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There's plenty of fun things to do in Vienna throughout the year, especially in the summer months. Whether it’s a music or film festival, a fun market or an ice-skating spectacle, there is rarely a dull moment in this vibrant capital city. Events are also a great way for newcomers to Vienna to meet locals and other expats, and to make some friends in their new city.
Annual events in Vienna
The New Year’s Concert (January)
Kicking the year off with spirit is the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. It is broadcast on television and radio all over the world – many tourists visit the Wiener Musikverein just to see the Golden Hall where it takes place. Tickets are sold out well in advance of this momentous annual event, so it's best to book early.
Ball Season (January to March)
The ball season in Vienna starts in January and consists of a range of small to extravagant balls that are organised throughout the city. These balls present a chance to dress up and dance the night away to a Wiener Waltz and other traditional dances. The most famous is the Opera Ball. Attracting Vienna’s elite, it takes place at the Vienna State Opera House.
Vienna Ice Dream (January to March)
For ice-skating lovers, the Wiener Eistraum (Vienna Ice Dream) is held in front of the Vienna City Hall. The area is transformed into a winter wonderland with skating trails snaking underneath trees. This is a fun outing that the entire family can enjoy together.
The world's biggest free open-air music festival takes place in the summer along the banks of the River Donau. Vienna's residents and people from around the world come together to enjoy all kinds of music in the heart of the city.
Vienna International Film Festival (October)
Also known as the Viennale, Austria’s main film festival takes place each year in October and offers a wide selection of international films across various genres. From short films and documentaries to experimental films and full-length features, movie buffs are sure to enjoy this event.
Christmas Markets (November to December)
As the summer comes to an end, it’s not long before the eagerly awaited Christmas markets open in November. These can be found across the city, where visitors can warm themselves with Glühwein and do some gift shopping in the cold weeks leading up to Christmas.
►For more entertainment ideas, read See and Do in Vienna
"I love Vienna. It’s small enough that it’s so easy to get everywhere and really get to know the city, but also big enough that there’s always something going on, whatever your interests are."
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