Also known as the “Festival City”, Budapest hosts festivals nearly every month of the year.
From the well known Sziget Festival to the Jewish Festival or the very popular Wine Festival you can find an event for nearly everything, mainly during summer time.
From the collapse of Communism in 1990, Hungary has been steadily investing in culture. And this, along with the rise of the budget airlines has helped to make Budapest an easy international destination. Many people visit every year the country, not only to discover their hidden gems, as the Parliament or the State Opera House, but also to join one of their many festivals.
During summer time there is a major festival in each month, so if you’re planning to stay in one of the Budapest apartments for the next weeks make sure you don’t miss them. I’m sure among the list you’ll find the festival that fits your interests:
The Sziget Festival
Awarded as the Best European Major Festival, The Sziget Festival has grown from a ramshackle student gathering in 1993 to a multi-stage extravaganza that attracts headline acts from around the world. The Festival takes place in August on the Old Buda Island, in the Danube, and attracts about 400.000 people from all over the world. This year’s edition takes place between 6-13th of August with artists like LMFAO, Korn, The Killers, Placebo, The Ting Tings or Paolo Nutini.
Chain Bridge Festival
The Chain Bridge Festival, one of Budapest’s favourites, is held every weekend from late June to Mid August. During these days the bridge is completely blocked from traffic and gets turned into a big stage and fair. There are about 100 different programs available from folk dance ensembles, open-air concerts, acrobats, jugglers and fire-eaters, as well as portrait-sketchers and photographers. It’s also the perfect chance to get a close up look of the Bridge meanwhile enjoying games and music.
Jewish Summer Festival
The Jewish Summer Festival is hosted from the end of August to the beginning of September and its aim is to introduce Jewish culture and heritage. The festival offers diverse programs in several venues including the beautiful Central Synagogue in Dohány Street. Permanent programs include concerts, photo and fine arts exhibitions, book fairs and film festival-shows. The festival also offers the taste of Jewish specialties and it’s so entertaining it increases in population every summer, becoming one of the biggest Jewish cultural events in Europe.
The Summer Festival offers open-air theatre performances, musicals, dance shows, kids’ programs and several concerts all over June, July and August. It doesn’t matter which week you are staying in the apartments in Budapest, you’ll find something to do. Activities are held at two locations, on Margaret Island and in Városmajor and this year’s repertoire includes Los Vivancos (dance show), The Blues Brothers (concert show), Zorba (ballet), Puccini: Turandot (opera) and much more.
Budapest Beer Festival
The Budapest Beer Festival, hosted at the Buda Castle at the end of August, brings together almost 100 domestic and international beers, giving the visitors the chance to taste them and learn about the history of beer making. You can also get plenty of delicious traditional Hungarian cuisine to pair along with your beer. They also have live performances, such as stand-up comedy and live music, and after the hours of midnight the event turns into a disco.
Budapest Wine Festival
The Budapest Wine Festival takes place on September in the Castle District of Budapest. During a weekend the winemakers offer wine tastings to the visitors. For approx. 10€ you can get a day-pass, which includes a crystal glass for tasting, a glass holding bag to put around your neck, free entrance to the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest Historical Museum and much more.
Have you already found your Festival?