The multi-faceted Danube Island – Vienna’s own island with many exciting events
Musical, sporting or cultural events – the Danube Island is not only the most popular recreational area of the Viennese but also the place to go for a mixed array of events. All around, you will have an amazing panoramic view of Vienna while at the same time having a great time. The Danube Island will not disappoint you! Here you will find some of the events which will be taking place in summer on the Danube Island, for example, the Danube Island Festival.
The Danube Island is a long, narrow, manmade island which is situated between the Danube river and the parallel excavated channel, the “New Danube”. The island is 21.1 km long but only 70–210 m wide.
The Danube Island Festival: the largest open-air festival in Europe
Soon the Danube Island in Vienna will once again turn into a 4.5km long outdoor concert venue. We are referring to the 36th Danube Island Festival. This year’s Festival will take place from 21st to 23rd June and – without having to pay an entrance fee – you can enjoy a varied programme. In addition to more than 2,000 artists from all kinds of musical styles, the headliners in 2019 ‑ Christina Stürmer, Folkshilfe, Mando Diao, Seiler & Speer and Revolverheld – will guarantee a great time for all. Further, this year there will also be a slam karaoke again. Younger visitors are also catered for with their own Children’s Island. And, you are sure to find something to whet your appetite from the many eating establishments on the Island.
Beach Volleyball Tournament: Vienna hosts the second Vienna Major
Vienna’s Danube Island also shows its sporting side this year. From 31st July to 4th August, the second Vienna Major Beach Volleyball Tournament will take place. Here the best female and male beach volleyball teams worldwide will compete against each other. The ticket prices start at € 60 and although the Centre Court can hold up to 10,000 visitors, huge crowds are expected this year because hardly any other country has such a large beach volleyball fan community. An event with a festival feeling and numerous side events awaits visitors.
Our tip: Don’t forget to take sun cream and some form of headwear with you. Then you are well-prepared for a day at the (sunny) Centre Court.
2nd Vienna Major Beach Volleyball Tournament
Address: Between Floridsdorfer Brücke and Brigittenauer Brücke, 1210 Vienna
Date: 31st July – 4th August 2019
Experience African culture close up
Once again the Danube Island will host this exciting event. Africa Days – from 9th to 26th August 2019 – is certain to attract a large number of visitors. In addition to colourful clothing and delicious African food, you will also discover both traditional and modern arts and crafts in the large bazaar. Drum and dance workshops will also be held. And of course, younger visitors are also catered for with their own programme – the camel rides being particularly popular.
In addition, music shows with well-known as well as aspiring musicians and bands take place every evening. Both locals and visitors to Vienna should not miss this exciting journey to a faraway continent.
15th Africa Days Vienna 2019
Address: Floridsdorfer Brücke, 1210 Vienna
Date: 9th – 26th August 2019
Monday – Friday: 2pm – midnight
Saturday – Sunday: 11am – midnight
Veganmania on the Danube Island
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Regardless of whether you have been vegan for a long or a short time or whether you are simply interested in vegan food, everyone is welcome at the Veganmania event. There is no entry fee and you can try out all kinds of plant-based dishes while at the same time listening to bands and DJs. Some will even be amazed at how rich a vegan diet can be. You will find everything from fast food to raw food and sweet dishes.
And there is much more on offer than only vegan dishes. For example, you can find out about animal welfare and environmental protection as well as sustainability from the various NGOs which will also be present here. This event on the Danube Island is rounded off by the many exhibitors who are there to inform you about culinary products as well as about fashion and beauty trends.
Address: Leuchtturmwiese, 1220 Vienna
Date: 24th – 25th August 2019
Saturday: midday – 9pm
Sunday: midday – 7pm
After visiting an event on the Danube Island, you can relax at the Strandbad Alte Donau, which can easily be reached in just under 30 minutes with public transport from the city centre.