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March 2017

Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)

March 31 - April 23
Several Places in the City,
the red and white logo of the spring fest with the date displayed

Spring Festivities with A Wide Range of Cultural Programs Date: 31. March - 23. April 2017. The Budapest Spring Festival takes place in April each year. Besides Hungarian artists, numerous international stars perform during the 3 and half - week event. One of the the biggest name of the 2017 festival is John Malkovich performing in the Just Call Me God: A dictator's final speech theatre and music production. Other performers in 2017 include: Georg Baselitz, Gyenyisz Macujev,…

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Spring & Easter Market at Vörösmarty Square

March 31 - April 17
Vörösmarty Square,
Vörösmarty tér
Budapest, 1051
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Vörösmarty square and the Gerbaud cafe illuminated at night

The Budapest Spring Fair organized around Easter, 31. March and 17. April in 2017. at Vörösmarty Square follows the tradition and success of the popular Christmas Fair. The historic plaza turns into a lovely spring garden for the month-long festival offering a rich variety of cultural programs: concerts, folk music and dance performances, children programs, art and craft workshops. Details of the Spring Fair Location: Budapest-Vörösmarty tér, district V. Getting there: M1 underground/yellow line, Vörösmarty tér station, tram…

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April 2017

Easter in Budapest

April 14 - April 17
Several Places in the City,
three colorful painted easter eggs

Events, Festivals, Things To Do Around Easter in Budapest Do you plan to spend Easter in Budapest? The Hungarian capital offers plenty of attractions and activities for a wonderful Easter weekend. Plan your Easter city break to Budapest well, so that you can get the most of your time. See our things to do tips below and some useful information about public transport, opening hours and the weather around the holiday. TIP: Danube Cruise with Dinner at Easter - Spring…

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23. International Book Festival Budapest

April 20 - April 23
Millenáris Park,
Kis Rókus utca 16-20.
Budapest, 1024

Venue: Millenáris, Kis Rókus u. 16-20., Buda, district II., tram 6/M2 (red) metro line Dates and Opening Hours (not finalized yet): 20. April 12.00 - 19.00 21. April 10.00 - 19.00 22. April 10.00 - 20.00 23. April 10.00 - 19.00 Entry: 500 HUF (if you buy a book at the festival the entry fee will be deducted). Event website A great festival for book lovers. Besides being an ideal place to get both newly published and older books at…

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Budapest 100, Celebration of 100-Year Old Buildings

April 22 - April 23
Several Places in the City,

Date: 22 - 23. April, 2017. An open weekend for Budapest buildings that celebrate their 100th birthday in 2017. The Budapest 100 is one my favourite programs and I wish it would last more than just two days. This year you can pop again in some very unique buildings. Houses on the Danube river front will be in the focus over the 2 days. You can explore the many cultural and historic monuments located along the more than 4 km…

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Pálinka Festival Budapest, Városháza Park

April 28 - April 30
Városháza Park,
Budapest, 1052

Date is Not Finalized Yet! Date: 28-30. April 2017., Friday-Saturday-Sunday Venue: Városháza park, district V., downtown, M1, M2, M3 metros or tram 47, Deák tér station Opening hours: Thursday: 14.00-24.00, Friday: 14.00-01.00, Saturday: 12.00-01.00 Entry: free Payment for drinks and food is with the Hellopay electronic card to wich your can top up money with cash or credit/debit card (2 % transaction fee is charged). You can get your Hellopay card at several points in the festival venue for…

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May Day in Budapest

April 30 - May 1
Several Places in the City,

Programs, Things to Do Recommendations on  1st May / Labor Day May Day in Budapest used to be a major holiday of the Communist Party. Large processions followed by beer and frankfurter in the City Park marked 1st May a couple of decades ago. Today political parties still use May Day/Labor Day to advertise their programs and recruit followers, but luckily 1st May- Labor Day has become a family day with a range of festivals and programs in the capital,…

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May 2017

Eleven Spring Weekend Bartók Béla Boulevard

May 5 @ 4:00 pm - May 7 @ 8:00 pm
Along Bartók Béla út,
Bartók Béla út
Budapest, 1111
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The rapidly developing Bartók Béla út (a road starting at Gellért Sqr. in Buda the  side, in district XI.), hosts the Eleven Spring Weekend (a word game on the district number XI. and the Hungarian meaning of eleven: energetic, lively) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 06. and 08. May 2016. The programs of the 3-day festival will be themed around Portugal: its culture and gastronomy. The aim of the event is to bring more culture, designers, unique shops, and creativity…

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Belgian Beer Festival in Budapest Bálna

May 12 - May 14
Fővám tér 11-12.
Budapest, 1093
poster of the Belgian Beer Festival Budapest 2015

Date: 12 - 14. May 2017. (Dates is not finalized yet) Venue: Whale/Bálna Building and Terraces Opening hours: Fri: 17.00-22.00, Sat: 11.00-22.00, Sun: 11.00-20.00 Tickets: 2 800 HUF includes 3 glasses of beer (200ml) or 4000 HUF (incl. 5 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 nursing a beer and enjoying the scenic…

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Gourmet Festival in Buda

May 18 - May 21
Millenáris Park,
Kis Rókus utca 16-20.
Budapest, 1024

Good to Know Information About the Gourmet Festival Date: 18 - 21. May 2017., Thursday-Sunday Opening Hours: 18. May/Thursday: 17.00 - 23.00, 19 - 21. May/Frid-Sat-Sun: 12.00 - 23.00 Venue: Millenáris Park, Buda, Getting there: trams 4, 6, M2 metro Széll Kálmán tér stop - cc. 5 minute walk from there. Other trams: 17, 56, 56A, 59, 61, Buses: 5, 16, 16A, 21, 21A, 22, 39, 91, 102, 116, 128, 129, 139, 149, 155, 156, Entry to the festival area:…

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Museum Festival – May Day of Museums

May 20 - May 21
Hungarian National Museum,
Múzeum körút 14-16.
Budapest, 1088

Date: May 20-21./Saturday-Sunday, Date Is Not Official Yet! Venue: Hungarian National Museum and its neighbourhood, Múzeum körút 14-16. district VIII., trams 47, 49, M3 (blue) metro Kálvin tér station Opening Hours: 20. May/Satuday: museum garden. 9.00-22.00, museum: 10.00-22.00, 21. May/Sunday: museum garden: 9.00-22.00, museum: 10.00-18.00. You can visit around 100 museums in Budapest at one place, in the garden of th National Museum, and get an insight into their works, exhibitions and treasures. Admission is free.…

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June 2017

Beer Festival in Buda Castle

June 1 - June 4
Buda Castle,
Budapest 1014
Budapest, 1014

Taste Great Beers by Large Beer Makers, and Smaller Artisan Breweries! The Beer Festival in Buda Castle (moves to a new location in 2017) and the other, smaller festivals (Főzdefeszt Artisan Beer Festival, Belgian Beer Festival, Czech Beer Festival) offer opportunity for beer lovers to taste the best beers made in Hungary and in other countries. Besides wine celebrated on the numerous wine festivals organized in Budapest throughout the year, beer, especially specialty beer made by small, craft breweries, has…

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Budapest Summer Festival

June 1 - August 31
Margaret Island,
Budapest, 1138
Concert at the Margaret Island open air stage Budapest Summer Festival

June-July-August, 2017 - Concerts, Musicals, Theatrical Performances The Budapest Summer Festival offers a wide range of cultural programs for the summer months beginning on 10. June at 20.00 with an Opening Concert by the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra title Romantic Classics with, Chinese pianist Yuja Wang and conducted by Zoltán Kocsis. TIP: Two operas by Verdi, a classic ballet of the Romeo and Juliet, a tenor gala concert, a magic show, A. L. Weber's Evita are the highlights of this…

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Festive Book Week – Ünnepi Könyvhét,

June 8 - June 12
Vörösmarty Square,
Vörösmarty tér
Budapest, 1051

Date: 08 - 12. June 2017. Venue: Vörösmarty Square, downtown Budapest The 87th Festive Book Week takes place at the beginning of June at Vörösmarty Square (M1 underground, yellow metro line), Váci Street, and Deák Ferenc Street in Budapest city centre. Besides book discussions, dedications, there will be concerts, puppet show and a street carneval. Most programs take place at the Oroszlános kút (Lion Fountain) on Vörösmarty tér. Take a stroll on this central plaza of the city and browse…

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Főzdefeszt Craft Beer Festival

June 9 - June 11
City park (Városliget),
Olof Palme sétány

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,…

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Czech Beer Festival in Budapest

June 23 - July 2
Városháza Park,
Budapest, 1052

Date: end of  June - beginning of July 2017, Date Is Not Official Yet! Venue: Dózsa György út 37., parking lot (Heroes' Sqr.) Opening Hours: Entry: free, Payment for beer/food: in cash The X. Czech Beer Festival is a great opportunity to taste fine Czech beers and food. Concerts and other cultural programs make the festival even more enjoyable in the summer heat. You can taste the following beer specialties made by micro breweries: Purkmistr, Kout na Šumavě,…

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The Night of Museums Budapest

June 24
Museums in Budapest,

Múzeumok Éjszakája - Explore Unique Exhibitions and Enjoy Exciting Programs in Museums of Budapest Date: 24. June, 2017. (Date Is Not Finalized Yet!) Venues: Museums of Budapest Tickets: adult: 1 500 HUF, children (aged 6-18): 600 HUF, free for kids under 6 years of age. The ticket is an armband that you wear on your arm and show at the museum's entrance. You can participate in the programs on the night of 24. June as well as…

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July 2017

Red Bull Air Race Budapest

July 1 - July 2
Danube banks, between Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges
red bull air race-in front of the Parliament

The Red Bull Air Race, a dazzling air competition popular all over the world, comes back to Budapest city centre on 01 - 02. July 2017. If you're spending your vacation here at the time of the race you'll sure see the spectacular event over the river Danube between Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges: a central and scenic location for this amazing aerial performance. If you're a hardcore Red Bull Air race fan and only come to our city to watch…

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Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival

July 3 - August 3
Vajdahunyad Castle,
Vajdahunyad vár
Budapest, 1146
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Dates: from 03. July till 03. August 2017., on Mondays and Thursdays (Dates Are Not Finalized Yet) 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 -…

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Music Evenings in Budapest Zoo

July 5 - August 23
Zoo & Botanical Garden,
Állatkerti krt. 6-12.
Budapest , 1146

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 tickets:…

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