Budapest Events

Budapest offers year-round entertainment in the form of festivals, cultural events, concerts, exhibitions, fairs, sporting events, and national celebrations. Search our calendar of Budapest events to find out what's happening in the city and plan your trip around major acclaimed events like the Budapest Spring Festival, Sziget Festival, or the Budapest International Wine Festival. When you find your favorite Budapest event you can add it to your calendar (Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Outlook, etc.) with a single click.

Calendar of Events in Budapest and Hungary

  1. World Press Photo 2014

    Date: Sep 25, 2014 - Oct 26, 2014   Sep 25, 2015 - Oct 26, 2015  

    Type: Exhibitions

    Venue: Museum of Ethnography

    Photos about everyday life, politics, sport, arts, nature and history of our time, as well as people in the news....read more
  2. From the 2010 Autumn Festival - Big Mouth

    Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

    Date: Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: Multiple locations

    Known for the past 20 years as Budapest Autumn Festival and recently renamed to Café Budapest, this festival celebrates the...read more
  3. Budapest Pálinka and Sausage Festival

    Date: Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 5, 2014  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Castle Hill

    More than twenty pálinka (a type of Hungarian brandy) distillers and renowned sausage makers participate at this unique...read more
  4. Budapest Design Week

    Date: Oct 3, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014  

    Type: Arts and Music

    Venue: Design Terminál and several galleries and fashion shops

    Budapest Design Week is held every fall citywide and is open to both the public and the design industry, attracting...read more
  5. Art Market Budapest

    Date: Oct 9, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014  

    Type: Arts and Music, Exhibitions

    Venue: Millenáris, Building 'B'

    Art Market Budapest is an exhibition and art fair that aims to bring attention and awareness to contemporary Central and...read more
  6. Oktoberfest Budapest

    Date: Oct 9, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: City Park Ice Rink (Műjégpálya)

    Oktoberfest Budapest promises to be the city's biggest celebration of the favorite malty beverage. The festival brings about 100 domestic...read more
  7. Chimney Cake Festival

    Date: Oct 10, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: City Park, Vajdahunyad Castle

    Budapest's new gastro festival, the Chimney Cake Festival, promises to be a fun and delicious event. Visitors can learn...read more
  8. Spar Budapest International Marathon

    Date: Oct 12, 2014

    Type: Sports

    Venue: The start gate will be at Heroes' Square (Hősök tere)

    The fascinating scenery and the beauty of Budapest makes this Marathon a unique experience. The route of the Budapest Marathon...read more
  9. Budapest Restaurant Week

    Date: Oct 13, 2014 - Oct 19, 2014  

    Type: Food and Drink

    Venue: Over 30 participating restaurants

    Following in the successful footsteps of restaurant weeks worldwide, the first Budapest Restaurant Week was held in May 2011. The 2014 event...read more
  10. National holiday

    October 23rd - Revolution of 1956

    Date: Oct 23, 2014

    Type: National Holiday

    Venue: Multiple locations

    October 23rd is a national holiday in Hungary. It commemorates the Revolution of 1956, when Hungarians rose up against the Soviet...read more
  11. St. Martin’s Day Festival

    Date: Nov 10, 2014

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Vajdahunyad Castle

    This annual goose & wine themed cultural festival at Vajdahunyad Castle is always held on or around November 11th, St....read more
  12. Budapest Christmas Market

    Date: Nov 15, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014  

    Type: Arts and Music, Food and Drink

    Venue: Vörösmarty tér

    Date change: according to the organizers, in 2013 the annual Christmas Market will be held between November 27th and December 31st. ...read more
  13. photo by Mark Mervai

    Fridge Festival

    Date: Nov 21, 2014 - Nov 24, 2014  

    Type: Festivals, Sports

    Venue: Hungexpo

    The annual Fridge Festival features renowned international snowboarders and freestyle skiers competing for the Fridge title. They come from all...read more
  14. Quarter6Quarter7 Festival

    Date: Nov 27, 2014 - Dec 5, 2014  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: Jewish Quarter

    Established in 2009, the Quarter6Quarter7 Festival commemorates the annual Hanukkah celebrations of light and miracles in Budapest's former Jewish...read more
  15. New Wine and Cheese Festival

    Date: Nov 29, 2014 - Nov 30, 2014  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Vajdahunyad Castle

    It's time to taste the season's first new wines! Winemakers from all over Hungary proudly show off their...read more
  16. Christmas Fair by the Basilica

    Date: Nov 29, 2014 - Jan 1, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink

    Venue: Szent István tér

    From Advent to New Year the square in front of the Basilica gives home to a charming Christmas fair. There'...read more
  17. Design to Go - Creative Arts Christmas Fair

    Date: Dec 6, 2014 - Dec 8, 2014  

    Type: Arts and Music

    Venue: Museum of Applied Arts

    Design to Go is the annual Christmas fair organized by the Museum of Applied Arts. Clothes, accessories, jewelry, home d...read more
  18. Gala Concert of the 100-Member Gipsy Band

    Date: Dec 30, 2014

    Type: Arts and Music, Concerts

    Venue: Budapest Congress and World Trade Center

    It has become a holiday-season tradition for the 100-Member Gipsy Band to perform a gala concert on December 30th of...read more
  19. New Year's Eve in Budapest

    Date: Dec 31, 2014

    Type: Arts and Music, Food and Drink

    Venue: Multiple locations

    New Year’s Eve (Szilveszter) celebrations in Budapest include big festivities, street concerts, fireworks and plenty of partying. Here...read more
  20. New Year's Concerts in Budapest

    Date: Jan 1, 2015

    Type: Arts and Music

    Venue: Multiple venues

    It has long been a tradition to start the New Year with classical concerts around the world. The New Year'...read more
  21. Farsang, Carnival Season in Hungary

    Date: Jan 6, 2015 - Mar 5, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music

    Venue: Multiple venues

    In Hungary the carnival season (Farsang) that precedes Lent, starts on Epiphany (January 6th) and it ends on Ash Wednesday ...read more
  22. Mangalica Festival

    Date: Feb 7, 2015 - Feb 9, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Szabadság tér

    This gastronomic event is all about the curly-haired mangalica pig, a Hungarian heritage breed, which came close to extinction just...read more
  23. Budapest Fish Festival

    Date: Feb 13, 2015 - Feb 16, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Hungarian National Museum

    The Budapest Fish Festival promises to be a fun event. For a country known for its hot and spicy Fisherman'...read more
  24. Fat Thursday

    Date: Mar 6, 2015

    Type: Food and Drink

    Venue: over 500 restaurants in Budapest and Hungary

    The Thursday after Ash Wednesday, is Fat Thursday (Torkos Csütörtök) in Hungary, the final...read more
  25. March 15th - National Holiday

    Date: Mar 15, 2015

    Type: National Holiday

    Venue: multiple locations

    March 15th is a national holiday in Hungary. It stands for democracy and freedom and it commemorates the Hungarian Revolution...read more
  26. St Patrick’s Day Parade

    Date: Mar 16, 2015

    Type: Festivals

    Venue: Meeting point: Szabadság Square

    The first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Budapest was held in 2011. The 2014 event, organized by the Irish...read more
  27. Hungarian Macaron Day

    Date: Mar 20, 2015

    Type: Food and Drink

    Venue: CET - Bálna Budapest

    The annual Macaron Day in Budapest is inspired by the Jour du Macaron held on the same day in Paris...read more
  28. Flavors of Hungary Gastro Fair

    Date: Mar 29, 2015 - Mar 30, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink

    Venue: Millenaris, Building B

    The 'Flavors of Hungary' Gastro Fair (Kézműves Magyar Ízek Vására) is a...read more
  29. Titanic International Filmfest

    Date: Apr 4, 2015 - Apr 12, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: Several 'Art Cinemas', like Uránia, Toldi, Örökmozgó, Puskin

    The Titanic Filmfest is the biggest international film festival in Hungary. The most outstanding, daring and innovative movie of the...read more
  30. Budapest Spring Festival

    Date: Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: Multiple locations

    Pulling together the best in classical music, opera, jazz and folk music, this annual festival is the largest cultural event...read more
  31. Cherry Blossom Festival in Budapest

    Date: Apr 12, 2015 - Apr 13, 2015  

    Type: Festivals

    Venue: Füvészkert Botanical Gardens

    Celebrate the cherry blossom season in Budapest. In 2014, the annual Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival at the Füvé...read more
  32. Easter in Budapest

    Date: Apr 19, 2015 - Apr 21, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: multiple locations

    In the Christian calendar Easter (Húsvét in Hungarian) celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and marks the...read more
  33. Budapest Dance Festival

    Date: Apr 22, 2015 - Apr 29, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: National Dance Theater

    The National Dance Theater's Budapest Dance Festival, held annualy on and around April 29th, the International Dance Day, features...read more
  34. Budapest 100

    Date: Apr 26, 2015 - Apr 27, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music

    Venue: Multiple locations

    Budapest 100 is an annual celebration of 100-year old buildings in the city. Budapest is an architectural paradise and this new...read more
  35. Photo by Mark Mervai

    Dragon Boat Championship

    Date: May 1, 2015

    Type: Sports

    Venue: Banks of the Danube, Műegyetem rakpart

    Dragon boat racing, which originated in China over 2000 years ago, is one of the most popular team water sports today....read more
  36. May Day (Labor Day) Celebrations in Budapest

    Date: May 1, 2015

    Type: National Holiday

    Venue: Multiple locations - Danube Promenade, City Park, Margaret Island, Orczy-kert and Tabán

    In Europe, Labor Day or International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1st. In the past this holiday was marked...read more
  37. Rosalia - Rosé Festival

    Date: May 9, 2015 - May 11, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Gesztenyés kert, Buda, District 12

    Brought to you by the organizers of the prestigious Budapest International Wine Festival, Rosalia is Hungary's only festival dedicated...read more
  38. Mayfest at the Opera House

    Date: May 15, 2015 - Jun 1, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: Budapest Opera House

    World-famous musician perform at the Budapest Opera House during the 'Mayfest at the Opera' music festival. The 2015 event coincides with...read more
  39. Belgian Beer Festival

    Date: May 16, 2015 - May 18, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Bálna

    The fifth annual Belgian Beer Festival is here! Beer lovers can taste over 150 different types of Belgian beer from 31 breweries....read more
  40. Festival of Museums

    Date: May 17, 2015 - May 18, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Exhibitions, Festivals

    Venue: The garden of the Hungarian National Museum

    More than 100 museums come together each year in May in the beautiful garden of the Hungarian National Museum to celebrate...read more
  41. Budapest Pálinka Festival

    Date: May 22, 2015 - May 25, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Városháza Park

    The Budapest Pálinka Festival is a unique gastronomic event where visitors can taste over 300 different types of p...read more
  42. Floralia

    Date: May 24, 2015 - May 25, 2015  

    Type: Festivals

    Venue: Museum of Aquincum

    Floralia is a traditional Roman spring festival with theatre performances and gladiator shows, hosted by the Museum of Aquincum. Floralia,...read more
  43. Jazz Spring

    Date: May 28, 2015 - May 30, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music

    Venue: Palace of Arts

    The 2014 Jazz Spring Festival at the Palace of Arts will feature internationally acclaimed jazz performers, like the Pat Metheny Unity...read more
  44. Budai Gourmet

    Date: May 30, 2015 - Jun 1, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink

    Venue: Millenáris

    Budai Gourmet is a gastro festival brought to you by the people behind Sziget Festival and the award winning Costes...read more
  45. Belvárosi Fesztivál

    Date: May 31, 2015 - Jun 1, 2015  

    Type: Concerts, Festivals

    Venue: Erzsébet tér, Szabadság tér and Zrínyi utca

    Belvárosi Fesztivál (or BelFeszt) is a free music festival that takes over the inner city of...read more
  46. Margaret Island Open-air Stage

    Budapest Summer Festival

    Date: Jun 6, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: Margaret Island and Városmajor

    Open-air theater performances, musicals, dance shows, kids’ programs and several concerts are held every summer (June-July-August) during the Budapest...read more
  47. Craft-Beer Festival

    Date: Jun 7, 2015 - Jun 9, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Műegyetem Rakpart (in Buda, in front of the Technical University)

    Főzdefeszt, Hungary's semi-annual Craft-Beer Festival, moves to a new location in 2014. The festival will be held in Buda,...read more
  48. Wagner in Budapest Opera Festival

    Date: Jun 12, 2015 - Jun 22, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music

    Venue: Palace of Arts

    The Palace of Arts presents its critically acclaimed sell-out concert series of Wagner’s work: The Ring of the...read more
  49. Buda Castle Beer Festival

    Date: Jun 12, 2015 - Jun 15, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink

    Venue: The Royal Palace's Oroszlános and Hunyadi courtyards, and the Savoyai terrace

    The Budavári Sörfesztivál or Buda Castle Beer Festival, first organized in 2011, is now...read more
  50. Danube Carnival

    Date: Jun 14, 2015 - Jun 22, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music

    Venue: Multiple locations - Danube Promenade, Vörösmarty Square

    Contemporary dancers, international artists and traditional Hungarian folk dancers meet every June in Budapest to celebrate the joy of dance....read more
  51. Czech Beer Festival in Budapest

    Date: Jun 17, 2015 - Jul 13, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Városháza Park

    The annual Czech Beer Festival (Cseh Sörnapok) in Budapest, the 7th in a row, brings Czech breweries and...read more
  52. The Night of the Museums

    Date: Jun 21, 2015

    Type: Arts and Music, Exhibitions

    Venue: See participating museums in Budapest

    Have a sleepover with history; spend the night at Budapest's museums and find out if museums really do come...read more
  53. Budapest Pride

    Date: Jun 27, 2015 - Jul 6, 2015  

    Type: Festivals

    Venue: Multiple locations

    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender film and cultural festival for the 18th times. The week-long Budapest Pride Film and Cultural...read more
  54. Danube Day

    Date: Jun 29, 2015

    Type: Festivals

    Venue: Banks of the Danube

    The Danube Day is an annual international event celebrated in 14 countries that are connected through the Danube river system. Several...read more
  55. Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival

    Date: Jul 10, 2015 - Aug 7, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: City Park - Vajdahunyad Castle

    The Vajdahunyadvár Summer Festival is a festival of classical music, swing, klezmer as well as traditional Hungarian gypsy...read more
  56. An Evening of Dance in the Carmelite Courtyard

    Date: Jul 21, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music

    Venue: Castle Hill, Carmelite Courtyard

    Every summer Castle Hill is giving home to a series of dance nights organized by the National Dance Theatre featuring...read more
  57. Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

    Date: Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015  

    Type: Sports

    Venue: Hungaroring

    The Formula 1 Magyar Nagydij is held at the Hungaroring Grand Prix Circuit near the small town of Mogyoród, 18...read more
  58. Sziget Festival

    Date: Aug 10, 2015 - Aug 17, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Concerts, Festivals

    Venue: Shipyard Island (Hajógyári sziget)

    Sziget Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the world and certainly the best party-filled week of the...read more
  59. Festival of Folk Arts

    Date: Aug 16, 2015 - Aug 20, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Buda Castle

    The Festival of Folk Arts (Mesterségek Ünnepe) brings the finest Hungarian craftsmen and their work to Buda...read more
  60. Red Bull Air Race World Series

    Date: Aug 19, 2015 - Aug 20, 2015  

    Type: Exhibitions, Sports

    Venue: City Center, Banks of the Danube

    This spectacular acrobatic flying competition attracts fans from all over the world. The race takes place above the Danube, in...read more
  61. Photo by Kostas

    St. Stephen's Day

    Date: Aug 20, 2015

    Type: National Holiday

    Venue: Multiple locations

    August 20th is the greatest national holiday for Hungarians, celebrated with day-long festivities followed by spectacular fireworks throughout the country....read more
  62. 'Junibor' Wine Festival

    Date: Aug 28, 2015 - Aug 31, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink

    Venue: Szent István tér - in front of the Basilica

    ‘Junibor’ is an annual celebration dedicated to Hungary’s young winemakers and their wines. In 2014, visitors can...read more
  63. Jewish Summer Festival

    Date: Aug 31, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: Great Synagogue

    The Jewish Summer Festival was first organized in 1998 and its goal was to introduce Jewish culture (music, dance, fine art,...read more
  64. Budapest Short Film Festival (BuSho)

    Date: Sep 2, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue:

    From September 2-7, Budapest will become the center of the short film world as the 9th annual Budapest Short Film...read more
  65. Septemberfest 2014

    Date: Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Népliget

    Gastronomy, culture and entertainment in Népliget, one of the largest parks in Budapest. One of the highlights of...read more
  66. Foie Gras Festival

    Date: Sep 5, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Erzsébet tér

    The Foie Gras Festival (Libamáj Fesztivál) is a unique culinary event held in Budapest. In addition...read more
  67. Budapest International Wine Festival

    Date: Sep 10, 2015 - Sep 14, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Castle Hill

    Over the past years the Budapest International Wine Festival has truly come of age and is now one of the...read more
  68. Budapest International Half Marathon

    Date: Sep 14, 2015

    Type: Sports

    Venue: Budapest street route

    The Budapest International Half Marathon follows a scenic route from Pest, over the Chain Bridge to Buda and back to...read more
  69. National Gallop

    Date: Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 21, 2015  

    Type: Sports

    Venue: Heroes' Square

    National Gallop is an annual cultural event celebrating Hungarian equestrian traditions. It's a horse race reviving Hungarian military history...read more
  70. Sweet Days - Chocolate and Candy Festival

    Date: Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 21, 2015  

    Type: Food and Drink, Festivals

    Venue: Millenáris

    There are plenty of sausage, wine and pálinka festivals in Budapest, so here is an event for those...read more
  71. Budapest International Film Festival

    Date: Sep 19, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015  

    Type: Arts and Music, Festivals

    Venue: Multiple venues

    The first ever Budapest International Film Festival (or BIFF) will be held in September 2015. The new festival aims to become...read more

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