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August 2019

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest – Hungaroring

August 2 - August 4

The Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix is on the first weekend of August with the main race taking place on 04. Aug/Sunday. Read on to find information on tickets and how to get to the race venue, Mogyoród town.

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Sziget Festival, 07-14. August 2019

August 7 - August 14

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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20. August-St. Stephen’s Day

August 17 - August 20

August 20th is one of the most important national holidays in Hungary. We celebrate the foundation of the state by the nation's first king, St. Stephen. Celebrations take place at the Parliament, and the riverbanks in both Buda and Pest. The highlight of the day is an impressive fireworks launched from ships on the Danube.

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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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Street of Hungarian Flavours

August 17 @ 10:00 am - August 19 @ 10:00 pm
strudel and other pastries in wicker bowls

The 3-day gastro festival is part of the August 20th National Day celebrations. Visitors can taste local food, the new bread, and Hungary's Birthday Cake. Concerts and other programs accompany the event at nearby venues.

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Budapest Fireworks Cruise with Dinner/Drinks, Aug 20.

August 20 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
fireworks in all colour, over the Danube the Chain Bridge, the Parliament

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. The best place to watch the show is from a ship on the river…

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Jewish Cultural Festival Budapest

August 31 - September 7

Date Is Not Official Yet! 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…

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September 2019

Budapest Wine Festival

September 5 - September 8
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 13 - September 15

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 main attraction of the event is the horse riding race to which any Hungarian citizen aged 18 and older can enter, male or female without weight limitations. Each year…

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Sweet Days Chocolate Festival

September 13 - September 15

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: 13 - 14. Sept, Friday and Saturday: 10.00 - 23.00, 15. Sept, Sunday: 10.00 - 21.00 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…

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Cultural Heritage Days in Budapest

September 14 - September 15

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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OktoberFest Budapest 2019

September 26 - September 29

DATE IS NOT OFFICIAl YET! A Beer Festival with Family Programs Beer lovers cannot complain of lack of beer festivals in Budapest. After 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 - Tickets…

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Junibor Wine Festival

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - September 29 @ 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 2019

October 23rd 1956 Revolution

October 20 - October 23

23rd October is one of the most important National Days in Hungary. It marks the day when the Budapest people lead by university students protested against the Russian communist regime. Fighst broke out on the streets and the uprising ended in bloodbath. Memorial ceremonies are held at several venues in the city.

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Celebrate Halloween in Budapest!

October 25 - November 2

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 2019

Christmas Fair and Winter Festival at Vörösmarty Sqr.

November 8, 2019 - December 1, 2020
Wooden cottage at the Christmas Fair

Visiting Budapest's official Christmas Market at Vörösmarty Square is a must if you wish to see one of Europe's top festive winter faira. You can enjoy delicious local food and beverages, concerts, children activities and browse among the booths packed with genuine handcrafted products.

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Advent & Winter Festival in Városháza Park, Downtown Budapest

November 22 - December 27
Green cardboard Xmas tree installations

A Christmas & Winter Festival in the centre of the city in Városháza Park awaiting visitors with family programs and concerts till 28. December 2018.

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Christmas Market By Budapest Basilica

November 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am - December 1, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
fornt view of the Basilica at night with a red-lighted Christmas tree on the square

A fairy-tale like Advent Fair and Festival right in front of St. Stephen's Basilica in the city centre between 23. Nov 2018 - 01. January 2019. Tasty food, a wide range of drinks, concerts a small ice rink and visual painting on the facade of the church every evening.

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Advent in Óbuda

November 29 - December 22

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 2019

Christmas in Budapest

December 24 - December 26

What to do in Budapest around Christmas time? Browse our program selection that includes boat excurions, concerts,and festive market tours. You will also find information on opening hours (shops/thermal baths) and public transport during the holiday.

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