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April 2019

Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)

April 5 - April 22
the red and white logo of the spring fest with the date displayed

The Spring Festival is a nearly 4-week long cultural festival with 120 programs at 40 Budapest venues. The varied program offers orchestra and chamber concerts, opera performances, ballet, jazz, exhibitions including many free events. It's one of Europe's largest cultural festival featuring numerous international artists year by year.

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Spring & Easter Market at Vörösmarty Square

April 5 - April 28
Vörösmarty square and the Gerbaud cafe illuminated at night

The Spring Festival on Vörösmarty Square is held around Easter. In 2019 it welcomes visitors between March - April with genuine handcrafted products, local gastronomy, craft workshops for children, concerts, and dance performances. A must-do program if you come to Budapest in spring!

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Easter in Budapest (Húsvét)

April 19 - April 22
three colorful painted easter eggs

Find out what you can do in Budapest at Easter! Festivals, popular attractions, family programs, things to do recommendations for the Easter weekend so that you can plan your vacation well. You can also learn about some local Easter traditions.

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Easter in Várkert Bazaar Budapest

April 20 @ 10:00 am - April 22 @ 9:00 pm
colonnaded walkway in the castle bazaar

The Várkert Bazaar at the foot of Buda Castle hosts a 3-day festival with colorful programs between Holy Saturday and Easter Monday. Expect craft workshops and shows evoking Easter traditions, concerts, street food, exhibitions and lots of kids' programs. Admission is free. Address: Ybl Miklós tér, 2-6., Budapest 1013, district I.

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International Book Festival Budapest

April 25 - April 28

Venue: Millenáris, Kis Rókus u. 16-20., Buda, district II., tram 6/M2 (red) metro line Dates and Opening Hours (not finalized yet): 25. April 12.00 - 19.00 26. April 10.00 - 19.00 27. April 10.00 - 20.00 28. April 10.00 - 19.00 Entry: Free Event website A great festival for book lovers. Besides being an ideal place to get both newly published and older books at discount price, the festival offers a wide palette of programs (discussions, book signings, reading sessions…

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May 2019

May Day in Budapest

May 1 - May 5

1st May/Labor Day is a public holiday in Hungary. May Day festivals, a race car and air show, family programs take place at various venues in Budapest.

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Budapest 100, Celebration of 100-Year Old Buildings

May 4 - May 5

The Budapest 100 is a 2-day celebration of buildings in Budapest that turn their 100th birthday in 2018. This year the event's motto is "Share the Square" so you can join locals on picnics, exhibitions, guided tours of houses otherwise closed to the public on 24 of the city's squares.

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Eleven Spring Weekend Bartók Béla Boulevard

May 10 @ 4:00 pm - May 12 @ 8:00 pm

An awesome spring street festival on Budapest's up-and-coming boulevard: Bartók Béla út near Gellért Hill in Buda. Programs cover concerts, exhibitions, foodie and wine events, design and craft fair.

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Museum Festival – May Day of Museums

May 12

You can get to know around 120 museums - from Budapest and other parts of Hungary - at one place, in the garden of the Hungarian National Museum. A series of exciting activities and programs welcome visitors. Family friendly!

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Gourmet Festival in Buda

May 16 - May 19

The largest gastro festival of Hungary is held in the Millenaris Park in Buda. This is the place where you can taste the best of local cuisine since many restaurants, Budapest's fine dining places, street food bars, cake shops will be present. International chef stars, show cooking, and children programs are the additional highlights of the Gourmet Festival.

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Budapest Folk Festival

May 22 @ 6:30 pm - May 26 @ 12:00 am
a couple of dancers on a folk dance house event

The Budapest Folk Fest has been organized since 2010. The 5-day event is a a great opportunity to learn about Hungarian folk heritage through authentic music and dance performances. Quick Links: 22. May/Wed - 23. May/Thurs - 24. May/Fri - 25. May/Sat - 26. May/Sun Venues include the Fonó Budai Zeneház, Várkert Castle Bazaar (Buda) and the Kassa Jazz Boat on the Danube Note: 2019 Program To Be Announced Later (Organizer Has Not Published Yet) 22. May 2018, Wednesday -…

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June 2019

Beer Festival in Budapest City Center

June 5 @ 3:00 pm - June 9 @ 11:00 pm

A 5-day festival dedicated to the best Hungarian and international beers, at Szabadság Square downtown Budapest. You can taste 250 beers including craft brews and beers by large breweries. Street food, beer premiers, concerts, cheerful atmosphere in a city centre park are the additional highlights of the festival.

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Festive Book Week – Ünnepi Könyvhét,

June 6 - June 10

Date Is Not Finalized Yet! An event celebrating books and all things related to them, on Vörösmarty Square, downtown Budapest. Besides books, you can enjoy street carneval and concerts.

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Budapest Summer Festival, June-July-August

June 8 - August 30
Concert at the Margaret Island open air stage Budapest Summer Festival

A 3-month cultural festival on Margaret Island's Open-air stage and in Városmajor, Buda: concerts, musical, ballet, opera and performances for children. Kicks off on 09. June with Carl Orff's Carmina Burana by the National Philharmonics.

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Pentecost/Whit Sunday Programs in Budapest

June 9 - June 10
folk dancers around a wooden tree of life

Browse our program redommendations for Pentecost Sunday and Monday (public holidays in Hungary). You can go to a couple of festivals in the city centre that strive to preserve the folk traditions related to this important Christian holiday.

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Czech Beer Festival in Budapest

June 13 - June 27
a young man drawing beer into a plastic cup

Date Is Not Finalized Yet! Sample the best of Czech beers and food at a central location, the Roof Terrace of the WestEnd Shopping Mall (can be subject to change!). Concerts and other fun programs accompany the festival.

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The Night of Museums Budapest

June 22 - June 23

The Night of Museums is a great opportunity to explore the many museums and exhibition halls of Budapest over a night. Color-coded bus service helps you getting around (included in the ticket price).

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July 2019

Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival

July 1 - August 1

Enjoy classical and light music concerts in Vajdahunyad Castle/City Park on summer evenings (Mondays and Thursdays). The series of concerts begins on 01. July 2019.

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Evening Concerts in Budapest Zoo

July 3 - August 21

Another great summer evening program in Budapest! The Zoo & Botanical garden hosts light music concerts on Wednesday evenings starting at 20.30. Before the concert you can take a walk in the zoo since the gate opens at 19.00.

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Red Bull Air Race Budapest

July 13 - July 14
red bull air race-in front of the Parliament

The amazing air show comes to Budapest on 23 - 24. June 2018. The race takes place right in the heart of the city over the Danube between Elizabeth Bridge and the Chain Bridge. You can view the breathtaking aerial performance from the banks of the river.

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