Summer events in Lienz 2015
With summer just about upon us, the summer calendar is filling up quickly.
Here are some of the 2015 summer event highlights in Lienz, where AdventureAustria is based.
Classic car rally
On the 24th of May the Dölsach Car Rally takes place. The route goes from Dölsach to Lavant, Tristach Amlach, Lienz and Nußdorf Debant. Only vehicles built before 1984 can take part. Great fun for all the family.
Dolomiten cycle race
On the 13th and 14thof June the 28th Dolomiten cycling tour will take place in Lienz. This cycling competition is suitable for both professionals and amateurs alike. The competition starts on the Lienz main square before heading off on a journey through the beautiful landscape of the Lienz Dolomites covering a distance of 112km.
Also premiering this year is the “Super Giro Dolomiti” competition. This is an extreme variant of the Dolomiten cycling race with 5,000 meters of altitude and covers a total distance of 232km. The route connects East Tyrol, Carinthia and Italy and is guaranteed to be a huge sporting challenge.
Dragon Boat race
On the 3rd and 4th of July the annual Dragon Boat Race is held on the alpine lake at St. Jakob. Decorated boats accompanied by drumbeats race over the ‘Obersee’ lake at an altitude of 2,016 meters above sea level. The 12.5m long boats come complete with a dragon head and dragon tail!
Alpine rose festival
On the 20th and 21st of June this year the ‘Almrosenfest’ will be held in St. Jakob in East Tyrol. In the month of June, the Alpine roses bloom and provide a magnificent floral spectacle. In St. Jakob this is celebrated with different displays along with a diverse side programme for children and families. Delicious local food as well as international specialities are also on offer.
Herz Jesu Feuer (Sacred Heart Fire)
Each year on the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost is the religious Feast of the Sacred Heart. During the evening, there is the so-called ‘Sacred Heart fire’ event.
This year’s spectacle will take place on the 28th of June and the mountains around East Tyrol will be lit up with over 2,500 mountain fires and Christian symbols. The preparations for the mountain fires begin many weeks in advance. The wood used to burn the fires is carried up the mountains by hand and the painstaking work of the different symbols must be carefully measured out. The whole spectacle is performed free of charge from private groups and societies.
Originally, the mountain fires were used as an alarm signal – at the time of the Tyrolean freedom fights in 1809 for the uprising against the advancing French. Today, these fires are an annual tradition and have slight religious tones.
Grossglockner VW-Käfer-Treffen in Kals
Every two years Volkswagen Beetle fans from all over Europe come to East Tyrol for the Grossglockner Kals VW meeting. This year the meeting will take place on 17 and 18 July.
Friday, July 17, 2015
14.00 – Arrival of the participants in Kals / Großdorf cable car car park, Introduction and presentation
17.00 – drive in convoy through on the Kals Glocknerstraße
19.30 – Get-together with music in Kals
Saturday, July 18, 2015
10.00 – beetle exit “Beautiful East Tyrol”
19.00 – price distribution and awards for the best beetle
From 17 to 18 July the 6th East Rock Reggae Festival takes place in Lienz. Included are high-class acts from home and abroad who as usual create a great atmosphere with positive vibes.
Grossglockner Bike Challenge
This cycling race will take place on July 18, 2015. With your bike you can experience the myth of the Glockner and delve into the mountains of the Hohe Tauern. The route leads from Heiligenblut on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road to the Kaiser-Franz-Josef heights. The route is a full 17.3 kilometers long and 1,345 meters above sea level. Just as in the Giro d’Italia bike race, the Glockner Bike Challenge ends on the Franz-Josef heights just below the Grossglockner and is therefore a unique experience for all cycling fans.
OLALA street theatre festival
Another great event in Lienz and certainly one of the highlights of the summer is the OLALA street theatre festival which takes place from the 28th of July until the 1st of August. For the 24rd consecutive year, Lienz transforms itself into a huge open air theatre stage with International acts taking place in the streets and squares of Lienz. Spanning 5 days visiting guests can dive into a multi-faceted world of dance, art, music, magic, comedy, acrobatics, oblique mini theatre and just plain weird!
From the 7th to the 9th of August, the annual pottery market event takes place on the Lienz main square. For 3 days various potters and artists offer their handmade works for sale and invite you to stroll and be amazed by their craftsmanship.
Sternschnuppennacht 2015 (shooting stars night 2015)
Between 17 July and 24 August 2015, the Perseids shooting stars will light up the night sky. This meteor stream occurs every year in the first half of August. Many shooting stars can be seen between midnight and 5am and for this reason it is known as ‘shooting stars night’. Under ideal conditions, up to 350 shooting stars per hour can be observed.
Red Bull Dolomitenmann
The 28th Red Bull Dolomitenmann competition claims to be “the toughest team competition in the world”. Taking place on the 12th of September in 2015 athletes will be competing in a relay race which includes the disciplines of mountain running, paragliding, mountain biking and white water kayaking. The start is at 10am on the main square in Lienz and the first finishers will return back to the main square roughly four hours later. There are many viewing opportunities for spectators to watch the race as well as many side events including live music and air displays taking place over the whole weekend.
From 18th to 19th September guests can visit and watch the Free Solo Masters Climbing Championships on the main square in Lienz. Some of the world’s best climbers will be fighting it out on a 5m wide and 16m high wall for the world championship title.
There are also plenty of less spectacular events in Lienz taking place which should also not be missed such as concerts and exhibitions.
During July and August, every Sunday and Wednesday evening, live music performances can be seen and heard in Lienz. Different bands with various genres can be seen live on stage on the main square in Lienz. Expect to hear anything from traditional folk music to modern Rock n Roll!
There are many more events taking place in and around Lienz as well as national events around Austria. Just take a look at our event calendar.