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June 2017

Budapest Summer Festival

June 1 - August 31
Concert at the Margaret Island open air stage Budapest Summer Festival

June-July-August, 2017 - Concerts, Musicals, Theatre Performances 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 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…

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July 2017

Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival

July 3 - August 17

Dates: from 03. July till 17. August 2017., on Mondays and Thursdays Enjoy classical melodies on summer evenings in 2016 at Budapest's most romantic venues, the Vajdahunyad castle in City Park. Venue: City Park (Városliget-Vajdahunyadvár), 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 3 500 - 5 500 HUF. Program 2017 03. July,…

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Evening Concerts in Budapest Zoo

July 5 - August 23

Date: 05. July till 23. August 2017., Concerts start at 20.30. The Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden hosts summer evening concerts each year. Jazz, klezmer, and other light music concerts welcome music lovers on Wednesday evenings, starting at 20.30 (gates open at 19.00 so you can take a stroll in the zoo before the performances with your ticket). Good music, exceptional setting, light summer breeze... what else do you need to have a memorable summer evening? Tickets seating…

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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest – Hungaroring

July 28 - July 30

If you are a Formula one fan and happen to be in Budapest in the middle of the summer, you shouldn’t miss the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix between 28 - 30. July 2017. Quick Links: Tickets - Best Places to Watch - Getting There, Map - Hotels The main race takes place on 30. July, Sunday but qualifying runs will be held on the two previous days. You can also take a Public Pit Walk with a valid F1 race…

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August 2017

Sziget Festival, 09-16. August 2017

August 9 - August 16

Budapest Sziget Festival takes place on Óbudai Island (aka Hajógyári Island) in Óbuda, northern Budapest. This year the festival celebrates its 25th jubilee welcoming visitors with around 1 500 programs on 50 venues across the island.Besides concerts, you can select from a wide range of programs: - theatre performances, - contemporary circus, - movie screenings, - museums, - sport activities, - there's even a small beach are where you can splash in the Danube. Quick Links: Programs, Concerts in 2017…

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Festival of Folk Arts

August 17 @ 10:00 am - August 20 @ 11:00 pm

Celebrating Traditional Folk Crafts in Buda Castle (Mesterségek Ünnepe) Uzbekistan and China as Guest Nations You must visit the Festival of Folk Arts in Budapest's Castle District between 17th and 20th August/Thursday-Sunday if you want to find out more about Hungary’s and other nations' rich folklore and crafts straight from the horse’s mouth. Organised for the 30th time, the Festival is the most significant forum for living folk culture in Hungary. The most renowned Hungarian artists and craftsmen from different…

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20. August-St. Stephen’s Day

August 19 - August 21

What Does Hungary Celebrate On August 20.? Fireworks, Programs in Budapest on St Stephen's Day 20th August is St. Stephen’s Day in Hungary and it is a public holiday. We celebrate the foundation of the Hungarian state more than 1000 years ago. The new bread is blessed on this day too. Countless programs await both locals and tourists all the day round. Besides commemorations organized by political parties, there will be numerous other exciting things to do, especially for families…

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Budapest Fireworks Cruise with Dinner/Drinks, Aug 20.

August 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Watch the Show from a Boat on the Danube The festive Fireworks Show takes place in Budapest on 20th August (St. Stephen's Day) every year, celebrating the foundation of the Hungarian state. The fireworks are one of the most awaited events of summer and many want to have a good spot on the banks of the Danube to enjoy the spectacular show that starts at 21.00 in the evening. The best place to watch the show is from a ship…

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September 2017

Jewish Cultural Festival Budapest

September 3 - September 10

A Multicultural Event with Lots of Exciting Programs Date: Date Is Not Finalized Yet! The Jewish Cultural Festival in Budapest (formerly Jewish Summer Festival)  is a great opportunity to find out everything about Hungarian Jewish culture. The Jews played an important part in Hungary’s history. The city’s Jewish community has started to reborn in the previous couple of years. This cultural event reflects this ambition. The festival is organized by the Jewish Tourism and Cultural Centre (ZSIKK in Hungarian).…

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Budapest Wine Festival

September 7 - September 10
Buda royal palace during the wine festival.

Date: Spetember 07 - 10. 2017. Location: Buda Castle terraces The Budapest International Wine Festival is a great opportunity to taste award-winning Hungarian wines, and this year the best of Italian wines and gastronomy. This is one of our most favourite festivals in Hungary which we try to visit each year. Even if you are not a wine lover you will find something that picks your interest: fine food - there's a gastro promenade offering quality streetfood and culinary…

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Főzdefeszt Craft Beer Festival

September 7 - September 9

The Market at Hold utca 13., district V., the 1st Location of the Show in Previous Year Date Is Not Finalized Yet The Főzdefesz Craft Beer Festival is a unique beer festival where you can see and taste what the top new-wave beer makers and street food bars have to offer: more than 50 types of craft beer on tap, wines, coffee gourmet hamburger, hot-dog, gyros, grilled sausages, goulash, and other soups, fish…

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National Gallop Budapest

September 15 - September 17

Nemzeti Vágta/National Gallop- An Equestrian Contest & Festival Venue: Andrassy Avenue and Heroes' Square, Budapest Date: September 2017. Admission free, grand stand tickets if you want to watch the race: 3.000-4.000 HUF The highly successful event will be held in mid-September in 2015. The National Gallop is a celebration of Hungarian traditions and the countryside including traditional Hungarian horseback riding and hussar traditions. The main attraction of the event is the horse riding race to which any Hungarian citizen aged…

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Sweet Days Chocolate Festival

September 15 - September 17

Date & Time: The festival opens at 10.00 and closes at 22.00 on each day. Venue: Szent István Square in front of the Basilica and Zrínyi Street Getting There: M1, M2 M3 metros) Deák Ferenc stop, tram 2 Eötvös tér or Széchenyi tér stops Opening Hours: Friday: 11.00-22.00, Saturday: 10.00-22.00, Sunday: 10.00-20.00 Admission: FREE A great family program not just for lovers of chocolate. This festival moves to a new location in the city centre: Szent István Sqr. at…

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Cultural Heritage Days in Budapest

September 16 - September 17

Guided Walk Tours to Unique Buildings, Institutions Date: 16 - 17. September, 2017. Venue: several places throughout Budapest, Admission: free The Cultural Heritage Days are part of the European Heritage Days, and in Hungary is usually organised on the 3rd weekend of September. Certain institutions and buildings otherwise closed for the public welcome visitors this weekend. Guides will introduce the history and characteristics of the buildings as well as the activities taking place inside. The event offers some…

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OktoberFest Budapest 2017

September 28 - October 1

Date Is Not Official Yet! A Beer Festival with Family Programs Beer lovers cannot complain of lack of beer festivals in Budapest. After the Főzdefeszt, the Buda Castle Beer festival, Czech and Belgian Beer Festivals, the city gets its own Oktoberfest at 56-osok tere/Felvonulási tér next to Heroes' Square. The best craft breweries from Hungary, Bavaria and other countries will be present on the four-day event offering a choice of 300 beers. Some of the programs of the 4-day…

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October 2017

CAFE Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

October 6 - October 22

Are you a Contemporary Art Fan? CAFE Budapest Festival is for You! Budapest is a Festival City. Every season has its own festival so visitors to the Hungarian capital always have plenty of cultural programs to choose from. The Café Budapest Contemporary Art Festival (previously known as Budapest Autumn Festival) takes place between 06 - 22. October, 2017. The more than two-week event will be focusing on Béla Bartók Hungarian-born composer whose work and life are a source of inspiration…

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October 23rd 1956 Revolution

October 20 - October 23

National Holiday - Programs on the 60th Anniversary October 23rd marks the day of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. It is a National Holiday when commemorations take place in Budapest and Hungary. 2016 is the 60th anniversary of the event with many commemorations, programs in the capital and the whole country. It was a revolution against the Stalinist, communist regime and Soviet oppression that was beaten down by the Russian army. The Hungarian revolution of 1956 is one of the…

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Celebrate Halloween in Budapest!

October 31 - November 1

Festivals, Parties, Programs Although it is not a Hungarian holiday, celebrating Halloween is becoming more and more popular in Budapest and other parts of the country. So if you happen to be here around the end of October-beginning of November and can't live without all things Halloween, here are some tips on parties, festivals and other events. TIP: If you want to celebrate the event like Hungarians do see the background information on All Saints Day/Mindenszentek down the page. Quick…

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November 2017

Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival

November 10, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Wooden cottage at the Christmas Fair

Mid-November 2017. - 01. January 2018. Date is Not Finalized Yet! Come and visit the Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival if you want to buy something unique and original for your loved ones a lovely plaza in the heart of the city, turns into a festive market place. The fair usually opens in mid-November and and closes on 01. January. The location is ideal; the Square is in the heart of the city at the end of Váci…

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Advent & Winter Festival in Városháza Park, Downtown Budapest

November 16 - December 27
Green cardboard Xmas tree installations

The Most Family-Friendly & Charitable Christmas Fair Date: 16. November - 27. December 2017 Location & Getting There: Városháza Park, city centre (a 2-minute walk from Deák Ferenc metro station and tram termini: M1, M2, M3 underground lines, trams 47 and 49). You can also get there by buses No. 9, 15, 105: get off at Deák F. tér stop. Opening Hours Craft Fair: Mon-Thurs & Sun: 10.00 - 20.00, Fri & Sat: 10.00 - 21.00, 24. December: 10.00 -…

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