Nouveau. But what does contemporary Viennese design look like? Give your museum visits a break and dive into classical and new Viennese design at Austria’s most prestigious design fair.

The festival takes place at various locations and includes guided design tours.
Date: 28th September to 7th October 2018
Opening hours: daily, 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Programme: visit website

Free Things To Do In Vienna September

Things to do in Vienna September: MAK Biedermeier collectionThings to do in Vienna September 2018.  Vienna, along with Austria and Europe, opens up its top monuments at the European Heritage Days (EHD). For one day, the Federal Monument Office (Bundesdenkmalamt) will open many lesser known monuments and popular institutions in Vienna for free, among them the Academy of Visual Arts, Burgtheater’s rooms, Gustav Klimt’s villa, the Biedermeier collection of the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Arts, and more.
Date: 30th September 2018 
Programme: to be confirmed by mid July 2018 – go to website

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