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October in Budapest

Festivals, Activities for a Fun Autumn

Park at Gellert Hill in OctoberOctober in Budapest looks to be just as exciting as the event-rich September was.

Although the so-called vénasszonyok nyara (also known as Indian summer– a 8-10 day warm period at end of September the beginning of October) seems to be less warm and sunny than it was in previous years a couple of

  • foodie events,
  • art festivals,
  • concerts, and
  • Halloween Parties offer entertainment in the middle of autumn.
Quick Links: Halloween ProgramsSekler Cake FestivalNational GallopCAFe Budapest Contemporary Art FestivalOctober 23. National HolidayTIP: Concerts, Folk PerformancesMuseum Exhibitions

Cafe TIP: Mantra Specialty Coffee Bar

Budapest Design Week, 05 – 19. October

Venue: several places in the city

The 10-day event is organised for the 13th time and it brings the cream-of-the-crop of Hungarian and international designers to Budapest.

This Denmark and Danish design is in the limelight.

Lots of programs to choose from, just to name a few of the main ones:

  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Gastronomy programs: special brunches and foodie programs
  • Design tours (pre-registration is required).

Open Studios:

Visit design studios and talk to the designers to see how they work. Some of the studios you can visit in October:

  • Hellowood Studio (Végvár utca 2 – 4., distr. III., staircase: 3) 11.  October: 11.00 – 21.00
  • PRINTA (Rumbach S. utca 10/A, distr. VII:) 11. October,: 14.00 – 16., 17.00 – 19.00 – learn about the design and making of the AWARE apparel

Visit the official site of the event for more information on programs.

CAFe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival, 04 – 20. October, 2019

Venue: several cultural institutions in the city: MÜPA-Palace of Arts, Liszt Academy, Trafó, Bálna/Whale Building, exhibition centres, concerts halls, public areas in Budapest.

???Tickets: at various prices depending on performance (usually a couple of 1000 forints), can be bought

  • at the festival centre at 11., Liszt Ferenc tér, district VI.: Monday-Friday: 10.00-18.00
  • or online through the festival’s website.

Fans of classical music, modern dance performances, theatre, jazz concerts, art exhibitions will have plenty of programs to choose from during the 17-day festival, previously known as the Budapest Autumn Festival.

Read more on programs and other information about the Cafe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival.

See the detailed program here.

National Gallop (Nemzeti Vágta), 19 – 20. October

equestrians on Heroes' SquareVenue: Heroes Square and Andrássy Avenue


  • free, 3 000 HUF (on Saturday)
  • and 4 000 HUF (on Sunday) for the Grand Stand (recommended if you want to see anything of the programs).

The National Gallop is a spectacular equestrian festival where Hungary’s best rider will be chosen after a series of contests.

Food and drinks will be available at the Nation’s Kitchen (Ország Konyhája).

A great event if you want to see the history of local equestrian traditions.

Halloween Programs, All Saints Day, 26. October – 01. November

If you plan to celebrate the last day of October in Budapest here are some tips on Halloween parties, festivals.

On 1st and 2nd November we remember our dead relatives, friends in Hungary.

Note: 1st November – All Saints Day is a public holiday: shops, markets, services are closed.

The baths are open according to weekend schedule and pricing.

People pay a visit to their dead relatives’ graves in cemeteries, lighting candles and lanterns.

This is a great time to take a walk in one of Budapest’s famous cemeteries.

TIP: Halloween Cruise Party, 01.November, 22.30

Have fun on a special, Halloween decorated party boat.

  • halloween_cruise_party_budapest07Welcome drink – and a free drink coupon,
  • after-party in a downtown club
  • music and dance,
  • a sightseeing excursion on the Danube are all included in the price.

Tickets: 26 EUR/person.

Buy Halloween Cruise Tickets!

Halloween Ruin Bar Crawl, 31. October

Join a crazy fun party on Halloween night in a one of the city’s best ruin pubs

  • 3 FREE shots
  • skip-the-line entry to the bar
  • 1-hour drinking of beer, wine, spritzen
  • FREE makeup/Halloween face painting

Price: 25 EUR/prs

Book Halloween Pub Crawl

October 23. National Day – Hungarian Revolution 1956

Statue of Imre Nagy at Vertanuk tereOctober 23. is a public holiday in Hungary when we commemorate the revolution of 1956 against the Russian-communist oppression.

  • Shops, markets, services are closed,
  • public transport services run according to holiday schedule.

Learn more about the historical background and programs on 23. October in Budapest.

Concerts in Budapest – Classical Music

You can choose from a wide array of cultural entertainment in October:

  • folklore performances combined with a night boat excursion with dinner.

October also offers a nice selection of classical music concerts.

The Baroque Church of St. Michael in Váci Street hosts concerts on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting at 19.00.

The historic church with its outstanding acoustics is a perfect place to enjoy an orchestra or soloist performance.

There will be:

  • Paganini & Liszt in Budapest in the Liszt Academy Concert Center
  • Strauss & Mahler, Budapest Festival Orchestra in the Palace of Arts
  • Mozart & Chopin Piano Concertos in the Liszt Academy Concert Center (Liszt F. tér 8., district VI.).

See also other Concerts Halls in Budapest.

Museum Exhibitions in October

This month offers a range of great exhibitions for both grown ups and kids.

Besides the exhibitions of the Design Week and the Art Market Budapest,

World Press Photo Exhibition, till 23. October 2019

  • Venue: Hungarian National Museum, Múzeum krt. 14-16., district VIII.,
  • Opening Hours: Tue, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 10.00 – 18.00, Fri, Sat & 23. Oct: 10.00 – 20.00
  • Tickets: full price: 2 100 HUF, discount (students, retirees): 1 000 HUF

The World Press Photo is the most significant press photo contest.

The award winner photos are taken on a travelling exhibition around the world. In September-October Budapest gives home to the exhibit.

Café Tip of the Month

Budapest is a cafe capital with a nicely growing number of 3rd wave cafes as well as several classic coffee houses and places in between.

Mantra Specialty Coffee Bar

Address: Veres Pálné utca 17., district V.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 07.30 – 20.00, Sat: 09.00 – 20.00, Sun: 09.00 – 17.00

New wave coffee bars are popping up almost monthly in Budapest.

Mantra in a small street just off Váci utca in downtown opened in 2014 has quickly become a popular place for those who can’t start the day without proper coffee.

Mantra Specialty cafe insideThe place has the two essential ingredients for excellent espresso and other coffee drinks made with more gentle, pour-over methods (Chemex, Clever Dripper, AeroPress) – the best way to enjoy the terroir characteristics of an excellent single origin roasted to light brown:

  • Expert baristas – two young guys Krisztián and Attila manage the cafe, who are passionate and educated about all things coffee.
  • Freshly roasted, top-quality, farm-selected coffee beans supplied by an Italian artisan roaster Gardelli, and the local Casino Mocca micro roastery.

You can opt for espresso (single-420 HUF, double or naked), americano or filter coffee.

Milk-based drinks are naturally also on the menu made from the slightly darker roast of Gardelli Coffee: macchiato, cortado, flat white, latte.

Mantra is also known for the wide variety of cold brews and chilled coffee drinks (V60 Fretta, Iwaki, Mizudashi, Iced Aeropress- all between 640-890 HUF, Iced Double Americano: 590 HUF ) that are popular during the summer waves.

But with days getting colder and colder you’ll appreciate Mantra’s hot chocolate or tea selection as well.

The chai latte is also exceptional here though I haven’t tried it yet.

The food selection includes quality bakery goods and cake. I had cocoa snail made supplied by Pékműhely.

Professional, coffee enthusiast and kind staff, great pastries and first and foremost good coffee. Highly recommended!

Past October Events

Art Market/Art Photo Budapest, 03 – 06. October

Venue: Millenáris Park, Kis Rókus utca 16-20., district II., Buda, close to Mammut Shopping Mall

Getting there: tram 4, 6: Széna tér stop, cc. 5-min. walk, M2 metro Széll Kálmán tér station, cc. 8-min walk

Opening Hours:

  • 03. Oct/Thursday: 11.00 – 19.00
  • 04. Oct/Friday. 11.00 – 21.00
  • 05 – 06.  Oct/Sat-Sun: 11.00 – 19.00

Admission: 03. Oct/Thrus: free, 04 – 06. Oct: 2 500 HUF

the poster of the Art market with a photo of the exhibit in Millenaris and the datesThe Art Market is the Central European region’s biggest contemporary art fair and festival.

Nearly 100 exhibitors and art projects from more than 25 countries will be showcasing their works on 6 000 sqm.

Besides the exhibition, you can choose from around 50 programs:

  • guided tour in English and Hungarian,
  • book launches,
  • discussions,
  • performances.

Visit the accompanying programs that include panel discussions, presentations and shows.

The Art Photo Budapest is a side event of the Art Market first organised in 2014. It’s the only international art photo fair in Central and Eastern Europe.

Visit the official website of the event for more information.

OktoberFest Budapest, 04 – 05. October

Venue: Fröccsterasz-Télikert, next to Erzsébet Square in the city centre, address: Erzsébet tér 11-13., Budapest 1051

Getting there:

  • M1 underground Hősök tere stop
  • troley buses No. 70, 72, 75, 79

Entry: FREE

Opening Hours: 12.00 – 22.00  on both days

Although Budapest’s Oktoberfest is not as big an event as the one in Munchen it is still a great place to be at the first weekend of October.

The festival moves to a downtown venue, right next to Erzsébet tér park, easily accessible from any point of the city.

Some of the programs:

  • lots of beer inc. the award-winner brew of the Munchen Oktoberfest
  • Great food: street food, local specialties
  • Concerts
  • Sekler Cake Festival (Kürtös Kalács Fesztivál), 11 – 13. October

    Venue: behind Vajdahunyad Castle, City Park (Városliget)

    Opening Hours: 11 – 13. October: 12.00 – 22.00

    Entry: FREE

    Getting there:


    A wide selection of the iconic pastry as well as great programs await visitors to the festival.

    On Friday you can get a choice of your sekler cake at half price at every booth.

    You can bake your own kürtös kalács, a traditional Transylvanian pastry in cylinder shape baked on open fire then coated with

    • sugar,
    • ground walnut,
    • cinnamon or
    • coconut flakes.

    Besides the cake, Transylvanian and Hungarian wines, pálinka, craft chocolate and other goodies make the  Sekler Cake Festival a great weekend program in October.

    Lots of activities, games for children in the Gyerekliget area.

    Programs each day in the Charcoal Courtyard where you can see a grill show have food made on charcoal that you can wash down with craft beer.

    DIY Sekler Cake: Make your own cake with the help of the bakers of Vitéz Kürtöskalács.

    You’ll learn to roll the dough onto the bake roll then bake it on special Bake ‘n Roll party ovens. Two cakes will cost: 1 500 HUF.

    Hungarian Sausage & Pig Slaughter Festival, 11 – 13. October

    Venue: Hungarian Railway Museum and Park, Tatai út 95., distr. XIV.

    Opening Hours: Friday: 13.00 – 22.00, Sat: 09.00 – 22.00, Sun: 09.00 – 20.00

    Tickets: adult (from ages 14 yrs): 2 000 HUF, children, retirees: 1 500 HUF, family (2 +2): 6 000 HUF, free for kids under 3

    poster of the festivalLots of gastronomy and other programs in the Hungarian Railway Museum and Park:

    • you can watch pig slaughter each day,
    • drink and eat traditional pork dishes, sausages, salamis,
    • folk playground,
    • jumping castle,
    • folk craft fair,
    • craft workshops,
    • old timer tractor and other agricultural machine exhibition,
    • many concerts.

    You can also view the exhibited steam engines, trains, rail model tables and try the activities (for a fee) of the museum.


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