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The Viennese Ball is inspired by the historic Kaiser Ball housed in Vienna at the Hofburg Congress Center, the former Imperial Palace and seat of the Austrian emperors. A multi-roomed New Year’s Eve extravaganza in the style of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elizabeth’s “Ball at Court,” the Kaiser Ball features thousands of flowers, wonderful food, and a wide variety of musical events including Salonmusik, Volkmusik, and, of course, orchestras playing Viennese waltzes.
Through your attendance and support of the Ball, we have raised more than $1.5 million in music, service and international study scholarships and awards. Now in its fifth decade, the Ball welcomes the community to support the Ball, experience the excellence of our music programs and appreciate the character of our student-scholars.
Music + Dancing
Waltz in our Grand Ballroom, swing dance to Big Band standards, polka in the Festival Hall, enjoy music and fun in the American Bar and enjoy showcase performances on our Bösendorfer Concert Grand Imperial Piano.
Food + Drink
Come hungry and expect to be surprised! Enjoy authentic Austrian specialties (pork jagerschnitzel, roasted ham hock, elk pastrami on rye), salmon or haddock dinners, tofu or chicken tabbouleh shawarma, falafel pitas, soups, cheeses, sandwiches, brats. Desserts include our famous tortes, cheesecakes, flaming desserts. cake (including gluten-free).
Enjoy sparkling wine, Austrian beers and American-style bar service.
Still hungry? Our midnight Katerfrühstück - or tomcat breakfast - will prepare you for your journey home.
All food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the Ball.
Best weekend of the year!! Everyone needs to attend this amazing event at least once. I have been attending for the last 5 years, and this was my first year attending as an alumni. It is so fun to return year after year and see old classmates, listen to the incredible talent UWEC has to offer, and dance the night away. The Viennese Ball is something that I look forward to every year, and I don't see that ever changing.