Metropole caters to the interests and needs of English-speaking expat communities. Here are our curated recommendations for what you won’t want to miss in Vienna this week (July 19 – July 25, 2017).



July 22: Vienna Lichterfest (Festival of Lights) on the Alte Donau

Find a table in any restaurant courtyard along the water, or push a boat out for a perfect view of the stunning annual light festival at the Alte Donau, as lanterns line the riverside and fireworks pierce the night sky
Alte Donau, 19:00-22:00




July 21: Prater Festival 

Five outdoor stages over two days will host numerous DJs playing everything from Hip-Hop, Drum&Bass, Techno to RnB and more – and all for free! And a giant firework display too!
Prater, Through July 22. 18:00-01:00




July 20: Brian Wilson Presents: Pet Sounds

One of the OGs himself will land in Vienna to perform the whole of the landmark record that served to distend the reaches of the pop genre forever. Perfectly interlacing harmonies, mind-expanding arrangements and masterful orchestration are just a few of the things that have caused this record to emerge as one of the greatest of all time.
Stadthalle, 19:00

July 27: Popfest

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The annual music festival showcasing the best new Austrian acts around Karlsplatz will begin next Thursday, and at the Wien Museum you’ll find the Beat Poetry Club and a vinyl market among other things.
Wien Museum, Through 30.




July 23: Kino in Der Garten Presents Snatch

Open air cinema is a must in Vienna over the summer, and if the fine weather and beautiful settings aren’t enough to persuade you, the first rate lineup of cinema classics might just do the trick. On Hauptallee you’ll find bar & restaurant Der Garten showing Guy Ritchie’s riot-paced gangster comedy which sees a bare-knuckle boxing Brad Pitt roped into an underhand scheme by Turkish (Jason Statham), and the likes of Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina and Vinnie Jones pitted against one another in the wild goose chase pursuit of a diamond.

Der Garten, 20:30

July 21: Kino am Naschmarkt

The organisers of Kino am Naschmarkt like to keep things a surprise. As such they won’t announce the titles of the films they’ll be projecting along the tall wall behind the market until the day of the event. Two things are for certain though: there will be program of short films followed by a full feature, and proceedings will all begin with a performance from Graz band, Kaiko. Be sure to get there early to grab a pair of headphones and a good seat.
Kino am Naschmarkt, 19:30

July 26: FM4 Kino Unter Freunden – Baby Driver

The new film from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) sees a traumatised and baby-faced getaway driver wind up in an action-stacked adventure loaded with an all star cast and A-grade soundtrack.
UCI Kinowelt, 20:00





Now On: Instructions for Happiness

The exhibition collects works from a number of artists exploring and scrutinising happiness from many angles. Incorporating manifold styles from print to architecture and design, if you don’t find an answer to what the elusive and subjective feeling really is, perhaps you’ll simply leave feeling it.
21er Haus, through Nov 5

Now On: Look! New Acquisitions

Albertina shows off some new purchases and sheds some light on the art of buying art. For the first time they’ll be opening up two levels of the museum for a single exhibition to show around 350 works of contemporary art from 55 artists in over 18 years worth of collecting.
Albertina, through Oct 8

Now On: Oh… Jakob Lena Knebl and the mumok Collection

The artist Jakob Lena Knebl likes to duck and weave from categorisation, which is perfect for when you need to sum someone’s exhibition up in a few sentences. The exhibition consists of a floor devoted to Knebl’s own work, centered around ideas of identity and desire, and a floor pairing Knebl’s works with pieces from mumok’s collection with often fascinating results.

If it’s absolutely not to your taste, when leaving try pounding the stone slabs that make up the outside wall of the museum – they all have a different timbre.

mumok, through Oct 22




July 22: Jessas OpenAir Festival at Schloss Cobenzl

Festivities will run all day long with a program for families and children, and then into the early hours with live DJs across the grounds and within the stunning Schloss Cobenzl in the depths of summer – what’s not to love?
Schloss Cobenzl, 18:30


July 19: Albert & Tina #7

The midweek afterwork party for art lovers will include a lineup of Jeanneatte Trésbien from Hamburg, and Charlie Davidson from Jessas Club, as well as a chance to explore the exhibition ‘Monet to Picasso’
Albertina, 18:00 – 23:00