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Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival

July 5 - August 6

Cancelled Due to COVID-19!

Enjoy classical melodies on summer evenings in 2020 at one of Budapest’s most romantic venues, the Vajdahunyad castle in City Park.


City Park (Városliget-Vajdahunyadvár),

Getting there: 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 3 900 – 5 900 HUF / 13 – 20 EUR

Program (2019)

01. July, Monday 20:30 –  (Rain Day: 02. July, 20:30)

King Saint Stephen Symphony Orchestra  with Zugló Philharmonic

Conductor: Kálmán Záborszky

Gábor Horváth: piano

“Waves of Emotions”

  • Mussorgsky: Dawn over the Moscow River
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Competition B minor op.23


Tickets: 3 900 HUF/13 EUR.

04. July, Thursday 20:30 –  (Rain Day: 05. July, 20:30)

MÁV Symphony Orchestra – Beethoven evening

Conductor: Imre Kollár

With: Balázs Fülei (piano)

  • Beethoven: Egmont Overture Op.84
  • Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, Op.73


  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op.92

Tickets: 3 900 HUF/13 EUR

08. July, Monday 20:30 – (Rain Day: 09. July, 20:30)

Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra – “Human joys and tribulations”

Conductor and artistic director: Miklós Szenthelyi

Concertmaster: Román Oszecsinszki

With: Krisztián Szenthelyi (baritone)

  • Vivaldi: Four Seasons


  • Tchaikovsky: Don Juan’s serenade
  • Verdi: L’esule – Aria
  • Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Violins and Orchestra in A minor, RV 522
  • Donizetti: L’Elisir d’Amore, Belcore’s Cavatina
  • Rossini: Sonata No.1 in G major
  • Weiner: Divertimento No.1 (Old Hungarian Dances) Op.20

Tickets: 3 900 HUF/13 EUR

11. July, Thursday 20:30 – (Rain Day: 20. July, 20:30)

MÁV Symphony Orchestra – “Beethoven evening”

Conductor: Imre Kollár

With: Vilmos Szabadi (violin)

  • Beethoven: Coriolan – overture op.62
  • Beethoven: Violin concerto in D major Op.61


  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op.67

Tickets: 3 500 HUF/12 EUR

15. July, Monday 20.30 – (Rain Day: 16. July, 20:30)

Katica Illényi violinist – „Summer, Tango, Love”


Tibor Pintér – guitar
Zoltán Marosi – accordion
Sándor Sárkány – double bass
László Csizi – drums

The colourful program is also a premiere, which will be presented for the first time on the stage of Vajdahunyadvár. French tunes and Argentine tangos, Hungarian and world hits.

Tickets: 4 900 HUF/16 EUR

18. July, Thursday 20:30 – (Rain Day: 19. July, 20:30)

Monarchy Operetta

Artistic director: Erik Kollár

Special guest: Zsóka Fodor

“Operetta Gala 2019”

Unforgettable scenery, beautiful costumes, excellent soloists. You will hear excerpts from the most popular operettas:

  • The Gypsy Princess,
  • Countess Maritza,
  • The Merry Widow,
  • Land of Smiles,
  • Mike the Magnate,
  • The Circus Princess,
  • The Bayadere,
  • The Kissing Lady,
  • Lieutenant Maria.

Tickets: 3 900 HUF/13 EUR

22. July, Monday 20:30 – (Rain Day: 23. July, 20:30)

Budapest Bar

Artistic director: Róbert Farkas (violin, guitar)

Mihály Farkas – cimbalom
Károly Ökrös – accordion, piano
Richárd Farkas – double bass
Ferenc Kisvári – drums

With: singers: Dóri Behumi, András Keleti, András Lovasi, Krisztián Szűcs, Vera Tóth

  • Skilfully orchestrated Gypsy music – old film music and hits, music hall couplets and pop songs in a bar mood.
  • Selection of numbers from the group’s CDs.

Tickets: 5 900 HUF/20 EUR

25. July, Thursday 20:30 – (Rain Day: 26. July, 20:30)

Budapest Strings – “Deep feelings”

Artistic director: Károly Botvay

Concertmaster: János Pilz (violin)

With: Árpád Siménfalvy (oboe)

  • Vivaldi: La Folia
  • Bach: Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor BWV 1060
  • Händel: Concerto Grosso in A minor Op.6 No. 4


  • Vivaldi: Concerto Grosso in D minor RV565 Op.3 No. 11
  • Marcello: Oboe Concerto in D minor S.Z799
  • Boccherini: Symphony in D Minor “The House of the Devil” Op. 12

Tickets: 3 900 HUF/13 EUR

29. July, Monday, 20.30 – (Rain Day: 30. July: 20.30)

Sabbathsong Klezmer Band – “Different kinds of klezmer”


Farkas Nándor Beke (violin) and

Jenő Lisztes (cimbalom)

One genre, many styles. A musical panorama around the colourful palette of klezmer music with the Sabbathsong Klezmer Band.

Extracts from well-known and popular musicals, Yiddish and Hebrew hits from the 1930’s to the present.

Tickets: 3 900 HUF/13 EUR

01. August, Thursday, 20.30 (Rain Day: 02. August: 20.30)

Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra

Artistic director: József Lendvai Csócsi

  • Rossini: William Tell – overture
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5
  • Erkel: Palotás
  • Monti: Csárdás
  • Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1
  • Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 14


  • J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus overture
  • J. Strauss: Éljen a magyar!
  • Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers
  • Bizet: Carmen
  • J. Strauss: Thunder and Lightning
  • J. Strauss: Radetzky March

Tickets: 5 900 HUF/20 EUR

See also the official website of the concert series.

TIPS: The Organ Concert Series in St. Stephen Basilica or the Classical Concerts in Danube Palace are also excellent culturral entertainment in Budapest.

Short concerts entertain everyone for free at a dozen Budapest venues all summer.

The Evening Concerts in the Zoo & Botanical Garden on Wednesdays betweeen 03. July – 14. August 2020 are also excellent summer programs.


Summer Events & Festivals: Budapest Summer FestivalBudapest Events, Program Tips in JulyBudapest in AugustFormula 1 Hungarian RaceSziget FestivalFestival of Folk ArtsJewish Summer FestivalFireworks  & Cruise on the Danube


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