Events & Programmes
Budapest Spring Festival30 March 2018 - 22 April 2018
The 38th Budapest Spring Festival awaits visitors with a programme that involves many of the arts, with events in classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, contemporary circus, theatre and the visual arts. There will be dozens of venues in 2018: in addition to the Müpa Budapest and Liszt Academy, Bálna Budapest, Vigadó, Budapest Music Center, Akvárium Klub, Várkert Bazár (Castle Garden Bazaar) and other Budapest theatres, cultural institutes and museums will also be home to outstanding events.
Sziget Festival08 August 2018 - 15 August 2018
Sziget Festival is a massive music and cultural festival taking place in Budapest. Sziget offers over 1,000 performances and has been labelled the Burning Man of Europe for its otherworldly atmosphere. Annually presenting lineup consisting of the biggest names from all genres across 9 stages (and plethora of boat parties), as well as an amusement park, chill out areas, a beach and more, the festival truly has something for everyone.
International Book Festival19 April 2018 - 22 April 2018
The Book Festival awaits its visitors at Millenáris, which provides a rich cultural milieu, a modern atmosphere, an even smarter exhibition area and very good accessibility.International Book Festival Budapest traditionally invites the most renowned authors of the world. Award ceremony of Budapest Grand Prize and the on-stage conversation with the prize-winner will be a special event of the upcoming Book Festival.
Gourmet Festival17 May 2018 - 20 May 2018
Besides famous Hungarian and international wine producers, artisan cheese makers, gourmet food shops, cafes and restaurants will also offer their delicacies in Millenáris Park for four days in May. The festival is an excellent opportunity to to taste the finest local food Budapest and other parts of Hungary can offer. You can meet and chat the best Hungarian chefs and try the food of the best restaurants at one place.
Budapest Wine Festival06 September 2018 - 09 September 2018
Every September tens of thousands of people visit Buda castle to celebrate wine at Hungary's greatest wine festival. Hundreds of exhibitors present their wines from all around Hungary and even from a few foreign countries. Even if you are not the wine expert, the ambience and the festival programs will guarantee an unforgettable time spent in Budapest.
Budapest 10005 May 2018 - 06 May 2018
The originators imagined a weekend when everyone has the opportunity to meet and love the city with its buildings and residents. A major purpose of the program is also to bring locals, residents and generations closer to each other already in the preparation phase.
Rosalia Festival11 May 2018 - 13 May 2018
Rosalia Festival has become a tradition. Thousands of people meet in May to welcome the upcoming summer with a few glasses of rosé or/and sparkling wine.
The Night of a Thousand Lanterns27 May 2018
The Night of a Thousand Lanterns was launched in 2011 as a civil initiation to raise public awareness to the alarming problem of child disappearance . The programme is organized in harmony with the International Missing Children’s Day (25th May). Our main goal is to provide assistance to finding lost children and call the attention of the public to importance of preventive actions. On this day we organize charity programmes in many Hungarian cities, including children and family activities, educational programmes held by NGO-s, crime prevention, and a great concert show.
Festival of Folk Arts17 August 2018 - 20 August 2018
From 17th to 20th August, the country’s largest international handicraft festival will be held in the Buda Castle. The main theme of the event is embroidery, the guest of honor is Mongolia, but handicraft masters come from many other countries. The 500th anniversary of the Reformation will be celebrated with a large national exhibition and will also be an international blacksmith congress.
BODY Exhibition15 February 2018 - 17 June 2018
The BODY Exhibition opens its gates again in Budapest on 15 February, 2018 and it lasts until 17 June, 2018. The exhibition with unique atmosphere awaits the visitors on 2,200 sqm-s. It presents hundreds of original body organs, once found in human bodies, for people who are interested in seeing, for example, human skeleton, muscle, respiratory organs, propagation organs, and whole circulatory system.
Budapest Summer Festival09 June 2018 - 31 August 2018
We're talking about no less than Hungary's most versatile festival hosting more international artists than ever this year delivering a high-quality cultural programme for all distinguished guests who come to town between June and the end of August. Just like in previous years, the choice will be yours as we present great productions in a wide array of genres featuring world stars from every continent performing on Hungary's most impressive open air stage.
Akvárium Spring Terrace01 April 2018 - 22 April 2018
The Akvárium Spring Terrace, one of the most popular open-air event series in the capital, will again be part of the Budapest Spring Festival. Between 1 and 22 April, hot and up-and-coming local acts will give free acoustic concerts on the stage set up on the bustling terrace outside the club, while on Sunday mornings children will be entertained by their favourite performers.
Brain Bar 31 May 2018 - 02 June 2018
If you want to see what the future holds, just come to Budapest. Hosting some of the world’s greatest masterminds and innovative thinkers, June’s annual Brain Bar Budapest once again features an extraordinary lineup.
"Vingardium Borliget" - Wine Festival31 August 2018 - 01 September 2018
Vingardium is organizing a family-friendly relaxing wine festival where everyone can find something of interest, regardless of age. People really liked it last year, so we hope to see even more of you this time, with an expanded three-day program of exquisite food, wine, and playful activities full of children’s laughter. Nonstop entertainment will be provided by some of the most superb live bands, some of which are widely known, some are up and coming.
Europe Day13 May 2018
Whole day programmes on Europe Day for whole family in the city center: afternoon concerts on two stages, workshops for children, games, quizzes and... 14km marathon!
Children’s Island02 June 2018 - 24 June 2018
Budapest’s Óbuda Island turns into a grand open-air playground for kids during weekends from June 2nd-24th. Children’s attractions include a mini-motorcycle course, trampolines, video games, a climbing wall, sports activities and playful music performances.
Night of Museums23 June 2018
Most of Budapest’s exhibition venues can be visited until late at night by anyone holding the all-inclusive wristband. Besides perusing permanent and temporary museum displays, culture aficionados can join the special cultural activities set up for the occasion across participating locations.
Public Holiday 20 August 2018
Observance of Saint Stephen’s Day and the Foundation of Hungary 20 August, honored nationally. Colorful fireworks create a cascade of sparkle above the Danube as Hungary honors its founding king St. Stephen with a spectacular national holiday. In Budapest, military processions, open-air concerts, handicraft fairs, the cutting ceremony of Hungary’s birthday cake and free museum entry accompany the fiesta.
Running Festival in Óbuda28 April 2018 - 29 April 2018
Enthusiastic sports fans can compete at three distances: 3.5 km, 7 km and half marathon.Three distances have been set for the event: the first one being 2015 m to reflect the current year, the second one being 7 km, and the half marathon, which participants can complete individually or in relay teams of 2-3. For teams of 2, each member has to run 3 laps (10.5 km), while those competing in 3-member teams have to run 2 laps each (7.16 km).
Danube Regatta05 May 2018
Organised for the sixth time this year, the Danube Regatta is the most significant sports and cultural festival for universities that brings together people with a passion for sports and at the Danube. At the Regatta, rowing and dragon boat teams compete on the most beautiful reach of the Danube; that is between the Parliament and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE). Besides water sports events, visitors can enjoy cheerleader shows, various sport programmes, concerts by the finalist of the Sound of the University music contest, and music until the break of down provided by excellent Hungarian bands and DJs.
Red Bull Air Race Budapest 23 June 2018 - 24 June 2018
Budapest is the spiritual home of the Red Bull Air Race and will once again be the mid-season stop on the 2018 World Championship calendar. As one of the most popular locations, the Hungarian capital always pulls in a monumental crowd to witness the racing action. They begin their run into the track by flying under the iconic Chain Bridge – something that must be seen with your own eyes. Split across the Danube, it's a city of two halves – Buda and Pest. The iconic backdrop of the neogothic Parliament building on the Pest side of the river offers fans a stunning panoramic view of the action. On the Buda side of the city, you'll find the Statue of Liberty, on top of Gellért Hill, along with the Citadel.
33rd Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon09 September 2018
The biggest half marathon in Central Europe on the 2nd Sunday of September. Participating in the half marathon is essentially a running sightseeing tour of the beautiful Budapest. The course leads through the centre of the city, down the famous Andrassy Boulevard and across the Chain Bridge. Admire the view of the Buda Castle from the Danube banks and marvel in the panorama of Pest as well as Europe’s third largest Parliament building! Run the 21 km individually or with your friends in a team of two or three.
33rd Budapest Spar Marathon06 October 2018 - 07 October 2018
The Budapest Marathon is part of a 2-day festival all about running. On Sunday the focus is on the marathon, however, you may also run a 30 km, a marathon in a team of 2 or 4, or a 10 km. While on Saturday the focus is on shorter distances for the less experienced runners. Along the course there will be refreshments every 3to 4 kilometers and of course continuous medical supervision.
HYPERSPACE 201821 April 2018 - 22 April 2018
HYPERSPACE, the legendary techno festival of Hungary will be held on April 21st, 2018. The location of the yearly techno event will be at Hungexpo again, in two arenas. The event series that has one of the longest history even on a worldwide level will present the most authentic and popular international and Hungarian techno artists again, surrounded by the usual top quality light- and sound system we could experience in the previous years.
James Blunt - The Afterlove tour08 May 2018
One of the most beloved and gentlest stars, James Blunt is coming to Budapest to charm the Hungarian audience with his unique songs and performance again. His latest album, The Afterlove was released in the Spring, and in the last few months the radios have been continuously playing him with Robin Schultz's song OK.
Magdi Rúzsa Concert28 July 2018
Magdi Rúzsa won the Hungarian talent show Megasztár in 2006. Since then she released a gold and a platinum record and has won the hearts of the nation. She will be performing on 28 July in Budapest Park.
Die Antwoord18 August 2018
Since they first came onto the scene in 2008, Die Antwoord have gone on to take the world of rap rave music by storm. The band originated from Cape Town and didn’t take too long to make their presence felt on the international stage. Enter the Ninja and its music video put them under the spotlight and they haven’t looked back since. They are now about to hit the road for an epic tour that will give their fans a chance to watch these incredibly talented, yet unique artists bring the roof down like only they can. If rap-rave is your thing, then this is your chance to book Die Antwoord tickets and hop on board for a ride of a lifetime.
gastronomic event (food and drink)
Budapest Beer Week20 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
A whole week dedicated to craft beer in the heart of Budapest from the 20th to 27th of May, 2018. Your (our) most favourite breweries and beers from all around the world. Tap takeovers, meet the brewer events during the week. The actual brewers will be representing their breweries in person during the tasting sessions.
IV. Corvin Season Opening Beer Festival18 April 2018 - 22 April 2018
Four days of artisan beers and beers made with small-scale production methods in Hungary and the surrounding countries. Music and culinary treats will also be provided to complement special tipples flavoured with chili, ginger and the like.
Downtown BeerFestival06 June 2018 - 10 June 2018
The Downtown BeerFestival will keep the original concept, but this year, at a larger, greener environment, also offering even more and widervariety of beer specialties to our visitors. The Downtown BeerFestival will keep the original concept, but this year, at a larger, greener environment, also offering even more and widervariety of beer specialties to our visitors.
Budapest Spring Fair23 March 2018 - 22 April 2018
Budapest Spring Fair will be organized once again to provide some cultural fun for locals and visitors alike. The Spring Fair will bring you traditional and modern creations of folk art as well as design pieces.
Vegan Food Fest10 May 2018 - 13 May 2018
The celebration of plant based food on the rooftop of Westend shopping mall. Between 10th and 13th of May we gather Hungary’s vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, confectioneries, street foodists and bistros, so all you have to do is come and enjoy the amazing food.
Margó Festival of Literature and Book Fair 06 June 2018 - 10 June 2018
Margó Festival is one of the most significant literary forums in Hungary today. It brings together authors, writers, poets, and a broad variety of audiences.Festivals take place twice a year, in spring and autumn, offering over seventy public readings, panel discussions, debate sessions, and lectures in the course of four days.
Budapest Folk Fest23 May 2018 - 27 May 2018
The event has become essential on the Hungarian festival market - every year Budapest Folk Fest is proud to open the summer festival season. In years past the several day event has presented everyone in Hungarian folk and world music – carrying on the good name of the old guard, giving prestige and an important boost to youngsters new on scene.