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Budapest Summer Festival, June-July-August, 2018

June 9 - August 31

Concerts, Musicals, Theatre Performances

Open-Air Stage & the Water Tower, Margaret Island
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 star soloists of the Saint Petersburg Mariinszkij Ballet, as well as dancers from the Complexions Contemporary Ballet (USA) and the Kiev and Odessa National Ballet companies.
  • Planets concert by Jeff Mills and the The Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda on 13. July.

Quick Links: Theatre Boat ScheduleTicketsMargaret Island ProgramsVárosmajor Open-Air Stage ProgramsFor Children

Opening Concert

The festival program (around 100) is rich and diverse: concerts, musicals, dance shows, theatrical performances for children and adults, comedies at three venues:

  • Open-Air Theater in Városmajor (Buda) – venue for many children programs
  • the Open-Air Theater on Margaret Island (trams 4 and 6, Margitsziget stop) and
  • the Water Tower on Margaret Island.

You can enhance your experience and enjoy a full evening program special services, additional programs:

  • a dinner,
  • exhibitions, and
  • going up a lookout tower and reveling in the wonderful vista.

Ticket Prices

Note: Some programs, concerts may have ticket prices different from the prices listed below.

  • 1st category: 3 900 HUF, 4 900HUF, 5 900 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 8 400 HUF, 12 000 HUF
  • 2nd category. 3 500 HUF, 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 6 900, 8 900 HUF
  • 3rd category: 3 500 HUF, 3 900 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 900 HUF
  • Városmajor Open-Air Stage Sunday matinees: 1 200 HUF
  • 20 % discount for students, seniors

TIP: You’ll get 30 % discount on ticket prices with a Budapest Card.

Ticket purchase:

  • Fesztivál Jegyiroda (Open-Air Theatre Ticket Office) 1052 Budapest, Bárczy István utca 1-3., (near Deák Ferenc Square in the city centre): opening hours: Monday: 12.00 – 18.00, Tuesday – Friday: 10.00 -1 8.00
  • Ticket Office of the  Margitsziget Open-Air Theatre (opens in May 2018): every day: 11.00 – 19.00
  • Ticket Office of the  Városmajor Open-Air Theatre: Mon – Fri: 15.00 – 19.00, Sat – Sun: 13.00 – 19.00, and
  • in Interticket offices in Budapest

The 3000-seat open-air stage is at the recently renovated Water Tower (Víztorony) on Margaret Island. The theater has been hosting classical opera and ballet pieces, as well as rock operas and musicals in recent years.

Városmajor Open-Air Theater

Városmajori Szabadtéri Színpad, 1122 Budapest

Address: Városmajor 6835/17 hrsz., district XII., Buda

Getting there: tram 6 or M2 (red) metro, Széll Kálmán tér stop – a few minutes walk from there

Ticket prices: 2 300 HUF, 2900 HUF, 3 500 HUF

Ticket purchase: Fesztivál Jegyiroda (Open-Air Theatre Ticket Office) 1052 Budapest, Bárczy István utca 1-3., (near Deák Ferenc Square in the city centre)

Telephone: +36 (1) 301-0147 or  +36 (1) 269-0470

Opening Hours: Monday: 12.00 – 18.00, Tuesday – Friday: 10.00 – 18.00

The Városmajor Open-Air Theater is located in a lovely park in Buda. It can seat 1000 people. Musicals, prose, performances for children will be staged from June till end of  August 2017.

Performances start at 20.00 except the Danube Carnival programs between 03 – 08. June. Children programs start at 10.30 each Sunday.

Margaret Island Open-Air Theater

Margitszigeti Szabadtéri Színpad

Getting There

people sitting on a concert at the open-air stage at dusk
The Open-Air Theater on Margaret Island

Tram 4, and 6 Margitsziget lejáró stop or on a boat on the Danube: ports from where cruise boats to Margisziget depart:

  • Vígadó tér
  • Batthyány tér, Port 1.
  • Szent István Park, Port 1.

Boats arrive to the pier at the Open-Air Theater and Water Tower Margaret Island

Price of the boat transfer: 1 500 HUF (return trip is incl.), you can buy a one-way ticket to get back from Margaret Island: it costs 800 HUF.

Where to Buy Boat Tickets?

Tickets can be purchased at the

  • ports, on board the boat (boat ticket only)
  • at the Ticket office of the Szabadtér Színház: Bárczy István utca 1-3., district V.,  Tel. +36 1 301 0147,

Opening hours of the Ticket Office: Mon: 12.00 – 18.00, Tue – Fri: 10.00 – 18.00.,

You can also buy boat tickets online at www.mahart.info.

From May you can also buy tickets at the festival venue, the Open-Air Theatre on Margaret Island.

Margaret Island Theatre Boat Schedule June – July 2018

Departures for the Performances Starting at 20.00

  • Vígadó tér  (Port No. 5.)- Departure: 18.45
  • Batthyány Sqr., Port No. 2.: 18.55
  • Szent István Park Port No. 1.: 19.10
  • Margaret Island Open-Air Theater & Water Tower –  Arrival: 19.20

Departures for the Performances Starting at 20.00

  • Vígadó tér  (Port No. 5.)- Departure: 19.45
  • Batthyány Sqr., Port No. 2.: 19.55
  • Szent István Park Port No. 1.: 20.10
  • Margaret Island Open-Air Theater & Water Tower –  Arrival: 20.20

Boats return back after 20 minutes of the end of each performance.

Performances – Open-Air Theatre, Margaret Island

Opening Event: Barefoot in the Park – Jubilee Concert, 09.June

with guest star: Alexander Rybak

  • Date: 09. June 2018., Saturday at 19.00
  • Venue: Great Meadow on Margaret Island
  • Tickets: FREE program (registration is required) – recommended for all  ages.

A special opening event to celebrate the 80th birthday of the festival. The venue, the sprawling green meadow of Margaret Island is fitting for the occassion since more people of all ages can enjoy the free program.

The Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra and the special guest star Alexander Rybak – violin virtuoso, singer and Eurovision Song Contest-winner – guarantee an amazing festive evening.

Opening Concert: Carl Orff- Carmina Burana: Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Date: 15. June, Friday 20.00

Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 500 HUF, 8 500 HUF 9 500 HUF, 11 000 HUF

Guest stars:

  • Erika Miklósa (soprano)
  • Levente Molnár (baritone)

Featuring: The National Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Chorus
Conductor: Zsolt Hamar

Following the tradition of previous years the gala performance of the National Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off the 3-month cultural festival.

Richard Strauss: Salome, Opera Premiere, 22., 24. June

Date & Time: 22. and 24. June, Friday, Sunday at 21.00

Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 6 500 HUF, 7 900 HUF, 9 500 HUF, 10 900 HUF, 12 500 HUF

Strauss’ tragic drama will be presented in German with Hungarian subtitles.

The premiere, directed by Ferenc Anger, is a co-production of Open-Air Theatre and the Hungarian State Opera House

  • Featuring: The Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra
  • Libretto written by Richard Strauss, based on the play by Oscar Wilde.

The Great Gatsby Ballet Show, 07. July

Date & Time: 07. July, Saturday at 21.00

Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 500 HUF, 8 900 HUF, 10 500 HUF, 12 000 HUF

  • Composer: Konstantin Meladze
  • Art director: Denis Matvienko
  • Director-Choreographer: Dwight Rhoden
  • Producers: Alexander & Alexey Polevoy

Based on the story of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Oscar-awarded movie from 2013 the dance show highlights the vibrant and debauch world of America in the 1920s America.

Star soloists of the Saint Petersburg Mariinszkij Ballet, as well as dancers from the Complexions Contemporary Ballet (USA) and the Kiev and Odessa National Ballet companies.

Jeff Mills: Planets, Concert, 13. July

Date & Time: 13. July 2018., Friday at 20.00

Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 7 500 HUF, 8 500 HUF, 9 500 HUF, 11 000 HUF

  • Featuring: The Danubia Orchestra of Óbuda
  • Conductor: Christophe Mangou

The innovative DJ known for grandiose compositions comes to Budapest with his latest concert: Planets – a sci-fi work inspired by the nine planets of the solar system and the self-knowledge gained from contemplating the univers and space.

From Opera to Tango, Erwin Schrott Gala Concert, 15. July

Date & Time: 15. July, Sunday at 20.00

Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 6 500 HUF, 7 900 HUF, 9 500 HUF, 10 900 HUF, 12 500 HUF

The sensual performer of passionate emotions, the popular star singer of the opera world, Erwin Schrott, comes to Margaret Island with a unique and exciting gala evening.

He will enchant the hearts of all spectators – not just women – with an exhilarating combination of

  • beautiful melodies and
  • romantic tango music.

Circus Princess, Operetta  by Emmerich Kálmán, Premiere, 20. & 21. July

Date & Time: 20. and 21. July 2018., Friday, Saturday at 20.00

Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 7 500 HUF, 8 500 HUF, 10 000 HUF

The popular music genre will be back on stage after a decade with Imre Kálmán’s popular work, the Circus Princess. The spectacular show provides a glimpse into the dazzling world of the circus against the backdrop of aristocratic life.

A co-production between the Margaret Island Open-Air Theatre and the National Theatre of Miskolc.

Virtuózok (Virtuosi) – Celebration: Summer Grand Concert

Date: 20. August, Sunday, 20.00

Virtuózok (Virtuosi) is the world’s first classical music talent show of the young generation that run on the Hungarian channel, M1 in autumn 2014.

The show and the performers became very popular and have been invited to perform many times since the end of the show.

On 20th August, which is a National Holiday in Hungary commemorating the foundation of the Hungarian State and the country’s first king, St. Stephen, the 9 finalists will give a festive performance.

A live broadcast of the fireworks show on the banks of the Danube crowns the event.

Tickets: 3 800 HUF

Water Tower (Víztorony) Margaret Island

concert at the Water Tower at duskThe refurbished 106-year old Water Tower reopened in May 2012.

It is a look-out tower as well as regularly hosts exhibitions.

The floodlighted tower provides an ideal background for the Jazzy Tower concerts on warm summer nights.

  • Concert tickets: 3 800 HUF that includes a return boat ticket, look-out tower and exhibition ticket, concert entry, welcome drink.

Opening Hours of the Water Tower Lookout and Art Gallery:

from June to October: every day: 11.00 – 20.00

Tickets:

  • full price: 600 HUF,
  • children (up to 14 yrs of age) 300 HUF

Performances – Vársomajor Open-Air Theatre

Danube Carnival, 03 – 08. June, 2017

Folk performances by the Duna Folk Ensemble and other folk groups between 03. and 08. June.

Children Programs

Children’s Stage On the Summer Festival

The children’s stage is opposite the entrance of the Open-Air Theater on Margaret Island, surrounded by three sycamore trees.

  • Puppet shows,
  • children stories welcome the youngest ones as well as grown-ups who are open to playful entertainment.

Each performance is cc. 40-50 minute followed by interactive plays, craft workshops, song and dance learning.

Tickets: children performances are FREE.

Performances start at 10.30 Saturdays  from 11. June till 28. August.

Children Performances at the Városmajor Open-Air Stage

Dates: Sundays at 10.30

Entry: 1 200 HUF

The open-air theatre in Városmajor, Buda also has performances (puppet show, theatre) for kids every Sunday starting at 10.30.

St. Margaret Monastery Ruins – Renaissance Morning on Sundays

stone ruins of the monastery
Remains of the St. Margaret Monastery

The Renaissance mornings at the ruins of the St. Margaret Monastery are free to enjoy every Sunday from 10.30 from 12. June till 14. August.

Recommended for children aged 7+.

More Summer Concert TIPS

TIP1: You can enjoy short music performances at various venues in the city in summer, including Margaret Island (Musical Fountain), the Basilica, Gerbeaud Cafe, Várkert Bazaar and more.

TIP 2: The Vajdahunyad Castle hosts concert evenings from 02. July to 16. August 2018, on Mondays and Thursdays; a great program for warm summer evenings.

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