Villacher Kirchtag – Austria’s largest traditional festival

31st July – 7th August 2022

A Hearty Welcome to the 77th Folklore Festival, the Villacher Kirchtag!

Take a large portion of friendship and cheerfulness, add cherished traditions, nurtured ancient customs and a big portion of quality, and you are at the heart of the Villacher Kirchtag. Austria’s most beautiful and lively folk festival shows in an impressive way how folklore and tradition can reach out to the world and foster international fellowship. Villach Kirchtag achieves a balance between the excitement of a large event and the intimate atmosphere of a cosy feast with friends.

We would like to invite you to enjoy our southern hearty cheerfulness and to relish the delicious cuisine alongside the many folkloristic performancesand events.

Hauptplatz/ Main Square

A culinary feast for the taste buds and the festival of original unamplified folk music!

On and around the Hauptplatz, restaurateurs are providing a varied culinary offering. From the traditional Carinthian Kirchtag Cake to the finest tasty morsels, here in Austria’s largest outdoor dining garden, you will find only the best!

TUESDAY, 30th  July 2019

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Hoagascht Tanzlmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: BlechQuetsch Musi (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: Orig. Leasachtola OLMFÄTT (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: De Zåmgwürfelten (Carinthia)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Orig. Leasachtola OLMFÄTT (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: De Zåmgwürfelten (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: Hoagascht Tanzlmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: BlechQuetsch Musi (Carinthia)

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: De Zåmgwürfelten (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: Hoagascht Tanzlmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: BlechQuetsch Musi (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: Orig. Leasachtola OLMFÄTT (Carinthia)

WEDNESDAY, 31st  July 2019

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Klagenfurter Postillione (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: Gegendtaler Klarinettenmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: Pongauer Oimrauschmusi (Salzburg)

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bühne Drautal: Pongauer Oimrauschmusi (Salzburg)

Bühne Gailtal: Gegendtaler Klarinettenmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: Klagenfurter Postillione (Carinthia)

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: 5er Gšpån (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: Blaskapelle EBB (Styria)

Bühne Gailtal: Franz Posch & seine Innbrüggler (the Tyrol)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: Villach Blås (Carinthia)

THURSDAY, 1st  August 2019

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Reichenauer Tanzlmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: Kärntner Kirchtagsmusik (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: Kärntner Tanzlmusi (Carinthia)

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Bühne Drautal: Kärntner Tanzlmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: Reichenauer Tanzlmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: Kärntner Kirchtagsmusik (Carinthia)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Franz Posch & seine Innbrüggler (Tyrol)

Bühne Drautal: Kelag Bauernkapelle (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: Blaskapelle EBB (Styria)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: Die Steirisch Böhmische (Styria)

FRIDAY, 2nd August 2019

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Reichenauer Tanzlmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: Gegendtaler Klarinettenmusi (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: Kärntner Tanzlmusi (Carinthia)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Die Steirisch Böhmische (Styria)

Bühne Drautal: Franz Posch & seine Innbrüggler (the Tyrol)

Bühne Gailtal: Glocknermusikanten (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: edelBLECH (Carinthia)

SATURDAY, 3rd August 2019

11 a.m. – 12 noon

Bühne Gegendtal: Die Villacha (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: Klan Kariert (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: TK Drobollach (Carinthia)

12 noon – 1 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Klan Kariert (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: TK Drobollach (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: Die Villacha (Carinthia)

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Der Karnische Klang (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: blech&white (Styria)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: Villach Blås (Carinthia)


3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Villach Blås (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: Der Karnische Klang (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: blech&white (Styria)


7.30 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Bühne Gegendtal: Bauernkapelle Isopp (Carinthia)

Bühne Drautal: BlechSaitn Musi (Carinthia)

Bühne Gailtal: edelBLECH (Carinthia)

Bühne Naturpark Dobratsch: Franz Posch & seine Innbrüggler (the Tyrol)


Rathausplatz/ Town Hall Square

Live music, singing and dancing!

SUNDAY, 28th July 2019

10 a.m.

Festive High Mass

11.30 a.m.

Festive Opening Ceremony of the Villach Kirchtag. Tapping of the beer keg followed by music and dancing,
With dance performance by „Die Jungen Wernberger“

MONDAY, 29th July 2019

From 10 a.m.

Srečno Koroška, Hello Slovenia! Music, customs and culinary specialties from Slovenia

5 p.m.

Music and song by Tamburaški ansambel Loč

7 – 11 p.m.

Alpski Kvintett

TUESDAY, 30th  July 2019

5.30 p.m.

Brass Band and Kirchtag Music by EMV-Stadtkapelle Villach

8.15 p.m.      


Kirchtag Soup (rich cream-based soup with chicken and meat) and music

9.30 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Blasmusikkapelle EBB

WEDNESDAY, 31st July 2019

5 p.m.       

Wolayersee Echo

8 p.m.       

Arnulf Prasch from Radio Carinthia presents live from the Rathausplatz, ‘Kirchtag is …’
Also starring Hannes Wallner und seine Gitarrenfreunde, Wolayersee Echo and the Oberkrainer aus Begunje

10 p.m.        

Die Oberkrainer aus Begunje

THURSDAY, 1st August 2019

5.30 p.m.

Brass Band and Kirchtag Music by Kelag Blasorchester

6.30 p.m.

Sing-along: Dr Arno Kohlweg invites all friends of Carinthian songs and folk song to a public singing session. (PARACELSUSSAAL / Paracelsus Room in Town Hall)

7.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

Dance, music and songs from the Noric region, feat. Renate Maier

8.45 – 9.45 p.m.

Fashion Show of Tracht Designs

10 p.m. – 12.30 a.m.

Brass Band Music featuring Nockbrass

FRIDAY, 2nd August 2019

Dance Fever – Come and dance with us! International and local folk-dance groups present their dances.


2 p.m.


from Ecuador: Folk-dance group Expresión Latino Americana

2.45 p.m.


from Lithuania: Folk-dance group Dainava

3.30 p.m.

from the Tyrol: ‘Schuhplattler’ group D’Koasara Kufstein

4 p.m.   

Children’s folk-dance group Villach

4.30 p.m.

Youth folk and ‚Schuhplattler‘ dance group Fürnitz

5 p.m.

Schuhplattler group Umberg/Wernberg

6 – 7.30 p.m.

Brass band and Kirchtag music by Marktmusik Heiligenkreuz am Waasen

8 p.m.

Folk-dancing without borders: Folk-dance groups from Ecuador, Lithuania, the Tyrol and Carinthia present traditional folk-dances.

10 p.m.

Music and dance by FolkXtime

SATURDAY, 3rd August 2019

10 a.m.

Brass Band and Kirchtag music presented by Bundesbahnmusik Linz

11.30 a.m.


Folk-dance with Schuhplattl group D’Koasara Kufstein

12 noon

Folk-dances from Lithuania by Dainava

12.45 p.m.

Brass Band and Kirchtag music presented by Stadtkapelle Knittelfeld

2.30 p.m.

Folk-dancing from Ecuador by Expresión Latino Americana

3 p.m.


Folk-dancing from Carinthia with Schuhplattl group Mörtschach


3.30 p.m.

Hunting salutes and tunes by Jagdmusik Villach

3.45 p.m.

Brass Band music and Kirchtag tunes presented by BMK Steinberg a. Rofan

6.30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Zillertaler Evening with Z3 Die drei Zillertaler und Marc Pircher

Amusement Park

Lots of Fun at the Funfair!

Where else will you find an amusement park in the middle of a historic town centre? Over 2 km, you will find spectacular rides and entertaining booths. Caterers and associations will look after your culinary well-being. Krone Almdudler presents the ‘Kinderkirchtag’ for our little guests, an area full of fun attractions.

Opening Times of the Amusement Park


17:00 – 24:00


16:00 – 01:00


16:00 – 01:00


14:00 – 02:00


10:00 – 02:00


10:00 – 21:30

Krone Almdudler Kinderkirchtag

Kirchtag festival area for children: Hans-Gasser-Platz daily from 10 a.m.
Special children’s programme on Sunday, 4th August 2019.

Almdudler Tracht/Folklore Disco

Pretty girls, lively twirls!

It’s all happening in the heart of Villach – The Ö3-Disco, the best party bands, the hippest bars and an incomparable atmosphere create the best mood at the coolest Kirchtag Party in Austria.


NEW » VIP-Skylounge

Enjoy the incomparable flair, high above the coolest Kirchtag Party! Limited places, tickets available in the Kirchtag Office.


TUESDAY, 30th July 2019

7 p.m. – 11.45 p.m.

LETS FEZZ and Search For…?

WEDNESDAY, 31st July 2019

7 p.m. – 12.30 a.m. 


THURSDAY, 1st August 2019

7 p.m. – 12.30 a.m.

Frontal Party Pur

FRIDAY, 2nd August 2019

8 p.m. – 1.30 a.m.

Frontal Party Pur

SATURDAY, 3rd August 2019

8 p.m. – 1.30 a.m.


There is still more on the schedule

Monday, 29th July 2019 – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Jakobi Market

The Jakobi Market, named after St James, is one of the oldest artisan’s markets. It was initiated by the Bauerngman Villach and is held in the area surrounding the Stadtpfarrkirche (the main church beside the Town Hall Square).

Tuesday, 30th July 2019 – 6 p.m.


Traditional tapping of the first beer keg of the ‘Kirchtagszwickel’ (festive beer edition brewed specially for the Kirchtag) in the beer garden of the Brauhof.

Thursday to Saturday

Kirchtag Toast

With the traditional special Kirchtag-toast, the Villach Bauerngman salute locals and visitors alike and ceremonially invite them to the Kirchtag. The ‘Gman’ is a significant co-organiser of the Villach Kirchtag, responsible for the traditional and folkloristic elements of the festival.

Saturday, 3rdAugust 2019 – 5 p.m.

Great Folklore Parade

The Great Folklore Parade is the pinnacle of the festival. Tens of thousands of enthusiastic spectators line the path as more than 3,500 people wearing traditional costumes and music groups process through the streets of the old city centre of Villach.

Good to know

Festival Entry Badge

Entry on Kirchtag Saturday, 3rd August 2019

Children under 140 cm – free Entry

Day ticket from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m.    € 11.00

Advance ticket sales, from 9th July 2019 in the Kirchtag Office

Entry Badge   € 8.00

Entry badge with Kärnten Card   € 6.00

Getting there

There is a total of 7 airports in the Villach region, and train, bus, taxi and shuttle services will take you to and from the city. If you’re planning on arriving by plane, please check Connect Villach. Once you have reached Villach, you can travel around by bus, by train, in your own car or, of course, on foot or by bike. Please see ÖBB for bus and train connections. Parking spaces are available all around the city centre.


Do you want to get further information about the event? Maybe you’ll find the answer to your question in our FAQs! If not feel free to contact us at

Villacher Kirchtag Office

Hans-Gasser-Platz 5
9500 Villach

Office hours: from 8th July to 9th August 2019
Mon-Fri 8 a.m – 4.30 p.m

Tel. +43-4242-205 6666