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:
More Events: Wine Festival – Food Truck Show – Jewish Cultural Festival – Craft Beer Festival Óbuda – Sweet Days – TIP: Parisi Courtyard – Boat Tours with Drinks – Museum Exhibitions – Concerts, Folklore
Venue: several places in Budapest
This year the Cultural Heritage Days will be focusing on the theme of “Houses of Entertainment, Places of Amusement”
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.
Budapest International Marathon – Recommended by CNN, 28 – 29. Sept
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.
See more details!Dates in September (Bp., Zrínyi utca 5. 1051) : every day 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!
Organ & Choir Concerts in the Church of St. Michael
Dates: every Saturday at 19.00 – 20.00
Address: Váci utca 47/b, in Váci Street
Tickets: 4 500 HUF/18 EUR, students, seniors: 4 000 HUF/16 EUR
Tickets can be bought on the spot before the concert.
This charming baroque church stands in the famous pedestrian shopping street of the city, Váci utca. The the professional ETUNAM Chamber Choir performs here on Saturday at 7 pm.
The program includes Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Mozart: Lacrymosa, Händel: Halleluja, etc.
Market at Klauzál Square
Address: Klauzál tér 6., district VII., trams 4 and 6., Király utca stop
Open: Mon-Sun: 07.00 – 22.00
To see where and how locals do their everyday shopping drop by the refurbished Klauzál Square 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!
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.
This month offers a range of great exhibits for both grown ups and kids.
Rembrandt and His Pupils, 20. Sept, 2019 – 05. Jan, 2020, Fine Arts Museum
Address: Dózsa György út 41., 1146 Bp, next to Heroes’ Sqr.
Getting there: M1 underground (yellow line), Hősök tere stop
Opening Hours: Tues – Sun: 10.00 – 17.40, closed on Mondays
Tickets: 3 400 HUF
The exhibition marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death.
The works on display – around 40 drawings and etchings – come from the museum’s collections of Prints and Drawings and Old Master Paintings.
Japanese Antique Children Kimonos, Heritage House, till 25. Sept.
Address: Hagyományok Háza, Corvin tér 8., Budapest, 1011, Buda side
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 10.00 – 18.00
An exhibition of Nakano Kazuko’s collection of nearly a thousand pieces of children’s kimono, which includes pieces from the Edo era (1603-1868) to the present day.
Dzsúni-hitoe Kimono Show, 21. Sept, Saturday, 17.00
The show takes its name from the aristocratic kimono of Heian (794-1185) in Japan, which consisted of at least 12 gowns.
It will highlight the traditional Japanese costumes of many historical periods, from antiquity to the present day.
Location: Ferenciek tere, district V. downtown, M3 metro (blue line)
The magnificent Parisi Courtyard’s (Párisi Udvar) restoration works have been finished this year to give home Hungary’s first Hyatt Hotel.
The 110-room luxury establishment joined the Unbound Collresturant ection of the international hotel chain.
The historic building functioned as a shopping centre in the early 20. century.
It boasts an amazing glass arcade with a hexagonal dome that have been restored to its original look.
A blend of several architectural styles – Art Deco, Moorish, Venetian – result in a unique sight worth exploring while in Budapest!
The beautiful passge – as well as the hotel’s cafe and restaurant – are open not just for the guests of the hotel but for walk-in visitors, so do include Párisi Udvar in your must-see list!
TIP: See also what’s on in Budapest in October!
Corvin Beer Festival, 04 – 08. September
Location: Corvin Promenade, behind the Corvin Plaza, address: Bp, 1082. Corvin Sétány
Getting there: M3 (blue) metro, trams 4 & 6 – Corvin-negyed stop
- 04. Sept/Wed: 16.00 – 24.00,
- 05. Sept/Thurs: 12.00 – 24.00,
- 06. Sept/Fri: 12.00 – 24.00,
- 07. Sept/Sat: 12.00 – 24.00
- 08. Sept/Sun: 12.00 – 23.00
Kick off the weekend on the Beer Festival that welcomes everyone for 5 days behind the Corvin Shopping Plaza.
Sample the best IPAs, EPAs, APAs, exotic fruit beers, wheat beers and lagers.
Some of the brewers that will be present:
- Pilsner Urquell
- Pivovarve Kozel
- Krak’n Town
- Mort Subite
- Etyeki Sörmanufaktúra
- Sümegi Sörház
- Fehér Nyúl Brewery
- ERDINGER Weissbräu, Dab (beer), Bitburger Fan Force One
- Yeast Side Sörfőzde
- Pivovar Holba a.s. + Pivovar Černá Hora
- Hara’Punk Brewing, and more…
Grilled meats, snacks to go with the beers!
Venue: 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.
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 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: Kincsem Park, Albertirsai út 2-4. (next to Hungexpo), 1101 Budapest
Getting there: M2 metro(red line), Pillangó utca station or bus No. 100
- 06. Sept/Fri: FREE
- 07. Sept/Sat: 1 000 HUF
- 08. Sept: Sun: 1 000 HUF
- Free under 18 years of age
The cream of the crop of local food trucks will gather in Kincsem park, one of the most amazing race courses in Central Europe, over the first weekend of September.
Sample Hungarian and international street food!:
You can also watch exciting gallops and other horse races every day: international races and the Kincsem+ race on Friday, then harness racing on Saturday.
Programs and activities for children on Saturday and Sunday: handcrafting, pony riding and some surprises!
Jugglers, street workout performers, break dancers, magicians, musicians playing on unique instrument will entertain visitors.
Venue: Óbuda, District III. – Fő tér (Main Sqr.)
Getting there: M3 metro (blue line), tram 1, Árpád híd stop
Entry: FREE – to taste beers you have to buy your mug for 650 HUF
- 06. Sept/Fri: 16.00 – 23.00
- 07. Sept/Sat: 14.00 – 23.00
- 08. Sept: Sun: 14.00 – 22.00
A new beer festival in Óbuda focusing on the best small-scale artisan brews.
- 25 Hungarian breweries will be offering more than 200 beers,
- gastronomy programs: strudel train, oven baked bread pizza, street food, grilled meats, beers, pálinka, lemonade (Gulyásbomba, bread pizza from Csömör, Zing Burger, lángos by Tésztafeszítő Kisiparos, Paneer Cheese burgers, Kolbice)
- workshops with home brewers and
- concerts in Kobuci Garden – in the inner courtyard of the Zichy Castle – await visitors on the 3 days at the Main Square of district III.
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.
The emphasis of the festival has shifted from quality chocolates and chocolatiers to most everything: donuts, street food, whiskey, pálinka, coffee, healthy foods.
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.
TIP: Do taste the heavenly creations of the Cloud 9 ice cream Desserts, the newsest dessert shop of the city!
Day of Markets, Erzsébet Square, 15. September
Address: Erzsébet tér, district V.
Getting there: M1, M2, M3 metros, Deaák F. tér station
Opening Hours: 11.00 – 19.00
If you love vintage style accessories, furniture, textiles head for Erzsébet tér that turns into a vast community market on Saturday, 15. September.
The main objective of the event is to promote high quality handcrafted products made by people with disabilities.
You will surely find something exciting among the many items:
- retro-style graphic prints,
- fridge magnets,
- vintage lamps,
- handmade lace,
- kitchen and garden accessories.