April festivals in Budapest are focusing mostly on welcoming the spring with music, dance, gastro events, and general cultural merriment. Easter events are highly featured on the Budapest April festival list.
Budapest Spring Festival: the spring cultural festival of the city of Budapest, set in March and April, always including the Easter weekend. Check out some of the upcoming April concerts in Budapest for booking your tickets in advance. Date: 5 April – 22 April, 2019
Budapest Easter Fair on Vorosmarty Square: depending on the moving dates of Easter, the nice spring fair is in downtown Budapest with free concerts, nice foods and drinks, and Hungarian spring/ Easter crafts and other artisan items that make great gifts / souvenirs. Date: 29 March – 28 April, 2019.
Budapest Bath Parties in April, Budapest Szechenyi Spa & Baths – every Saturday night enjoy the special thermal bath party series while soaking in the thermal spring waters. Buy your tickets in advance to get a place. All weekends on Saturdays in April. Dates: 6, 13, 20, 27 in April, 2019.
Hungarian Folk Dance Festival & Fair in Budapest Papp Laszlo Sports Arena: the event is part of the Budapest Spring Festival, also the biggest Hungarian folk dance gathering in and outside Hungary. The festival also includes a nice folk fair with lots of artisan crafts at an affordable price.
If you are interested in more Budapest Folk events, check out Hungarian Folk, an event guide of similar options, like the Hungarian National Folk Ensembles shows in theatres, or fun and touristy folk dinners on a river cruise in Budapest.
Many great folk bands and thousands of people dancing for hours fill the arena with good vibes on the ethno weekend. It is a kid friendly event so don’t hesitate to ask where the children dance (usually they have a less noisy hall set up). Date: 5-7 April, 2019
Titanic Film Festival Budapest, prestigious International Contemporary Film Fest in April in Budapest (also related to the Budapest Spring Festival). A leading film event in Central Eastern Europe and Europe. Check the official Facebook page for the upcoming program list. Pre-booking recommended. Date of the film festival event (the settings are in various art cinemas in Budapest): unconfirmed, based on recent years, probably 3-14 April, 2019.
Interior Home Design Expo in Hungexpo Budapest: get some inspiration and even counselling for interior design for home decor. If you like revamping places, would love to see new patterns, designs, concepts and recent trends, it is your festival/ fair to attend in Budapest at the exhibitions halls of HungExpo. Date: April 3 – 7, 2019
Vintage Car Festival Budapest: join the many vintage car fans in Hungary to check out some beautiful old automobiles, motorbikes, and other vintage vehicles.Festival visitors are welcome to don their vintage dresses. The location of the automobile festival / Oldtimer Show: Hungarian Railway Park Budapest. Date: April 5 – 7, 2019
Budapest Art Week Festival – contemporary arts are featured in this art festival in Budapest. The location is diverse, basically all the major and minor art galleries, art museums participate to showcase and celebrate old and modern art. Guided art walks are available to discover the secret life of arts/ artists in the Hungarian capital. Besides fine arts and applied arts, the festival entertains its guests with live concerts. Come and meet art lovers like you. Dates: Apr 9 – 14, 2019.
Hyperspace Electronic Music Festival. With world-class DJs, such as Chris Liebing, Rebekah from the UK, Julian Jeweil, Slam, Gabor Kraft, etc. Date: 13 April, 2019.
Pont Festival Budapest is actually part/ a companion of the prestigious Budapest Spring Festival welcoming the current cultural breezes to Hungary. This year the theme of the festival is the Balkan, its culture and music brought to Budapest Buda Castle Garden Bazaar (Varkert Bazar, just under the Buda Castle buildings). Dates: Apr 13-14, 2019.
Half Marathon Running Race Budapest: spring sports festivals are always popular among locals and visitors. On this half marathon you can run to protect the values of Budapest city and its citizens. The sports event (Telekom Vivicitta) takes place in a nice and scenic spring scenery on an island in the river Danube – with various lengths for all ages on the scenic green island in the middle of the Danube Margaret Island. 14 April, 2019.
VINCE Budapest Wine Show: 160 exhibitors in the event, from Hungary and neighbouring countries and a few wineries from further away also offer their wines for tasting. Date: 25-27 April, 2019 in the scenic Buda Castle Garden Bazaar by the river Danube.
Budapest International Book Fair: the literary festival of books (and ebooks) is set in April annually in Budapest city in the contemporary halls of Millenaris Center on the Buda side of Budapest.
Cultural Anthropology Days (Szimbiozis Napok) is a series of events occurring annually in April or May. There are chats, concerts, workshops, etc. Many well known and hidden cultures get a chance to present themselves in this truly international event in Budapest.
The mini festival also includes more serious topics like international im/migration research, talks on global inequalities, online ethnography, etc. Please check the official FB page for more details. Date: April dates not confirmed yet.
Obuda Running Festival and Half Marathon. The sports festival is usually set in April, in Budapest’s Old Buda district founded by the Romans. The running lengths vary: 3.5 km to half marathon. Date: April dates not confirmed yet.
Sakura Spring Festival in Budapest: Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, set when the cherry trees blossom in Hungary some time in April every year, usually the first two weekends. For the upcoming programs please check the official community page on Facebook. Location: Budapest Fuveszkert (ELTE Botanical Garden). Date: usually weekends in April
Judafest Jewish Kids Festival / Day Budapest (Morning Event): some time in April the Jewish cultural festival for children brings excitement for a few hours in the Jewish Quarter in Budapest city. Organized by the non profit Judafest. For upcoming events please check their FB page. Date: April dates not confirmed yet.
Budapest Easter Festival and Mini Fair in Vajdahunyad Castle: normally every Easter weekend in Budapest, March or April, depending when Easter Monday / Sunday is. Date: April dates not confirmed yet.
Budapest International Theater Festival, MITEM Budapest in the Hungarian National Theater. 11 countries from the CEE region showcase their talents. Please visit their official FB page for more details about each event. Dates of Shows: 10 April – 5 May, 2019
Budapest Dance Festival, the festival of contemporary dances in Budapest is normally but not always set around the International Day of Dance on April 29. Location: theaters and other venues mostly in the National Dance Theatre in Budapest. Dates: 15 February – 2 March, 2019 .
Budapest 100, Celebration of 100-Year Old Buildings: unique buildings, many cultural and historic monuments can be visited on 2 days, but this year it’s not in April. Date: 4-5 May, 2019
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