Best events in 2018

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Budapest is one of Europe’s most exciting cities and rightfully so. It is a place where culture, history, science and innovation create a special environment that is both traditional and modern.

As you may suspect, in such a sophisticated city entertainment could not be left aside. There are numerous events taking place here every year, making it a really tempting destination for tourists. Music festivals, exhibitions, food fairs, sports events, art shows – you name it, Budapest’s got it!

Budapest Summer Festival (9th June – 31st August) will really get you into that summer mood and keep you like that all season long actually, as it lasts three months. On Margaret’s Island and in Varosmajor concerts, opera and ballet performances will fill your summer days with art and joy.

The Night of the Museums (23rd – 24th June) is the kind of event that a city like Budapest has to have. The city’s numerous museums will open their doors until 02:30 and invite you on a late night date with art and history. It’s a great opportunity to explore all these wonderful venues in a less ordinary setting.

Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival (2nd July – 2nd August) The fairytale-like Vajdahunyad Castle and Park will serve as a background for a series of classical music, swing, jazz and traditional Hungarian gipsy music concerts. For a month, music and magic will be floating in the air.

F1 Hungarian Grand Prix (27th – 29th July)Motor-sports fans start your engines or better book a ticket and enjoy one of the most high-profile sporting events of the year. Get your adrenaline pumping as the best drivers in the world compete against each other at the Hungaroring racetrack.   

Sziget Festival (8th – 15th August) is one of the biggest festivals in Hungary and Europe as well. A series of amazing live concerts take place every year on the Hajógyári Island, North of Budapest. Revellers all over the world gather at this colourful festival to party in a vibrating atmosphere.

National Gallop (14th – 16th September) is a wonderful celebration of the Hungarian equestrian traditions and hussar culture. Heroes’ Square gets transformed into an exciting race course where young jockeys will prove their horse riding skills.

Spar Budapest International Marathon (6th – 7th October) – Mix great scenery with sports and you will get a unique marathon. Runners from around the world will begin the marathon at Andrassy Avenue and will pass Budapest’s most iconic sites until reaching the finish line.

Oktoberfest (4th – 7th October) is on every beer lover’s bucket list. The biggest beer festival in the world brings to Budapest the best ales from Hungary and Bavaria to fuel the party for four long hazy days.

 Budapest New Year’s Eve Cruise & Party is not your average New Year party. The Europa ship will take you on a huge celebration on the Danube where you can dine in style and admire the wonderful view of the city illuminated by the spectacular fireworks displays.


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