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Budapest Summer Festival

June 1 - August 31

June-July-August, 2017 – 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 Festive Mendehlsson evening by the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra title with guest star Hilary Hahn violin artist (US).

  • the Béjart Ballet Lausanne Company will perform it’s most stunning production the Ballet for Life
  • The Opera Gala with World Stars will present unforgettable arias by American soprano Ailyn Pérez, Italian baritone Gabriele Viviani and Kosovo’s charming tenor Ramé Lahaj.
  • Porgy and Bess a jazz opera by Gershwin on 23. and 25 June are the highlights of this year’s festival, along with around 100 programs in various genres.

In the Musical genre you can enjoy a new interpretation of Doctor Zhivago (30. June and 02. July at 21.00) with Hungarian singer Zoltán Miller, and the Evita (11. and 13. August at 20.00) will be put on stage again this year.

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

TIP: You’ll get 20 % discount on ticket prices with a Budapest Card.

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Ticket purchase:

  • Szabadtér Színház Jegyiroda (Open Air Theatre Ticket Office): 1065 Bp., Nagymező u. 68., 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 2017): 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: Szabadtér Színház Jegyiroda (Open-Air Theatre Ticket Office) 1065

Bp., Nagymező u. 68., district VI:

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. Children programs start at 10.30 each Sunday.

Margaret Island Open-Air Theater

Margitszigeti Szabadtéri Színpad

Getting There

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: Nagymező utca 68., district VI.,  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 2017

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 Concert: Mendelsshon Evening, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Hilary Hahn with her violin and a portrait of Mendelsshon in the backgroundDate: 09. June, Friday 20.00

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

Conductor: Zsolt Hamar, with violinist: Hilary Hahn

Ball of the Monarchy – Folk Dance Show, 16. June

Date: 16. June Friday, 20.00


folk dancers in traditional costume dancing on stageA romantic- classic performance of 200 artists.


  • Budafok Dohnányi Symphony Orchestra,
  • Hungarian State Ensemble,
  • Danube Folk Ensemble,
  • Hungarian Dance Academy,
  • Bartina Dance Ensemble,
  • Bem Dance Ensemble

Y’akoto Concert, 17. June

Date: 17. June, Saturday 20.00

Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 4 500 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 6 500 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 8 500 HUF

The Ghanaian born singer performs in Hungary for the first time. Blues, neo-soul and ambient pop characterizes her world of music. Learn more about her at her website.

Virtuózok (Virtuosi)- Celebration: Summer Grand Concert

Date: 20. August, Saturday, 20.00

Virtuózok (Virtuosi) is the world’s first classical music talent show of the young generation that run on the Hungarion 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

Opera Performances

Giuseppe Verdi: Traviata – opera premiere

Date: 24.  and 26. June, 20.00

a concert in the Open-Air Theater
The Open-Air Theater on Margaret Island at the Water Tower

Verdi’s popular opera: a new performance staged for the first in Italian with Hungarian subtitles.

Violetta: Erika Miklósa, Alfred Germont: Giuseppe Filianoti (IT)

Conductor: Domonkos Héja

Featuring: the Orchestra and Choir of the Hungarian National Opera

Director: Ferenc Anger

Tickets: 3 900, HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 7 900 HUF, 8 900 HUF

Opera Gala: 3 Tenors On The Island – World Premier


A unique gala concert featuring three young, internationally successful tenors, including James Valenti (USA), Sébastien Guéze (France) who’ll sing the most romantic melodies from the world of opera.

Verdi: Otello – Open-air Opera, Premiere


Verdi’s famous tragedy will be performed in Italian with Hungarian subtitles with Andrea Rost playing Desdemona and Marc Heller (USA) in the role of Othello.

Conductor: Gergely Madaras

Featuring: the Orchestra and Choir of the Hungarian National Opera

Ballet Performances

Monte Carlo Ballet: Romeo and Juliet


A classical ballet presented by one of Europe’s best-known and talented ballet companies, the Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.

Tickets: 3 900, HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 7 900 HUF, 8 900 HUF


Andrew Lloyd Webber: Evita – Premiere


The hugely successful musical re-staged with the co-operation of Hungarian artists.

Tickets: 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 7 900 HUF, 9 900 HUF

World Music:

Stanley Jordan Guitar Concert


The world famous guitarist will enchant you on the open-air stage of the island.

Dance, Music and Other Performances

Magic Night – spectacular show


(for ages 18 and over)

World-famous illusionists, with glamorous girls and a charming compere will dazzle the audience with a breathtaking brand-new show.

Performers: Vincent Vignaud – France, David Climent – Spain, Peter Marvey – Switzerland, Dávid Molnár Nagy – Hungary

Tickets: 3 500, HUF, 3 900 HUF, 4 900 HUF, 5 900 HUF, 6 900 HUF, 8 900 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.

The Jazzy Tower concerts in 2015 were:

  • Szőke Nikoletta Quartet ,13. June,
  • Kozma Orsi Quartet, 11. July
  • Bolyki Brothers, 18. July
  • Swing & Sanzon, 24. July

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 and Art Gallery:

from June to October: every day: 11.00 – 20.00

Tickets: full price: 600 HUF, children 300 HUF

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


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

Monastery Ruins
Remains of the St. Margaret Monastery

St. Margaret Monastery Ruins – Renaissance Morning on Sundays

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+.

TIP: The Vajdahunyad Castle hosts concert evenings from 01. July to 01. August 2016, on Mondays and Thursdays; a great program for warm summer evenings.

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