Budapest Spring Festival
31st of March to 23th of April, 2020
Pulling together the best in classical music, opera, jazz and folk music, this annual festival is the largest cultural event in Hungary. A multitude of venues throughout the city welcome both, Hungarian and international performers. Budapest celebrates its 37th Spring Festival in 2017.
There will be over 50 performances and exhibitions to choose from during the days of the festival, the Budapest Opera will premier The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky, the Budapest Jazz Club will celebrate ta “feast of Hungarian Jazz”, the Palace of Arts will feature a series of classical concerts and several plays are on the repertoire at the theaters.
Budapest Pálinka Festival
7th of Mayto 10th of May, 2017
The Budapest Pálinka Festival is a unique gastronomic event where visitors can taste over 300 different types of pálinka, a special Hungarian type of brandy. All major producers along with some smaller, family-run distilleries will showcase their finest spirits at the festival.
Whereas the Budapest Pálinka and Sausage Festival in the fall features a different country and its distillates each year, the Budapest Pálinka Festival is a trendsetting event by featuring a locally grown fruit used to make this unique Hungarian spirit. 2016 is the year of the quince. In addition to the huge selection of pálinka, the star of this year’s festival will be a limited edition distillate made from a selection of premium quince pálinka. Aptly named the ‘Pálinka of the Year’, this unique spirit was produced by some of Hungary’s best distillers and can be first sampled at the festival.
Pálinka is not for the faint hearted and is best accompanied by some Hungarian delicacies. If you have too much to drink, head on over to one of the food stalls offering sausages, cheese and chocolate. There will be plenty of live music to set the mood and make this event even more enjoyable.
Buda Gourmet Festival
18th of May to 21st of May, 2017
Budai Gourmet is a gastro festival brought to you by the people behind Sziget Festival and the award winning Costes Restaurant. The festival aims to bring together the best wine makers, pálinka distillers, restaurants and confectioners along with a market place for producers to showcase their homemade cheese, ham, sausage, jam, honey, chocolate and other delicacies.
In recent years there have been more and more gastro-themed festivals in Budapest and they all try to bring something unique. Budai Gourmet adds a twist by inviting more than 25 of Hungary’s top restaurants for a culinary extravaganza. Bock, Costes, Csalogány 26, Déryné, Nobu, Rosenstein and Tigris are just some of the restaurants to try at the festival.
Budai Gourmet is held at the Millenáris and includes live musical performances on two stages.
Buda Castle Beer Festival
Date is not finalized yet.
The Budavári Sörfesztivál or Buda Castle Beer Festival, first organized in 2011, is now an annual event.
In 2016, the 4-day festival brings almost 200 domestic and international beer types to beer-lovers. Well known breweries like Borsodi, Dreher and Heineken along with lesser-known microbreweries will be in Buda Castle at the Royal Palace to showcase their products. German, Czech and Belgian beers will also be represented among many other nations’ best brews. Visitors will have a chance to taste beer specialties, learn about the history of beer making and learn how to draw a drought. There will be plenty of tasty fare to pair with your beer and several live performances to keep everyone entertained.
Red Bull Air Race
Date is not finalized yet.
This spectacular acrobatic flying competition attracts fans from all over the world. The race takes place above the Danube, in the heart of the city, between Elizabeth and Margaret Bridges.
Now retired, but among the competing pilots used to be Hungary’s very own Peter Besenyei, an expert aviator, widely admired for his smooth yet aggressive style of flying and often referred to as the ‘Godfather of the air race’. In 2009 he was the only pilot without a single pylon hit.
Date is not finalized yet.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender film and cultural festival for the 20th times. The week-long Budapest Pride Film and Cultural Festival offers theater performances, film screenings, discussions, concerts, parties, and more.
28th of July to 30th of July, 2017
The Formula 1 Magyar Nagydij is held at the Hungaroring Grand Prix Circuit near the small town of Mogyoród, 18 km northeast of Budapest.
9th of August to 16th of August, 2017
Sziget Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the world and certainly the best party-filled week of the year in Hungary. Around 400,000 people come every August to the ‘Sziget’ for a week of music and entertainment. The organizers teamed up to present the hottest concerts of the day featuring well known international artists, the cream of Hungarian bands and rising stars.
St. Stephen day
20th of August, 2017
August 20th is the greatest national holiday for Hungarians, celebrated with day-long festivities followed by spectacular fireworks throughout the country. August 20th commemorates the foundation of the Hungarian state, it’s like Hungary’s 4th of July. Also called as St. Stephen’s Day, remembering Stephen I, the first king of Hungary and founder of the Kingdom of Hungary, who was canonized on August 20th, 1083 by Pope Gregory VII.
Festivities start in the morning with the raising of the Hungarian flag and continue on all day long, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over the Danube.
Jewish Summer festival
Date is not finalized yet.
The Jewish Summer Festival was first organized in 1998 and its goal was to introduce Jewish culture (music, dance, fine art, books and films) to as many people as possible. The center of the event is the spectacular Great Synagogue in Dohány Street, the second largest Synagogue in the world (after the one in NYC).
Programs include concerts at the Rumbach Street Synagogue and at the Great Synagogue, movie screenings at Uránia Theatre and much more.
Budapest Wine festival
7th of September to 10th of September, 2017
Over the past years the Budapest Wine Festival has truly come of age and is now one of the most prestigious events of its kind in Hungary. Enjoy many popular events, including a Wine University, a wine auction, an arts festival and several live performances. Last year the festival attracted tens of thousands of visitors making it one of the largest wine festivals in the country. The Wine Festival in Buda Castle Hill is an experience for everyone who wants to learn about the art of wine making, sample some of the best Hungarian wines, meet notable wine makers and enjoy Hungarian gastronomy and folk music all in a breathtaking setting.
Budapest Christmas market
Each year, from the end of November to the end of December, Vörösmarty Square is transformed into the annual Budapest Christmas Market. Visitors can browse over 100 stands offering unique Christmas-themed arts and crafts. A giant Advent calendar on the facade of the glamorous Gerbeaud building, exhibitions, live entertainment and food & wine are also part of the festivities. Each day, between December 1st and 23rd a new window is opened in the Advent calendar, accompanied by light and music shows. Children’s programs include artisan courses and puppet shows.
The scent of traditional Hungarian foods like lángos (fry bread with a variety of toppings), kürtöskalács (a cone-shaped sweet hollow pastry), roasted meats, fried sausages and other delicacies like home-made strudels, töki pompos (oven-baked dough) and roasted chestnuts wafting in the air is sure to whet your appetite. Soak up the holiday atmosphere and keep yourself warm while strolling among the wooden stalls of the market with a cup of mulled wine. The magical atmosphere of the Budapest Christmas market is a truly unforgettable experience.