Vienna Symphony & State Ballet Ball November 19th - Imperial Palace
One of the more elaborate spectacles of the ball season, the Vienna Symphony pairs up with the Vienna State Ballet to host their annual ball for their donors and ticket purchasers alike. Come walk the halls of the Imperial Palace while the ballet performs traditional court waltzes to the accompaniment of the symphony. Formal dress is required – ballgowns for the ladies, full tuxedos for the gentlemen.
Kunsthistorisches Museum Gala November 20th - Kunsthistorische Museum
Meant to be an event exclusively for high donors to the prestigious museum of fine art, The Management of the Cirque has managed to acquire of a number of tickets. This formal gala might be more appropriate for employees with deeper pockets, especially given the fashion standards Vienna's wealthiest patrons of the arts set. The gala also features a silent auction at which many privately-held pieces of fine art will be available. The proceeds will benefit the museum's foundation.
Medical Science Masquerade Ball November 20th - Theater an der Wien
Held on the same night as the museum's gala, this riotous event is open to the public – at least those who can afford the tickets. This ball is hosted by the city's hospitals in honor of their premier medical researchers and practitioners. This masquerade is known as a scandalously good party once the initial speeches and toasts are done with, and traditionally lasts well into the next day. Formal masquerade attire is required, and masks are to be worn at all times by guests.
The Burgtheater Gala November 20
Although this gala doesn't have the long and illustrious history of some of the others in the city (having only been established within the last decade), the annual party hosted at the Imperial Court Theatre follows a 1920's theme and has become quickly popular. It features world class jazz and swing musicians, and party-goers will get to enjoy the midnight fireworks display from the rooftop dancefloor. The 1920's dresscode is strictly enforced.
Mother's Milk Ball November 21st - Mother's Milk Speakeasy
Mortals are not the only ones that partake in the ball season in Vienna. The witches of the city have their own, slightly more informal event. The Mother's Milk Ball is an opportunity for the Covens of Vienna to show off their best and brightest, as well as general expertise. Magical experimentation, the sharing of spell, dancing, and orgies are all encouraged. Bringing mortals is not. Dress is semi-formal to formal, and ticketholders must be witches. Plus Ones may be any sort of supernatural creature.
Schwarzenberg Masque November 21
Hosted once every ten years at Palais Schwarzenberg since the 1740s, this masque is thrown for the undead creatures of the city by its founder, Eleonore von Schwarzenberg. The lavish affair includes an open bar (pro-tip: that isn't likely to be merlot in your glass) and a classical orchestra. New fledgling can be debuted here, and old friends reunite. While all manner of supernatural creatures and humans are permitted to attend, they must do so with a vampire host and keep their wits about them throughout the evening lest a fellow guest get a bit peckish.
Confectioner's Ball November 22
A mix of imperial-style ball, beauty pageant crowning the Queen of the Candy, and a lavish feast, this get-together features the best of Austrian sweet and confectionery creators, sharing their craft, feeding the guests, and trying to outdo each other. Dress for the event is expected to be both formal and somewhat frivolous, as the overdone ballgowns worn are one of the best parts of the spectacle.
The Winternacht Ball November 23
Like most supernaturals, the Fae of Vienna have their own celebration. The ball is held at a private palace, thoroughly glamored to seem, from the outside, like a very tame dinner party. Inside, the ball is like another world. Mortals are sometimes allowed, but very rarely leave – they are often kept as playthings of the Fae guests. Management has managed to secure invitations to this ball for employees, who are strictly warned to attend in pairs. Dress is highly formal, the more ethereal the better.
Nocturnal Masque (Thanksgiving Ball) November 24
A special event sanctioned by Management and arranged by the Coven. This ball allows the monsters to play with their food while wearing the fancy clothing of the rest of the balls that happened over their time. Masks and formal dress are required and enchantments abound. Outsiders may be brought in as dates – these may be supernatural or human, although humans tend to turn into dessert just before midnight.