September festivals in Budapest are a pleasure for any Budapest visitors in early fall. No more hot days (like in July or August), and somewhat fewer tourists, which make Budapest attractions and events less packed. The best festivals in September in Budapest is the Hungarian Wine Festival in the Buda Castle, atop the hill and the National Gallop Hungarian Horse Race and Show.
September Festivals in Budapest Hungary
Bath Parties in Szechenyi Bath Budapest: the most popular thermal bath in Budapest, Szechenyi Spa & Baths is famous for its Saturday night clubbing spa parties, sparties, for short. Be alert, tickets are often sold out well in advance. Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019.
Budapest Wine Festival in Buda Castle the single biggest wine event attracting many thousands of locals and tourists to the Royal Palace in Budapest atop the Castle Hill and castle courtyards in early autumn.
The many great and gorgeous wines are enlivened with great concerts, lively people and general merriment. An absolute must do with great panorama over the river Danube. One of the most prestigious events of its kind in Hungary featuring 164 wineries, hundreds of great wines, many popular events, including a Wine University, a wine auction, an arts festival, concerts and several live performances.Dates: September 5-8, 2019.
International Half Marathon : this outstanding running event attracts thousands of runners, and is almost 30 years old. Bring along your running gear to have a good run in one of the most scenic cities in Europe, Budapest and along its beautiful Danube river bank which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Date: September 8, 2019.
Cultural Heritage Days in Budapest: 14-15 September, 2018. Several places throughout Budapest. Certain institutions and buildings otherwise closed for the public welcome visitors this weekend.
Budapest National Gallop Hungarian Horse Race and Show takes place on Heroes’ Square Budapest near the City Park. The festival is a 3-day introduction to Hungarian horse tradition, with a chance to taste the delights of traditional Hungarian foods and more contemporary local street foods. As part of the event, Andrassy Avenue, the city’s grandest boulevard (part of the UNESCO World Heritage) turns into the Gallop Promenade, presenting over 1,000 years of Hungarian history, and features long lines of stalls selling foods, crafts, etc. Date (not confirmed for yet!) Sept 13-15, 2019.
Chocolate Festival Budapest: Sweet Days Festival at the breathtakingly beautiful St. Stephen Basilica on Stephen’s Square. Normally in September. Date: not confirmed for 2019 yet.
World Press Photo Exhibition Budapest: The annual photo contest has grown into one of the most prestigious awards in photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. The Photo exhibition the competition produces is seen by millions of people worldwide each year, including Budapest. The venue of the WPP exhibition is the National Museum in Budapest city center. Expect long queues unless you book your festi val ticket in advance. Dates: usually in Sept and Oct, not confirmed for 2019 yet.
Junibor Wine & Gastro Festival: Junibor is an association of young and upcoming Hungarian wineries and wine makers. Their junior Wine & Gastro Festival awaits visitors in the city centre on St. István Square in front of Budapest’s Basilica. Entry is free. Date: not confirmed for 2019 yet.
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 craft beer varieties, live concerts, delicious street foods, this festival is for every member of the family. Date: usually September, not confirmed for 2019 yet.
Vajdahunyad Castle Summer Music Festival: A month-long music festival awaiting guests at Vajdahunyad Castle within City Park, featuring symphonic concerts, Gypsy music, jazz performances, and much more. Dates: July and August every year.
Pozsonyi Picnic in Budapest: a truly local festival of, and a hugely popular cultural event with concerts, shows, foods, crafts set in Ujlipotvaros District by the river Danube between Jaszai Mari square (Margaret Bridge) and St Stephen’s Park. The local community festival is a free event. Dates: not confirmed for 2019 yet.
Harvesting Party: perfect family day out at Vajdahunyad Castle, one of the most romantic places in Budapest, with concerts, food kitchen, crafts. Dates are not confirmed for 2019 yet.
Craft Beer Festival – Budapest is proud of its growing popular craft beer tradition. The festival is usually twice a year. Dated: not confirmed for 2019 yet.
Budunkpest: the sport festival is in fact an International Acrobatic Basketball Cup with displays, dunking competition, break dance shows, pole dancing and concerts. Free event on Heroes Square by the scenic Budapest City park. Dates not confirmed for 2019 yet.
Gallery Weekend Budapest: For a weekend, everything is about contemporary fine arts in Budapest: visits and presentations in over 20 art galleries, openings and tours in the best private galleries. Free art festival. Dates not confirmed for 2019 yet.
Little Garden Market at Ankert. Market for urban gardeners, flower-, gastro- and natural design-lovers with special gastronomy products, plants, jewellery, garden and kitchen accessories, vintage-style decorations. Free entry and dog friendly event. Dates to be confirmed.
Night of Theatres Budapest: A one night festival of theatres offer shows, and some insights behind the scenes. A single entry ticket serves as an umbrella entry, i.e. is valid for all venues, but pre-booking is needed as the theatrical festival is very popular among Budapest locals and foreigners alike. Dates: usually in September, not confirmed yet.
Budapest Design Week: the design/ art festival Budapest Design Week event is held every autumn citywide and is open to both the public and the design industry. The months could be Sept or Oct. Dates to be confirmed.
Budapest International Documentary Movies Festival: award winner documentaries from 17 nations in Premier Kultcafe (ex Vorosmarty movie), Odry Theater, the Italian Cultural Centre in Budapest and Kazimir Restaurant. Dates yet to be confirmed.
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Other Festivals in September
Rock On! Fest: 3 day festival for heavy metal fans in Barba Negra Budapest, a popular concert venue of the Hungarian capital. Dates: not confirmed for 2019 yet.
Ujbuda Jazz Festival is a great jazzy music festival for Budapest visitors featuring Hungarian and international musicians / bands representing the contemporary and/or traditional jazz music. The setting of the festival is the cool A38 Music Bar, a floating boat / event center. Dates: typically in September not confirmed yet for 2019.
Festivities at Kazinczy Street Budapest: concerts, street food, family programs for a whole day in an area surrounded by Budapest ruin bars. Dates: not confirmed yet.
Goldtimer Aeroplane Days in Budapest on Budaorsi Airport (not the same as the International Airport). Old airplane models, vintage air show, open day with various programs. Dates: not confirmed.
Budapest Short Film Festival (BuSho) short film screening and competition in Budapest at the BuSho film festival, usually set in Vorosmarty Cinema & at Balassi Institute. Not yet scheduled
Baroque Music Festival Budapest, Inner City Church Concerts. Not yet scheduled
Central European Steam Engine Grand Prix in Budapest Railway Park. Not yet scheduled