February festivals in Budapest urge the winter cold to go away and give way to spring and light. February is also the Carnival season in Hungary with various Farsang Parties where people dress up, eat doughnuts, and more. The festival of the month will be the unique Hungarian Mangalica Festival focusing on our hairy pig breed and pork products with music and winter alcoholic drinks. After the calmer days in January in Budapest, the winter festivals vary from music to cultural, theatrical to food festivals.
Bear Festival Budapest in the Budapest Zoo is a perfect program with children in Budapest. Bear themed family events are packed for 3 days of the festival. Entry is free for under 14 during the Bear Festival in Budapest Zoo. Not scheduled for 2018 yet.
Mangalica Festival Budapest – the Hairy Pig food festival in the heart of Budapest on Szabadsag Square. Entry is free for the Mangalica Festival. Date: February 9 – 11, 2018
Budapest Fish Festival – the Budapest Fish Festival promises to be a fun event. This four-day gastronomic event will offer plenty of fish dishes. Cooking contests, wine and palinka tastings, live music, folklore shows and kids’ programs are all part of the festival. In 2018, the event will take place at Vajdahunyad Castle: 9-11 February, 2018
Valentine’s Day – devote the whole weekend to your loved one with a romantic river Danube cruise. There are three beautiful Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruises in Budapest with live music, one with a la carte dinner, one with a 4-course served dinner, and one with buffet style dinner.
Hunting and Fishing Expo – the biggest national event for hunting and fishing enthusiasts in Hungary is set in the Budapest Hungexpo. Date: February 15-18, 2018
Budapest Boat Show 22-25 February, 2018, Hungexpo Budapest Fair Center
Visitors to the city’s sprawling fair center can admire a wide variety of sailboats, electronic vessels, and motorboats, alongside boating accessories like technical outerwear, footwear, apparel, and boating gear, all presented in one place on the Budapest Boat Show. Besides the impressive ships and fresh innovations, marine lovers can join thematic programs during the four-day show, like a knot-tying competition and much more.
Ice Rink Budapest City Park – Ice Rink is open with an up-to-date cooling system, which ensures a steady opening time despite milder weather conditions in Nov,
Dec, Jan or Feb. There are usually some events at the weekends so watch out for festival dates.
Bike Expo in Budapest: in Hungexpo Budapest, local and foreign bicycle fans come together to see recent cycling technology, hear news, etc. Date: Feb 23-25, 2018
Midnight Music Festival – Classical Music for the Night Owls at Midnight in Castle Garden Bazar: Not scheduled for 2018 yet
Carnival Budapest – Farsang season is multiple parties at various venues from Jan 6 to March 5, annually.
National Pet Expo & Plant Exhibition : pets and plants of various sizes and origins to show, compete and for sale. date: February (date not confirmed yet)
Gluttonous Thursday – 50% off the prices Restaurant Program in Budapest with dozens of participating restaurants. Print out the discount coupons to get your Hungarian specialties at a better price. Date is the Thursday following Ash Wednesday: 14 February, 2018
Wine Festival Budapest VinCE – best for professionals and amateurs who want deep dive in the nuances of wine culture in Hungary and Central Eastern Europe in a posh, elegant venue, the Grand Hotel Hungaria (Corinthia hotel). Date: scheduled for April in 2018