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Budapest Summer Festival, June-July-August

June 6, 2020 - September 5, 2020

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 01. June at 20.00 with a symphonic concert of the Margaret Island celebrating the band’s 5th birthday.

Other performances include:

  • Nicola Benedetti and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra on 04. July
  • Barbarian Nights –  a contemporary dance tableau on 18. July
  • Sukhishvili – National Georgian Ballet – evening of dance on 16. and 17. August  .. and a series of other greta programs.

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

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 2019.

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, onboard 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 – Sept. 2019

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

Nicola Benedetti and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra – concert

Date & Time: 04. July, 2019, 20.00

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

One of the leading violin soloists of our time will be performing for the first time in Hungary.

She comes to Budapest with one of the world’s best youth orchestras, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra (SFSYO).

Guests will hear songs from one of music literature’s most popular and difficult violin concertos, P. I. Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D-major.

Barbarian Nights – or the first dawning lights of the world – contemporary dance tableau

Date & Time: 18. July 2019, 21.00

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

“The story of a journey, because everything in our world is a journey…”

Opera Gala – Vittorio Grigolo Gala Concert, 20. July

Date & Time: 20. July, 2019 at 20.00

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

The outstanding Italian opera soloist will perform his classic and popular repertoire, the best known araias from the world of opera.

Pink Martini Concert, 24., 25. July

Date & Time: 24.  July, 2019 at 21.00 and 25. July 2019 at 20.00

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

The US performance orchestra’s one-of-a-kind tunes will enchant music lovers. They play a combination of jazz, pop-rock and classical music.

You can find out more about the band here.

Stars of Hollywood symphonic filmmusic concert, 27. July

Date & Time: 27. July, Saturday at 20.00

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

Orchestra: Budapest Symphony Orchestra

Original Concept: Gergely Hubai

Producer: Teodóra Bán

The performance features music from popular award-winning films such as

  • Forrest Gump,
  • Gladiator,
  • Indiana Jones or
  • Pirates of the Caribbean.

Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana – Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci two one-act operas

Date & Time: 01. and 04. August at 20.00

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

Featuring the Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra, Chorus and Children’s Chorus

The performance is in Italian with Hungarian subtitles.

Sukhishvili – National Georgian Ballet – evening of dance

Date & Time: 16. and 17. August at 20.00

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

National Holiday Concert on 20th August

László Tolcsvay –  Béla Tolcsvay: Hungarian Mass László Tolcsvay: New Hungarian Rhapsody

Date: 20. August, Tuesday, 20.00

Tickets: 2 000 HUF

Featuring:

  • the Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra and Chorus,
  • the Amadinda Percussion Group,
  • as well as rock and folk ensembles led by Sándor Födő and Pál Havasréti.

Conductor: Gábor Werner

The festival celebrates the 20th August, one of Hungary’s most prominent National Holidays with two special concerts.

TIP: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.

ŽAGAR – Electric Rituals concert, 23. August, 21.00

Date & Time: 23. August, Friday at 21.00

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

Žagar is a leader of the Hungarian electronic music scene.

Besides the music, they place huge emphasis on visual effects creating a ture psychedelic flow experience.

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

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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