What are the best music festivals in Vienna in 2022? As always in Vienna, do have your ear on the ground in this ‘city of music’. If you are serious about music why not pick a Vienna music festival and then treat yourself to a daily dose of gorgeous tunes? To help you do that I have pulled together a festival guide for my home city:
Vienna Music Festival Guide. Prefer Bach to Mozart, motet to serenade? Each January, Vienna celebrates Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music for nine days. If you love to explore Old Europe’s sounds of harpsichords, recorders, lutes, and guitars, dive into the annual Resonanzen Festival.
For the past 30 years, the festival has been gathering top international orchestras and ensembles under a different theme. In 2022, the local Konzerthaus will launch acoustic fireworks with the likes of Händel and Monteverdi. On 23rd January, acclaimed Catalan conductor Jordi Savall will present musical treasures from 16th and 17th century Spain, along with highlights from Claudio Monteverdi.
Dates: 22nd to 30th January 2022
Location: Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringer Strasse 20, 1030 Vienna
Tickets: get tickets
Vienna Music Festival Guide. When you hear Akkordeon tunes, do you think of popular festivals, buskers and silent movies, too? Instead of searching for a street musician on Kärntner Strasse you can hear accordion bands at local events between mid February and mid March. In a mix of classical, popular and jazz concerts the best performers from Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Israel Italy, Poland and more countries will unfold their skills. On top of that, you will cut deep into Vienna’s urban fabric at venues such as Schutzhaus Zukunft, Café Mocca and Sargfabrik.
Listen here to a collection of the 2019 festival highlights:
Dates: 19th February to 20th March 2022
Tickets and Program: available from early 2021 at the event website
Vienna Music Festival Guide. What on earth have the Wiener Festwochen in common with The Sound of Music? Actually, both helped Austria after the Nazi Regime to re-set its image and re-connect with the world. While Hollywood adapted history in The Sound of Music, the Vienna Festival actively makes you think about Austria’s past in a forward-looking way through art and culture.
Since the 1950’s, the Wiener Festwochen blend the established with the latest in local and international art, music, dance, theater, performance, installation, and workshops. As much as unheard-of newcomers also classical artists form part of the festival.
During Austria’s largest cultural festival, expect fresh approaches to world classics performed by top orchestras, conductors, theater producers and singers. This photo shows Hungarian film maker Béla Tarr. Definitely, the festival’s highlight is the grand opening show in front of Vienna City Hall (free admission).
Dates: 13th May to 18th June 2022
Locations: various across Vienna
Programme and tickets: go to website
Vienna Music Festival Guide. Clearly, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the home of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, adores any kind of great music. Each year, it gathers more than 1,000 talented young choir singers widely praised International Youth Music Festival Summa Cum Laude, alongside other venues such as Wiener Musikverein. During six days in July, choirs from all parts of the world present themselves to the local public and take part in competitions.
Dates: 1st to 6th July 2022
Location: Wiener Konzerthaus, Lothringer Strasse 20, 1030 Vienna; and other venues
Programme and Tickets: check the festival programme
Vienna Music Festival Guide. Although the annual Donauinselfest (Danube Island Festival) has traditionally been Europe’s largest free open air festival it will slim down considerably this year. For two days, the long stretch of the Danube Island will host an outdoor party for no more than 1,250 guests, instead of several thousand. If you want to experience the best of Austria’s pop culture, join fun loving people, along with pop stars and radio stations, for three free shows, Vienna sausages, kebabs and beer. On Saturday (19th) evening, prepare for a show for ‘all generations’, while Sunday morning will host a mix of Schlager and folk music. The early evening will be dedicated to cabaret artists.
For the first time in its history, the festival toured all 23 Vienna districts last year, prior to its final shows on the Danube Island. Because of Covid19 restrictions, a tour bus brought 240 pop music and cabaret acts live into the neighborhoods.
Date: June 2022
Location: Danube Island (Donauinsel) – check website for program updates;
Vienna Music Festival Guide. Just outside of Vienna, Grafenegg Castle in the Danube’s Wachau Valley has become an insider spot for lovers of classical and jazz music. Each summer top musicians and orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform at this romantic 19th century castle.
Between August and September, the ‘Cloud Tower’ auditorium will air sounds of famous classical composers. in 2021, the festival presented a colorful mix of 18th and 19th century classics, jazz and swing to cult film music. Expect to hear Beethoven’s Eroica symphony, Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony, Schubert’s Unifnished to Ennio Morricone highlights.
Time: 23rd June (Midsummernights Gala) to early September 2022
Location: Grafenegg Castle; Schlosstrasse 10, 3485 Grafenegg
Programme and Tickets: from early 2022, get tickets for various performances (the ticket site also offers a resale service in case your trip plans change). In case of bad weather there is an option to move the open air event to the onsite Auditorium.
Transfer And More: Conveniently, a festival shuttle bus runs from Vienna to Grafenegg and back. However, once you travel to Grafenegg you may as well visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wachau Valley nearby. For example, you could take a boat ride on the Danube, followed by lunch at a winery and exploring baroque Melk Abbey before getting showered with music and fireworks at Grafenegg. Get in touch if you need assistance.
Vienna Jazz Festival
Locations: various across Vienna, from the Vienna State Opera and Vienna Konzerthaus to open air concerts at City Hall square to Hundertwasser-designed incineration plant.
Programme and Tickets: visit website
Klezmore Vienna Festival
Vienna Music Festival Guide. When the Klezmer clarinets start teasing, laughing and chatting with you Jewish Vienna and its European heritage flourish again. During two weeks in November the Vienna Klezmore Orchestra along with other bands from Europe and overseas stage a dozen vibrant concerts across town. With that much Jewish dance music and Yiddish songs from the Steppes and Shtetls it’s hard to stay seated.
Wien Modern Festival
Vienna Music Festival Guide. Wien Modern is the ultimate local festival for contemporary music. Uniquely for Vienna, the event provides an international platform for contemporary music, supported by dance, performance, visual arts, film and video. In this photo from Wien Modern you see the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra under the baton of French conductor Sylvain Cambreling.
At the grand opening at Wiener Konzerthaus in 2021, Viennese composer and music lecturer Thomas Wally will perform a concert for trumpet for the acclaimed soloist Selina Ott and the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Throughout the festival period, you can choose between 50 events at around 16 locations.
Dates: 30th October to 30th November 2022 (tbc)