Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Austria

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism sites for Austria, Vienna, and Salzburg.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Austria. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.

2014

July 18–August 31:  Salzburg Summer Festival

August 15:  Assumption (Mariä Himmelfahrt; closures)

Late September:  St. Rupert’s Day (Ruperti-Kirtag, traditional festival, fireworks, Salzburg)

October 26:  Austrian National Day (Nationalfeiertag)

November 1:  All Saints’ Day (Allerheiligen; closures)

November 11:  St. Martin’s Day (children go door to door for goodies, like trick-or-treating)

Late November–December 26:  Christmas markets

December 6:  St. Nikolaus Day (parades, children set a boot outside the house and receive presents)

December 8:  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Mariä Empfängnis; closures)

December 24:  Christmas Eve (Der Heilige Abend, when Austrians celebrate Christmas)

December 25:  Christmas

December 26:  St. Stephen’s Day (closures)

December 31:  New Year’s Eve (Silvester, a.k.a. Altjahrstag; fireworks), throughout Austria, but particularly Vienna

2015

January 1:  New Year’s Day

January:  Perchtenlaufen (Salzburg winter festival; parades)

January 6:  Epiphany (Dreikönigstag)

January–February:  Fasnacht (carnival season in western Austria; balls, parades)

January–mid-February:  Vienna Ball Season (2,000 hours of dancing)

March 28–April 5:  OsterKlang Wien (Vienna Easter Music Festival)

March 28–April 6:  Osterfestspiele Salzburg (Salzburg Easter Music Festival)

April 3:  Good Friday (Karfreitag)

April 5–6:  Easter Sunday and Monday (Ostersonntag and Ostermontag)

May 1:  May Day (maypole dances)

May 14:  Ascension (Christi Himmelfahrt; closures)

May 15–June 21:  Vienna Festival (arts, music)

May 24–25:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 4:  Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam, religious festival; some closures)

Late June:  Midsummer Eve celebrations

Mid-July 18–late August:  Salzburg Summer Festival