On the first Saturday in August and in the traditional week beforehand, the old town of Villach is ruled by the fair days. The largest and most famous custom festival in Austria draws more than 450,000 visitors every year into the festively decorated town on the Drau. It is an incomparable fair for all ages, all tastes and all the senses.
To offer something for absolutely everyone, local and foreign customs are shown at over 130 individual events. At Austria's largest guest garden on the Villach main square, one can enjoy the best fair delicacies, whilst listening to the best folk music groups on four stages - of course without loudspeakers.
Young visitors and those who are young at heart can also enjoy the leisure and entertainment mile with many fairground rides. The large, modern leisure park offers new and varying attractions every year and on the festival Saturday there is a big colourful parade with more than 3500 participants in traditional dress and dozens of brass orchestras.
The ambiance of the Villach old town, the merry goings-on, the high-quality folk culture programme, the special Villach hospitality and the high quality standards that the organisers strive for in all areas make the Villach fair days an unforgettable experience for every visitor.
Festival dates 2020 & 2021
Due to the restrictions announced by the Austrian government for major events until 31st August 2020, this year's Villach fair days unfortunately cannot be held as planned from 26th July to 2nd August. We are therefore all the more looking forward to the next Villacher Kirchtag, which will take place from 1st August to 8th August 2021.
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