Arts and music festivals roundup
Budapest offers year-round entertainment in the form of different festivals, cultural events, concerts and fairs. Here we would like to provide you with an overview of the best art and music related events coming up in 2017.
Between 1st and 23th April the best of classical, jazz, opera and folk music is brought together by the largest cultural event in Hungary. Local and international performers will entertain audiences all over the city.
National ‘Táncház’ Festival and Fair
On 22-23rd April a folklore festival is organized in Papp László stadium. Musicians, dancers and artist bring acts to the stage from all over the Carpathian Basin.
On the first weekend in May you can enjoy as much jazz as you want if you go to the Palace of Arts.
Mayfest at the Opera House
If you are into classical music, do not miss the 2-week long opera festival at the end of May.
As the locals refer to it; ‘Belfeszt’ is a free music festival organized in the inner city at three different locations. It takes place on the first weekend of June and you will mainly see local bands playing.
Between 6th and 11th June, you can see contemporary and folk dancers, international and local artists on different venues along the river.
Budapest Summer Festival
From 9th June till the end of August you can enjoy different performances on Margaret Island or in Városmajor. Nothing can be compared to a concert under the stars!
The Night of the Museums (Múzeumok Éjszakája)
It is just like in the movies if you are in Budapest on 24th June. You can literally spend the whole night visiting museums, travelling back in history or learning about local culture and arts.
The most well-known music festival of Hungary is among the biggest ones in the whole world. Starting on 9th August it is a week-long celebration of life on Shipyard Island (Hajógyári Sziget) with a world-class lineup.
Festival of Folk Arts (Mesterségek Ünnepe)
On 20th August the Hungarians celebrate their biggest national holiday, St. Stephen’s Day. On the very same weekend, the finest local craftsmen move up to the Buda Castle for the ‘Mesterségek Ünnepe’.
Jewish Summer Festival
It is a week of Jewish culture, arts, music, dance and traditions, but the dates for 2017 are still to be announced.
Budapest Design Week
Sometime during the fall, we dedicate a whole week to modern fashion, furniture and arts. The programs also include workshops, exhibits and different creative events.
CAFe (Contemporary Arts Festival)
From 6th October till 22nd the annual Budapest Autumn Festival takes over the city. Local and international artist perform a wide range of shows and visual art exhibitions.