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: several places in Budapest
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.
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).
Great local wines and the best of the Hungarian craft beer scene will be there. Concerts in the evenings.
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
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,
- vintage lamps,
- handmade lace,
- kitchen and garden accessories.
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!
Market at Klauzál Square
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!
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.
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.
This month offers a range of great exhibits for both grown ups and kids.
Mummies of the World Exhibition, from 16. August, 2018
Location: Király utca 26. Budapest 1061, district VII.
View the world’s biggest mummy collection including some rare items! The collection was put together in the USA by scientists, archaeologists, anthropologists.
The mummies are arranged according to theme so visitors can get a glimps into
- the world of ancient Egypt,
- the Inca civilization,
- in the life of South-American tribes, or
- medieval Germany.
- Exhibition: every day: 09.00 – 20.00
- Cashier: every day: 08.30 – 18.30
- Adult: 3 800 HUF
- Children (ages: 6 – 14): 2 500 HUF
- Students, retirees (valid ID is req.): 2 900 HUF
It’s easily accessible from any point of the city:
- M1, M2, M3 metro lines – Get off at Deák tér station, then a couple of minutes walk
- Trams No. 47 and No. 49 – get off at Deák tér stop
- Trolley buses No. 70 and No. 78 – Akácfa utca stop, a short walk from there
Belgian Beer Festival, 01 – 02. September 2018
Venue: Sörház utca 39., Budapest 1222.
Tickets: 3 700 HUF, includes 4 glasses of beer (200ml) or 5 000 HUF (incl. 6 glassess of beer), and a special tasting glass
Around 200 kinds of beer ( 50 on tap) by 35 Belgian Breweries.
The Belgian Beer Festival moves to a new venue, the organisers’ own warehouse in Budatétény, district XXII.
Some other Belgian beers that will be will be present are the Deliria, made by women beer makers, or the limited edition Hopus Primeur and Duvel Tripel Hop. You can also taste the new star of recent years, Omer.
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.
- 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.
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.