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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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Theatermuseum, Vienna © Theatermuseum Wien Theatermuseum, Vienna © Theatermuseum Wien
Theatermuseum Vienna
03.03.2016 - 17.01.2017

Spettacolo Barocco: Triumph of the Theatre

No other art form was more suitable than theatre for executing the spectacular show effects of the Baroque era, from festive processions and pompous operas to opulent horse ballets. For these show acts, inventive artists created imposing decorations.
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Tangoabend beim Musiksommer Bad Schallerbach © Tvb Bad Schallerbach Tangoabend beim Musiksommer Bad Schallerbach © Tvb Bad Schallerbach
Bad Schallerbach
15.04.2016 - 30.12.2016

The Summer of Music in Bad Schallerbach

The summer of music in Bad Schallerbach has been one of the most significant cultural events in Upper Austria for now twenty years, and its diverse programme and artistic quality have turned it into a fixed part of the cultural landscape. As a "cultural brand", it is also an important cultural ambassador for the Upper Austrian region.
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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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From End to Beginning: Seurat, Signac, Matisse and Picasso- Pointillism: Developments and Individual Tendencies © Antwerpen, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunste From End to Beginning: Seurat, Signac, Matisse and Picasso- Pointillism: Developments and Individual Tendencies © Antwerpen, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunste
Albertina Vienna
16.09.2016 - 09.01.2017

From End to Beginning: Seurat, Signac, Matisse und Picasso- Pointillism: Developments and Individual Tendencies

In the autumn of 2016, the Albertina joins forces with the Dutch Kröller-Müller Museum to present an exhibition on pointillism. 120 selected works, including paintings, watercolours, and drawings, illuminate the development of this pioneering dot- based technique between 1886 and 1930.
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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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Winter im MQ, Vienna © Österreich Werbung Popp G. Winter im MQ, Vienna © Österreich Werbung Popp G.
MuseumsQuartier Vienna
01.11.2016 - 24.12.2016

Winter at the MQ

DJ sounds, cultural events, sophisiticated punch variations and much more: This is "Winter at the MQ". From the beginning of November to 23 December, Vienna's MuseumsQuartier arts complex is transformed into a wintertime living room in the middle of the city, offering a pre- christmas atmosphere.
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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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Christmas market in Vienna in front of the city hall © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide Christmas market in Vienna in front of the city hall © Österreich Werbung / Viennaslide
Vienna
11.11.2016 - 09.01.2017

Christmas Markets in Vienna

Step into the joy of Christmas with the beautiful streets of Vienna as your backdrop. Punch and chestnut stands draw customers with seasonal treats and stallholders get shoppers in the Christmas spirit with handcrafted goods.
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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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Advent market at Linz © Österreich Werbung/Roebl Advent market at Linz © Österreich Werbung/Roebl
Linz
18.11.2016 - 25.12.2016

Christmas Markets in Linz

The fragrance of gingerbread and Linzer Torte from the Christmas Markets, pastry shops and cafes, the lights of the city skyline combining old with new, and the enticements of shopping in the city of Linz all bring you that step closer towards Christmas Eve.
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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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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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Filmfestival Linz 2016 © Gerhard Wasserbauer Filmfestival 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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