Vienna definitely knows how to enjoy life. The capital of Austria, it is home to some of the most colorful festivals. Read on to know some of the most popular Vienna festivals from a traveler’s perspective:
Wiener Festwochen. This cultural festival happens from May to June every year. It offers contemporary and classical performances; theater, music, and dance by notable local and international artists. www.festwochen.at.
Film festival on Rathausplatz. It is an open-air film festival, happening from July to August. There are also free screenings of concerts and previously recorded live opera performances. Satisfy your Viennese and international cuisine craving with the flooding of food stalls. www.wien.info.
Viennale. This two-week international film festival happens yearly every October. This star-studded festival screens a great selection of feature films (local and international), shorts, and documentaries. It offers over 320 screenings that attract 90,000 film buffs. www.viennale.at.
Christkindlmärkte. Christkindlmärkte (Christmas markets) brings the city to its most colorful life every middle November through December 24. This vibrant Vienna festival features traditional cookies, hot punch, mulled wine, Christmas tree baubles, and many other souvenirs. The classic market located on the park facing the city hall features ornately decorated trees in the square. For the best shopping experience, the Spittelberg market located in the Seventh District is the place to be. If you want to watch concerts after shopping, visit the Schönbrunn Palace market.
Ball Season. November to June is Vienna’s ball season. Dozens of joyful balls take place throughout the city, which range from the affordable to the flamboyant. The most popular ball of all is the Vienna State Opera Ball, which attracts celebrities from different parts of the world. It is also understandably the most expensive and elaborate. Officially, the ball season jumpstarts with the festive Imperial Ball (www.kaiserball.at) on the last day of the year and ends on Ash Wednesday. However, balls happen from November to June. For ball schedule visit www.austria.info/xxl/_site/us/.