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May 2019

Gourmet Festival in Buda

May 16, 2019 - May 19, 2019

The largest gastro festival of Hungary is held 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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Budapest Folk Festival

May 22, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - May 26, 2019 @ 12:00 am
a couple of dancers on a folk dance house event

The Budapest Folk Fest has been organized since 2010. The 5-day event is a a great opportunity to learn about Hungarian folk heritage through authentic music and dance performances. Quick Links: 22. May/Wed - 23. May/Thurs - 24. May/Fri - 25. May/Sat - 26. May/Sun Venues include the Fonó Budai Zeneház, Várkert Castle Bazaar (Buda) and the Kassa Jazz Boat on the Danube 22. May, Wednesday - Festival Opening Gala Venue: Fonó Music Hall (Buda), Sztregova utca 3., Budapest 1116…

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June 2019

Beer Festival in Budapest City Center

June 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - June 9, 2019 @ 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 6, 2019 - June 10, 2019

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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Budapest Summer Festival, June-July-August

June 8, 2019 - August 30, 2019
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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Pentecost/Whit Sunday Programs in Budapest

June 9, 2019 - June 10, 2019
folk dancers around a wooden tree of life

Browse our program redommendations for Pentecost Sunday and Monday (public holidays in Hungary). You can go to a couple of festivals in the city centre that strive to preserve the folk traditions related to this important Christian holiday.

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Czech Beer Festival in Budapest

June 13, 2019 - June 27, 2019
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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The Night of Museums Budapest

June 22, 2019 - June 23, 2019

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

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July 2019

Red Bull Air Race Budapest

July 13, 2019 - July 14, 2019
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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F1 Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest – Hungaroring

July 26, 2019 - July 28, 2019

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 2019

Sziget Festival, 07-14. August 2019

August 7, 2019 - August 14, 2019

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, 2019 - August 20, 2019

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, 2019 @ 10:00 am - August 20, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 10:00 am - August 19, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 - September 7, 2019

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, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Buda royal palace during the wine festival.

Date is Not Official Yet! 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,…

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National Gallop Budapest

September 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019

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, 2019 - September 15, 2019

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, 2019 - September 15, 2019

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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