Favourite Festivals and Programs in the First Month of Autumn
You can choose from many things to do in September:
The summer holiday is over and the kids are back to school.
The weather is usually still very warm and sunny in September, with daily temperatures in the 20ies (Celsius).
An ideal time for outdoor things in Budapest.
A couple of widely popular festivals mark the end of summer and the beginning of autumn in the Hungarian capital:
Venue: in the Castle area, terraces of the Royal Palace
- Thursday – Fri: 14.00-24.00, 10.
- Saturday: 12.00-24.00, 11.
- Sunday: 12.00-22.00
Hungary’s most prestigious wine festival welcomes wine aficionados for the 25th time.
Besides the finest Hungarian wines, you can taste and learn about the guest country’s, this year Italy’s wine making traditions and wines.
Concerts, folk performances, children programs, a Cheese Contest (15 cheeses from 15 European countries), harvest procession, children programs are the other highlights of the festival.
Venue: several places in the city:
- synagogues, (Dohány Street,Hegedűs Gyula Str., Bethlen Sqr.)
- Goldmark Hall (Wesselényi utca 7.),
- Liszt Academy.
As usual the festival offers a colourful array of programs at several locations in Budapest:
- klezmer and jazz concerts,
- movie screenings,
- theatre performances.
- 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.
Venue: Szent Istán tér at the Basilica and Zrínyi utca
Getting there: M1, M2, M3 metro Deák tér station, Tram 2., Eötvös tér stop
The Sweet Days Chocolate Festival at the Basilica/Zrínyi Street is a must if you have sweet tooth.
Due to the construction works in Buda Castle the festival decided to move to a new location: the square in front of the Basilica and Zrínyi utca (the street leading to the riverbank).
What’s more, the event will be free this year.
Sadly it looks like that the emphasis of the festival has shifted from quality chocolates and chocolatiers to most everything: donuts, street food, whiskey, pálinka, coffee, healthy foods.
A mini wine festival, the Borjour will be also part of the festival with wines from Tokaj, Villány and the Lake Balaton region.
Despite the lack of focus, the Sweet Days Festival will still be a fun gastronomy event though right in the city centre so do drop by.
Some of the programs:
- A range of gastronomy shows and concerts each day.
Venue: several places in Budapest
This year the Cultural Heritage Days will be focusing on Thousand Faces of Monuments (Ezer arcú műemlék) as well as the theme of Heritage and Community.
Programs are free.
You can go on some unique guided walk tours to find out on some less commonly known sights of the city.
Many other programs await visitors as well:
- activities for children,
- free concerts on Kossuth Square at the Parliament and
- in St. Anne Church etc.
Venue: Bartók Béla út and its neighbourhood
Admission to the events: free
Following the popular Eleven Spring Festival organised in May on the up-and-coming Bartók Béla út (a road starting at Gellért Sqr. in Buda side), the boulevard hosts a 3-day autumn festival too with Poland in the focus.
Art Galleries, design shops, cafes, wine bars and bistros welcome everyone with great prigrams.
The name of the event, Eleven is a word game on the district number XI. and the Hungarian meaning of eleven: energetic, lively on.
A handful of programs for all ages and interests:
- a Design Fair on 17-18. Sept/ in MOHA Cafe (bartók b. út 11.) and the KÉK Contemporary Architectur Centre (Bartók B. út 10-12.). Opening hours: Saturday – Sunday: 10.00 – 18.00.
- Polish Pirog & Beer Days at Dolce Vita Cafe, Wine & Deli, Tas vezér utca 16. Friday: 16.00-21.00, Sat-Sun: 10.00-21.00
- Cake Tasting: Polish cakes and desserts, Kelet Kávézó, Bartók B. út 29., Fri-Sat-Sun: at 14.00
- Real Polish Street Food in Arnoldo, Bartók B. út 46., Zapiekanki-grilled sandwich, Obwarzanek (pretzel), Sernik cheese cake with blueberries
- Polish Market in Palack Wine Bar and Próféta Gallery, Sat-Sun: 10.00-17.00
- Workshops in Pagony Bookshop (sat at 16.30and Szatyor Bar & Gallery (Fri-Sat-Sun at 15.00).
Beer, Burger & BBQ Festival, 21 – 24. September
Venue: Millenáris Park, Buda, Kis Rókus utca 16-20., district II.
Getting there: tram 4, 6 Széna tér stop, a 5-minute walk from there, M2 metro Széll Kálmán tér station
Burgers, barbecue and other street food, as well as craft beer will be in the focus for 4 days in Millenáris Park, Buda’s popular leisure venue.
Entry is free (you have to buy a beer mug for 1 200 HUF to be served beer). Payment is with HelloPay card. cash is not accepted.
Some of the participants:
- Zing Burgers – the forerunner of top-quality burgers in Hungary, now at 4 locations in Budapest (Király Street 60., Gozsdu Court, Karaván Street Food Court in Kazinczy Street, and near Széll Kálmán tér in Buda)
- Pántlika Bisztró – the place in City Park known for its great burgers
- Paneer – the master of deep fried cheese sandwiches
- Bakker Food Truck
- Morzsa Mobile Bistro, from Szeged, hamburgers, grilled sandwiches, pancakes
- Beffalo Bill
- Smoking Guns Barbecue
- Panificio il Basilica – one of the best bakeries inthe city.
- Kapucinus Brewery
- Sümegi Craft Brewery
- Kaltenberger Slovak Craft Beer
- Zirc Abbey Beer
- House of Belgian Beers
Concerts, Folk Dance in the Duna PalotaDates in September (Bp., Zrínyi utca 5. 1051) : 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 at 20.00
Enjoy a unique show demonstrating Hungary’s versatile folk and music traditions.
The 90-minute (2 x 45 minutes) program takes place at a fantastic venue:
- the Danube Palace at just a short walk from the Danube and the Basilica
Classical music, operetta, gypsy folk music, ballet make up the program of the evening.
Paloma Days, beginning of September
Address: Kossuth Lajos utca 14., district V.
Open: 09. Sept 11.00 am till 10. Sept 15.00
Paloma is a contemporary creative arts project located in the beautiful courtyard of the Wagner house on the mezzanine level.
Its a cool mixture of design shops, art exhibitions, events, and design fairs.
Every second Friday and Saturday of each month they host the Paloma Days when the designers welcome everyone with something special:
- price discount,
- mini-workshops and such.
Date & Time: Saturdays Afternoon, till end of September
Tickets: full price: 500 HUF, children: 300 HUF
On Saturdays you can view the extraordinary panorama of the city from a 19-century heritage boat named Snow White/Hófehérke.
The 45-minute tour operates on the following itinerary:
Jászai Mari tér (Pest, Margit Bridge) – Batthyány Tér (Buda) – Kossutj tér (Pest, Parliament) – Petőfi tér (Buda, Erzsébet tér)
- Departure times from Jászai Mari tér: Saturday: 14.00, 15.30, 17.00
- Departure times from Petőfi tér: Saturday: 14.45, 16.15, 17.45.
The upper deck offers a great vantage point for taking beautiful photos of the UNESCO/World Heritage-protected monuments and the city scape.
This month offers a range of great exhibits for both grown ups and kids.
Address: Klauzál tér 6., district VII., trams 4 and 6., Király utca stop
Open: Mon-Sun: 7.00-22.00
To see where and how locals do their everyday shopping drop by the refurbished Klauzál Squrae Market in the heart of the historic Jewish Quarter.
The market opened at the end of the 19. century roughly at the same time as the famous Great Market at Fővám tér.
It was one of the 5 covered and modern food markets of Budapest at the time.
It’s less crowded than the Great Market, perhaps not as huge but still a beautiful, airy place where you can shop for local goods and some lángos, the Hungarian street food (try Marika néni Lángos sütője on the gallery).
On the ground floor you’ll find a PrímaPék Cafe & Bakery, a pretty good place for a leisurely pastry + coffee breakfast.
- Boci dairy shop,
- a butcher selling quality Hungarian sausages, salamis and other pork delicacies.
Visit also some great Farmers’ Markets in Budapest!