By Nicole Hoey
Vienna is one of the most historic cities in Europe, but it also has plenty of modern flair. As the summer winds down, Vienna comes alive with a variety of events that let you peek inside the city’s culture. Here are 10 terrific events to go to in Vienna this September!
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1. A Tribute to Vienna With Boys’ Choir
The world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir will be performing alongside the The Spanish Riding School, a horse-riding school that is known for preserving Austrian culture, in this musical spectacular. The two iconic groups will be performing all September long on weekends, so don’t miss this culture-filled collab!
Address: Spanish Riding School,Michaelerplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
2. Vienna Mozart Orchestra
All month long, experience some of Mozart’s finest works in performances by the Vienna Mozart Orchestra. The famous Austrian composer has so many amazing pieces for audiences to enjoy, and the orchestra makes them truly come alive!
Address: Musikverein - Golden Hall, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
3. Arik Brauer. All of My Arts Exhibit
A highly versatile artist, Arik Brauer created beautiful pieces of sculpture, paintings and more throughout his career. As a Jewish artist, many of his creations centers around his faith and trauma after World War II. The Jewish Museum in Vienna is honoring his legacy by hosting this exhibit throughout the month of September, giving visitors a great glimpse in Brauer’s life and craft.
Address: Jewish Museum of the City of Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Wien, Austria
4. Vienna Harvest Festival
From Sept. 7-8, Vienna celebrates a successful harvest all weekend long. Also known as Erntedankfest, you can navigate the stands brimming with cheeses, fruits and other Austrian delicacies. The festival also acts as a way to inform the urban community about rural life, so there are plenty of booths about national parks, farming life and cultural events!
5. The Streetlife Festival
If you happen to miss out on the Vienna Harvest Festival, check out The Streetlife Festival on Sept. 14-15. This event celebrates Vienna’s urban culture, with art, food and music stalls meant to expose you to the creative residents of the city! You can get some pretty unique gifts here as well, which will help support local artists as well.
Address: Babenbergerstraße, Austria
6. MQ Vienna Fashion Week
Watch models strut their stuff, and see the season’s newest trends, at this year’s Vienna Fashion Week. Besides international designers showcasing their latest works, you can wander through the various exhibits and side shows that the event offers. The fashion fun starts on Sept. 15 and ends on Sept. 20.
Address: MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien, Austria
7. Wiener Wiesn Fest
Starting Sept. 26, you can join in on Austria’s biggest folk festival of the year! Acting as Austria’s version of Oktoberfest, the fair has carnival rides, great food and drinks and live folk music performances that are sure to immerse you in Austrian culture.
Address: Prater, 1020 Vienna, Austria
Over 100 museums and galleries across Vienna hosts exhibitions for viennacontemporary, a weekend-long art festival that celebrates the Central and Eastern European art scene. Visitors from across Europe come to see the newest art pieces and discover some of the latest and greatest artists in the industry. From Sept. 26-29, you can see for yourself what makes this event so fantastic!
9. Vienna Wine Hiking Day
You can explore around 1,700 acres of Vienna vineyards on Vienna Wine Hiking Day, a weekend that gives you an excuse to sample all of Vienna’s best wine. To get to those delicious samples (along with food), you have to hike one of three trails, but there are plenty to wine reprieve along the way. The hike goes from Sept. 28-29 during the peak wine season in Vienna.
10. Heritage Day
**Sept. 29 **is the day Vienna chooses to celebrate European Heritage Day, a holiday across Europe dedicated to highlighting the history and culture of various cities. In Vienna, this means you can rare access to key buildings, or enter some well-known establishments free of charge. Each year, the day has a “focus” that coincides with a national holiday or anniversary, and the 2019 focus will be announced in mid-July!