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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Venue: Kincsem Park district X., Address: Albertirsai út 2-4., Budapest 1101
- daily: 3 000 HUF,
- Free for children under the age of 14.
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 Zimbo Sramli tent where live Bavarian-style music will entertain guests.
- Great food: street food, local specialties
- Concerts every day
- Amusement park and kids’ activities
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: 07.00 – 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.