Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Austria

Salzburg's skies light up during the St. Rupert's Fair in September.
  • 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.
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2016

May 1:  May Day (maypole dances; closures)

May 5:  Ascension (Christi Himmelfahrt; closures)

May 13–16:  Whitsun Festival, Salzburg (Baroque music concert series)

May 15–16:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

May 13–June 19:  Vienna Festival (arts, music)

May 26:  Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam, religious processions; closures)

Late June:  Midsummer Eve celebrations

July 22–August 31:  Salzburg Summer Festival

August 15:  Assumption (Mariä Himmelfahrt; closures)

September 2125:  St. Rupert's Fair, Salzburg (Ruperti-Kirtag, traditional festival, procession, fireworks)

Early October (various weekends): Almabtrieb processions, Alpine regions (cows come down from the mountains dressed in their finery)

Mid-October: Salzburg Kulturtage (series of affordable concerts)

October 26:  Austrian National Day (Nationalfeiertag; closures)

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; closures)

December 25:  Christmas (closures)

December 26:  St. Stephen's Day (Stefanitag; closures)

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

2017

January 1:  New Year's Day

January:  Perchtenlaufen (winter processions in Alpine regions)

January 6:  Epiphany (Dreikönigstag)

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

January 26–February 5:  Mozart Week, Salzburg (Mozartwoche, daily performances by Mozart and his contemporaries)

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

April 8–17:  Osterfestspiele Salzburg (Salzburg Easter Music Festival)

April 9–16:  OsterKlang Wien (Vienna Easter Music Festival)

April 16–17:  Easter Sunday and Monday (Ostersonntag and Ostermontag; closures)

May 1:  May Day (maypole dances; closures)

May 25:  Ascension (Christi Himmelfahrt; closures)