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June 2018

Budapest Summer Festival, June-July-August, 2018

June 9 - August 31
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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July 2018

Evening Concerts in Budapest Zoo

July 4 - August 22

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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August 2018

Jewish Cultural Festival Budapest

August 26 - September 2

A Multicultural Event with Exciting Programs The Jewish Cultural Festival in Budapest  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. The Great Synagogue in Budapest Dohány Street This cultural event reflects this ambition. The festival is organized by the Jewish Tourism and Cultural Centre. Come to the Hungarian capital at the end of…

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September 2018

Belgian Beer Festival in Budapest

September 1 - September 2
poster of the Belgian Beer Festival Budapest 2015

Date: 01 - 02. September 2018. The Whale's Terrace overlooking the Danube Venue: new location: Sörház utca 39., Budapest 1222. district XXII. Programs, additional information will be published soon. Opening hours: Indoor: Tickets 3 700 HUF includes 4 glasses of beer (200ml) or 5 000 HUF (incl. 6 glasses of beer), and a special tasting glass The Belgian Beer Fest is getting more popular year by year. No wonder, the terrace along the riverside of the Bálna building is ideal for…

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Budapest Wine Festival

September 6 - September 9
Buda royal palace during the wine festival.

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 Chilean 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 specialties, concerts, cultural programs, children activities. Overall…

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National Gallop Budapest

September 14 - September 16

Nemzeti Vágta/National Gallop-An Equestrian Contest & Festival Venue: Andrassy Avenue and Heroes' Square, Budapest Admission free, grand stand tickets if you want to watch the race: 3.000 - 4.000 HUF The National Gallop is a celebration of Hungarian traditions and the countryside including traditional Hungarian horseback riding and hussar traditions. The event celebrate sits 10th anniversary in 2017. The main attraction of the event is the horse riding race to which any Hungarian citizen aged 18 and older can enter,…

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Sweet Days Chocolate Festival

September 14 - September 16

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 and Saturday: 10.00 - 23.00, 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 the St. Stephen's Basilica and Zrínyi Street connecting the Basilica with the…

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Cultural Heritage Days in Budapest

September 15 - September 16

Venue: several places throughout Budapest, Admission: free The Cultural Heritage Days are part of the European Heritage Days. In Hungary it 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 programs in English if you wish to gain an insight in our city's past, architecture…

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Junibor Wine Festival

September 27 @ 4:00 pm - September 30 @ 11:30 pm

The Junibor Wine & Gastro Festival awaits visitors for the 5th time on Szt. István Square in front of Budapest's Basilica. Entry is free. Memebers of the Junibor Association - a guild of the young generation of Hungarian winemakers - will bring their best wines for tasting. Surrounded by the bustling city, tourists, wine lovers, locals and foreigners, but for this 4 days the Hungarian wines connect everyone on the grandest plaza of Budapest. 33 wine producers representing all of…

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October 2018

OktoberFest Budapest 2018

October 4 - October 7

Date Is Subject to Change! A Beer Festival with Family Programs Beer lovers cannot complain of lack of beer festivals in Budapest. After the Főzdefeszt, the Downtown Beer festival, Czech and Belgian Beer Festivals, the city gets its own Oktoberfest in Kincsem Park, a historc horse race venue in district X. The best craft breweries from Hungary, Bavaria and other countries will be present on the four-day event offering a choice of 300 beers. Quick Links: Location - Getting There…

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CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

October 5 - October 21

For Contemporary Art Fans 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 05 - 21. October, 2018. The more than two-week event will be focusing on Béla Bartók Hungarian-born composer whose work and life are a source of inspiration for many local and international artists. Israel, Jewish…

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October 23rd 1956 Revolution

October 19 - October 23

October 23rd marks the day of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. It is a National Holiday when commemorations take place in Budapest and Hungary. 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 most significant events of the country's 20th century history. Note: October 23rd  is a public holiday in Hungary so shops, restaurants, public institutions will be closed. Most…

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Celebrate Halloween in Budapest!

October 26 - November 4

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 on 01. November down…

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November 2018

Christmas Fair and Winter Festival at Vörösmarty Sqr.

November 9 - December 31
Wooden cottage at the Christmas Fair

Date is Subject to Change! Visit the Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival on Vörösmarty Square if you want to buy something unique and original for your loved ones The lovely plaza in the heart of the city turns into a festive market place from 10. November till 31. December. The location is ideal; the Square is in the heart of the city at the end of Váci utca, right in front of the prestigious Gerbeaud Coffee House. Cottage-style wooden…

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Advent & Winter Festival in Városháza Park, Downtown Budapest

November 16 - December 28
Green cardboard Xmas tree installations

Date is Subject to Change! 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: Sun - Thurs: 10.00 - 20.00, Fri & Sat: 10.00 - 21.00, 24. December: 10.00 - 14.00, 25 - 26. December: 12.00 - 18.00 Entry:…

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Christmas Market By Budapest Basilica

November 23, 2018 @ 11:30 am - January 1, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
fornt view of the Basilica at night with a red-lighted Christmas tree on the square

The Christmas Market and Advent Feast by the Basilica of Budapest is one of the most popular holiday-welcoming event in the city. The most prestigious church of the country lends a fitting backdrop to the festival that starts on 24. November 2017. NEW: This year visitors will be treated to a new, even more spectacular 3D visual show projected on the front of the Basilica every day after sunset. The speacial glasses with wich you can view the animation are…

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Advent in Óbuda

November 30 - December 23

Christmas Festival on Fő tér (Main Square) The Main Square and the neighbouring area of Óbuda hosts festive programs on the four weekends of Advent: concerts, puppet shows, two ice rinks, and handicrafts  and gastro market offer entertainment for the whole family. A tall Christmas tree and the life-size nativity scene, workshops, and local gastronomy create a special pre-Christmas atmosphere. Getting there: tram 1 and get off at Szentlélek tér stop  M3, blue metro, get off at Árpád híd station,…

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December 2018

Christmas in Budapest

December 24 - December 26

Programs at Christmas Time Are you planning to celebrate Christmas in Budapest this year? Andrássy avenue at Christmas Find some things to do suggestions, information about opening hours, public transport and some interesting Hungarian Christmas traditions. Quick Links: TIP: Christmas Cruises - Christmas Concerts - Festive Markets - Gala Concert of the 100-Member Gypsy Orchestra - Hotels in Budapest - Opening Hours at Christmas - Public Transport During the Holiday - Hungarian Christmas Traditions - Weather Around Christmas at Budapest…

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New Year Concert of the 100-Member Gipsy Orchestra

December 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Music and Wine See the famous Hundred Member Gipsy Orchestra perform live in the Budapest Congress Center on 30. December, 2018. at 18.00. Date: 30. December 2018., at 18.00 Venue: Budapest Congress Center, Jagelló út 1-3., Budapest 1213, district XII. Tickets in Various Categories concert + wine tasting + dinner + folk show: 120 EUR, (seating is at 8-person tables on the ground floor) concert + wine tasting + snack + folk show: 68 EUR, (seating is at 6-person tables…

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New Year in Budapest, 31. December 2018 – 01. January 2019.

December 31, 2018 - January 1, 2019
New Years Eve boat party on the Danube

New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Programs If you plan to celebrate New Year in Budapest you won't be bored. You can pick from plenty of programs from upscale balls to local house parties. Let's not forget the spectacular fireworks at midnight! Hungarians are very good at partying. We're people who look for every occasion to eat and drink well. One of these special occasions is the last day of the year, Szilveszter in our language. People start preparing…

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