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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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January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

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

January 6:  Epiphany (Dreikönigstag; closures)

January 23–February 2:  Mozart Week, Salzburg (Mozartwoche)

March 19:  St. Joseph's Day (closures in some areas, including Tirol)

April 4–April 13:  Osterfestspiele Salzburg (Salzburg Easter Music Festival)

April 12–13:  Easter Sunday and Monday (Ostersonntag and Ostermontag; closures)

May 1: May Day (maypole dances; closures)

May 4:  St. Florian's Day (closures in Hallstatt and the rest of Oberösterreich)

May 15–June 21:  Vienna Festival of Arts and Music

May 21:  Ascension (Christi Himmelfahrt; closures)

May 29–June 1:  Whitsun Festival, Salzburg (Baroque music concert series)

May 31–June 1:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 14:  Corpus Christi (Fronleichnam, religious processions; closures)

June 26–28:  Danube Island Festival, Vienna (music)

Late June:  Midsummer Eve celebrations

July:  Tyrolean Festival Erl, Tirol

July 9–August 9:  ImPulsTanz Festival (Vienna International Dance Festival)

July 10–August 17 (likely):  Carinthian Summer, Carinthia (traditional and contemporary music festival)

Mid-July–late August:  Innsbruck Festival of Early Music

Mid-July–August:  Salzburg Summer Festival

July 22–August 23:  Bregenzer Festspiele (Bregenz Festival; theatre and opera performances, orchestra concerts)

July 24–August 1:  La Strada Street Theatre Festival, Graz (urban dance)

August 15:  Assumption (Mariä Himmelfahrt; closures)

August 20–23:  Saalfelden Jazz Festival

Mid-August–September:  Grafenegg Music Festival (classical music)

September 9–13:  Ars Electronica Festival, Linz (arts and technology festival)

September 23–27:  St. Rupert's Fair, Salzburg (Ruperti-Kirtag, traditional festival, procession, fireworks, closures)

Late September–early October (2+ weeks):  Wiener Wiesn-Fest, Vienna (Oktoberfest-like celebrations in the Prater)

September 26—27 (likely):  Vienna Wine Hiking Days (vineyards open to public for hiking and sampling)

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

October 7–18 (likely):  Salzburg Kulturtage (series of affordable concerts)

October 10:  Referendum Day (closures in Carinthia)

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; closures in Burgenland)

November 15:  St. Leopold's Day (closures in Vienna, Melk, and elsewhere in Niederösterreich)

Late November–December 26:  Christmas markets

December:  Perchtenlaufen (winter processions), Alpine regions

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