What’s hot in the Alps 2015

A diary of the most exciting, must see events hitting the Austrian Alps in the 2015 Summer Season!

13th – 14th June

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup – Saalfelden Leogang, Salzburg

Saalfelden Leogang is well-known for its bike park and mountain biking events. Whether spectator or participant, we are all looking forward to the next UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships

13th – 15th June

Nova Rock – Nickelsdorf, Burgenland

The ‘rockiest’ festival in Austria with an exciting line up that includes Nightwish, In Flames and Slipknot are among the bands that will perform this year at the Nova Rock festival at Pannonia Fields in Nickelsdorf, Burgenland.

18th June – 5th July

Innsbruck Dance Summer Festival – Innsbruck, Tyrol

Now in its 21st year, the festival has an array of world class dance performances from ballet, modern and contemporary dance. This year features a special showcase from Cloud Gate, one of Asia’s oldest and best known dance companies.

28th June – 5th July

World Body Painting Festival – Portschach, Carinthia

Since 1998, the world’s biggest and most important body painting event has taken place in Carinthia, with championships in 5 categories, international bands, DJs, dance and shows, plus workshops, side events, exhibitors and a kids’ programme.

1st – 11th July

Jazz Fest Wien, Various venues, Vienna

The Jazz Fest Wien is a modern, metropolitan festival with international flair. Founded in 1991, it has since established itself as a major event which at – tracts jazz musicians and enthusiasts from around the world. Performances this year include those from Paul Weller Sarah McKenzie, and Dianne Reeves.

1st July – 26th August

Zell Summer Night Festival – Zell am See, Austria

During Zell´s Summer Night Festivals on Wednesday in July and August, visitors can enjoy Italian flair, exceptional artists, culinary delights and popular music in the pedestrian zone. The Mediterranean atmosphere and the musical programmes give the event an unique charm and make an evening stroll through Zell am See a real Summer highlight

10th July – 15th August

Poolbar Festival – Feldkirch, Vorarlberg

The Poolbar Festival is an annual gathering celebrating the music and culture of pop. The festival lasts six weeks and attracts a total of 20,000 visitors each year to the ‘old indoor swimming pool’ in Feldkirch. Live performances will be the highlight of the festival with Aloe Blacc completing the Poolbar line-up this year.

23rd – 25th July

International Street Art Festival – Linz

Every year in July, Linz becomes the main hub for international street performers. The 28th so-called ‘Pflasterspektakel’ attracts around 100 professional artist groups and solo performers from more than 40 countries, who transform Linz city centre into a unique venue of international performance art.

18th July – 30th August

Salzburg Festival, Salzburg


With over 250 opera, concert and theatre performances on the programme, the Salzburg Festival continues is reputation for being a highlight in Austria’s cultural calender since its establishment in 1920. Make sure not to miss out on the traditonal annual performance of Everyman (Jedermann) dramatised by Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

19th –– 25th July

Craft Bike Transalp – Oberammergau, Bavaria to Lake Garda, Italy

This is the most spectacular mountain bike race across the Alps! Fantastic mountain bike trails, wonderful panoramic views, stunning passes, beautiful stage locations and participants from over 40 countries make this event a unique and unforgettable experience. More than 1,200 participants have to overcome seven challenging stages and will cycle through the breathtaking Alpine landscapes from Oberammergau to Riva del Garda at the beautiful Lake Garda.

22nd July – 23rd August

Bregenz Festival – Bregenz, Vorarlberg

The performing arts festival in Bregenz, which is held every July and August, is renowned for its water-side stage on the shores of Lake Constance. The festival is hugely successful, regularly attracting an international audience for its fantastic staging of Opera on stunning, surreal sets, made especially for the festival each year.

25th July

Ischgl Ironbike, Ischgl

The Ischgl Ironbike is one of the toughest mountain bike marathons in Europe. Top international professionals and ambitious hobby bikers brave this difficult trail to compete for over 20,000 euros in prize money, making this the highest prize money for competitive cycling in Europe. The 79km long course, with an altitude difference of 3820 metres, features demanding tracks, steep climbs and rapid descents. Not for the faint hearted!

28th July – 2nd August

CEV A1 European Beach Volleyball Championships – Klagenfurt, Carinthia

Klagenfurt hosts the annual Beach Volleyball Grandslam, one of the premium beach volleyball events in Europe. Renowned for its friendly party atmosphere, the Grandslam attracts thousands of fans every year to the stunning Lake Worthersee to watch participants battle it out on the court and to enjoy the post-match beach parties!

2nd – 8th August

Generali Open – Kitzbuhel

For 70 years Kitzbuehel has hosted the International Tennis Tournament, attracting world-class players to compete under the magnificent backdrop of the Kitzbuhel Alps. Competition is fierce with the top prize totalling over 400,000 euros and historically attracting tennis greats such as Thomas Muster, Pete Sampras and Goran Ivanisevic.

8th – 9th August

Lichterfest: Gmunden Festival of Lights – Lake Traun

One of the biggest and best summer festivals awaits you in Gmunden. Live music, street artists, and a water ski show are just some highlights which are not to be missed! The event is well known for the fantastic annual firework display which takes place over the picturesque lake.

11th – 15th August

Alpinale Short Film Festival – Vorarlberg, Nenzing

The Alpinale is an annual festival of short films hosted by the Vorarlberg town of Nenzing. An international jury and the general public select the best entries from the many humourous, moving, innovative and exciting shorts on the programme, and give young film makers a platform from which to showcase their talent. The winning film is awarded 500 euros in prize money!

14th August

White Night – Seefeld

Tyrol’s largest open-air fashion show features live music and DJs throughout Seefeld’s pedestrian area, fantastic dining opportunities and a firework display. And once again this year, the motto and dress code are: wear anything you want, as long as it’s white! This is one party that no fashionista should miss!

15th August

Long Table – Graz, Styria


Every year the historic centre of Graz turns into a giant open air restaurant attracting over 600 guests for the ultimate al fresco dining experience. Graz is famous for its food, and large appetite, with guests at the long table event enjoying 5 courses of locally produced Styrian cuisine. Visitors to Graz who are not lucky enough to attend the Long Table can still enjoy the countless farmer’s markets, bakeries, chocolatiers, traditional wine houses and coffee shops that populate the pretty Old Town streets.

20th – 22nd August

FM4 Frequency Festival – St Polten

The Frequency Festival, organised by radio station FM4, is one of Austria’s largest music festivals. With previous locations in Vienna, Salzburg and now in St. Polten, the festival always includes Europe’s hottest acts. This year’s line-up features Ellie Goulding, The Script, The Prodigy, Sigma and many more exciting acts.

22nd August

Nature Park Festival, Hiking Day – Mayrhofen-Hippach

Each year, Mayrhofen hosts the Sillertal Steinbock March and more recently, the Nature Park Hiking Day. The Sillertal March will be taking place for the 46th year running, challenging experienced hikers with mountainous routes amongst the beauty of the Mayrhofen hills. The Hiking Day trails however are ideal for families, combining tours and nature walks with fantastic views. The event will be held in all weather conditions and hikers have two routes to choose from: 12km and 5km

26th – 29th August

Filmfest St. Anton – St. Anton

Filmfest St. Anton is celebrating its 21st anniversary, featuring the best in international cinema with the theme of ‘mountains, people and adventure’. Each year, Filmfest showcases documentaries and films about breath-taking outdoor sports such as extreme climbing, skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, and expeditions to the highest and most difficult-to-climb mountains on earth.

27th – 30th August

Jazz festival – Saalfelden

The mountain range and beautiful lake of Steinernes Meer form a picturesque backdrop to Europe’s most important festival celebrating contemporary jazz. Performers from all over the world come to Saalfelden to perform in this well regarded festival, with this year’s line up featuring Madam Baheux, James Blood Ulmer, Atomic and many more exciting acts.

1st – 14th September

Klangspuren Schwaz – Tyrol

The Klangspuren Schwaz festival brings together performers and listeners of contemporary, avant-garde music. Since starting in 1994 with the aim of introducing more young people to music, the festival has a growing following and promotes itself each year by picking a particular theme. This year, the focus is on the Nordic countries with musicians from lively music scenes in Norway, Denmark and Iceland taking centre stage.

3rd – 6th September

Pink Lake Festival – Carinthia (Velden/Worthersee)​

The Pink Lake festival sets itself apart from others, attracting thousands to a small town ‘off the beaten track’ in the heart of Europe, for an international get-together of the LGBT community. The parties hosted in this beautiful town and directly on the lake in Velden, rival any cosmopolitan counterpart!

3rd – 7th September

Ars Electronica Festival – Linz

Each September, the city of Linz hosts events celebrating the cutting edge of technological innovation. Over the last 30 years, the festival has grown into a major event with an international reputation. Each year the festival is dedicated to a specific theme, with the programme featuring exhibitions, performances and concerts. “POST CITY – Habitats for the 21st Century” is the theme for this year’s festival.

7th – 13th September

Vienna Fashion Week – Vienna

Although not strictly an Alpine event, Vienna Fashion Week is the highlight of the year for many! The Austrian capital strikes a pose as fashion designers and fashionistas rush to the MuseumsQuartier. Fashion shows, exhibitions and parties provide a chance for international designers to show their latest creations and mingle with Vienna’s beautiful people.

12th September

Red Bull Dolomitenmann

110 teams, 440 athletes, 3 elements, 60km route and 6,700 difference in altitude combined with incalculable winds and rapid white water make the Dolomitenmann what it is – the world’s toughest team relay race.

13th September

Chiemgau Almumtrieb – Winklmoosalm, Reit Im Winkl

The Chiemgau Almumtrieb is an annual hiking day, taking place on the Winklmoosalm, the most famous alpine pasture in the Chiemgau Alps. Hiking tours with specialised guides for flower and herbs trails or music and yodel walks will be offered for free. Some tours will be especially for kids, others just for bikers. All alpine huts on the Winklmoosalm create a special autumn meal on the day to honour the occasion!

11th October

Graz Marathon – Graz

The Graz Marathon is the sporting event with the largest number of active participants in Syria, regarded as an Autumn classic on the running scene. As well as the traditional marathon, the programme also includes half, quarter, relay and junior marathons.


Check out What’s Cool in the Alps to find those must attend events for Winter 2015/16