Events & Programmes
Christmas Fair at Vörösmarty Square09 November 2018 - 01 January 2019
The official Christmas Fair of Budapest launches in mid-November. The holiday fair offers a wide range of cultural programs (around 200 concerts in various genres from folk to jazz, children activities, craft workshops) on the central stage and a taste of Hungary’s culinary delights (goulash, stuffed cabbage, roasted and grilled meats, cheeses, Sekler cake, strudels, artisan chocolates, gingerbread, beigli).
Advent in Óbuda30 November 2018 - 23 December 2018
The Main Square of Óbuda as well as the Szentlélek tér, a 2 minute walk from Main Sqr., turn into a wonderful Christmas venue each year.
A tall Christmas tree, craft fair, and tasty local food offering authentic Hungarian food (stuffed cabbage, Fishermen’s soup, veal paprikash, roast goose, strudel, oven-baked bread, and fragrant winter drinks) welcome everyone in the Advent period. You can skate on the ice rink for free (skate rental is available for 600 HUF for adults and 400 HUF for children) every day from 8.00 till 22.00. Don’t forget to view the photo exhibition introducing old Christmas, New Year and other folk traditions, how people lived in the village in winter. Find out more about the Advent Festival in Óbuda!
MÜPA ICE RINK02 December 2018 - 27 January 2019
From 2 December to 27 January, Müpa awaits visitors with an outdoor ice rink, where up to 80 people can slide around with Müpa Radio’s symphonies playing in the background. Should you get tired from all the skating, you can warm yourself up with mulled wine and hot chocolate, in the heated canteen by the rink. With a Müpa ticket, you can join a free session, otherwise, the admission costs 500 forints. Ice skates are also available for renting in limited numbers.
Red Bull Air Race Budapest13 July 2019 - 14 July 2019
The Red Bull Air Race, a dazzling air competition popular all over the world, comes back to Budapest city centre around the 3rd weekend of June in front of the Parliament. If you’re spending your vacation here at the time of the race you’ll sure see the spectacular event over the river Danube between Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges: a central and scenic location for this amazing aerial performance.
III. DESSZERT FEST BUDAPEST08 October 2018 - 21 December 2018
This is the third time that Desszert Fest fills the halls of underground clubs Robot and Dürer Kert. Spreading across the whole club-concert season, this festival makes it easier for the everyday metalhead to deal with the absence of outdoor parties.
Prices: 1,900 - 16,000 HUF
Christmas Market at Fővám Square01 December 2018 - 23 December 2018
The little plaza, Fővám tér opposite the Great Market Hall also offers a holiday fair. A wooden Xmas tree installation in the centre is surrounded by cottages selling, handcrafted decors, folk textile, cheeses, Hungarian paprika sausages and food and drinks. You can listen to music performances of local bands on Thursdays and Fridays at 16.00, and 18.00 and on Saturdays at 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00.
TIP: Since Váci Street starts at Fővám tér it’s a good idea to explore the market here then walk down Váci utca till you reach the main Christmas Fair on Vörosmarty Square.
Farsang, Carnival Season in Hungary06 January 2019 - 10 February 2019
In Hungary the carnival season (Farsang) that precedes Lent, starts on Epiphany (January 6th) and it ends on Ash Wednesday (which is February 10th in 2016). Farsang is marked by many fun festivities, masquerades, balls and noisy parades that aim to scare off winter and welcome spring. There are many celebrations held throughout Hungary with the Busójárás in Mohács being the most popular. The Busójárás follows old folk traditions and is acknowledged by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Sziget Festival07 August 2019 - 14 August 2019
Budapest Sziget Festival takes place on Óbudai Island (aka Hajógyári Island) in Óbuda, northern Budapest. This year the festival celebrates its 27th jubilee welcoming visitors with around 1 500 programs on 50 venues across the island. Besides concerts, you can enjoy a wide range of programs: theatre performances, contemporary circus, movie screenings, museums, sport activities, there’s even a small beach where you can splash in the Danube. Although there will be several famous performers from all over the world, still, the biggest name amongst the singers will be Ed Sheeran's who were announced as a performer right after the Sziget of 2018 ended.
tour, natural programs
A Walk on Margaret Island21 September 2018 - 31 December 2030
Despite late autumn, you can catch great sunny days in Budapest in November that are ideal for a walk in the green parts of the city. Margaret Island (Margitsziget) is the local’s number one spot for long walks and jogging.
The Water Tower hosts exhibitions, and other cultural events and the cupola offers a fine panoramic view.
The island boasts some historical sights as well – remains of medieval monastery.
exhibition, memorial exhibition
MUMMIES OF THE WORLD EXHIBIT16 August 2018 - 31 December 2018
The Mummies of the World Exhibit was curated by recognised scholars in America. Archaeologists, anthropologists, doctors and other scientists have worked together to compile this exhibition and provide comprehensive knowledge on the life and death of the mummified.
Through the 4,500-year journey, you can explore the history and origins of mummies, as well as how they were created, both through natural and intentional practices. Beside the well-known Egyptian ones, visitors can glimpse into the sacral rituals of the Incas, South-American tribes and the world of medieval Germany.
Prices: 2,000 - 11,900 HUF
PETER CINCOTTI16 December 2050
The pianist who topped Billboard’s jazz charts at 18 is visiting Budapest in December. He has already performed in Carnegie Hall, the Paris Olympia and at the most prominent jazz festivals, with various artists such as Andrea Bocelli, David Guetta, Seal and Simona Molinari.
KODÁLY 13616 December 2018
Zoltán Kodály was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist and philosopher. As the creator of the Kodály Method, he is one of the few composers whose names have become symbolic during their lifetime. To celebrate his work, the Liszt Academy is organising a concert on December 16th, Kodály’s birthday.
Gala Concert of the 100-Member Gipsy Band30 December 2018
It has become a holiday-season tradition for the 100-Member Gipsy Band to perform a gala concert on December 30th of every year. Famous melodies by Liszt, Brahms, Strauss and Khachaturian are always part of the repertoire.
ENNIO MORRICONE23 January 2019
90TH CELEBRATION CONCERT
Ennio Morricone, the world-renowned composer and conductor, will be celebrating his 90th birthday with an exclusive concert series, stopping in six European cities, Budapest among them. Morricone has composed over 500 film scores, as well as over 100 classical works. His filmography includes over 70 award-winning films. The legend will appear at Papp László Sportaréna on January 23rd.
New Year’s Concerts in Budapest01 January 2019
It has long been a tradition to start the New Year with classical concerts around the world. The New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic is probably the most famous of all. If you plan to spend New Year's day in Budapest, here's a list of concerts to start 2015 on a musical note.
Haydn: The Creation - New Year's Concert
Venue: Palace of Arts
Date: Jan 1, 7pm
More info can be found on the Palace of Arts' website.
New Year's Concert in Budapest
Featuring: Zoltán Mága, violin virtuoso
Venue: Papp László Sport Arena
Date: Jan 1, 7 pm
More info can be found on the event's website.
New Year's Concert at the Opera
Venue: Budapest Opera House
Date: Jan 1, 8 pm
More info can be found on the Opera's website.
New Year's Concert at the Academy of Music
Venue: Academy of Music
Date: Jan 1, 7:30 pm
Budapest Klezmer Band New Year's Day Concert
Venue: Budapest Congress Center
Date: Jan 1, 8pm
More info can be found on the event's website
Gala Concert and Dinner & Cruise tickets02 January 2019
Music always had a special place in the Hungarian culture. The country’s unique folklore traditions, its numerous world famous composers and musicians had great influence in the European music life inspiring numerous foreign composers and artists.
Now you have the chance to experience this one of a kind harmony with the guidance of the country’s best performers. The show combines all the captivating elements of Classical, Operetta, Hungarian folk and Gypsy music, forming a truly exciting and precious event. One of the most famous Hungarian classical music ensembles, the Danube Symphony Orchestra is leading the performance, accompanied by professional ballet dancers for a more complex and vivid experience.
The program also features operetta performances by the soloists of the world-famous Budapest Operetta Theatre.
AMTS '1922 March 2019 - 24 March 2019
PREPARE FOR THE SEASON GRAND OPENING!
Meet us at AMTS, one of the greatest car shows of the Middle-European region. AMTS is Hungary's main automotive event which has been created by the collaboration of 10 famous exhibitions and shows of the country. You can visit all of them at the same time, by buying one single ticket!
AMTS is for everyone, from the youngest folks to the most petrolhead veterans. Roll down to check which programs are waiting for you!
YOU ME AT SIX29 January 2019
British pop-rock band You Me At Six return to Budapest with a new album on January 29th. In the release VI, the group move away from their go-to high-school rock style, and embrace synth pop instead.
New Year's at the Opera01 January 2019
Levente Gyöngyösi: An Overture of Clocks
Sarkissova Karina / Giacomo Puccini: Scherzo in A minor for orchestra – Rare Music, Riccardo Chailly
A. Lajos Lelkes: An Image of Clocks
Judit Ágnes Kiss: A Poem of Hours (recited by Balázs Csémy)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
PAINTINGS BY BORI RUTKAI01 January 2019 - 20 January 2019
This exhibition shows a different side of Hungarian singer-songwriter Bori Rutkai. She’s often inspired by her own lyrics, rendering them into colourful scenes, as if they were lively illustrations from a children’s book. Recommended for both adults and children, this exhibition invites you to wander in Bori’s fairytale
CORVINA LIBRARY EXHIBITION06 November 2018 - 09 February 2019
This large-scale exhibition at the National Széchényi Library explores a new aspect of the Matthias Corvinus collection. In addition to ordering well known Italian codices, the library of the Renaissance-era royal court also grew by producing new manuscripts. The aim of the exhibition is to present this systematic and grandiose endeavour, the joint efforts of humanists, illuminators, book binders and the scribes of Buda.
gastronomic event (food and drink)
Cocktail & Cruise on the Danube tickets01 January 2019 - 07 January 2019
How do you prefer your drinks? Stronger or lighter, characteristic or sweet, it’s your choice! Whatever you like, we surely serve it on our ships!
Have a relaxing afternoon or evening while sailing, taking sips of your beer or kick-start your evening with cocktails if you are feeling like it. Our 1 hour and 30 minutes long cruise is a great opportunity to see the sights next to the Danube, the river that connects 7 European countries and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 2 cocktails are also included in the price! Snacks are available for purchase and further drink consumption is possible at the ship’s bar. Whatever the weather, comfort and relaxation is guaranteed. The open upper decks and air conditioned closed areas of our ships are the best places to enjoy a refreshing cocktail during a crazy hot summer day, and during the cold season we serve hot drinks on our heated and cozy ships.
Craft Beer Cruise tickets01 January 2019 - 07 January 2019
The program will take place on a marvellous evening cruise at 7pm under all 6 main bridges of the Danube. Witness the iconic sights of Budapest, like the majestic House of Parliament, the Buda Castle, the Matthias Church and the spectacular Palace of Arts, while sampling the best local brews available and listening to live music from 4 artists of the famous Rajkó Folk Orchestra.
Mangalica Festival08 February 2019 - 10 February 2019
This gastronomic event is all about the curly-haired mangalica pig, a Hungarian heritage breed, which came close to extinction just a few decades ago. You can taste a variety of products, mainly sausages and salamis, made from mangalica meat, which is said to be more flavorful and healthier than regular pork.
It's free to enter the Mangalica Festival.
Rosalia - Rosé Festival31 May 2019 - 02 June 2019
Brought to you by the organizers of the prestigious Budapest International Wine Festival, Rosalia is Hungary's only festival dedicated to rosé wines, sparkling wines and champagnes. The three-day event features a Rosé Garden, with plenty of tasting, jazz concerts, kids programs and traditional Hungarian food paired with your wine. A rosé wine challenge is also part of the event.
List of nearby hotels