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  • Area: 525.16 km² (202.8 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +36
  • Currency: Forint (HUF)
  • Population (EST): 1,721,556
  • Official language: Hungarian
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Budapest – Regular Events

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Autumn festival

Music lovers are drawn to the autumn festival for its battle between the genres, in an array of theatrical, dance and music performances. Those who prefer more traditional music will also enjoy the event for its programme of contemporary dance and music shows, as well as film exhibitions and screenings.

Budapest Christmas Fair

The city’s annual Christmas fair is held at Vörösmarty Square. The winter wonderland offers a great range of arts and crafts for visitors to purchase as well as sugared foods and mulled wine to get into the Christmas spirit.

New Year’s Gala Concert

The Hungarian State Opera House presents the party of the season, with a variety of classical music and champagne to be enjoyed by all. Musical celebrations take guests through to midnight with a professional dance show and dinner served in between.

Christmas & New Year’s Dinner Cruise

Held on New Year’s Day, the Danube Orchestra concert starts of the event at The Danube Palace. Guests are then invited onto a cruise ship where they will be served a wonderful 3-course meal of traditional Hungarian food. The romantic atmosphere makes a great way to begin the New Year.

Opera Ball

One of the richest musical events of the year, the Budapest Opera House hosts 50 major performances. This is a night definitely worth dressing up for, even if you just turn up to view the beautiful building itself.

Budapest Spring Festival

Locations all over the city host Budapest’s largest annual event. The Spring festival presents varied music concerts, drama performances and film screenings with international performers joining visitors from all over at the event.

International Choir Competition and Festival Budapest

This event is the longest going traditional Choir competition since it began in 1988. Choirs of all standards, from all over the world participate and visitors are encouraged to sing along with them.

Budapest Palinka Festival

The City Hall Park hosts the annual four-day palinka show, with over 300 palinka types (Hungarian fruit brandy) on offer from over 20 distilleries. Alcohol and live music accompany the event.

Danube Carnival

Budapest brings one of the most colourful dance, music and performing arts carnivals to Hungary. Both local and international performers can be seen on Chain Bridge as well as a carnival gala taking place on Margaret Island.

Budapest parade

Visitors are attracted to this annual event for its bright stunning floats, party atmosphere and live music. A fabulous fireworks display ends the parade which is followed by all night post-parade club parties hosted all around the city.

Sziget Festival

Budapest’s Óbudai Island hosts a week of camping, music and parties. Many party-goers stay on the island for the duration of the week although it is possible to attend only certain events. Entertainment and activities happen non-stop throughout the day and night, plus the island atmosphere makes this event one not to be missed!

Budapest’s International Wine festival

Taking place in Buda Castle’s open-air grounds, visitors are given the chance to sample a variety of vintage wines that are on offer during the event. Live concerts and culinary delicacies accompany the wine-tasting festival, plus a wine auction for charity takes place at the end.

Autumn festival

Music lovers are drawn to the autumn festival for its battle between the genres, in an array of theatrical, dance and music performances. Those who prefer more traditional music will also enjoy the event for its programme of contemporary dance and music shows, as well as film exhibitions and screenings.

Budapest Christmas Fair

The city’s annual Christmas fair is held at Vörösmarty Square. The winter wonderland offers a great range of arts and crafts for visitors to purchase as well as sugared foods and mulled wine to get into the Christmas spirit.

New Year’s Gala Concert

The Hungarian State Opera House presents the party of the season, with a variety of classical music and champagne to be enjoyed by all. Musical celebrations take guests through to midnight with a professional dance show and dinner served in between.

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