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!
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
BÓNUSZ ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL 201808 December 2018
One of biggest events of its kind in Europe, Bónusz Electronic Music Festival, will once more fill the halls of Hungexpo. Big names in techno and house music are the main attraction.
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.
MITISZTOL ORGANIC BEVERAGE FESTIVAL17 November 2018
Mitiszol is an organic gastronomical festival featuring drinks that contain no additives whatsoever and require as little intervention and manipulation of nature as possible during their production. This festival showcases a wide selection of wines from the Carpathian Basin and other leading European wine regions, as well as beer, cider, pálinka, fruit juice, herbal tea, coffee and natural fresh water samplings. Beyond beverages, visitors can to taste organic food products and main dishes.
gastronomic event (food and drink)
St. Martin Wine & Beer Festival in Hotel Gellért08 November 2018 - 11 November 2018
Every November 11th, Magyars commemorate St. Martin of Tours, one of Hungary’s patron saints. Celebrations usually include sampling gourmet goose dishes and sipping new wine at festivals and restaurants nationwide. Around Budapest, gluttonous holiday gatherings are taking place at several locations, including the historic Gellért Hotel and at the Szentendre Skanzen open-air museum just north of Hungary’s capital. Meanwhile, many of the city’s eateries offer a special menu with goose-based dishes in the weeks surrounding St. Martin’s Day.
Tickets: 4490 - 18 990 HUF
New Wine & Cheese Festival24 November 2018 - 25 November 2018
The end of the month is still about wines: this time paired with cheese. The new wine of 2018 by Hungary’s prestigious wine makers will be in the limelight in the halls of Vajdahunyad Castle that also houses the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture over the last weekend of November. If you have an iterest in all things agriculture you can visit the Hungarian Agriculture Museum’s exhibition with your festival ticket.
Tickets: 2 500 HUF
GLOBALIST KITCHEN14 November 2018
Celine Pham, a young Vietnamese chef, combines traditional flavours from her homeland with classic French gastronomy. Despite being only 30-year-old, she became one of the favourite chefs of the French fashion industry and her spring rolls are said to be adored by Christian Louboutin so much that the designer regularly orders his private dinners from her. Now, invited by Globalist Kitchen, Pham prepares a five-course meal in Budapest on 14 and 15 November.
WAMP Design & Gastro Fair25 November 2018
The popular market showcasing the work of Hungarian designers as well as artisan gastro products kicks off the Advent season in Millenáris located in Buda. A great place to get some one-of-a-kind presents, handcrafted ornaments, accessories or toys for the kids. The varied program makes the event even more worthwhile:
cake and cookie workshops organized by famous food bloggers, 14.00-18.00
stamp making with Arti Stamp between 10.00 and 14.00
crafting candle holders and wooden ornaments.
Tickets: 500 HUF
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
THE ROYAL MOSCOW BALLET - TCHAIKOVSKY: SWAN LAKE03 December 2018
World-famous Royal Moscow Ballet visits Hungary on December 3rd with their amazing performance of Swan Lake. The troupe was founded by Anatoly Emelianov, their first show took place in 2002. By their 10th anniversary they had 20 modern and 15 classical ballet performances behind them. They have toured extensively through the years, including Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya, too.
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.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS - FRIDA KAHLO FINISSAGE02 November 2018
As a closing event of the Frida Kahlo exhibition, the Hungarian National Gallery evokes the spirit of Mexico’s largest and most colourful celebration, el día de los muertos.
ART MOMENTS 201801 November 2018 - 07 November 2018
This is the tenth time that Art Moments Festival is being organised in Budapest, providing a platform for emerging Hungarian and foreign artists. The festival both promotes contemporary art and undertakes social responsibility. This year’s theme is The Universal Sea – Pure or Plastic?!, putting the focus on environmentally conscious thinking, recycling and the circular economy. The goal is to make these important concepts more approachable to people via art and start a discussion by demonstrating how wasteful we are in our everyday lives. Exhibitions, workshops and various other events await. For more information visit the official website.
CONSTELLATIONS – ENGLISH LANGUAGE PLAY03 November 2018
On the 3rd of November, an English - language performance of award - winning play Constellations is being staged at Fém Arts & Café in Budapest. Also showcased on Broadway, nominated for a Tony, the piece by British playwright Nick Payne also played in London’s West End and won the prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Award. The contemporary play exploring a love affair between a beekeeper and cosmologist is now being presented to the Budapest audience by the multicultural theatre company Asterion Project.
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