Festivals and cultural events
What's on throughout the year
Among the annual highlights is surely the Pfingstspiele (Whitsun Plays) in May, traditionally performed as open-air walking theatre in the town of Murau. Those with limited mobility can make use of a free shuttle bus that runs between the staging locations.
The Murauer Werktage (Murau Craft Work Days) take place every July. The aim is to spark and encourage the creative potential of participants, under the expert eye of competent workshop leaders.
Every year on 15 August, spectators can witness the figure of Samson being borne through the streets at the Samson Parade, escorted by the Murau Bürgergarde (Burgher Guard). This is followed by the Gardefest (Burgher Guard Festival). June sees the arrival of the Murcapulco festival, which features a big winegrower's and farmer's market. Perhaps you might even dare to jump 14 m into the River Mur!
At the old town festival in Murau known as "Gassln" (a street festival with open air performances) the name speaks for itself. Bands performing on three stages, fashion shows and live craft demonstrations dot the narrow streets of Murau's wonderful old town. Of course, there's also a children's programme for younger visitors.
August sees the annual Murau International Music Festival offering a programme of events featuring pop, rock and jazz, complete with several bands.
Over the Advent period, Christmas markets and Christmas exhibitions attract holidaymakers in a festive mood. Visitors can admire and purchase traditional handicrafts; perhaps even one or two Christmas presents among them? Traditional customs such as the Perchtenlauf (procession of pagan masks) and the Krampuslauf (Krampus procession) crown the range of events.
Carnival time (Fasching) is another busy time of year. The traditional Faschingsrennen (carnival race) always takes place on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), and is one of the oldest customs in the region. The tradition is carried on by men, especially unmarried young men.
There are all sorts of events to choose from; indeed, there's something for every taste: concerts and readings, vernissages and theatre performances. Art and culture is within reach at every turn. Traditional celebrations and music events are the icing on the cake. Would you like to get to know Murau even better? Then we heartily recommend a guided tour ‒ these are available on a range of different themes.