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Festivals in Austria

Austria’s diverse cultural offerings include over 200 festivals, stretching from world scale events to small regional gatherings.

Over 200 music and dance festivals are held all across Austria each year. From large-scale, world-famous festivals to small, intimate events closely tied to their region, they are all characterized by the country’s extraordinary history, the interaction with the surrounding landscape, the ambience of the cities and the manifold culinary traditions. And, of course, by the people who live here.

Austria’s Biggest Festivals

audience on the lake stage at the Bregenz Festival © Bregenzer Festspiele / pigrafik audience on the lake stage at the Bregenz Festival © Bregenzer Festspiele / pigrafik

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Salzburg Festival (SalzburgerLand)

The Salzburg Festival, one of the world’s most distinguished events of its kind, was initiated in 1920 as a peace project and ushered in Austria’s long festival tradition. Here, international celebrities from politics and economy meet culture lovers from near and far.
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Bregenz Festival (Vorarlberg)

A fixture on the cultural calendar is the venerable Bregenz Festival, whose dramatic, monumental opera productions are held on the world’s largest floating stage on top of Lake Constance.
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Musicians from the Schubertiade Festival © Österreich Werbung / Christoph Lingg Musicians from the Schubertiade Festival © Österreich Werbung / Christoph Lingg

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Schubertiade (Vorarlberg)

Despite being the most important Schubert festival in the world, the Schubertiade in Hohenems and Schwarzenberg still manages to maintain an intimate atmosphere.
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Grafenegg Music Festival (Lower Austria)

At Grafenegg Castle, only a forty-minute drive from Vienna, one can experience internationally acclaimed classical artists at the summer concerts of Musikfestival Grafenegg held on the castle grounds. Here, culinary delights, a castle with a park, modern architecture and a range of world-class concerts come together.
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Ars Electronica Festival (Upper Austria)

The Ars Electronica Festival began as a pilot project and turned into one of the most important media art festivals in the world, which sets the city of Linz in a peaceful state of emergency every September.
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Wiener Festwochen (Vienna)

The Wiener Festwochen is a firmly established high-point of the Vienna cultural calendar, offering exciting theatre productions as well as a great number of orchestra concerts, recitals and chamber music performances.
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Regional Highlights

Jazzfestival Saalfelden © Jazzfestival Saalfelden / no  name Jazzfestival Saalfelden © Jazzfestival Saalfelden / no name

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International Jazz Festival Saalfelden (SalzburgerLand)

The free concerts high up in the mountain pastures are only one of the highlights that attract fans to the Jazz Festival Saalfelden, which is Europe’s most important festival for contemporary jazz.
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ImPulsTanz Dance Festival (Vienna)

Vienna’s ImPulsTanz is Europe’s largest festival for contemporary dance, attracting artists from across the globe and transforming Vienna into a meeting place of the world’s cultures, or rather into one huge dance stage.
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La Strada © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer La Strada © Graz Tourismus / Harry Schiffer

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Carinthian Summer

Events such as the Carinthian Summer music festival succeed brilliantly in brooking the divide between traditional and contemporary music, taking visitors far off the beaten musical path.
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La Strada Street Festival in Graz (Styria)

Audiences gather year after year to marvel at puppet shows and acrobatic performances at the La Strada Street Theatre Festival in Graz.
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donaufestival Krems (Lower Austria)

Unique: The donaufestival Krems is considered to be THE festival for current artistic positions in the field of tension between performance and sound art, experiment, pop and subculture.
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Tyrolean Festival Erl

Festival on the green meadows, opera glamor in front of a mountain panorama, international flair in village idyll: the Tyrolean mountains as a backdrop for cultural highlights at the Tyrolean Festival Erl.
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Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik: La Stellidaura Vendicante © Rupert Larl Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik: La Stellidaura Vendicante © Rupert Larl

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Raiding Liszt Festival (Burgenland)

Prodigy, virtuoso pianist, bon vivant and Abbé, citizen of the world and self-proclaimed "gypsy musician". Franz Liszt's music is also as versatile and contradictory as its creator.
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Innsbruck Festival of Early Music (Tirol)

In the Renaissance and Baroque, Innsbruck was one of the European music centers. The Innsbruck Festival, the oldest surviving festival for early music, will follow this tradition in July and August.
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"Ohne Titel Nr. 1" No Titel No. 1 - An opera from Herbert Fritsch © Thomas Aurin"Ohne Titel Nr. 1" No Titel No. 1 - An opera from Herbert Fritsch © Thomas Aurin

Wiener Festwochen

This festival is a firmly established high-point of the Vienna cultural calendar, offering exciting theatre productions as well as a great number of orchestra concerts, recitals and chamber music performances.
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Festival Carinthischer Sommer im Stift Ossiach © Carinthischer Sommer / Markus SiberFestival Carinthischer Sommer im Stift Ossiach © Carinthischer Sommer / Markus Siber

Carinthian summer

A highly attractive combination of culture and nature is offered by the Carinthian Summer Music Festival in the area surrounding Lake Ossiach each year.
Absorb the delights
Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Angelika Kauffmann-Saal © Schubertiade GmbHSchubertiade Schwarzenberg, Angelika Kauffmann-Saal © Schubertiade GmbH

Schubertiade Festival

For over 40 years the Schubertiade Festival has been mastering the seemingly impossible: To maintain intimacy, yet become the most important Schubert festival in the world.
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"Fassbinder Faust and the Animists" by Michael Laub © Roger Rossell"Fassbinder Faust and the Animists" by Michael Laub © Roger Rossell

ImPulsTanz Festival

Thousands of professional dancers, choreographers, teachers and students from around the world transform Vienna into a global dance capital for five weeks every year.P
Dance festival in Vienna
Ambience at the forecourt Bregenzer Festpiele © Bregenzer Festspiele / andereartAmbience at the forecourt Bregenzer Festpiele © Bregenzer Festspiele / andereart

Bregenzer Festspiele

The Bregenz Festival is different: A traditional opera house, home to less-known operas, and an open-air lakeside stage, where productions are held in the most spectacular fashion.
An opera festival with two stages
The artist at La Strada don't need a big opera house because their stage is the street © Viviana CangialosiThe artist at La Strada don't need a big opera house because their stage is the street © Viviana Cangialosi

La Strada street theatre festival

Pedestrians dancing furiously, city hikers on urban discovery tours, energy-laden productions beyond all physical limits, puppet shows that make us marvel, thrilling productions for kids, and unusual encounters in streetcars and on trains.
Experience La Strada
Music Festival in Grafenegg, Lower Austria © Werner KmetitschMusic Festival in Grafenegg, Lower Austria © Werner Kmetitsch

Musikfestival Grafenegg

A classical music festival in the romantic setting of Grafenegg castle park. The Musikfestival Grafenegg offers the historical backdrop for musical masterpieces from past centuries.
The celebrated open-air event
Salzburger Festspiele are one of Austrias most renowned festivals with the Highlight Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Jedermann" © Tourismus Salzburg GmbHSalzburger Festspiele are one of Austrias most renowned festivals with the Highlight Hugo von Hofmannsthal's "Jedermann" © Tourismus Salzburg GmbH

Salzburger Festspiele

First held in 1920, the Salzburg Festival is one of the cultural highlights of the year. Alongside the regular residency of the Vienna Philharmonic, musicians and ensembles of the highest calibre fill the alpine city with music and drama.
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the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz © STHthe Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz © STH

Steirischer Herbst

Probably one of the most avantgard festivals in Austria. The "Steirischer Herbst" offers great international theatre performances, readings, screenings and parties.
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poolbar-Festival © Matthias Dietrichpoolbar-Festival © Matthias Dietrich

The Poolbar-Festival Rejuvenates the Senses

Throughout the summer bands and music fans alike celebrate music, modern architecture and a sustainable lifestyle at the festival in the Alte Hallenbad in Feldkirch.

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Ars Electronica Festival in Linz © Florian VoggenederArs Electronica Festival in Linz © Florian Voggeneder

Ars Electronica Festival

What began as a pilot project turned into one of the most important media art festivals in the world, which sets the city of Linz in a peaceful state of emergency every September.
Read more
donaufestival Krems, Carter Tutti Void © David Visnjic,donaufestivaldonaufestival Krems, Carter Tutti Void © David Visnjic,donaufestival

donaufestival Krems

Unique: The donaufestival Krems is considered to be THE festival for current artistic positions in the field of tension between performance and sound art, experiment, pop and subculture.
Read more
Tiroler Festspiele Erl © TVB Kufsteinerland / Peter KitzbichlerTiroler Festspiele Erl © TVB Kufsteinerland / Peter Kitzbichler

Tyrolean Festival Erl

Festival on the green meadows, opera glamor in front of a mountain panorama, international flair in village idyll: the Tyrolean mountains as a backdrop for cultural highlights at the Tyrolean Festival Erl.
 
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Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik: La Stellidaura Vendicante © Rupert LarlInnsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik: La Stellidaura Vendicante © Rupert Larl

Innsbruck Festival of Early Music

In the Renaissance and Baroque, Innsbruck was one of the European music centers. The Innsbruck Festival, the oldest surviving festival for early music, will follow this tradition in July and August.
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