October festivals in Budapest centre around food, wines and culture. The best festivals of the month in Budapest are perhaps the Budapest Octoberfest and the World Press Photo Exhibition.
Design Week Budapest is held every autumn citywide, and is open to both the public and the design industry. Beautiful interior designs, objects and gadgets. Date: 23 September- 2 October, 2016.
Budapest Oktoberfest: following the footsteps of the big German Octoberfest, Hungary is offering her own local version on a smaller scale at Heroes’ Square. With more than 300 international and Hungarian crafts beer, concerts and street food, this program is for every member of the family. Date: 29 September – 2 October, 2016
World Press Photo Exhibition Budapest: The annual contest has grown into one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling, and the exhibition it produces is seen by four million people worldwide each year. Museum of Ethnography (Neprajzi Muzeum) on Kossuth Square, near the Hungarian Parliament building. Closed on Mondays, open from Tue – Sun: September 23 – October 23, 2016
Winter Bath Parties in Budapest in October: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 in Szechenyi Baths. Budapest is famous for its thermal baths and that its inhabitants love to party, therefore combining the two is no surprise. Literally, dive into Budapest’s nightlife in the well-known Szechenyi Baths while DJs playing electro, trip-hop, hip-hop, funk and trance music with light, video, laser visual effects and enjoy the unlimited alcohol.
CAFe Budapest Contemporary Art & Music Festival. Contemporary classical music, theatrical and dance performances, pop concerts in various places, like Mupa, A38 ship, Academy of Music, Castle Garden Bazaar, Millenaris. 7-23 October, 2016.
Chimney Cake Festival (Kurtoskalacs Fesztival) in Vajdahunyad Castle Budapest, in the City Park. This traditional Hungarian cake is getting more popular worldwide, here is your chance to taste special variations, and enjoy some lovely concerts in a historical Castle. Free event. October 7 – 9, 2016
International Model Train Engineering Festival Budapest in the Train History Park Budapest. Many hand-picked layouts from around the globe on display and in excess of 100 exhibitors to browse and purchase from. Date: October 7 – 9, 2016
Metal / Rock / HC Festival Fucktoberfest Music Festival in Budapest Cafe Durer. Tribute Festival, tribute bands. Date: 7 October, 2016
Budapest Music Expo: one of the biggest musical event in Europe with more than 400 concerts, workshops, lectures, dedications for professionals, amateurs, or anyone who is interested in music at any level. Hungexpo Budapest Fair Center, 7-9 October, 2016.
Budapest Restaurant Week: many Budapest restaurants offer a fixed price 3 course menu for a reduced price. Date: 10 – 16 October, 2016
Budapest Ritmo: world music festival from 13-16 October, 2016 in Mupa. 40 artists from 25 countries, such as Agi Szaloki, Kalman Balogh from Hungary, Noura Mint Seymali from Mauritania, the Columbian Meridian Brothers, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek from Turkey.
Budapest Art Market – International Contemporary Art Fair in Budapest Millenaris Park. This Art Market is rather an exhibition with the aim of bringing attention and awareness to contemporary Central and Eastern European art and artists. Date: 13-16 October 2016
Hacktivity – Hacker and IT Security Festival in Budapest MOM Cultural Park. Date: 21-22 October in 2016
Pork & Sausage Festival: Hungary’s popular and very local gastro-festival is taking place at the Hungarian Railway History Park. Date: 21 – 23 October, 2016. Hungarian traditions, gastronomy and folklore in one place, featuring freshly made pork produces among historical trains.
Wedding & Decoration Fair: wedding specialists from bridal boutiques and florists to jewellers and photographers, this is the ultimate wedding shopping experience in Budapest, Hungary. Date: 22 October, 2016, at Millenaris Park, on the Buda side, next to Mammut Shopping Mall.
Whiskey Show Budapest: 28-29 October, 2016 at Corinthia Hotel Budapest. The Whisky show and tasting program in Hungary is open to the public, but tickets need to be purchased in advance. Scottish, Irish, American, Canadian, Japanese whiskeys will be on display for tasting.
Halloween Festival on Vorosmarty Square Budapest: bring your pumpkin lantern, dress up, or just watch the Halloween procession in Budapest downtown on 31 October – 1 November 2016
Pumpkin Lantern Festival: A charity event organised for couple of years now. Get a pumpkin lantern and some canned soups, pasta or other non-perishable food and come together with others on Heroes’ Square. 31 October, 2016
More Budapest travel info for October:
The organisers of the festivals reserve the right to cancel the festival or change the dates of the festival. Please check the programs, festival news of the actual festivals 1-2 days before the festival dates.
Other Festivals usually in October but…
Bonus Festival Budapest, Electronic Music Festival Party in Hungexpo Budapest – mega party night for electronic music fans in Hungary and abroad. Date: scheduled for Nov 11, 2016
Budapest Jazzy Festival with outstanding bands. Date: scheduled for April in 2016
Armel Opera Contest and Festival in Budapest: featuring opera rarities and specialties in Hungary. Date of the music festival. Date: scheduled for Aug 12- 16 on Sziget Island Festival in 2016, and for Oct 21-23 in London Hackney Empire (UK).
Baby & Mom Fair Budapest: Babies, moms, dads and siblings can spend a nice day in this baby friendly show and market in Budapest Sports Arena: scheduled for November 18 – 20, 2016
Budapest (Budavari) Palinka and Sausage Festival. Date: not scheduled for 2016 yet
Vampicon Vampire and Mysticism Festival Budapest in Hungexpo – meet witches, vampires, werewolves, demons in this themed Comicon fest. Date: not scheduled for 2016
International Cultural Festival Kultur Bridge in Budapest ELTE University, Department of Arts & Humanities, close to Astoria Square Date not scheduled for 2016
Budapest Medieval Festival / Renaissance Festival: the first Chronica Hungarica medieval festival in Budapest. Renaissance revival in the Buda Castle Royal Palace and its courtyards. Date: not scheduled for 2016
Budapest Vintage Cars & Vehicles Festival: Oldtimer Show in SYMA Event Hall Budapest: Date: not scheduled for 2016