Austria's best summer open-air events

Dance into the summer!

Culture out in the open air: in Austria, the home of Högl, many events mean spending the balmy summer nights outside.

There are two types of people. Some get comfortable and relax at the end of the day, as the sun slowly sets and the stars take over the sky. Others come back to life once the late-night atmosphere puts everything in a romantic light and casts a spell over the landscape, and their eye contact gets more intense as the hours go by.
 
If you’re one of the people who like to turn the night into day, then you’ll have plenty of opportunity to do so in Austria, the home of Högl. What could be better than enjoying balmy summer nights outdoors? Wonderful open-air events in exciting locations will entice you to sit under the stars and experience culture all evening long. Whether you’re an art connoisseur, a keen theatregoer, a fan of classical music or a festival lover who is into electro – there is something to suit everyone.

Clam Castle (Burg Clam) – Upper Austria
(June to August 2019)
 
Clam Castle, in the lower Mühlviertel region, was built in 1149 and is one of the best-preserved castles in Austria. The large area at the foot of the castle is used as an open-air event site during the summer months. Since 1990, the ‘Clam Concerts’ have been held annually, attracting well-known artists to the region. In the gardens of the castle’s brewery, and in the grounds of the farmstead below the castle, up to 10,000 concertgoers will be able to enjoy performances by Bryan Adams, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Austrian band Seiler & Speer and many more this summer. There is an incomparable atmosphere at the foot of the ramparts, and visitors can treat themselves to something delicious in the castle restaurant alongside the farmstead.
 
A concert at castle Clam.
@Burg Clam
Thousands of visitors come to the high-profile concerts at the foot of Clam Castle – the stunning setting is included in the price.

La Strada Graz – Steiermark
(26th July – 3rd August 2019)
 
As part of a series of events each summer, a variety of cultural programmes are organised in the open air in Styria from May to October, and the area comes alive with the buzz of culture. One of the most famous street festivals is ‘La Strada Graz’, where artists, circus companies and theatre groups take over the streets, squares and courtyards of Graz. The city’s most unlikely places are transformed into an open-air stage for all the senses, with hiphop dancers, acrobats and bands providing the surprises.
 
Musicians and acrobats on stage in Graz.
@Fiestacultura, Melchor Jordan
Musicians and acrobats transport the audience into a surreal fantasy world - in the heart of Graz.

St. Margarethen Quarry – Burgenland
(July to August 2019)
 
The quarry in St.Margarethen, in the Burgenland region, is the largest natural open-air arena in Europe. The natural, 7000 m2 outdoor concert auditorium is located in the midst of a rugged, rocky landscape that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site - it’s a breath-taking setting for unforgettable events. It is especially well-known for the annual ‘Opera in the Quarry’. Fans of the classics will be able to enjoy Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ this year, and tickets are now available for the farewell tour of Austrian band E.A.V. (Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung), as well as ‘Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit - the Concert’.
 
A concert in St.Margarethen Quarry.
© Renée del Missier
For a cultural spectacle in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the operas and concerts in St. Margarethen Quarry are one of a kind.

Electric Love – Salzburg
(4th - 6th July 2019)
 
The heart of the beautiful Salzkammergut region is an annual mecca for international artists and fans of electro. The Electric Love Festival is the place to be if you’re into EDM, dubstep, house, hardstyle and drum & bass. In a beautiful location, in an area famed for its lakes and its nature, this festival will be returning for its seventh year in 2019. This July, over 160 acts will be partying on 8 different stages with fans from all over the world. Artists such as Axwell & Ingrosso, Marshmello, Rudimental, Steve Aoki, Alle Farben and many more will provide an unforgettable festival experience this year!
 
An amazing stage backdrop at Electric love festival.
© Philipp Kratzer
Immerse yourself in a different world. When the rhythms go through your body and everything else around you dissolves into euphoria, that’s true relaxation and enjoyment.
 
Seefestspiele Mörbisch - Burgenland
(July to August 2019)
 
The world’s largest open-air operetta stage is in the midst of the imposing natural setting of the Neusiedler See National Park. The Seefestspiele Mörbisch has been thrilling audiences with operettas and musicals since 1957 on a unique stage, directly on Lake Neusiedl. Acclaimed artistic performances attract up to 150,000 spectators to Mörbisch every year. From 11th July to 24th August, you can be transported to far-off China, when Franz Lehár’s operetta ‘The Land of Smiles’ will be making its debut.
 
The unique natural setting of the Seefestspiele.
© Seefestspiele Mörbisch / Jerzy Bin
In a unique natural setting, classic operetta masterpieces are performed on one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful open-air stages, with a surface area of 3,600 m2. The stage sets are famous for their surreal appearance.

When choosing an outfit for open-air events, the type of event obviously plays a crucial role. If you’re going to the opera, an evening dress will be the perfect choice; operettas and theatre performances might require a more casually elegant look, whereas for festivals and gigs there are no dress codes. For these, weather conditions and looking cool, as well as functionality, are the deciding factors. Högl have the perfect companions for any event you might be going to: feminine but casual sneaker designs are the ideal choice for wild rock concerts and cool electro festivals. For a day in the midst of a bustling, vibrant street festival, Högl can offer you airy sandals, colourful espadrilles and bright and breezy sporty styles. Are you planning for a cultural event under the stars? Then you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for among all the heels by Högl, with their outstanding fit and wearability.

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