September in Budapest

Festivals and Programs in the First Month of Autumn

You can choose from many things to do in September:

colorful foliage in Buda Palace late SeptemberThe 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:

More Events: Danube Heritage Boat TourShopping TIPSMuseum ExhibitionsJewish Cultural FestivalConcerts, Folklore

Wine Festival in Buda Castle, 06 – 09. September, 2018

Venue: in the Castle area, terraces of the Royal Palace

the wine festival in the courts of Buda castle at dusk

Opening hours:

  • 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.

Hungarian Flavours Fair, 08 – 09. September

Venue: Várkert Bazaar, Buda

Opening Hours: farmer and gastro market: Sat: 10.00 – 20.00, Sun: 08.00 – 18.00

wooden booths selling food stuffAround 70 farmers and handcrafted food producers offer their goods over the weekend at Várkert Bazaar in Buda.

An excellent place to pick up some local goodies to take home as souveniers:

  • fruit preserves, syrups
  • cheese
  • honey
  • paprika spice
  • chocolates and bonbons
  • pálinka and wine.

Jewish Cultural Festival, September 02 – 13.

concert in the Dohany Street synagogueVenue: several places in the city:

  • synagogues, (Dohány Street,Hegedűs Gyula Str., Bethlen Sqr.)
  • Goldmark Hall (Wesselényi utca 7.),

As usual the festival offers a colourful array of programs at several locations in Budapest:

  • klezmer and jazz concerts,
  • movie screenings,
  • theatre performances.

See more details on the Jewish Cultural Festival. Visit also the official site of the event.

National Gallop (Nemzeti Vágta), 14 – 16. September

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.

Sweet Days Chocolate Festival, 14 – 16., September

lots of people on the festival in 2016 at the Basilica
Sweet Days in 2016

Venue: Szent Istán tér at the Basilica and Zrínyi utca

Getting there: M1, M2, M3 metro Deák tér station, Tram 2., Eötvös tér stop

Admission: free

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.

The emphasis of the festival has shifted from quality chocolates and chocolatiers to most everything: donuts, street food, whiskey, pálinka, coffee, healthy foods.

cakes, desserts behind a counter
Cakes, Macarons and other Goodies

You can sip wines from Tokaj and other regions in the VinCE Borsarok.

The Sweet Days Festival is a fun gastronomy event right in the city centre so do drop by.

Some of the programs:

  • A range of gastronomy shows and concerts each day.

Cultural Heritage Days, 15 – 16. September

Venue: several places in Budapest
Admission: free

This year the Cultural Heritage Days will be focusing on the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867  as well as the theme of Nature and Heritage .

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.

See more guided tours in English during the Cultural heritage Days.

Vintage Market at Ötkert, 23. September

Address: Zrínyi utca 4., district V. (almost opposite the Four Seasons Gresham Palace9

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 17.00

Entry: FREE

If you love vintage style accessories, furniture, textiles head for this downtown market in Ötkert. You will surely find something exciting among the many items:

  • retro-style graphic prints,
  • fridge magnets,
  • jewelry,
  • vintage lamps,
  • handmade lace,
  • kitchen and garden accessories.

Beer, Burger & BBQ Festival, 20 – 23. September

burgers in various buns 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

Opening Hours: Thurs: 13.00 – 22.00, Fri: 12.00 – 22.00, Sat – Sun: 10.00 – 22.00

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:

  • QurioZoom Food Truck (burgers)
  • Johny’s American Bistro (burgers)
  • Ami Burger Monor
  • Mangalica mennyország (BBQ)
  • Sexy Beef (BBQ)
  • Malacpofa BBQ
  • Kanálgép Food Truck
  • Viva Churros
Beer: Note: you have to by a beer mug for 1 200 HUF to be served
  • Fóti Craft Brewery
  • Bigfoot Brewery
  • Sörping pong (Beerpong)

Junibor Wine & Gastro Festival, 27 – 30. Sept, 2018

Venue: Szt. István tér, in front of the Basilica

Opening Hours:

  • 28. Sept/Thursday: 16.00 – 24.00,
  • 29 – 30. Sept – 01. Oct/Fri – Sun: 12.00 – 24.00

people on a Junibor wine fest, the Basilica in the backgroundYou can taste wines by the 33 young Hungarian wine makers and also meet and talk to them on the Szent István Square.

The event is organised for the V. time by JUNIBOR, an association of wine makers under the age of 40.

Good wine is even better with good food.

The following street food will be offered during the 4 day: Twist & Chips, Zing Burger, Lakatos Műhely, SteamBOO, Ricsi’s World Jewish Street Food, POPS! Ice Cream, Castello Cheese.

See programs of the Junibor Wine Festival!

Concerts, Folk Dance in the Duna Palota

Dates in September (Bp., Zrínyi utca 5. 1051) :  18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 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.


TIP: You can combine the above cultural programs with a river cruise starting at 22.00. Book as a package and SAVE some money!

Shopping TIPS

Market at Klauzál Square

Address: Klauzál tér 6., district VII., trams 4 and 6., Király utca stop

Open: Mon-Sun: 7.00-22.00

The Klauzal tér Markets' spacious iron structured interior
The Klauzal tér Markets’ spacious iron structured interior

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.

There’s a

  • Boci dairy shop,
  • a butcher selling quality Hungarian sausages, salamis and other pork delicacies.

Visit also some great Farmers’ Markets in Budapest!

Snow White – Danube Heritage Boat Tour

the white heritage boat, named Snow White at Margit bridgeDate & 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.

TIP: Danube Cruise with Dinner/Drinks

See the sun setting or the moon rising over Budapest while having a

  • delicious buffet dinner or
  • sipping Hungarian craft beers (5 beer samples/150 ml each) or wines (7 local wines) on a 1.5/2-hour sightseeing trip on the Danube.

Museum Exhibitions in September

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


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