September in Budapest

Favourite Festivals and Programs in the First Month of Autumn

You can choose from many things to do in September:

  • great festivals,
  • cultural programs,
  • wine tasting and exciting sightseeing tours await everybody visiting the Hungarian capital in the first month of autumn.

colorful foliage in Buda Palace late SeptemberThe summer holiday is over and the kids are back to school but 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: Eleven Autumn Bartók Béla Blvd. FestivalDesign WeekDanube Heritage Boat TourOutdoor BathsMarket TIPShopping TIPSMuseum ExhibitionsCafe TIP – Jewish Summer FestivalFőzdefeszt Craft Beer Fest

Folk Dance and Concerts

Folk dance performance in Budai VigadoDates in September 2017: 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

In Budapest you can choose from a wide range of cultural entertainment:

  • exhibitions,
  • concerts or
  • spectacular folk dance performances, allowing you to know more about Hungary’s rich musical and folk heritage.
Dates & Tickets

 

TIP: You can combine some of the programs with a boat tour on the Danube or a bathing in one of the two famous thermal spas of the city, the Gellért or the Széchenyi. If you buy your bathy entry online you can save queuing and get inside through a special entrance with your printed confirmation about the purchase.

Gala Concerts in the Duna Palota

Dates in September (Bp., Zrínyi utca 5. 1051) : 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 at 20.00

rows of beige seats and a large crystal chandelier in the gilded concert hall
Vigadó Concert Hall

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.

Tickets

Wine Tasting in September

2 bottles of wine and flowers on a table in a vineyard, a cellar in the backgroundIf you can’t attend the Wine Festival in Buda Castle go on one the following wine tasting programs:

Wine Tour in Etyek with Lunch/Dinner

Visit this wonderful little wine village in the Etyek-Buda wine region with transfer and guiding in English.

Learn about local wines, wine making, the way of life in the countryside and of course taste wines.

The program ends with a traditional Hungarian lunch or dinner (with more wines).

Etyek Wine Tour Details and Booking.

Wine Tasting in Buda Castle

Sample some delightful wines in a historic stone cellar in the castle. An expert sommelier will share his knowledge and stories related to Hungarian wines and viticulture.

sampling wine in CultiVini Booking is required due to limited place.

Cultivini Wine Gallery & Shop

Drop by CultiVini Wine Gallery near Váci utca in downtown Budapest.

The place is a real tribute to Hungarian wines where you can sample the best bottles from the country’s 22 wine regions.

Reserve a tasting program with guiding!

Design Week, end of September – beginning of October

Venue: various locations in the city
Website

Design will be in the focus for one week in the Hungarain capital. In 2016 the main theme was the connection and relations between man and design.

Programs:

  • Open studios: you can visit the studios and see how the designers work.
  • Design tours (pre-registration is required).
  • Exhibitions: State of the Art Winery-Etyeki Kúria Pop-Up Store, Szabadság tér 14., distr. V.: 29-30. Sept.: 11.00-23.00: Design and function in a wine making.
  • Workshops
  • Fashion shows,
  • Design Fair on October 01., 10.00 – 18.00 in the Museum of Applied Arts (Üllői út 33-37., district IX.), admission: 500 HUF.

promise a colourful, entertaining week at the end of September-beginning of October.

Shopping TIPS

Budapest Colors – The Alternative Souvenir Pop-Up Store, till 30. September

Location: Andrássy út 5., ground floor, district VI.
Opening Hours: every day: 10.00 – 20.00

the entry of the store with an arched door in the middle and 2 arched shopwindowsIf you wish to take home one-of-a-kind souvenirs from Budapest check out this cool pop-up store by the Project Showroom team near the Basilica end of Andrássy avenue.

The store is organised thematically: there’s a home decor corner, accessories, gastro products, a beauty counter, stationery items.

The place demonstrates how colourful is the city and the people who live and work here.

The Project Showroom is a series of pop-up shops built on unique concepts:

  • children toys,
  • Christmas gifts,
  • bio beauty products,
  • urban cycling,
  • vintage, antique and design furniture.

The first store opened in 2012.

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,
  • gifts,
  • cakes,
  • mini-workshops and such.

Sightseeing TIP

Snow White – Danube Heritage Boat Tour, Saturdays

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.

Enjoy the Outdoor Baths!

Most open-air baths in Budapest are open till mid-September so if the weather allows you can swim, bath, splash and enjoy the sunshine.

  • The outdoor pools of Palatinus on Margitsziget – the largest and most kid-friendly – are open till 18. September, every day 9.00 – 20.00
  • The Római Bath and the Pünkösdfürdő Bath are open till 04. September, every day 9.00 – 20.00 (both located in northern Buda)
  • The Paskál Bath has been turned into an all-year bath with an expansion finished in July 2016. There’s a training pool, a children’s pool and a thermal pool, and an indoor-outdoor activity pool with a bar on the ground floor.

The Last Days of the Dagály Strand

Due to the construction of a new swimming complex for the FINA world championships 2017 the Dagály Bath will be closed down. The last day the bath was open: 18 September 2016. Tickets are cheaper than in other larger baths.

The children pool is already closed but there are two large octagonal shape warm pools where the kids can have fun.

Address: Népfürdő utca 36., district XIII., close to Árpád Bridgegetting there: tram 1 Népfürdő utca stop, Buses No. 15, 115, M3 metro

Museum Exhibitions in September

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

Modigliani in the Hungarian National Gallery/Buda-Royal Palace, till 02. October 2016

Address: National Gallery, Royal Palace, Szent György tér 2., district I., Buildings A, B, C, D
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun: 10.00-18.00, cashier closes at 17.00
Tickets: full price 3 200 HUF

two Modigliani acts on the wallThe Modigliani Exhibition in the National Gallery is still on till the beginning of October where you can see 61 works of the leading avantgarde artist.

The exhibit gives an overview of Modigliani’s art in Paris from the early years till his death in 1920.

Around 20 works by artists living and working in close vicinity of the Italain artist are also on display.

The exhibition is divided in 3 sections:

  • Temple of Humanity – introduces Modigliani’s sculpture art between 1909-1914.
  • Back to Painting – due to his poor health and lack of money the artist gave up sculpting and returned to painting. The portraits displayed here testify about searching for his style.
  • The Portraitist of the Avant-garde represents Modigliani’s return to painting through portraits thta make up the majority of his works.

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, butcher selling quality Hungarian sausages, salamis and other pork delicacies.

Visit also some great Farmers’ Markets in Budapest!

Café Tip of the Month

Pazar Caffe

the bar area in Pazar cafeAddress: Akadémia utca 9., district V. Open: Mon-Sat: 7.00-18.00

I’ve recently discovered this cute cafe not far from the Parliament or Szabadság Square.

The name roughly translates to magnificent and it is true to its name. First and foremost espresso and other coffee drinks are prepared from freshly roasted, premium quality beans supplied by the Kávé Háza micro roastery in Szekszárd.

So coffee is good and so are the pastries, biscuits and sandwiches. They also have their own Cola drink: a concoction made from espresso, tonic, lemon juice and ice.

a cup of cappuccion on the terrace of the cafe

You can enjoy your morning coffee on the lovely terrace or if you find the traffic noise a bit too much there go up to the the gallery.

TIP: September is still warm enough to enjoy some ice cream: try the best gelaterias in Budapest where the cool dessert is made from only natural ingredients.

Past Events in September

Beer, Burger & BBQ Festival, Millenaris Park, Buda, 01 – 04. 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

Opening Hours: Thurs/01. Sept: 13.00-22.00, Fri/02. Sept: 12.00-22.00, Sat-Sun/03-04. Sept: 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:

Food:
  • 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
  • BBQtyák
  • Beffalo Bill
  • Smoking Guns Barbecue
  • Panificio il Basilica – one of the best bakeries inthe city.
Beer: Note: you have to by a beer mug for 1 200 HUF to be served
  • Kapucinus Brewery
  • Sümegi Craft Brewery
  • Kaltenberger Slovak Craft Beer
  • Zirc Abbey Beer
  • House of Belgian Beers

Jewish Cultural Festival, September 04 – 11.

concert in the Dohany Street synagogueVenue: several places in the city: synagogues, (Dohány Street, Rumbach Street, Hegedűs Gyula Str., Bethlen Sqr., Hunyadi Sqr.), Goldmark Hall (Wesselényi utca 7.), Liszt Academy, Bálint House, Zwack Museum

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 Summer Festival. Visit also the official site of the event.

Wine Festival in Buda Castle, 07 – 10. September, 2017

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

the wine festival in the courts of Buda castle at duskTickets:

  • day ticket till 01. Sept: 2 500 HUF until, then 3 000 HUF,
  • 4-day pass: till 01. Sept: 4 500 HUF, then 6 000 HUF
  • Free for children under 12. Tickets include free visit to the permanent exhibitions of the Budapest History Museum.

Opening hours: 08-09. Sept., Thurs-Fri: 14.00-24.00, 10. Sept., Sat: 12.00-24.00, 11. Sept., Sun: 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.

See more details on the organiser’s website.

Főzdefeszt Craft Beer Festival, First Weekend of September

Date is Not Announced Yet!

Venue: City Park – Napozórét, next to Petőfi Stadium
Opening Hours: 09. Sept, Friday: 15.00-02.00, 10. Sept, Saturday: 12.00 – 02.00, 11. Sept, Sunday: 12.00 – 00.00
Admission: free (but you have to buy a mug with the logo of the festival, sold on the spot in size 0.5 L but with markings of 0.2 L, 0,3 L, 0,4 L and 0,5 L. It costs 1 250 HUF

Note: payment is with HelloPay system or Paypass cards)

banner poster of the FozdefesztThe autumn edition of the Főzdefeszt Beer Festival is held in City

Red beers will be in the focus of this time. Around 50 beer stalls including well-known craft beer makers lik:

  • Stari,
  • Gyertyános,
  • Legenda,
  • Reketye Brewery,
  • Kapucinus
  • zip’s brewhouse
  • Hübris,
  • Ikkona,
  • Horizont
  • Sümeg Beer
  • Etyek Beer Manufacture

You can also have some of the best street food: Zing Burger, Kanálgép Food Truck, Che Che Bistro, Kobe Sausages, PolaPola, Babuska Food Truck.

National Gallop (Nemzeti Vágta), 15 – 17. September

Date is Not Finalized Yet!

equestrians on Heroes' SquareVenue: Heroes Square and Andrássy Avenue

Tickets: 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).
Website

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, Szt. István Square – Zrínyi Street

Venue: Szent Istán tér at the Basilica and Zrínyi utca

an assortment of pralinesGetting there: M1, M2, M3 metro Deák tér station, Tram 2., Eötvös tér stop

Admission: free

The Sweet Days 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.

Eleven Autumn Bartók Béla Boulevard Festival, 16 – 18. September

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.
  • exhibitions

Gastronomy programs:

  • 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

Children programs

  • Workshops in Pagony Bookshop (sat at 16.30and Szatyor Bar & Gallery (Fri-Sat-Sun at 15.00).

Cultural Heritage Days, 16 – 17. September

Venue: several places in Budapest
Admission: free

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, but there will many other programs 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.

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