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Austria's Top Events

Austria and culture are an inseparable unit, and the cultural programme is accordingly packed to the brim. Here is a selection of this year's top events that should undoubtedly not be missed when visiting Austria.

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Steinbockmarsch in Ginzling © Ortsvorstehung Dornauberg-Ginzling Steinbockmarsch in Ginzling © Ortsvorstehung Dornauberg-Ginzling
Bergsteigerdorf Ginzling
20.08.2016 - 21.08.2016

Steinbockmarsch & Naturparkwandertag

The Zillertal Steinbock March has firmly established itself as one of the most popular marches in the Alps. Hardly any other event can compare with this tour. Participants are presented with a challenging 30 km long route with an ascent of 1,871m in altitude and a descent of 1,613m, with incline gradients of 25-30°.
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Michelangelos Sixtinische Kapelle © Erich Lessing/Expotainment Michelangelos Sixtinische Kapelle © Erich Lessing/Expotainment
Votive Church Vienna
01.09.2016 - 04.12.2016

Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel

The unique sensational exhibition comes to Europe for the very first time. Come face to face with Michelangelo’s unparalleled masterpieces in the form of 34 full-size colourfast replica frescos, never before seen in this way.
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Orangeriegarten © SKB Orangeriegarten © SKB
Schloss Hof
17.09.2016 - 25.09.2016

Autumn Garden Festival at the Schloss Hof

The Autumn Garden Festival, which takes place for the very first time this year, offers a variety-packed programme for old and young. For two weekends in September a visit to the Schloss Hof is a must for plant enthusiasts, hobby gardeners and families alike.  
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Käsefestival Kötschach-Mauthen © koemau.com Käsefestival Kötschach-Mauthen © koemau.com
Kötschach-Mauthen
24.09.2016 - 25.09.2016

Kötschach-Mauthen cheese festival

24th-25th September sees the 21st Kötschach-Mauthen cheese festival take place. Over 100 exhibitors from Gailtal, Austria, Germany, Holland, Italy and Slovenia are scheduled to present their cheese specialities, and to sell them as well of course.  
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ERWIN STEINHAUER & KLEZMER RELOADED EXTENDED © Hans Ringhofer ERWIN STEINHAUER & KLEZMER RELOADED EXTENDED © Hans Ringhofer
Different venues, Vienna
05.10.2016 - 20.11.2016

Events- Kletzmore festival

The KlezMORE Festival takes place for the 13th time this year, in various different venues throughout Vienna. As always its focus is on traditional culture and new interpretations of Klezmer music and culture
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Edmund de Waal meets Albrecht Dürer © KHM-Museumsverband Edmund de Waal meets Albrecht Dürer © KHM-Museumsverband
Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna
11.10.2016 - 29.01.2017

Edmund de Waal meets Albrecht Dürer

Bestselling author Edmund de Waal has put together a very special exhibition for the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.  
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Art for All: The Colour Woodblock Print in Vienna ca.1990 © Albertina Wien Art for All: The Colour Woodblock Print in Vienna ca.1990 © Albertina Wien
Albertina Vienna
21.10.2016 - 23.01.2017

Art for All: The Colour Woodblock Print in Vienna ca.1990

With an exhibition devoted to the colour woodblock print around 1900, the Albertina showcases one of the world's oldest printing processes. A special focus is on artists of the Vienna Secession, including Carl Moll, Emil Orlik and Kolo Moser.
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Is that Biedermeier? © Belvedere Is that Biedermeier? © Belvedere
Lower Belvedere
21.10.2016 - 12.02.2017

Is that Biedermeier?

The exhibition celebrates paintings between 1830 and 1860, a time frame which starts in the Biedermeier period, but extends far beyond this era.
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Austrian Red Wine © Österreich Werbung/Bartl Austrian Red Wine © Österreich Werbung/Bartl
Horitschon
29.10.2016 - 30.10.2016

Horitschon red wine festival

Once again this year an extensive programme awaits visitors, including a walking tour through vineyards, an Open Cellar day as well as a guided tour through the "Blaufränkischweg".
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Vienna Ball Season © Österreich Werbung Trumler Vienna Ball Season © Österreich Werbung Trumler
Vienna
01.11.2016 - 01.04.2017

Vienna Ball Season

Vienna's ball season traditionally kicks off in November. Aside from numerous splendid balls held at the Hofburg and the Rathaus, one of the most famous events is certainly the Opera Ball, held at the Vienna State Opera.
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Das Bett © Sofie Korner Das Bett © Sofie Korner
Vienna
04.11.2016 - 01.05.2017

The Better Half: Jewish Women Artists Before 1938

Vienna around the time 1900 was very much a city of women. Many female artists were involved in the dawn of the new modern age, and a great number of these women came from assimilated Jewish families. This is the theme of a new exhibition of the Jewish Museum in Vienna.
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Franz Wallack und die Traumstraße auf den Großglockner © grossglockner.at Franz Wallack und die Traumstraße auf den Großglockner © grossglockner.at
Klagenfurt
11.11.2016 - 30.04.2017

Grossglockner High Alpine Road

2016 is the 50th anniversary of the death of the architect of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Franz Wallack. The State Museum of Carinthia together with Grossglockner Hochalpenstraßen AG is dedicating an exhibition to this visionary and pioneer.
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Woher kommt die Schokolade? © ÖNB Woher kommt die Schokolade? © ÖNB
Austrian National Library, Vienna
12.11.2016 - 26.11.2016

Where does chocolate come from?

Chocolate is made from cocoa, sugar and vanilla. But where do all these delicious ingredients come from? Who brought the cocoa bean back to Europe? And where does vanilla grow? This fascinating exhibition for children helps them find out the answers to all these questions with the help of globes and maps of the world.
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Austrian National Library, Vienna
12.11.2016 - 30.11.-0001

Franz Joseph and the Kaiserschmarrn

Did you know that the famous Kaiserschmarrn (fluffy Austrian pancakes) were named after Kaiser Franz Joseph? This exhibition for children showcases various photos and portraits which show the progression of the young archduke into the young Kaiser and eventually one of the oldest rulers in Europe.
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Christmas market in Innsbruck's Altstadt (old town) © Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof Lackner Christmas market in Innsbruck's Altstadt (old town) © Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof Lackner
Innsbruck
15.11.2016 - 07.01.2017

Christmas Markets in Innsbruck

Imagine the lights of a Christmas tree rivalling the glistening tiles of the Golden Roof, the aroma of freshly made “Kiachln” (piping hot doughnuts laced with Sauerkaut), and the sound of traditional Christmas carols. This is Christmas time in Innsbruck.
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Christmas Market Salzburg © Österreich Werbung / Bryan Reinhart Christmas Market Salzburg © Österreich Werbung / Bryan Reinhart
Salzburg
17.11.2016 - 27.12.2016

Christmas Markets in Salzburg

The pealing of countless church bells reminds us that Christmas is near, and the Salzburg Christmas markets will fill you with warmth as you look out to the city's snow-covered roofs, domes and towers.
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Christkindlmarkt am Hauptplatz, Graz © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer Christkindlmarkt am Hauptplatz, Graz © Graz Tourismus, Harry Schiffer
Graz
18.11.2016 - 25.12.2016

Christmas Markets in Graz

Enjoy the highlights of Advent in Graz, the capital city of Styria. Let yourself be enchanted by the romantic lights, the gleaming ice crib, the giant Rathaus Advent calendar and the spectacular Christmas Markets.
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Vienna
19.11.2016 - 27.11.2016

Tabaluga Children's Musical

A musical featuring children between the ages of 8 and 16 years! The children of the Vienna Musical Ensemble takes families on an adventurous journey along with the small green dragon Tabaluga.
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Wien Museum, Vienna, Robert Haas © Wien Museum Wien Museum, Vienna, Robert Haas © Wien Museum
Wien Museum
24.11.2016 - 06.02.2017

Wien Museum - Robert Haas

Robert Haas (b.1898 Vienna, d.1997 New York) was among the most important representatives of photojournalism in interwar Austria. In the 1930s he was active as a photographer for Austrian and international media.
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Georgia O’Keeffe: Oriental Poppies, 1927 © 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Bildrecht, Wien Georgia O’Keeffe: Oriental Poppies, 1927 © 2016 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Bildrecht, Wien
Bank Austria Kunstforum Vienna
07.12.2016 - 26.03.2017

Georgia O'Keeffe

For the first time in Austria, this retrospective gives insight into O'Keeffe's oeuvre, which spans 7 centuries. Amongst the exhibited works are also Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932), which is the most expensive picture ever auctioned by a female artist.
 
Möbelmanufaktur Heinz Baumann © Stefan Rohner Möbelmanufaktur Heinz Baumann © Stefan Rohner
Vienna, MAK - exhibition hall
14.12.2016 - 09.04.2017

handWERK

The role of tradecraft as an essential part of material culture and cultural identity is at the very centre of this exhibition. A "Live Workshop" gives you the opportunity of watching craftsmen and women at work.
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Weltcup Montafon © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner Weltcup Montafon © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner
Montafon
15.12.2016 - 18.12.2016

Montafon World Cup

Sport and music come together for the World Cup weekend in Montafon from 15th-18th December. FIS has confirmed Montafon as the venue for the FIS Snowboard Cross World cup and the Audi FIS Ski Cross World cup. Open-air music performances from SIDO and SDP will create a very special festival vibe in the valley.  
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Montafoner Winterzauber © Montafon Tourismus Johannes Netzer Montafoner Winterzauber © Montafon Tourismus Johannes Netzer
Montafon
23.12.2016 - 05.01.2017

Montafon Winter Magic

An action-packed programme of events showcases Montafon's winter wonderland. Musical highlights and first-class concerts are a real treat for old and young alike.
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Neujahrskonzert Wiener Philharmoniker © Österreich Werbung/Lammerhuber Neujahrskonzert Wiener Philharmoniker © Österreich Werbung/Lammerhuber
Musikverein Vienna
01.01.2017 - 30.11.-0001

New Year's Concert

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's New Year's concert features works of the Strauss family and contempories. It takes place in the splendid Musikverein in Vienna. It enjoys great popularity with its guests and is also televised in 90 different countries.
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Tolle Stimmung bei der Vierschanzentournee in Bischofshofen © Hans Neumayer, Skiclub Bischofshofen Tolle Stimmung bei der Vierschanzentournee in Bischofshofen © Hans Neumayer, Skiclub Bischofshofen
Bischofshofen
05.01.2017 - 06.01.2017

Four Hills Tournament Bischofshofen

Around 25,000 fans descend upon Bischofshofen every year, in order to cheer on the international elite at the final of the Four Hills Tournament.
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Snow Polo World Cup © Kitzbühel Tourismus Snow Polo World Cup © Kitzbühel Tourismus
Kitzbühel
12.01.2017 - 15.11.2016

CORUM Snow Polo World Cup

This is the 15th Snow Polo World Cup and will be held on the outskirts of Kitzbühel. It is the largest international polo tournament on snow and offers up a truly brilliant time, with its action-packed programme of equestrian events and elegant ambiance.
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Freeski Competition © Fridge Freeski Competition © Fridge
Obertauern
13.01.2017 - 15.01.2017

Fridge Festival

Just before winter subsides, top sports people and music fans come together at the Fridge Festival. This festival is a combination of transnational snowboard and freeski competitions and also boasts a music festival with an international lineup.
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Ballonwoche in Gosau © Dachstein Alpen Trophy Ballonwoche in Gosau © Dachstein Alpen Trophy
Gosau
14.01.2017 - 21.01.2017

Hot-air balloon week and Dachstein Alps Trophy

Come to the Dachstein Alps Trophy to see around 30 international balloon teams gliding around the winter wonderland of Salzkammergut. The crowning glory is the "Night of the Balloons", with an illuminated "balloon ballet" and firework display.
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Dolomitenlauf © Felgenhauer Dolomitenlauf © Felgenhauer
Lienz and Obertilliach
19.01.2017 - 22.01.2017

Dolomitenlauf

One of Austria's most famous cross-country skiing events! Top international athletes compete against eachother in a number of different events, including the famous Dolomite sprint, classic and traditional races, whilst covering distances of 60 and 25km. 
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Ramskull Days © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner Ramskull Days © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner
Montafon
25.01.2017 - 27.01.2017

Montafoner Ramskull Days

Ski tour fanatics come together from 25th-27th January 2017 for the Montafoner Ramskull Days event in Gargellen. Aside from the both competition highlights - the legendary Ramskull Trophy and the new Madrisa Sprint - this Ski tour festival offers up a diverse programme for both beginners and experienced athletes.
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Art on Snow © Gasteinertal Tourismus Art on Snow © Gasteinertal Tourismus
Gasteinertal
28.01.2017 - 03.02.2017

Art on Snow

The biggest art festival in the Alps takes place for the 6th time in 2017. During the festival week spectacular snow and ice sculptures can be found in the Gastein mountain world. For those who would rather keep inside in the warm can visit a painting workshop in one of the participating hotels.
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Egon Schiele, Selbstbildnis in gelber Weste, 1914 © Albertina Egon Schiele, Selbstbildnis in gelber Weste, 1914 © Albertina
Albertina, Vienna
22.02.2017 - 18.06.2017

Events - Egon Scheile

Egon Schiele is one of the pioneers of Modernism in Austria, alongside his comtemporaries Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka. To kick off the memorial for this artist, who died in 1918, the Albertina is putting on a large-scale exhibition from its extensive Schiele holdings.
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Snow Jazz Gastein © Josef Maier Snow Jazz Gastein © Josef Maier
Various locations in Gasteinertal
10.03.2017 - 19.03.2017

Snow Jazz Gastein

SNOW JAZZ GASTEIN, the 16th international festival boasts the title of "My favorite things", and you can look forward to 10 days of events with bands and live music.
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Festival des österreichischen Films © Diagonale/Pibernig Festival des österreichischen Films © Diagonale/Pibernig
Graz
28.03.2017 - 03.04.2017

Diagonale Austrian Film Festival

Diagonale Austrian Film Festival is seen as the forum for presentations and discussions of Austrian film production. The goal and task of Diagonale is the differentiated, multi-layered and critical examination of domestic cinema, in order to bring it to public discussion.
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Borealis Linz Donau Marathon © LIVA / Martin Parzer Borealis Linz Donau Marathon © LIVA / Martin Parzer
Linz
09.04.2017

Events - Oberbank Linz Donau Marathon

The Oberbank Linz Danube Marathon takes place for the 16th time. Aside from the classical marathon distance, the programme also boasts half-marathon, quarter-marathon, relay marathons, a handbike half-marathon as well as an inline skating half-marathon events.
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Film Festival Linz 2016 © Gerhard Wasserbauer Film Festival Linz 2016 © Gerhard Wasserbauer
Different venues, Linz
25.04.2017 - 30.04.2017

CROSSING EUROPE Filmfestival Linz

The festival offers international film guests and domestic cinema goers fantastic hand-picked feature films, documentaries and short films.
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St. Florian Monastery, Upper Austria © OEW Porzika St. Florian Monastery, Upper Austria © OEW Porzika
Various locations in Upper Austria
10.06.2017 - 30.07.2017

OÖ monastery concerts

The OÖ monastery concerts will open on the 10th and 11th July 2017 with a performance by the Bruckner Orchestra Linz in St Florian. You can also look forward to artistic director Rico Gulda's new programme.
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Nova Rock Festival © Nova Music Nova Rock Festival © Nova Music
Nickelsdorf, Pannonia Fields
14.06.2017 - 17.06.2017

Nova Rock

Over four days top international rockbands, such as Green Day, Blink 182 and System of a Down, will be heating up the scene for fans at Austria's most  'rocking' festival in Nickelsdorf.
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10. Montafon Alpine Trophy © Montafon Tourismus Patrick Säly 10. Montafon Alpine Trophy © Montafon Tourismus Patrick Säly
Montafon
16.06.2017 - 18.06.2017

Montafon Alpine Trophy

At the Montafon Alpine Trophy, which features 70 junior teams from 9 countries, you can be impressed by the ability of the football stars of tomorrow.
 
15. Montafon Arlberg Marathon © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner 15. Montafon Arlberg Marathon © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner
Montafon
01.07.2017

Montafon Arlberg Marathon

This popular event has long been viewed as a classic in the diary of many marathon runners. For the 15th time on 1st July 2017 running enthusiasts will be tackling the demanding and scenically unqiue route in Arlberg.
 
20. SiIvretta Classic Rallye Montafon & 8. Silvretta E-Auto Rallye Montafon © Montafon Tourismus Motor Presse Stuttgart 20. SiIvretta Classic Rallye Montafon & 8. Silvretta E-Auto Rallye Montafon © Montafon Tourismus Motor Presse Stuttgart
Montafon
06.07.2017 - 09.07.2017

20th Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon

Car meet on the Montafon Alpine roads. From 6th July once again over 150 vintage cars will set off on the Silvretta Classic Rallye Montafon.
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Oper im Steinbruch Flyer © Oper im Steinbruch Oper im Steinbruch Flyer © Oper im Steinbruch
Steinbruch St. Margarethen
12.07.2017 - 19.08.2017

Opera in Steinbruch

In the 2017 season, the Steinbruch St. Margarethen Opera has one of Giuseppe Verdi's most popular operas scheduled. "Rigoletto" celebrates its premiere on 12th July on one of the most impressive open-air stages in Europe.
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International Street Art Festival Linz © Linz Tourismus International Street Art Festival Linz © Linz Tourismus
Linz
20.07.2017 - 22.07.2017

Pflasterspektakel

As one of the biggest street art festivals in Europe, Pflasterspektakel offers up a first-class programme of object- and improv theatre, comedy and juggling, clown acts and pantomime, tightrope walking, fire acrobatics, artistry and music of all sorts.
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Trumer Triathlon © G-Sport Trumer Triathlon © G-Sport
Obertrum am See
21.07.2017 - 23.07.2017

Trumer Triathlon - Powered by A1

This triathlon event for the whole family takes place for the 8th time. There's a suitable event for all, with middle distance, sprint distance and a fun triathlon as well as a kid's triathlon.
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Musikfestival Steyr im Schloss Lamberg © Musikfestival Steyr, Markovsky Musikfestival Steyr im Schloss Lamberg © Musikfestival Steyr, Markovsky
Steyr
27.07.2017 - 12.08.2017

Steyr Music Festival

The highlight of this year's Steyr Musical Festival is the musical "West Side Story" by Leonard Bernstein.
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Montafon Mountainbike Marathon © Sportograf Montafon Mountainbike Marathon © Sportograf
Montafon
28.07.2017 - 29.07.2017

M3 Mountainbike Marathon

130 kilometres, an altitude difference of 4,500 m, spectacular descents and ascents: the upcoming M³ Montafon Mountainbike Marathon will push even hardened bikers to their limits on 29th July. For novices who don't want to push themselves as hard, there are shorter distances to choose from.
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Montafoner Resonanzen © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner Montafoner Resonanzen © Montafon Tourismus Stefan Kothner
Montafon
03.08.2017 - 09.09.2017

Montafoner Resonanzen

"Montafon Resonanzen" offers up a multi-faceted and diverse programme of events. From 3rd August culture vultures can expect a first-class mixture of baroque sounds, chamber music, Jazz, traditional folk music, crossover and organ music.
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