From the dramatic and flamboyant architecture to the rich history, Budapest is city which has something for every kinda traveler. A home to the healing hot water springs and a exciting nightlife, this city is an amalgamation of modernity and past. Apart from keeping its historic culture intact, the capital city also has a long list of festivals and events where the travelers can experience the vibrant culture and traditions of Hungary. The Budapest festivals gives a glimpse of everything, starting off from the famous wine festivals to the cultural music festivals.
8 Budapest Festivals One Cannot Miss
Want to explore the best of Budapest city? If yes, then make sure to mark these exciting events on your calendar and plan your visit accordingly to witness these events.
1. Belvárosi Fesztivál
Belvarosi or commonly known as Belfeszt is a free music festival which happens in the inner streets of Budapest. Starting off from the Erzsébet tér to Szabadság tér, this 3 day festival creates a musical vibe around the city. The music lovers will immerse themselves into the festivities while enjoying the jazz, rock, pop and folk concerts which are held at the downtown. There are a lot of events which takes place in Budapest during the summer, and the Belvarosi festival is one of the best to kick-off summer.
Event Dates: 21th – 23rd May 2022
2. Budapest Spring Festival
In the list of best Budapest music festivals, this festival has made its own mark. Showcasing a musical blend of classical music, jazz, opera and folk music, this festival is considered as the largest annual music festival held in Hungary where participants from Hungary and other international destinations come to participate.
Event Dates: April
3. Cherry Blossom Festival
The cherry blossom festival is the inaugural celebration of spring in the country. Starting from the early-mid April, the festival takes place at the botanical garden located in the city called Fuveszkert. The event takes place for two weekends in April when the cherry blossoms start blooming in the garden. For the people who miss out the Japanese culture can witness this spring festival at its best in Hungary. During this time the visitors can experience the Japanese culture in the form of music, origami exhibitions, calligraphy workshops, and Japanese tea tasting session.
Event Dates: 20th March – 17th April 2022
Timings: 9AM – 5PM (Daily)
4. Budapest Summer Festival
If you’re visiting Budapest during summertime, then make sure to not miss out this lively event which marks the beginning of summers. From the open theatres, live dance shows, and electrifying concerts makes this event worth a visit. These events takes place at two locations in Budapest, which are Margaret Island and Városmajor and a crowd of around 3000 people come over to witness these exciting shows.
Event Dates: Annually in April
5. Budapest Pride
At this time of the year, the streets of Budapest paints with the vibrance of rainbow colors as various LGBT groups comes out to celebrate the Budapest Pride. During this time, various films documented on the life of lesbians, gay and transgenders are broadcasted. This week-long Budapest Pride film festival has theatre performances, film screenings, and discussions which is followed by a picnic in the city park, live music and stage performances.
Event Dates: 23rd July 2022
6. Jewish Summer Festival
Started in 1998 for the first time, the idea behind celebrating the Jewish Summer Festival was to introduce the Jewish culture in Budapest. The main highlight of this enthralling event is the great synagogue located in the Dohany street which is the second largest in the world. The festivals includes the concerts at Rumbach street synagogue and various movie screenings at the Urania theatre.
Event Dates: 4th September – 11th September 2022
7. Oktoberfest Budapest
The Oktoberfest is one of the favorite events in Budapest to celebrate the all-time favorite malt beverage. For the beer lovers this fest is indeed a haven where one can find 100 domestic and international beer types. From the famous and well-known breweries to the less-known local ones, all of them showcase their specialities at the city park.
Event Dates: 17th September – 3rd October, 2022
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8. Budafok Champagne And Wine Festival
The Budafok Champagne And Wine Festival is one of the finest events in Budapest which happens every year at Budafok which the vast wine cellar in the city. It is one of the most popular wine festivals in Budapest where the visitors can taste of some vintage wines from the well-known as well as lesser-known cellars. This two-day long festival also has a live concerts and many programs to keep the kids entertained.
Event Dates: NA
Already planning to head to this Hungarian capital? These festivals are lined up for the whole year and you can’t miss out the fun of grooving to the best music fests and the fine wine festivals which will give a glimpse of the country’s culture at its best. Don’t think much and plan your vacation to Budapest to be a part of these festivals!
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