On with the dirndl and lederhosen: From 21 September to 8 October, the Wiener Wiesn-Fest will pitch its tents for the seventh time on the Kaiserwiese in the Prater. Austrian beer, local food, stars of the folk music and hit scene as well as traditional outfits make for a great atmosphere.
The seventh Wiener Wiesn-Fest, with the famous Giant Ferris Wheel as backdrop, is set to take place in the autumn of 2017. The festival offers great entertainment in traditional Viennese style. Visitors can choose from three festival tents with a varied program of music. There are concerts by the hit stars Andy Borg, Claudia Jung, Udo Wenders, Bernhard Brink, Marco Ventre and numerous folk music groups, including Powerkryner, Die Lauser and Jungen Paldauer. Young and old can look forward to a program packed with 700 hours of live music. Local beer and food ranging from Wiener Schnitzel to Brettljause (cold cuts served on a wooden plate) provide the right accompaniment to the musical enjoyment.
Over the course of nine days, each of Austria's provinces will present its own unique customs, cuisine and music. The Wiener Wiesn-Fest kicks things off daily at 11.30 am with a traditional pre-lunch tipple. Brass bands will perform alongside groups demonstrating the customs of each of their native regions. Admission to the Festival tents is free daily until 6.00 pm, with free admission all day on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Wiesn-Fest Party gets underway at 6.30 pm in the festival tents with lots of live music. Tickets are required for concerts on Wednesday through Saturday. Live acts such as Boney M feat. Liz Mitchell, the Dirndl Rockers, Meilenstein and the successful German hit duo Fantasy provide the entertainment. The concert tickets cost from €37.82 per person when booking a whole table. Tickets can be purchased in advance. Particularly popular with the younger crowd is the traditional costume clubbing session (1 October, admission €12).
On September 22, the Rosa Wiener Wiesn-Fest will be held in the Wojnar Tent for the gay and lesbian community. This year's Rosa Wiener Wiesn-Fest will be expanded to include a brunch on October 7.
Along with the three festival tents, there'll also be five Alpine chalets as well as free entertainment for all until 1.00 am on the festival stage in the open-air Wiesendorf.