August is one of the peak months in Budapest when it comes to festivals, most of which offer a cool night out with some great music, foods and drinks. The most well known world festival in August is Sziget Festival with its massive 70,000 music lovers from all over the world. But there are many niche festivals too: pick a food, music, cultural festival that suits your tastes and enjoy Budapest.
There is a lot to do in the city, and there are lots of great festivals to see and enjoy. Sziget Festival, Szechenyi bath party festival, the Festival of Folk Arts, Budapest Fireworks on August 20 (Hungary’s Birthday Party) are the regular August events that make this month outstanding and incredibly spectacular.
August Festivals in Budapest Hungary
Budapest Summer Festival (Cultural & Music): the ongoing summer cultural festival in Budapest offers many open air summer evening programs, from classical concerts through circus shows to opera performances or puppet shows. The venues are varied, mainly on breezier parts of the city where the summer nights offer some cool entertaining options in greener settings, such as the scenic Margaret Island or the nice Varosmajor Park on the Buda side of Budapest. Dates: June 8 – August 31, 2019, multiple locations
Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival in Vajdahunyad Castle: A month-long music festival awaiting guests at Vajdahunyad Castle within City Park, featuring symphonic concerts, Gypsy music, jazz performances, and much more. Dates: several days in July / August, 2019.
Music Evenings in Budapest Zoo: every year Budapest ZOO & Botanical Garden offers a concert series, the Summer Music Festival in the genres of jazz, world music and klezmer. The concerts take place among the green trees of the Zoo’s Botanical Garden, and the Art Nouveau buildings of the historical Zoo, which opened its gates in 1866 (at that time with military marches). The days of the summer concerts are usually on Wednesdays. The concerts start from 8 pm. Wednesday evenings, July, 2019
Sziget Festival Budapest Obuda Island, the iconic and award winning Hungarian music & cultural festival is set on an island in the middle of the river Danube, about 30 min from the city center. The Sziget (literally Island) is Obuda Island where the festival grows into a village of over 500,000 people visiting the Music Festival mixed with shows, interactive plays, games, workshops and more. The lineup features big names form abroad and from Hungary in all possible genres (rock, pop, funk, disco, electro, punk, world music, what have you). Book your Sziget Festival tickets now, and have a great festival week in Budapest as they are soon gone. 7-13 August, 2019.
Bath Parties in Szechenyi Bath Budapest: the absolute summer night parties in the thermal pools outdoor in Szechenyi Spa & Baths in Budapest await approximately 5000 party goers, most of whom only travel to Budapest to be part of it. The Budapest bath party is scheduled every Saturday night with laser shows, and great DJs (electro, hiphop, triphop, funk). Note: August 3 is a special edition of the Cinetrip summer party extravaganza. Dates: Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019.
Entry is normally FREE for Budapest Card holders to the Festival of Hungarian Folk Arts in Budapest, and you can also enter the museums inside the castle building free of charge. The last day of the festival culminates in the national celebrations and fireworks on August 20, Hungary’s birthday. Dates: August 17 – 18 – 19 – 20, 2019.
August 20 in Budapest with Budapest Fireworks Cruise: every year there is a fascinating Hungarian national day parade by the river Danube, also in the Buda Castle, expect to see dancers and celebrations at the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church, and in other popular venues in the city of Budapest. Date: August 20, 2019.
Street of Hungarian Flavours: The food festival offers a taste of local Hungarian foods and insights into Hungary’s gastronomy. The 2 day festival features various concerts. The event is on the Buda side of Budpaest by the bank of the River Danube, near Buda Castle Garden Bazaar (Varkert). Entry is free. Date (not confirmed yet): Aug 18, 19, 20, 2019
Budapest Short International Film Festival: the short film festival takes place in multiple locations, movies and open air cinemas/ locations. Date not confirmed for 2019 yet.
Budapest Summer Festival (Cultural & Music) with many events on the 75 year old Open Air Stage on Margaret Island: in June, July and August in 2019.
Jewish Cultural Festival in Budapest: Jewish music, theatrical, cultural and historical festival in Budapest, Hungary. Usually the festival is scheduled for the end of Aug and early September. Date: not confirmed yet.
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