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March 2018

Spring & Easter Market at Vörösmarty Square

March 23 - April 22
Vörösmarty square and the Gerbaud cafe illuminated at night

The Spring Festival on Vörösmarty Square is held around Easter. In 2018 it welcomes visitors between 23. March - 22. 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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Budapest Spring Festival (Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztivál)

March 30 - 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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April 2018

May Day in Budapest

April 29 - May 1

1st May/Labor Day is a public holiday in Hungary. May Day festivals, a race car show, family programs take place at various venues in Budapest. In 2018 it's a 2-day holiday since 30. April/Monday will be a non-work day.

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May 2018

Budapest 100, Celebration of 100-Year Old Buildings

May 5 - May 6

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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Gourmet Festival in Buda

May 17 - May 20

The largest gastro festival of Hungary takes place 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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Eleven Spring Weekend Bartók Béla Boulevard

May 18 @ 4:00 pm - May 19 @ 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 19 - May 20

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 await visitors. Family friendly!

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June 2018

Beer Festival in Budapest City Center

June 6 @ 3:00 pm - June 10 @ 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 7 - June 11

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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Czech Beer Festival in Budapest

June 8 - June 17
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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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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The Night of Museums Budapest

June 23 - June 24

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

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Red Bull Air Race Budapest

June 23 - June 24
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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July 2018

Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival

July 2 - August 16

Enjoy classical and light music concerts in Vajdahunyad Castle/City Park on summer evenings (Mondays and Thursdays). The series of concerts begins on 02. July 2018.

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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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Budapest Wine Bar Tour

July 5 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
pouring a rose wine into a glass

One of summer's greatest events is the Wine Bar Tour when you can hop from bar to bar and sample the best of Hungarian wines, talk to wine makers and soak up local viticulture.

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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest – Hungaroring

July 27 - July 29

The Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix is on the last weekend of July with the main race taking place on 29. July/Sunday. Read on to find information on tickets and how to get to the race venue, Mogyoród town.

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August 2018

Sziget Festival, 08-15. August 2018

August 8 - August 15

Sziget is the biggest festival in Budapest each August, this year for the 26th time. Concerts and many colourful programs await visitors on the Hajógyári Island in Óbuda during the 5 days of the event.

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Festival of Folk Arts (Mesterségek Ünnepe)

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

The terraces of Buda Castle give home to this unique festival focusing on the rich folk craft heritage of Hungary. You can view folk craft masters working, participate in workshops, enjoy folk dance performances, buy the artifacts in the fair, and taste delicious local food and drinks.

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20. August-St. Stephen’s Day

August 18 - August 20

What Does Hungary Celebrate On August 20.? 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. Besides commemorations organized by political parties, countless programs await both locals and tourists all the day round including things to do for families with children. Festivities start on 20th August with the spectacular fireworks closing the holiday.…

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