Vienna’s Extravagant Balls

Vienna may be famous for its traditional balls, but there are also a number of extraordinary and unusual balls to attend

Vienna’s ball culture is famous, well beyond its national borders. However, in addition to the traditional balls, there are also colourful and extravagant balls – often with a serious background or held as charity events. And one thing is sure – guests are guaranteed entertainment, diversity and, above all, an exhilarating celebration at each and every one!


A ball celebrating life – Rosenball


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Pro joie de vivre and contra exclusion – this sums up the Rosenball. Regardless of whether in glamorous costumes or in elegant evening wear, guests meet each other as equals at this ball as the Rosenball stands for a world united and diversity.

In contrast to the Opera Ball, which take place on the same evening, guests will not dance until the small hours to waltz music but rather house and disco. However, the more traditional elements of a ball, such as the opening by debutante couples as well as the opening polonaise, are also honoured here.

Address: Palais Auersperg, Auerspergstraße 1, 1080 Vienna
Date: 11th February 2021


Charity Ball attended by many celebrities – Dancer against Cancer


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Celebrating while doing something good at the same time – you can do so at the Dancer against Cancer Ball. This is a charity ball and all proceeds go to the Österreichische Krebshilfe (Austrian Cancer Aid). In the magnificent setting of the Wiener Hofburg (Vienna Imperial Palace), the guests dance together against cancer.

The highlight of the evening is the celebrity dancing contest, when celebrities compete against each other in an attempt to win the votes of the audience. The myAid Award for outstanding commitment against cancer is also presented in the course of this ball.

Dancer against Cancer
Address: Wiener Hofburg, Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna
Date: 10th April 2021
Entry: 7:30pm


Colourful – more colourful – the Regenbogenball


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If you appreciate entertainment in the classical style of the Viennese ball traditional and, at the same time, would like to make a statement about equality – the Regenbogenball (literally, the Rainbow Ball) is exactly the right place for you! The Regenbogenball is one of the highlights in the ball season for lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals, as well as transsexuals and intersexuals and their friends.

The event is held in the splendid rooms of the Parkhotel Schönbrunn, which is situated right next to the Schönbrunn Zoo. Not only are the guests diverse but also the live programme. Additionally the ball is a charity event with all proceeds going tot he Homesexual Initiative (HOSI) Vienna

Wiener Regenbogenball
Address: Parkhotel Schönbrunn, Hietzinger Hauptstraße 10-14, 1130 Vienna
Date: 25th January 2020


Barrier-free ball of togetherness – Diversity Ball


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The Diversity Ball is a further highlight in Vienna because it is the only one of its kind worldwide! The declared goal is to let everyone be as they are, whatever that may be. To achieve this, the glittering ball night sends a common signal for tolerance, accessibility and respect.

This year’s motto is “We have a dream” and all proceeds from the ball are, without exception, donated to charity.

Diversity Ball
Address: Kursalon Wien, Johannesgasse 33, 1010 Vienna
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Date: 26th September 2020


Ball of humanity – Vienna Refugees’ Ball


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The Vienna Refugees’ Ball has been held since 1995 and once again this year it will take place, for the 26th time, in the beautiful Vienna City Hall. The Refugees’ Ball is something special even among the extravagant balls in Vienna. You should not expect an opening ballet performance, but you are sure to enjoy the evening in a truly relaxed and colourful atmosphere.

And what is more, by attending this ball, you also make a statement and do something good together, because the proceeds of the ball go to refugees and their care.

Our Tip: Evening dress also applies here!

Vienna Refugees’ Ball
Address: Rathaus Wien, Lichtenfelsgasse 2, 1010 Vienna
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Date: 22nd February 2020


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