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.
Budapest Oktoberfest: following the footsteps of the big German Octoberfest, Hungary is offering her own local version on a smaller scale at Kincsem Park. With more than 300 international and Hungarian crafts beer, concerts and street food, this program is for every member of the family. Date: this year in September
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 20 – October 23, 2018
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. 5-7 October, 2018
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: 5-19 October, 2018.
CaFe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival: 5-21 October, 2018. The Café Budapest Contemporary Art Festival (previously known as Budapest Autumn Festival) is a more than two-week event will be focusing on Béla Bartók Hungarian-born compose.
33rd Spar Budapest Marathon: 6-7 October 2018. Participants of this grand autumn running contest run past the city’s most scenic settings before crossing the finish line.
Winter Bath Parties in Budapest in October: Oct 6, 13, 20 and 27 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.
Budapest Restaurant Week: many Budapest restaurants offer a fixed price 3 course menu for a reduced price. Date: 8-14 October, 2018
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: 11-14 October 2018.
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: 20-22 October, 2018
Whiskey Show Budapest: 27-28 October, 2018 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.
Budapest (Budavari) Palinka and Sausage Festival in Buda Castle. Date: not yet confirmed
Metal / Rock / HC Festival Fucktoberfest Music Festival in Budapest Cafe Durer. Tribute Festival, tribute bands. Date: not sheduled for 2018
Hacktivity – Hacker and IT Security Festival in Budapest MOM Cultural Park. Date: to be confirmed
Chimney Cake Festival (Kurtoskalacs Fesztival) in Gesztenyes Garden Budapest, on the Buda side (near MOM Park shopping mall). This traditional Hungarian cake is getting more popular worldwide, here is your chance to taste special variations, and enjoy some lovely concerts too. Date: Oct 12-14, 2018
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: in January, 2019
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 2018
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. To be confirmed
Halloween Parties in Budapest: parties and festivals at Halloween in Budapest, e.g. Halloween Boat Parties in Budapest on Oct 27 and Nov 1, 2018
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: not scheduled yet
Budapest Jazzy Festival with outstanding bands. Date: scheduled for February in 2018
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 16 – 18, 2018
Vampicon Vampire and Mysticism Festival Budapest in Hungexpo – meet witches, vampires, werewolves, demons in this themed Comicon fest. Date: not scheduled for 2018
International Cultural Festival Kultur Bridge in Budapest ELTE University, Department of Arts & Humanities, close to Astoria Square Date not scheduled for 2018
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 2018
Budapest Vintage Cars & Vehicles Festival: Oldtimer Show in SYMA Event Hall Budapest: Date: april in 2018