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Budapest Festivals in January

January festivals in Budapest make the cold winter days and weekends more cheerful. The January events start with festive New Year’s Day events in Budapest ranging from NYD concerts through after parties to shows. But who doesn’t need a good flow of experience to start and then continue the New Year with? Put away the gloomy short days, and immerse in Hungarian festivals in Jan.

After the many New Year concerts in Budapest and New Year parties, cruises, thermal baths, and so on,

Budapest Winter Festival Ice Rink

Budapest Winter Festival Ice Rink

the festival season is back with some special local flavors.

Budapest Christmas Market last days of the Advent Fair on Vorosmarty Square and St Stephen Square: November 10, 2017 – Dec 31, 2017 on Vorosmarty Square and Nov 24, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018 on St Stephen Square

Ice Rink Budapest: open everyday in the magnificent City Park, by Vajdahunyad Castle


Stage Diving Metal Festival in Budapest Cafe Durer: 12-13 January, 2018


Chinese New Year Festival in Budapest – various venues and events, e.g. Palace of Arts Chinese NY Concert. Date: not scheduled yet

Young Jazz Music Talents (Finale) in Budapest Jazz Club. This music talent show, organised and judged by the Hungarian Jazz Federation, is dedicated to finding the most talented young Hungarian



Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle, Budapest


jazz musician of the year: not scheduled for 2018 yet

Hungarian Garden Fair in Budapest: in Hungexpo Budapest, local and foreign gardening fans come together to see recent technology, hear news, etc. Date: Jan 24 – 27, 2018

Viticulture and Viniculture Budapest: Hungary’s only exhibition specialised in wine-growing and wineries. Date: Jan 24 – 27, 2018

Wedding Expo Budapest: January wedding fair in Papp Laszlo Budapest Sport Arena: January  27 – 28, 2018

Young Jazz Music Talents (Finale) in Budapest Jazz Club. This music talent show, organised

Lukacs Baths Budapest Sparty Nightlife

Lukacs Baths Budapest Sparty Nightlife

and judged by the Hungarian Jazz Federation, is dedicated to finding the most talented young Hungarian jazz musician of the year: not scheduled for 2018

Magic Bath Parties in Budapest in January: no bath parties scheduled for January in 2018. The bath parties return in February.

Gluttonous Thursday – 50% off the prices Restaurant Program in Budapest with dozens of participating restaurants (date has not been officially finalized yet)

Things to do in Budapest in January


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