Events, Things to Do in the First Month of Summer
Visit Budapest in June, and you will have a wonderful vacation in the Hungarian capital.
As summer kicks in, the city is offering plenty events, programs and things to do for everyone.
June is definitely the month of beer in our city with 3 events in a row
There will be numerous other programs in the first month of summer, see our list below.
June tends to be already very hot in Hungary. Due to the global climate change summer starts way earlier than it did a couple of decades ago.
Daily temperatures can reach 30 – 35 ºC with lots of sunshine.
A quick summer shower is not unusual in June so bring an umbrella.
In some years June can be very rainy and colder than usual though so do check the weather forecast before packing clothes for your visit.
The 3-month cultural festival that takes place mainly on Margaret Island begins on 09. June with a free gala evening.
Concerts, opera, ballet, musicals, dance performances, children programs throughout the summer within a romantic, outdoor setting.
This year you can select from more than 100 programs over the 3 month.
Besides famous local performers, the following international artists will be on stage:
- The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra performs Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on 15. June, Friday at 20.00.
- Richard Strauss: Salome, Opera Premiere, 22., 24. June at 21.00 – in German with Hungarian subtitles.
Tickets are available in various price categories.
The historic water tower hosts jazz concerts.
Spritzen Festival at Bálna Terasz, June
Date: 01 – 30. June 2018.
Address: Fővám tér 11-12., district IX.
The terrace of the Whale/Bálna building at the Pest riverbank is undoubtedly one of the most scenic spots in Pest.
It’s right on the Danube bank offering a spectacular view of the river and the Buda side.
The place will host a Lemonade Fest for a week when you can leisurely sip all sorts of
- spritz cocktails (with or without alcohol)
- take in the panorama.
Dancing on the Square – Concert, 17. June
Venue: Szent István tér, in front of the Basilica
Time: 19.00 – 20.30
Music and dancing with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Gypsy musicians on the square at St Stephen’s Basilica. The performance’s aim is to raise awareness for tolerance and acceptance.
More than 500 disadvantaged children from all across Hungary will be dancing together to Brahms’ Hungarian Dances on 17 June.
Date & Time: 17. June, Sunday, 09.00 – 19.00
Venue: Holdudvar on Margitsziget (a former cafe and club near the Centennial Monument at the southern tip)
A half a dozen yoga studios will held yoga classes from morning till evening on Margaret Island on Sunday, June 18.
Join many others to try and practice various branches of yoga:
108 Sun Salutations will launch the all-day event starting at 09.00
- Ashtanga Yoga
- Siddha Yoga
- Vinyasa Krama and more.
Bring your kids too because they can participate in the children’s yoga classes between 09.00 – 17.00. Note: Recommended for kids older than 4.
Venue: City Centre, the Danube Banks between Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges
The amazing aerial competition returns to the scenic Danube and its bridges in the Hungarian capital.
Lots of acrobatic performances under and over the Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd) on two days on the first weekend of July.
For Kids: Future Park – Interactive Scientific Center
Address: Andrássy Andrássy út 39., district VI.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 10.00 – 20.00 (last entry at 18.00)
One of the most remarkable buildings of Andrássy Av., the Párizsi Department Store gives home to this brand new scientific experience center, the Future Park.
It opens on 28. April 2018 so it is the newest attraction of Budapest not to be missed by families with kids.
- adults: workdays: 3 400 HUF, weekends: 3 900 HUF
- children (up to 12 yrs): workdays: 2 400 HUF, weekends: 2 900 HUF
- students (over 12 yrs): workdays: 2 300 HUF, weekends: 3 450 HUF
- family tickets (2 adults+2 children): workdays: 7 900 HUF, weekends: 9 500 HUF
Opens on 01. June.
Night of Museums (Múzeumok Éjszakája), 23 – 24. June
Venues: museums in Budapest
An international festival that has been part of June events for a couple of years now.
You can hop from museum to museum using the special bus service – 7 colour-coded lines connecting various parts of the city – operated on Midsummer Night, 23/06.
A great variety of programs for all ages and interests.
Tickets (can be bought at any of the participating museums):
- full price: 1 700 HUF,
- students (ages: 6 – 18): 800 HUF.
You can use the dedicated bus service, participate in the programs and view the permanent and temporary exhibits of the museums.
Find out more about the Night of Museums in Budapest.
SUP Festival on the Danube (Parliament), 23. June, 11.30
Location: Kossuth lajos tér 1-3., the Danube at the Parliament
Tickets: with SUP: 14 990, without SUP: 5 990 HUF
Distanc: 16 km
Paddle through Budapest on the river Danube on the longest day of the year.
You will glide through all the beautiful bridges of the city between Romai-part and Kopaszi dam and marvel at the famous landmarks:
- Gellért Hill,
- Buda Castle,
- the Parliament,
- the National Theatre and more.
Summer Concerts in the Courtyard of Pest County Hall
Address: Városház utca 7., district V.
Dates: (Thursday at 20.00): 28. June, 05., 06., 12. July,
Tickets: 3 500 HUF
The courtyard of the Pest County Hall (Vármegye utca 15., distr. V.) in the city centre hosts a series of classical music performances by the Concerto Budapest ensemble founded in 1907 and a resident group of the Music Academy since 2013.
Enjoy the evergreen melodies of Mozart, Beethoven, or Vivaldi in a historic venue in the city centre.
Note: In case of rain concerts will be held in the Aula Magna of the ELTE University at Egyetem Square 1-3. at 20.30).
Venue: WestEnd Shopping Centre-Roof Terrace: tram 4,6 or M3 (blue) metro Nyugati tér stop
The Czech beer festival will welcome beer lovers with mor etahn 100 beers for 10 days in June on the roof terrace of the WestEnd Shopping Mall.
You can taste the top Czech beers along with traditional Czech dishes and enjoy Czech cultural programs.
More about the Czech Beer Festival in Budapest…
Venue: Szabadság tér/Liberty square, Downtown Budapest
A 5-day beer festival at a central location with
- 250 local and import beers
- food trucks and other street food
- street music after 20.00 every day
Find out about other Beer Festivals in Budapest.
Budapest has many great concert halls where you can enjoy classical concerts, folk music and dance shows all the year round
Cultural Package Programs – SAVE Money!
Bach Week – Concerts in the Lutheran Church on Deák Sqr., 1st Week of June
Venue: Lutheran Church, Deák tér, district V., M1, M2, M3 metro lines
Concerts start every day at 19.00
A concert series celebrating the great German composer Johann Sebastian Bach: orchestra, cantata and chamber evenings:
See detailed program on the church’s website.
Wagner Days in the Palace of Arts/MüPa – 07 – 17. June 2018
Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX.
Getting there: tram 2 or H7 HÉV/suburban railway Müpa-Nemzeti Színház stop, tram 1 Rákóczi híd stop
Tickets: 5 500, 7 900, 10 900, 14 900, 19 900 HUF
The whole month will be dedicated to the classical music dramas of Richard Wagner in the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in the Palace of Arts.
Our city offers a dazzling array of sights and monuments so we choose only one or two to include in our monthly program recommendations.
Parliament and Kossuth Square
Getting there: tram 2, M2 (red) metro Kossuth tér station
Do visit the largest building of Hungary dominating the Pest side of the Danube.
The Hungarian Parliament and its neighbourhood was completely refurbished with
- new or renewed statues,
- large green park,
- new pavement tiles with built in vapour release system,
- a long pool in front of the building and lots more.
Go on a guided tour (buy tickets online to avoid queuing for ticket) to see the most revered treasure of our country: the Holy Crown of St. Stephen.Book Parliament Tour!
Cafe TIP: Try the new Szamos Cafe at Kossuth tér 10 for a coffee & cake break or a light lunch.
Shopping TIP: Drop by Culinaris Gourmet Store in Balassi Bálint utca, just a short walk from the Kossuth tér to pick up some delicacies:
- a wide choice of
- coffee and teas,
- dairy products,
- vegetables and fruits,
- bakery goods are available.
Open: Mon-Sat: 08.00-2.00, Sun: 10.00-18.00).
Boat Tours on the Danube
The most romantic way to see the city scape is a sightseeing cruise on the river Danube.
The tours last 1,5 – 2 hours, during which you will see the most notable sights on the two riverbanks Budapest is famous for:
- Buda Castle with the Royal Palace,
- the bridges spanning the river, including the oldest one: the Chain Bridge (Széchenyi Lánchíd).
Bike, Segway & Running Tours – Fun Sightseeing
Do you like running? Explore Budapest on a running tour – 5-10 km long routes where you will see the the top attractions of the Hungarian capital.
If you are not up for jogging then go on a bike tour:
- helmets and
- professional guiding is provided.
Bike Tours In & Out of the City
You can rent the massive, light green bikes at 76 points in the city (bank card is required if you aren’t a registered user and in this case a 25 000 HUF deposit will be deducted if you rent a bike.)
Tourists coming for a couple of days can choose from 24-hour, 72-hour or 7-day passes. During the validity of the pass you can use the bike for 30 minutes, over that you’ll be charged a fee.
Jewish Monuments – Guided Tours
- museums and archives,
You can discover them on guided tours of self-made walks in Buda and the Pest side.Book a Guided Jewish Tour
Prestige Hotel that opened in April 2015., is located in a 19.-century townhouse in a small, quiet street in downtown.
It boasts remarkable interior design, comfortable rooms, and a fine dining restaurant, Costes Downtown (the new place of the Michelin-star place in Ráday Street).
Within walking distance to the Danube and other famous sights, Prestige Hotel Budapest is an ideal accommodation for a summer city break.
Here are two brand new coffee/cake shops that opened this month in Budapest.
Address: Kossuth tér 10., district V.
Opening hours: Cafe: Mon-Fri: 7.30-19.00, Sat-Sun: 9.00-19.00 Museum: Mon-Sun: 10.00-18.00,
Admission to the museum: 980 HUF
The Szamos Cafe, next to the Parliament building is the new generation of the classic Szamos Cake Shops we were used to in the previous 70+ decades.
The interior of a former coffee house has been tastefully renovated, turning the place into a modern, lively cafe and bistro in one of the most visited neighbourhoods of the city centre.
- Delicious tortes , pastries, and other desserts (Hungarian classics, more contemporary sweets) in the ground floor area,
- an al carte restaurant on the gallery and
- a Chocolate Museum on the top floor make Szamos Cafe a unique place to see in downtown Budapest.
TIP: Browse also our Top Ice Cream Places in Budapest for high quality gelato, sorbet, granita and other chilled delights.
The warm June nights are perfect for outdoor parties and clubbing.
360 Bar – the Best Panoramic View of the Whole City
Address: Andrássy út 39. district VI. on the rooftop of the Paris Department Store (lift to the right of Alexandra Bookshops’s entrance)
Open: every day: 10.00 – 24.00 Thursday-Saturday: 10.00 – 03.00
The coolest bar on the highest rooftop of the city opened a couple of years ago.
You can enjoy the fantastic 360 degree vista all summer:
- the dome of St. Stephen Basilica,
- the Dohány Street Synagogue,
- Buda Castle and the Buda Hills,
The Art-Nouveau department store’s rooftop – built towards the end of the 19.century – used to hosted an ice rink.
Today ideal place for a leisurely late breakfast with coffee, lunch or chill with a glass of fine wine or cocktail under the enormous parasols while taking in the breathtaking panorama.
Varied programs add to the appeal of the bar: concerts, film screenings, Sunday brunch.
Akvárium Klub-Erzsébet Tér
The square is a popular venue for major festivals and it has been nicely renewed in previous months.
The Akvárium is also located on Erzsébet tér with a wide range of programs: concerts, exhibitions, dance and theatre performances, conferences, and festivals.
The Aqua Bistro serves food at affordable price (two-course daily menu is 1 190 HUF).
The ticket office of the club is open every day from 10.00 till program closing (or till 18.00 on days when there’s no concert or other program).
Some Other Great Outdoor Clubs:
Zippp Club Margitsziget
Address: Margaret Island, southern end, at the Athletics Centre, trams 4, 6
Open: Wed-Sat: 20.00-05.00
A spacious new open-air venue at the southern tip of Margaret Island with 2 dance areas and 3 bars. Recommended for lovers of electronic music, hip hop d’n’b.
(formerly Zöld Pardon)
Address: Neumann János utca 2., district XI. Budapest
Open: 20th April – September, Mon – Sat: 09.00 – 05.00)
BarbaNegra is an extremely popular but inexpensive open-air bar at the Buda end of the Rákóczi Bridge
Cafe del Rio
Address: Hengermalom út 52. district XI.
Open: April – September, 20.00 – 05.00 every day
A trendy place with beautiful girls, Latin music, and Mediterranean atmosphere right at the Danube bank in Buda.
Parties on Saturdays.
Judafest Street Festival, 10. June
Venue: Kazinczy Street, district VII.
A Jewish cultural and gastro festival taking place in the iconic Kazinczy Street in the heart of the historic Jewish quarter.
Programs all day on Sunday, 10. June:
- 10.00 – 18.30 – concerts on the main stageat the corner of Kazincy utca Wesselényi utca
- 12.00 – 17.00 – gastronomy programs on the gastrostage (at the junction of Kazinczy, Dob and Király Streets) -, the best Israeli salads (13.00, Peter Hoffman, a star chef from new York will have a show cooking (14.00), making saksuka (16.00), Israleli and jewish chocolate specialties by Csupacsoki (17.00)
- Adventure Playhouse for children – water battle on a pirate ship, cockatial mixing at a bar.
Budapest A Cappella Festival, 08 – 09. June, 2018
Venue: Várkert Bazaar, Öntőház Courtyard (in case of bad weather: in the Multifunctional Event Hall)
A 2-day festival with performers without instrumental music at a panoramic riverside location, the Várkert Bazaar & Gardens.
Family and children programs all Saturday. Kids can learn to make instuments from recycled materials, find out about the a capella genre and more…
Detailed program (subject to change):
- 19.00 -20.00 – Budapest Voices – apopular Hungarian a capella group
- 20.30 – 21.30 – Mónika Lakatos and the Gypsy Voices – Olah Gypsy melodies: tickets: 2 000 HUF
- 18.00 – 18.45 – HALS Austrian/Hungarian expereimental a capella band)
- 19.00 – 19.45 – Verska Naase (Estonia).
- 20.00 – 20.45 – Actores Alidos (Italy)
Festive Book Week (Ünnepi Könyvhét) 07 – 11. June
Venue: Vörösmarty Square, M1 (yellow line) underground Vörösmarty tér stop
An event for book lovers with book launches, discussions, concerts, and children programs.
If you plan to visit the Book Week, combine it with
Find out more about the Festive Book Week.