Summer is a particularly beautiful time of year in Budapest. The castles glisten in the sunlight, the Danube is filled with boats, and warm weather inspires a packed calendar of outdoor events to keep visitors entertained all season. From the three-month-long Budapest Summer Festival to the lively Danube Carnival, plan your trip around these events in Budapest this summer.
Summer in Budapest starts as it means to go on, with a party. Celebrating its 21st edition in 2016, the Danube Carnival has become an important fixture on Budapest’s annual calendar, both for the modern dance industry and for Hungarian folk culture. Over the course of the festival, myriad dance shows, galas and concerts are held across the capital, showcasing traditional folk and international performance styles.
6th – 21st June 2019
A highlight of the annual calendar of events in Budapest, the Budapest Summer Festival presents a three-month programme of concerts, musicals and theatre. From Verdi operas to circus variety shows, the performances take place at three stages across the Hungarian capital.
12th June – 30th August 2019
Another good opportunity to spend time at one of Budapest’s most beautiful venues is the Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival. The festival presents a series of concerts, ranging in style from classical music to traditional klezmer. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or are looking to woo a loved one, listening to classical melodies in the shadow of the castle on a summer’s evening is a memorable experience.
1st July – 1st August 2019 (TBC)
One for thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts, the Red Bull Air Race Budapest puts on a series of jaw-dropping aerial competitions and stomach-turning stunts by some of the world’s best light plane pilots. Claim a viewing spot along the riverbank and watch the planes dive and circle over the Danube against a backdrop of the capital’s most historic sites.
13th – 14th July
Those with a need for speed shouldn’t miss Hungary’s biggest racing event, the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix. The race in Mogyoród is highly anticipated both locally and internationally. It’s known for its beautiful countryside views, hot summer heat and demanding track, which results in a captivating competition for drivers and viewers alike.
2nd – 4th August 2019
One of the biggest annual music events in the country, Sziget Festival takes over the island of Óbudai in northern Budapest for a week of live music and entertainment. The hottest tipped headliners and performers at this year’s festival include Arctic Monkeys, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Lykke Li, Wolf Alice and many more.
7th – 13th August 2019
Every year on St Stephen’s Day, Budapest commemorates Hungary’s first King with an all-day party featuring concerts, processions and special events such as a cake cutting ceremony. The national holiday concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the Danube. Watch the show from the riverbank or board a boat for a front-row seat fit for a king.
A prime opportunity to discover and experience Hungary’s rich folk heritage, the Festival of Folk Arts brings together artists and craftspeople from across the country to showcase skills that have been passed down through families for generations. Visitors can watch craft demonstrations and dance performances or shop for unique souvenirs to take home at the extensive market.
17th – 20th August 2019