Order of events

An exclusive programme for special guests

8.15 p.m.
Admission for guests without a box or table ticket: Josefsplatz
Admission for guests with a box or table ticket and Cocktail Reception under the Michaela’s Cupola

9.00 p.m.
Festive Procession from the Michaela’s Cupola into the Winter Riding School

9.45 p.m.
Grand Opening of the Fête Impériale 2018 in the Winter Riding School
Live-broadcast in the Stable Castle and the Summer Riding School

Entry of the Riders

Rebecca Nelsen and Michael Schade
Solo Michael Schade

Award Ceremony
„Prix de l’École d’Équitation Espagnole de Vienne“
to Federal Minister Dr. Ursula von der Leyen

Alfons Haider in talk with Maestoso Superba

Inflatable Horses

Entry of the debutants’ committee

Music & Dancing

Winter Riding School


10.15 p.m.
Music & Dancing
Rondo Vienna with Barabara Helfgott

12.00 p.m.
Traditional Quadrille under the direction of Prof. Thomas Schäfer-Elmayer

2.00 a.m.

Summer Riding School

10.15 p.m.
Music & Dancing
Paride – Aaron Paris and Band

Stable Castle

10.15 p.m.
Music & Dancing
Coffee Club Band

0:45 a.m.
Midnight Interlude with Fred Astaire Dance Studios
Ashley Slater & Scarlett Quinn and George Bangable & Stella Jones

4.00 a.m.
End of the Fête Impériale 2018



St. Michaels’ Cupola 
Cocktail reception

Winter Riding School


Summer Riding School

Arcades of the Stable Castle


  Beauty Boudoir at gate 2 

Dress Code

full-length ball gown

white tie