Donaukanaltreiben 2016
© Jana Sabo

My kind of music

The Danube Island Festival is the granddaddy of them all: on the last weekend of June international stars and local heroes create a party atmosphere to tell the grandkids about, at Europe’s largest free open-air music festival. Artists perform music from every genre under the sun on around a dozen stages to three million visitors.

The Music Film Festival is one of the city’s most popular summer attractions. Attracting round 850,000 people each July and August, this annual event on Rathausplatz is a magnet for late-night crowds looking to get away from it all with a culinary and cinematic flight of fancy. Fine food and free music films covering everything from opera to pop set the scene for a perfect summer’s night – daily and admission is completely free of charge! 

In addition to these two fan favorites, the city also offers an impressive range of genre-specific events for music lovers to enjoy. A selection of festivals for anyone looking to find out more about the sounds of contemporary Vienna: 

Annual festival tips

  • 19th International Accordion Festival – celebrating the instrument’s versatility (February/March)
  • Vienna Blues Spring – the world’s longest festival devoted to the genre (March/April)
  • Electric Spring – with stars of the local electronic music scene (April)
  • wean hean – the Wienerlied Festival (April/May)
  • Donaukanaltreiben – open-air music and culture festival (end of May)
  • Vienna Jazz Festival – top stars at the best venues (beginning of July)
  • Popfest Wien – Austria’s innovative pop scene on Karlsplatz (July)
  • Africa Days Vienna – toe-tapping world music (July/August)
  • Gürtel Night Walk – the city’s longest music drag (end of August)
  • Waves Vienna – from alternative to electronica (Autumn)
  • KlezMore-Festival – Jewish klezmer music (November)
  • Vienna Jazzfloor – 100 concerts in nine clubs (November)
  • Voice Mania – a cappella festival (November/December)

Festival-Infos

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