Festival Forecast: Austria


Bergisel Ski Jumping Competition
Innsbruck : First Week in January
Platforms built for the 1964 Olympics meet competition meets dare devils equals hottie fest. Visit the Bergisel website for more details.

Festival of Early Music
Innsbruck : mid-July-August
The folks of Innsbruck break out the historical instruments for this annual event dedicated to plain song, baroque opera and other Tyrol traditions. The festival's official site has information on concerts and tickets.

Salzburg Festival
Salzburg : End of July-the End of August
Opera, chamber music and plays meet world-class artists at various venues throughout the city. Find ticketig information and a calendar of events at the festival's website.

Vienna : January-mid-March                                                                                     

Dream on Ice is the apt English translation of this custom in Vienna. During the coldest time of year, the plaza between the Rathaus (Town Hall) and the Burgtheater is flooded and frozen making for perfect ice-skating. Break out the ice skates and head for the clichés! See the Eistraum website for more details.

Mozart Week                                                                                                     

Vienna: End of January                                                                             

Get an education on Mozart through walking tours and music. The Vienna Philharmonic website has information on Mozart Week events.

International Music Festival
Vienna : Early May-the First Three Weeks of June
This is the time when international orchestras and great conductors all gather in the city to play the master's music as it was meant to be played, according to some. Find more info at the Vienna tourism site.

Vienna Jazz Festival
Vienna : Early June to July
Vienna's State Opera is home to one of the world's top jazz events. Visit the event's official site for more info.

Vienna Summer of Music
Vienna : July 1-August 31
Concerts are held all over the city in such varying venues as concert halls and private homes.

Vienna : July and August
On the quays of the Donau Inlet, hipsters converge for nighttime summer fun around temporary stages and over 20 seasonal bars. The Summerstage website has more details.