Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)

Date: April 29 – May 12, 2024

Spring Festivities with A Wide Range of Cultural Programs

The Budapest Spring Festival takes place in late spring, usually in May each year. Besides Hungarian artists, numerous international stars perform during the two-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.

You can choose from around 120 programs at around 40 venues, including various public places, squares, parks and streets where you can bump into a performance or program of some kind, like the Opening Parade.

Some other unique locales are:

  • Music Academy,
  • Palace of Arts (MüPa), Matthias Church,
  • Várkert Bazaar (Buda Castle)
  • Pesti Vigadó
  • Ludwig Museum,
  • the Budapest Music Centre in district IX.

Works of Franz Liszt are always an important part of the festival’s program and this year The Legend of St. Elizabeth oratorio will open the festival on 30. March in the Béla Bartók Concert Hall of the Müpa/Palace of Arts.

The festival also commemorates the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. On 09. and 10. April. His “A Quiet Place” opera will be staged as a joint production with the Neue Oper Wien.

he PONT Festival, a series of Folk & Folk Art program in the Castle Bazaar. This year its main theme will be the Hungarian and Mediterranean folk traditions of Easter

Tickets – Buy Online to Secure You Place!

Tickets to performances in the Palace of Arts and the Liszt Music Academy!

Orchestral ConcertsChamber ConcertsInternational Theatre FestivalOperaJazz –  DanceContemporary CircusExhibitionsFree Programs

Download the Spring Festival’s entire 2017 program in PDF.

Jazz Concerts

Lovers of jazz music can choose from around a dozen concerts.

The Feast of Hungarian Jazz will take place on 08. April and 09. April at 19.00 in the Budapest Jazz Club (Hollán Ernő utca 7., district XIII.) with award ceremonies and concerts.

InFusion Trio: Stardust, 01. April, 20.00

Album release concert

Venue: Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház – Grand Hall, address: Rákóczi út 21., district VIII.

Tickets: 3 400 HUF

Chopin University Big Band – Film Scores, 03. April, 20.00

Filmowo Bigbandowo

Venue: Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház – Grand Hall, address: Rákóczi út 21., district VIII.

Tickets: 3 800 HUF

The Bad Plus, 16. April, 19.00

Venue: Budapest Jazz Club, address: Hollán ERnő utca 7., district XIII.

Tickets: 5 900 HUF

Kurt Elling: Passion World, 21. April, 20.00

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

Tickets: 2 900 HUF, 3 500 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 900 HUF

Contemporary Circus

FAMILIE FLÖZ: Hotel Paradiso, 03. April, 19.00

Venue: Palace of Arts/Müpa, Festival Theatre, Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.

Tickets: 3 500 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 5 500 HUF

A dramatic nightmare in a respectable mountain hotel, with black humour and a touch of melancholy.

A fearful and mysterious world is revealed behind the four-star elegance. But the old adage still holds true: too many corpses in a hotel will sooner or later ruin the business.

Exhibitions During the Budapest Spring Festival

36th Hungarian Press Photo Exhibition, from 30. March

Venue: Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, Nagymező utca 8., district VI:


You can view the best Hungarian press photos of 2017.

NAGY>ON, 03 – 20. April

Venue: Klauzál 13. Galéris, address: Klauzál tér 13., district VII.

Fruzsina Nagy and Gergő Nagy’s costume and photo exhibition.

Permanent Revolution – Ukrainian Art Today, 05. April, 17.00 (Opening)

Venue: Ludwid Museum of Contemporary Arts

The exhibition is on between 06. April – 24. June 2018.

Budapest Art Week, 17 – 22. April

Venues: cc. 50 exhibition halls, galleries, museums, workshops.


  • full price: 5 000 HUF,
  • students, seniors: 4 000 HUF,
  • family: (2 adults + max. 3 kids, older than 6): 14 000 HUF.

Note: You’ll receive a wristband with which you can visit all programs during the 6 days.

A new event focusing on the contemporary art scene of Budapest and offering an opportunity to experience the best of the current and most significant moments of the art world.

Visit the official website for more details.

The Day of Open Studios when private galleries, art studios open their doors to the public. Other programs include guided museum visits, gallery tours, talks and performances.

Free Programs of the Festival

Each year the festival offers programs to which entry is free.

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