Festivals, Activities for a Fun Autumn
October 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.
Cafe TIP: Mantra Specialty Coffee Bar
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.
See the detailed program here.
October 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.
- Note: thermal baths are open according to Sunday schedule and pricing!
Learn more about the historical background and programs on 23. October in Budapest.
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, 28 October, 22.30
Have fun on a special, Halloween decorated party boat.
- Welcome drink – a local specialty, mák pálinka/poppy seed distilate,
- after-party in a downtown club
- music and dance,
- beerpong and other exciting games and
- a sighsteeing excursion on the Danube are all included in the price.
Tickets: 23 EUR/person.Buy Halloween Cruise Tickets!
You can choose from a wide array of cultural entertainment in October:
- 90-minute long Gala Concerts in the theatre hall of the Duna Palota/Pesti Vigadó (classical music, operetta, ballet dance gypsy music),
- 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.
Folk Music, Dance and 4-Course Dinner
Have a wonderful evening sampling classic local dishes (including goulash) and wines to the tunes of a Hungarian folk ensemble who will also display their prowess at folk dancing.
- A 4-course dinner with 3 glasses of wine,
- a welcome drink and
- a folklore performance in a stylish restaurant in the city centre for only 35 EUR (+ service charge).
This month offers a range of great exhibitions for both grown ups and kids.
World Press Photo Exhibition, till 23. October 2017
- Venue: Hungarian Ethnography Museum, Kossuth tér 12., district V., opposite the Parliament
- Opening Hours: Tue, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 10.00 – 18.00, Fri, Sat & 22-23. 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.
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, till 12. November 2017
Venue: Art Hall (Műcsarnok), Heroes’ Sqr./Hősök tere
Tickets: 2 200 HUF
Opening Hours: closed on Monday, Tues-Wed, Fri-Sun: 10.00 – 18.00, Thurs: 10.00 – 20.00
The famous Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado picked up the camera for the first time in his life at the age of 26.
At that moment he became devoted to photography.
the camera provided him a connection to the world””
“In GENESIS, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen.”
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.
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 each month 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.
The 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
Junibor Wine & Gastro Festival, 28. Sept – 01. October
Venue: Szt. István tér, in front of the Basilica
- 28. Sept/Thursday: 16.00 – 24.00,
- 29 – 30. Sept – 01. Oct/Fri – Sun: 12.00 – 24.00
A 4-day wine and foodie event in the centre of the city at St.Stpehen’s Basilica.
- 33 young wine makers will offer around 100 wines.
- Special wine tasting and educating programs,
- meeting with the wine makers and
- lots of good food ensure a pleasant program as we head into October.
See more on the Junibor Wine Fastival at Budapest Basilica!
OktoberFest Budapest, 05 – 08. October, 2017
Venue: Kincsem Park district X., Address: Albertirsai út 2-4., Budapest 1101
- daily: 1 990 HUF,
- 4-day pass: 3 990 HUF, tickets and the pass includes a Paulaner beer mug
Although Budapest’s Oktoberfest is not as big an event as the one in Munchen it is still a great place to be in mid-October.
The festival moves to larger venue, Kincsem Park a 84-hectare historic racing park in district X. TIP: Festival Buses depart every 10 minute from Stadionok Bus Station all day during the Oktoberfest.
Some of the programs:
- Two big tents: An original giant Paulaner beer tent brought straight from Munchen ensures an authentic feeling and there’ll be a Hacker Pschorr tent where live Bavarian-style music will entertain guests.
- In the Retro Party tent you can party to the music of Hungarian performers
- Great food: street food, local specialties
- Concerts every day
- Ferris wheel – 40 m high, fantastic view of the city: a ride is 5 minute long and costs 2 000 HUF/adult, 1 000 HUF/children under 12 years of age, family: 5 000 HUF (2 adults + 2 kids).
Borjour Best – Wine, Beer & Gastro Festival, 06 – 07. October
Venue: City Park Lake/Ice Rink, Olof Palme sétány 5., district XIV.
Getting there: M1 metro (yellow line) Hősök tere stop, Trolley buses No. 75, 79
Opening Hours: Friday: 18.00 – 23.30, Saturday: 15.00 – 23.30
Entry: 1 000 HUF, includes: a tasting glass and a welcome drink of your choice
A 2-day wine and beer festival at a scenic location on the terraces and hall of the ice rink in City Park.
Great local wines and the best of the Hungarian craft beer scene will be there. Concerts in the evenings.
Venue: Danubius Hotel Gellért, Szent Gellért tér 2., Buda, M4 metro, trams 19, 41, 47, 48, 49, 56
- adult: 2 000 HUF,
- student/retiree: 1 000 HUF,
- family (2 adults + 2 kids between ages 6-12): 5 000 HUF
- free for children under the age of 3
Opening Hours: Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00
You can pay only with cash at the festival site.
If you love cakes, creamy gateaus then you must visit the third SütniCake festival held in Hotel Gellért.
The best confectioneries, pastry shops, cake designers will be present (Daubner, Cake Shop, Sugar just to name a few) whose delicacies you can taste during the two-day event.
This year the torte design contest’s theme is Women and Movies (last year it was Fairy Tale World of Walt Disney).
The jury of renowned professionals will chose the winner that can be seen along with the other works.
Other programs include:torte design, cupkcake decorating, praline making and other “sweet” workshops.
Besides the classic cakes, you’ll have the opportunity to sample
- cake pops and
- other sweet delights by the 30 exhibitors.
- 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: 12-13-14 October: 11.00 – 20.00, 15. October: 11.00 – 19.00
- Admission: free
The 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,
English-language Guided Tour of the Art Market,
Departure: from building “B”
- 13. October/Friday: 16.00:
- 14. October/Saturday: 14.00
- 14. October/Sunday: 14.00
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.
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:
- Gastronomy programs: special brunches and foodie programs
- Design tours (pre-registration is required).
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
Venue: Gesztenyés kert, Buda side, XII. district, near MOM Park Shopping Mall
Opening Hours: 13 – 15. October: 12.00 – 22.00
- Bus No. 212 (from Petőfi bridge Buda end or Újbuda Központ: M4 metro, tram 4), Sirály utca stop
- Tram 17 (from Széll Kálmán tér: M2 metro or tram 6) Csörsz utca stop
- Tram 61 from Móricz Zsigmond körtér, Széll Kálmán tér, Csörsz utca stop
You can bake your own kürtös kalács, a traditional Transylvanian pastry in cylinder shape baked on open fire then coated with
- ground walnut,
- cinnamon or
- coconut flakes.
Transylvanian and Hungarian wines, pálinka, craft chocolate and other goodies make the 5th 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, 13 – 15. 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): 1 999 HUF, children, retirees: 1 500 HUF, family (2 +2): 5 999 HUF, free for kids under 3
Lots 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.
With nearly 20 000 participants the Budapest Marathon has evolved into a major sport event during its nearly 30 decades of history.
The 42 km route includes the most scenic part of the city (the Danube banks with the bridges, Castle Hill, Gellért Hill, Heroes’ Square) all part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage program.
Even the CNN felt that the Budapest Marathon must be included in its month-by month Running Calendar in which they recommend an exciting race from all over the world for each month.
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