Villach’s vibrant and multifaceted cultural scene presents
spectacular productions all year round.
Come and experience our inspiring program for yourself.
The Villach Town Museum, along with exhibitions and galleries, invites visitors to discover the arts.
Finkenstein Castle Arena hosting a wide range of open-air concerts and Porcia Castle in Spittal an der Drau with its annual comedy theater productions - these are among the most popular event locations in the summer season.
Ranking among the most important festivals of its kind and featuring picture-perfect venues including Ossiach Abbey, Baroque and Knight’s Hall or Congress Centrer Villach, the Carinthian Summer Music Festival is a big draw in July and August each year. Characterized by a passion for innovation and experimentation, this festival stages church operas, orchestral and chamber music concerts, soloists and vocal performances.
The neuebühnevillach captures its audience with a diverse array of dramatic approaches and themes. In winter the theater productions take place in town, while in the summer months performances are held out of doors in the spectacular alternative venue of the Kras Valley quarry.
Another spectacle not to be missed is the popular and most celebrated Villacher Fasching, which invites guests to participate in traditional Carnival activities. On this day, the town is packed with people who enjoy the performances of street artists filling the air with cabaret, illusionist, music and dance performances.
Cabaret fans will be in for a treat with the program of the Villacher Satireherbst staged in the Parkhotel’s Bamberg Saal.
Austria’s largest festival of customs turns all of Villach into a stage: During the Villacher Kirchtag (Church Fair), the dancing, singing and fun lasts for a whole week. Every first Saturday in August at 5 pm, the large national costume procession with around 4,000 traditional costumes from Carinthia and all over Europe attracts more than 50,000 visitors to the old town by the river Drau. This unequalled mix of living traditions, culinary delicacies and prime entertainment in combination with the locals’ sunny southern temperament ensures enjoyment in both the traditions and the spirit of the times.