Budapest top Events and Festivals in 2018

If you plan to visit Budapest this year, here is a post highlighting the top events of this amazing city.

15th March-Revolution Day-Programs in Budapest

March 14 – March 18
Celebrations at the Hungarian National Museum on 15. March

15. March – National Day

Commemorating the Revolution and the War of Independence in 1848-49.

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Spring & Easter Market at Vörösmarty Square

March 23 – April 22
Vörösmarty square and the Gerbaud cafe illuminated at night

The Budapest Spring Fair organized around Easter, 30. March and 30. April in 2018. at Vörösmarty Square follows the tradition and success of the popular Christmas Fair. Quick Links: Location – Opening Hours – Programs – Kids’ Programs – Food/Drink Prices – Photos The historic plaza turns into a lovely spring garden for the month-long festival offering a rich variety of cultural programs: concerts, folk music and dance performances, children programs, art and craft workshops. Details of the Spring Fair…

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Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)

March 30 – April 22
the red and white logo of the spring fest with the date displayed

Spring Festivities with A Wide Range of Cultural Programs The Budapest Spring Festival takes place in April each year. Besides Hungarian artists, numerous international stars perform during the 3 and half – week event. About the Program The largest and most prestigious cultural festival in Budapest attracts many classical music, opera and jazz fans from all around the world. The festival has developed into one of Europe’s major cultural events with a series of opera, concert, ballet and theatrical performances.…

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Easter in Budapest (Húsvét)

March 30 – April 2
three colorful painted easter eggs

Events, Festivals, Things To Do Around Easter in Budapest Do you plan to spend Easter in Budapest? The Hungarian capital offers plenty of attractions and activities for a wonderful Easter weekend. Plan your city break well, so that you can get the most of your time. See our things to do tips below along with some useful information about public transport, opening hours of shops/thermal baths and the weather around the holiday. TIP: Danube Cruise with Dinner at Easter -…

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Easter in Várkert Bazaar Budapest

March 31 @ 11:00 am – April 2 @ 9:00 pm
colonnaded walkway in the castle bazaar

The Várkert Bazaar at the foot of the Castle hill in Buda gives home to a colorful festival at Easter 2018, on 31. March -02. April. Entry is free. Family programs, Easter egg exhibition, concerts, folk dance performances, craft workhops with traditional egg decorating techniques, cooking show await everyone at the nicely restored historic venue. Location-address: Várkert Bazár, Ybl Miklós tér, 2-6., Budapest 1013, district I. Getting there: tram 2 (Széchenyi István tér stop/at the Chain Bridge, then cross the…

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April 2018

Budapest 100, Celebration of 100-Year Old Buildings

April 21 – April 22

Date: 21 – 22. April, 2018. An open weekend for Budapest buildings that celebrate their 100th birthday in 2018. The Budapest 100 is one my favourite programs and I wish it would last more than just two days. This year you can pop again in some very unique buildings. Houses on the Danube river front will be in the focus over the 2 days. You can explore the many cultural and historic monuments located along the more than 4 km…

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May Day in Budapest

April 29 – May 1

Festivals, Things to Do Recommendations, 1st May/Labor Day May Day in Budapest used to be a major holiday of the Communist Party. Large processions followed by beer and frankfurter in the City Park marked 1st May a couple of decades ago. Today political parties still use May Day/Labor Day to advertise their programs and recruit followers, but luckily 1st May- Labor Day has become a family day with a range of festivals and programs in the capital, and other towns…

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May 2018

Gourmet Festival in Buda

May 17 – May 20

This year mangalica – the indigenous local pig – specialties and strawberry will be in the focus. Novelty that more children programs await families visiting the festival in 2018. Good to Know About the Gourmet Festival Date: 17 – 20. May 2018., Thursday-Sunday – Date is Not Official Yet! Opening Hours: 17. May/Thursday: 17.00 – 23.00, 18 – 20. May/Frid-Sat-Sun: 12.00 – 23.00 Venue: Millenáris Park, Buda Getting there: trams 4, 6, M2 metro Széll Kálmán tér stop – cc.…

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Belgian Beer Festival in Budapest Bálna

May 18 – May 20
poster of the Belgian Beer Festival Budapest 2015

Date: 18 – 20. May 2018. Date Is Not Official Yet! Venue: Whale/Bálna Building and Terraces Opening hours: Indoor. Fri: 17.00 – 23.00, Sat: 12.00 – 23.00, Sun: 12.00 – 22.00, Outdoor section in front the of the Bálna:  will be open 1 hour longer each day. Tickets: 3 700 HUF includes 4 glasses of beer (200ml) or 5 000 HUF (incl. 6 glasses of beer), and a special tasting glass The Belgian Beer Fest is getting more popular year…

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Eleven Spring Weekend Bartók Béla Boulevard

May 18 @ 4:00 pm – May 19 @ 8:00 pm

The rapidly developing Bartók Béla út (a road starting at Gellért Sqr. in Buda the  side, in district XI.), hosts the Eleven Spring Weekend (a word game on the district number XI. and the Hungarian meaning of eleven: energetic, lively) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 06. and 08. May 2016. The programs of the 3-day festival will be themed around Portugal: its culture and gastronomy. The aim of the event is to bring more culture, designers, unique shops, and creativity…

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Museum Festival – May Day of Museums

May 19 – May 20

Date: May 19 – 20./Saturday-Sunday Venue: Hungarian National Museum and its neighbourhood, Múzeum körút 14-16. district VIII., trams 47, 49, M3 (blue) metro Kálvin tér station Opening Hours: 19. May/Satuday: museum garden. 9.00 – 22.00, museum: 10.00 – 22.00, 20. May/Sunday: museum garden: 9.00 – 22.00, museum: 10.00 – 18.00. You can visit around 120 museums in Budapest at one place, in the garden of th National Museum, and get an insight into their works, exhibitions and treasures. Admission is…

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June 2018

Festive Book Week – Ünnepi Könyvhét,

June 7 – June 11

Date: 07 – 11. June 2018. Date Is Not Finalized Yet! Venues Vörösmarty Square, downtown Budapest The 88th Festive Book Week takes place at the beginning of June at Vörösmarty Square (M1 underground, yellow metro line), Váci Street, and Deák Ferenc Street in Budapest city centre. Besides book discussions, dedications, there will be concerts, puppet show and a street carneval. Most programs take place at the Oroszlános kút (Lion Fountain) on Vörösmarty tér. Take a stroll on this central plaza…

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Czech Beer Festival in Budapest

June 8 – June 17

Date: 08. – 17. June 2018 Date Is Not Finalized Yet! Venue: WestEnd Shopping Center – Roof Terrace Getting There: M3 metro (blue line), trams 4 and 6, gett off at Nyugati tér stop Opening Hours: from 12.00 am Entry: free, Payment for beer/food: in cash The XI. Czech Beer Festival is a great opportunity to taste fine Czech beers and food. The venue is the spacious roof terrace of a centrally located shopping mall the WestEnd. Concerts and other…

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Budapest Summer Festival, June-July-August, 2018

June 9 – August 31
Concert at the Margaret Island open air stage Budapest Summer Festival

Concerts, Musicals, Theatre Performances Open-Air Stage & the Water Tower, Margaret Island The Budapest Summer Festival offers a wide range of cultural programs for the summer months beginning on 09. June at 20.00 with a free jubilee concert celebrating the 80th birthday of the festival. Then on 15. June, the National Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana to officialy launch the 3-month event. Other highlights  of the program are The Great Gatsby Ballet performance (06, 07. July), by…

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Beer Festival in Budapest City Center

June 14 @ 3:00 pm – June 17 @ 11:00 pm

Taste Great Beers by Large Beer Makers, and Smaller Artisan Breweries! Date is Not Finalized Yet! The Beer Festival on Szabadság Square and the other, smaller festivals (Belgian Beer Festival, Czech Beer Festival) offer opportunity for beer lovers to taste the best beers made in Hungary and in other countries. Besides wine celebrated on the numerous wine festivals organized in Budapest throughout the year, beer, especially specialty beer made by small, craft breweries, has become more and more popular in…

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The Night of Museums Budapest

June 23 – June 24

Unique Exhibitions and Exciting Programs in Museums of Budapest Date: the night of  23 – 24 . June, 2018. Venues: Museums of Budapest Quick Links: Tickets – FREE Bus Lines – Children Programs Tickets: adult: 1 700 HUF, children (aged 6 – 18): 800 HUF, free for kids under 6 years of age. The ticket is an armband that you wear on your arm and show at the museum’s entrance. You can participate in the programs on the night of…

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July 2018

Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival

July 2 – August 16

Dates Are Subject to Change! Dates: from 02. July till 16. August 2018., on Mondays and Thursdays Enjoy classical melodies on summer evenings in 2016 at Budapest’s most romantic venues, the Vajdahunyad castle in City Park. Venue: City Park (Városliget-Vajdahunyadvár), M1 underground, Hősök tere stop The mock castle of Vajdahunyad in City Park hosts a series of classical music, klezmer, swing, and gypsy music concerts in the middle of summer. Concerts start at 20.30. Tickets cost 3 500 – 5…

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Evening Concerts in Budapest Zoo

July 4 – August 22

Date: 04. July till 22. August 2018., Concerts start at 20.30. The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden hosts summer evening concerts each year. Jazz, klezmer, and other light music concerts welcome music lovers on Wednesday evenings, starting at 20.30 (gates open at 19.00 so you can take a stroll in the zoo before the performances with your ticket). Good music, exceptional setting, light summer breeze… what else do you need to have a memorable summer evening? Tickets seating tickets: 3…

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Budapest Wine Bar Tour

July 5 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
pouring a rose wine into a glass

Taste Local Wines, Meet the Wine Makers The 2018 Date is Not Finalized Yet! The second wine bar tour of Budapest takes place on 05. July, between 16.00 – 22.30. You can explore the the diverse world of local wines in nearly 30 bars and cafes in both sides of the river Danube. Besides drinking some splendid wines, you can also meet and chat with the wine makers. An awesome program for a summer evening! Tickets There is no entry…

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Red Bull Air Race Budapest

July 6 – July 7
red bull air race-in front of the Parliament

Date Is not Finalized Yet! The Red Bull Air Race, a dazzling air competition popular all over the world, comes back to Budapest city centre around the first weekend of July. If you’re spending your vacation here at the time of the race you’ll sure see the spectacular event over the river Danube between Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges: a central and scenic location for this amazing aerial performance. If you’re a hardcore Red Bull Air race fan and only come…

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July 2018

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest – Hungaroring

July 27 – July 29

If you are a Formula one fan and happen to be in Budapest in the middle of the summer, you shouldn’t miss the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix between 27 – 29. July 2018. Quick Links: Tickets – Best Places to Watch – Getting There, Map – Hotels The main race takes place on 29. July, Sunday but qualifying runs will be held on the two previous days. You can also take a Public Pit Walk with a valid F1 race…

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August 2018

Sziget Festival, 08-15. August 2018

August 8 – August 15

Budapest Sziget Festival takes place on Óbudai Island (aka Hajógyári Island) in Óbuda, northern Budapest. This year the festival celebrates its 26th jubilee welcoming visitors with around 1 500 programs on 50 venues across the island. Besides concerts, you can select from a wide range of programs: theatre performances, contemporary circus, movie screenings, museums, sport activities, there’s even a small beach where you can splash in the Danube. Quick Links: Programs, Concerts in 2017 – Accommodation – Location – Tickets…

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Festival of Folk Arts (Mesterségek Ünnepe)

August 17 @ 10:00 am – August 20 @ 11:00 pm

Celebrating Folk Crafts in Buda Castle Mongolia as Guest Nations, Embriodery in the Focus Visit the Festival of Folk Arts in Budapest’s Castle District between 17th and 20th August/Thursday-Sunday if you want to find out more about Hungary’s and other nations’ rich folklore and crafts straight from the horse’s mouth. Organised for the 31st time, the Festival is the most significant forum for living folk culture in Hungary. Embroidery was the main theme in 2017. The most renowned local artists…

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20. August-St. Stephen’s Day

August 18 – August 20

What Does Hungary Celebrate On August 20.? 20th August is St. Stephen’s Day in Hungary and it is a public holiday. We celebrate the foundation of the Hungarian state more than 1000 years ago. The new bread is blessed on this day too. Besides commemorations organized by political parties, countless programs await both locals and tourists all the day round including things to do for families with children. Festivities start on 20th August with the spectacular fireworks closing the holiday.…

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Street of Hungarian Flavours

August 19 @ 10:00 am – August 20 @ 10:00 pm
strudel and other pastries in wicker bowls

The Street of Hungarian Flavours festival offers a taste of local gastronomy for 2 days, 19 – 20. August, Saturday and Sunday. The event is in Buda, on the Upper Bank of the Danube between Várkert Bazaar and Szilágyi Dezső Square. Entry is free. Besides local delicacies, visitors can also try traditional Czech, Slovak, and Polish foods. Venue Between Castle Bazaar/Várkert and Szilágyi Dezső tér in Buda Entry: free ( you have to pay for food and drinks) Getting There…

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Budapest Fireworks Cruise with Dinner/Drinks, Aug 20.

August 20 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
fireworks in all colour, over the Danube the Chain Bridge, the Parliament

Watch the Show from a Boat on the Danube – The festive Fireworks Show takes place in Budapest on 20th August (St. Stephen’s Day) every year, celebrating the foundation of the Hungarian state. The fireworks are one of the most awaited events of summer and many want to have a good spot on the banks of the Danube to enjoy the spectacular show that starts at 21.00. The best place to watch the show is from a ship on the…

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September 2018

Jewish Cultural Festival Budapest

September 2 – September 13

A Multicultural Event with Exciting Programs The Jewish Cultural Festival in Budapest  is a great opportunity to find out everything about Hungarian Jewish culture. The Jews played an important part in Hungary’s history. The city’s Jewish community has started to reborn in the previous couple of years. The Great Synagogue in Budapest Dohány Street This cultural event reflects this ambition. The festival is organized by the Jewish Tourism and Cultural Centre. Come to the Hungarian capital at the end of…

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Budapest Wine Festival

September 6 – September 9
Buda royal palace during the wine festival.

Location: Buda Castle terraces The Budapest International Wine Festival is a great opportunity to taste award-winning Hungarian wines, and this year the best of Chilean wines and gastronomy. This is one of our most favourite festivals in Hungary which we try to visit each year. Even if you are not a wine lover you will find something that picks your interest: fine food – there’s a gastro promenade offering quality streetfood and culinary specialties, concerts, cultural programs, children activities. Overall…

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National Gallop Budapest

September 14 – September 16

Nemzeti Vágta/National Gallop-An Equestrian Contest & Festival Venue: Andrassy Avenue and Heroes’ Square, Budapest Admission free, grand stand tickets if you want to watch the race: 3.000 – 4.000 HUF The National Gallop is a celebration of Hungarian traditions and the countryside including traditional Hungarian horseback riding and hussar traditions. The event celebrate sits 10th anniversary in 2017. The main attraction of the event is the horse riding race to which any Hungarian citizen aged 18 and older can enter,…

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Sweet Days Chocolate Festival

September 14 – September 16

Venue: Szent István Square in front of the Basilica and Zrínyi Street Getting There: M1, M2 M3 metros) Deák Ferenc stop, tram 2 Eötvös tér or Széchenyi tér stops Opening Hours: Friday and Saturday: 10.00 – 23.00, Sunday: 10.00 – 20.00 Admission: FREE A great family program not just for lovers of chocolate. This festival moves to a new location in the city centre: Szent István Sqr. at the St. Stephen’s Basilica and Zrínyi Street connecting the Basilica with the…

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Cultural Heritage Days in Budapest

September 15 – September 16

Venue: several places throughout Budapest, Admission: free The Cultural Heritage Days are part of the European Heritage Days. In Hungary it is usually organised on the 3rd weekend of September. Certain institutions and buildings otherwise closed for the public welcome visitors this weekend. Guides will introduce the history and characteristics of the buildings as well as the activities taking place inside. The event offers some programs in English if you wish to gain an insight in our city’s past, architecture…

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Junibor Wine Festival

September 27 @ 4:00 pm – September 30 @ 11:30 pm

The Junibor Wine & Gastro Festival awaits visitors for the 5th time on Szt. István Square in front of Budapest’s Basilica. Entry is free. Memebers of the Junibor Association – a guild of the young generation of Hungarian winemakers – will bring their best wines for tasting. Surrounded by the bustling city, tourists, wine lovers, locals and foreigners, but for this 4 days the Hungarian wines connect everyone on the grandest plaza of Budapest. 33 wine producers representing all of…

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October 2018

OktoberFest Budapest 2018

October 4 – October 7

Date Is Subject to Change! A Beer Festival with Family Programs Beer lovers cannot complain of lack of beer festivals in Budapest. After the Főzdefeszt, the Downtown Beer festival, Czech and Belgian Beer Festivals, the city gets its own Oktoberfest in Kincsem Park, a historc horse race venue in district X. The best craft breweries from Hungary, Bavaria and other countries will be present on the four-day event offering a choice of 300 beers. Quick Links: Location – Getting There…

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CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

October 5 – October 21

For Contemporary Art Fans Budapest is a Festival City. Every season has its own festival so visitors to the Hungarian capital always have plenty of cultural programs to choose from. The Café Budapest Contemporary Art Festival (previously known as Budapest Autumn Festival) takes place between 05 – 21. October, 2018. The more than two-week event will be focusing on Béla Bartók Hungarian-born composer whose work and life are a source of inspiration for many local and international artists. Israel, Jewish…

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October 23rd 1956 Revolution

October 19 – October 23

October 23rd marks the day of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. It is a National Holiday when commemorations take place in Budapest and Hungary. It was a revolution against the Stalinist, communist regime and Soviet oppression that was beaten down by the Russian army. The Hungarian revolution of 1956 is one of the most significant events of the country’s 20th century history. Note: October 23rd  is a public holiday in Hungary so shops, restaurants, public institutions will be closed. Most…

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Celebrate Halloween in Budapest!

October 26 – November 4

Festivals, Parties, Programs Although it is not a Hungarian holiday, celebrating Halloween is becoming more and more popular in Budapest and other parts of the country. So if you happen to be here around the end of October-beginning of November and can’t live without all things Halloween, here are some tips on parties, festivals and other events. TIP: If you want to celebrate the event like Hungarians do see the background information on All Saints Day/Mindenszentek on 01. November down…

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November 2018

Christmas Fair and Winter Festival at Vörösmarty Sqr.

November 9 – December 31
Wooden cottage at the Christmas Fair

Date is Subject to Change! Visit the Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival on Vörösmarty Square if you want to buy something unique and original for your loved ones The lovely plaza in the heart of the city turns into a festive market place from 10. November till 31. December. The location is ideal; the Square is in the heart of the city at the end of Váci utca, right in front of the prestigious Gerbeaud Coffee House. Cottage-style wooden…

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Advent & Winter Festival in Városháza Park, Downtown Budapest

November 16 – December 28
Green cardboard Xmas tree installations

Date is Subject to Change! Location & Getting There: Városháza Park, city centre (a 2-minute walk from Deák Ferenc metro station and tram termini: M1, M2, M3 underground lines, trams 47 and 49). You can also get there by buses No. 9, 15, 105: get off at Deák F. tér stop. Opening Hours Craft Fair: Sun – Thurs: 10.00 – 20.00, Fri & Sat: 10.00 – 21.00, 24. December: 10.00 – 14.00, 25 – 26. December: 12.00 – 18.00 Entry:…

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Advent in Óbuda

November 30 – December 23

Christmas Festival on Fő tér (Main Square) The Main Square and the neighbouring area of Óbuda hosts festive programs on the four weekends of Advent: concerts, puppet shows, two ice rinks, and handicrafts  and gastro market offer entertainment for the whole family. A tall Christmas tree and the life-size nativity scene, workshops, and local gastronomy create a special pre-Christmas atmosphere. Getting there: tram 1 and get off at Szentlélek tér stop  M3, blue metro, get off at Árpád híd station,…

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December 2018

Christmas in Budapest

December 24 – December 26

Programs at Christmas Time Are you planning to celebrate Christmas in Budapest this year? Andrássy avenue at Christmas Find some things to do suggestions, information about opening hours, public transport and some interesting Hungarian Christmas traditions. Quick Links: TIP: Christmas Cruises – Christmas Concerts – Festive Markets – Gala Concert of the 100-Member Gypsy Orchestra – Hotels in Budapest – Opening Hours at Christmas – Public Transport During the Holiday – Hungarian Christmas Traditions – Weather Around Christmas at Budapest…

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