Our guide to the Best Vienna Events in 2017December 30, 2016 10:00 am
Plan your dream Vienna 2017 vacation ahead of time and factor these incredible events into your holiday.
New Year’s Eve is right around the corner, and whilst you may have made your plans for the evening’s festivities, we’ve made a head-start on your travel inspiration for the coming year! 2017 in Vienna is set to be full of arts, culture, music and plenty of fun. Check out our guide to the best Vienna events in 2017!
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Head to the Albertina museum to see the works of masters of modern pointillism up close. With over 100 different pieces by Seurat, Signac, Van Gogh, Matisse and Picasso and more demonstrating the influence and development of this style, it’s a great way to learn about the movement from those who exemplify it best.
Dates: 16 September 2016 – 8 January 2017
Be swept into the grandeur of Viennese ball culture with the standout event of the ball season, where guests dressed to the nines are entertained by the biggest names in international classical music. This year, the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Wiener Staatsballett will be performing along an incredible line-up of international renowned artists.
Dates: 23 February 2017
After a successful showcase at the Tate Modern in London, American modern artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s popular exhibition is coming to Vienna’s Bank Austria Kunstforum. Known for the feminist, eroticised connotations to her beautiful floral paintings and evocative landscapes, the exhibition will explore the body of her work and the influential artist relationships in her life.
Dates: 7 December 2016 – 26 March 2017
Start off your year with a glorious rendition of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, beautifully performed by the city’s pride and joy the Wiener Symphoniker and special guest conductor Krzysztof Urbánski at the helm. For over forty years, the Wiener Symphoniker has made it a tradition to perform this master work to welcome the new year.
Date: 30, 31 December and 1 January
Take a break from classical music and opt for jazz at this popular festival whose previous headliners include Natalie Cole, Randy Crawford, Cyndi Lauper and more. Held all over the city at various locations, keep an eye out for next year’s line-up announcement and set event dates.
See breathtaking tenor Jóse Carreras on his very last world tour at the Vienna Konzerthaus, where the virtuoso will round off his widely successful career spanning over six decades. Singing all of his greatest hits as well as a selection of songs from his new album, celebrate the legend in the classical music capital of the world.
Date: 22 March 2017
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Run to the tune of classical music’s favourite icons and see Vienna on go during this picturesque marathon. Taking you past sites like the Vienna State Opera, Votiv Church, Reichsbrucke Bridge and many more, this 42 kilometer race is a great way to experience Vienna and reach your fitness goals.
Dates: 23 April 2017
Created to memorialise the incredible dancer Rudolf Nureyev, this annual ballet festival has been celebrating the artistry of ballet since 2011 and is back for another round. Founded by one of Nureyev’s hand-selected star dancers Manuel Legris, the event features the Vienna State Ballet and explores the beauty of both classical and contemporary ballet.
Date: 29 June 2017
Located on a man-made island nearby the main city, Donauinselfest is one of the biggest highlights of Vienna’s music calendar and draws crowds of over three million people a year. Established as Europe’s largest open-air festival with eleven stages showcasing all kinds of music, the diverse line-up has included names like Shaggy, Basshunter and the Vienna Symphony Opera.
Dates: 23 – 25 June 2017