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October 2018

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, 2018 - January 1, 2019
Wooden cottage at the Christmas Fair

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 09. November 2018 till 01. January 2019. 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 stalls and two…

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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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Budapest New Year’s Eve Cruise & Party 2018/19

December 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Spend the last evening of the year on a romantic New Year's Eve Party in Budapest. The elegant Európa ship on the Danube will host this upscale party that will take you on a night cruise on the river, where you can: admire the wonderful view of illuminated Budapest, enjoy a fine 5-course served dinner with 3 menu options (red meat, poultry and vegetarian), sip delightful local wines, champagne or other drink (unlimited consumption from the open bar), second dinner…

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New Year’s Eve Dinner, Concert & Gala Party in Budapest

December 31, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 1, 2019 @ 3:00 am
festive dinner table with white cloth and plates and wine glasses two ladies sitting in the background

A perfect and stylish event to greet the New Year in Budapest, in a prestigious historic palace, the Duna Palota. Delicious food of five courses with selected wines, a live gala concert, midnight dinner, party with open bar and true ballroom atmosphere make this a memorable program for the last eve of 2018. Price 165 EUR/person Includes: welcome drink 5-course dinner with top-quality wine selection, (vegetarian menu option is available) seated at elegantly set tables and with full service Gala…

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February 2019

Mangalica Festival Budapest

February 8, 2019 - February 10, 2019

The Mangalica Festival on 08 - 10. February, 2019. launches the series of gastro festivals held yearly in Budapest. The festival's locale is Szabadság tér near the Parliament in the city centre. Eeasily accessible by tram or metro. Admission is free. Quick Links: General Info - Detailed Program - Street Food - Exhibitors - Photos Since we love mangalica meat and sausage, we drop by the festival each year to taste and stock up on mangalica goodies . We usually…

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Valentine’s Day Budapest

February 14, 2019

Program Tips for a Romantic Day Valentine's day in Budapest (Bálint nap in Hungarian traditions) - we have some great romantic things to do ideas in store for you and your loved one to make 14th February a truly memorable day. Quick Links: Valentine's Day Accommodation Offers - TIP: Valentine's Day Cruise with Dinner - Romantic 3-in-1 Program - Hungarian Nights in ARAZ Restaurant - Thermal Baths, Pampering Massages - Day Spa Recommendations - TIP: Wine Tasting - Romantic Train Journey…

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March 2019

15th March-Revolution Day-Programs in Budapest

March 15, 2019 - March 17, 2019
Celebrations at the Hungarian National Museum on 15. March

15. March - National Day

Commemorating the Revolution and the War of Independence in 1848-49.

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Spring & Easter Market at Vörösmarty Square

March 21, 2019 - April 23, 2019
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 29, 2019 - April 21, 2019
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 2019

Easter in Budapest (Húsvét)

April 19, 2019 - April 22, 2019
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, 2019 @ 10:00 am - April 22, 2019 @ 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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May 2019

May Day in Budapest

May 1, 2019 - May 4, 2019

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. In 2018 it's a 2-day holiday since 30. April/Monday will also be a non-work day.

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Budapest 100, Celebration of 100-Year Old Buildings

May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019

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, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - May 12, 2019 @ 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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