During the carnival season between 11 November and Shrove Tuesday, the unofficial motto of Vienna is “Alles Walzer”, or “Let the waltz begin!” Balls have a long tradition and are an intrinsic part of Austrian culture. The highlight of the ball season is the Vienna Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera, which is also broadcast on TV every year. Read about the most beautiful, colorful and famous balls in Vienna on our blog.
The Vienna Philharmonic Ball is held in the halls of the Musikverein building in the 1st district on 18 January 2018. In addition to music in all parts of the building, the stylish ambience is a guarantee for an exciting evening of dancing.
Date: 18 January 2018
Ticket price: 60 - 180 €
Ladies: Floor-length evening dress
Gentlemen: tuxedo or uniform
The Kaffeesiederball, the ball of the Vienna coffee house proprietors, is taking place in the Hofburg for the 61st time. For the opening, choreographer Lukas Gaudernak and soloist Rebecca Horner will perform the famous "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel.
Date: 18 January 2018
Ticket price: 150 €
Ladies: Floor-length evening dress, ball gown
Gentlemen: Tailcoat, tuxedo, gala uniform (bow tie only, no tie!)
Dance performance at Kaffeesiederball in Vienna (c) Christian Husar
The most extraordinary ball of the Viennese ball season is the Vienna Rainbow Ball. The ball for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, intersex people and their friends is taking place for the 21st time at the Parkhotel Schönbrunn. Under the motto "I wanna dance with somebody" you can dance till the morning hours.
Location: Parkhotel Schönbrunn
Ticket price: Advance sale 54 €, evening box 68 €
Dress code: Floor-length or knee-length evening dress, elegant trouser suit, waistcoat, etc., tuxedo or dark suit with bow tie, tie or scarf. No gender-specific dress code!
Vienna Rainbow Ball 2017 (c) Martin Zigler
Probably the most famous ball in the world, this is the place to be for international celebrities. At the Vienna Opera Ball, the motto is "see and be seen". If you want to make a good impression at this high-society event of the year, you must follow the dress code!
Date: 8 February 2018
Location: Vienna State Opera
Ticket price: 290 – 20,500 €
Ladies: large, long evening dress, no cocktail dress, no body-accented dresses, no wristwatch
Gentlemen: black coat, bow tie in white, no tie, no tuxedo
Vienna Opera Ball (c) Wiener Staatsoper Michael Pöhn
The sweetest Ball in Vienna is the BonbonBall. This year, the ball will take place for the 69th time at the Vienna Konzerthaus. If you are feeling spontaneous, the BonbonBall offers the possibility of renting suitable clothes.
Date: 9 February 2018
Venue: Wiener Konzerthaus
Ticket prices: 99 - 630 €
Ladies: floor-length evening dress
Gentlemen: tailcoat, tuxedo or black suit
The sweetest Ball in Vienna (c) BonbonBall