Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Hungary

  • Before planning a trip around a festival, verify the festival dates on the festival’s website or with a local tourist information office. For more information about these and other events, visit the official tourism site for Hungary.
  • This list includes major festivals in major cities, plus national holidays observed throughout Hungary. Many sights and banks close down on national holidays — keep it in mind when planning your itinerary. Note that this isn’t a complete list; holidays can strike without warning.
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January 1:  New Year’s Day (closures)

January 6:  Epiphany

March 15:  National Day (celebrates 1848 Revolution; closures)

March 21–April 6:  Budapest Spring Festival

April 3–6:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)

May 1:  Labor Day (and anniversary of joining the EU)

May 14:  Ascension

May 24–25:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 4:  Corpus Christi (religious festival; some closures)

June–mid-August:  Outdoor Festival (outdoor evening performances, Pécs)

Mid/Late June:  Early Music Days (Sopron)

July 24–26:  Formula 1 races (Budapest)

Late June–late August:  Summer on the Chain Bridge (Budapest’s Chain Bridge is closed to traffic on weekends, lined with food stalls and performers)

Late June–late August:  Szentendre Summer Festival (art festival with theater, concerts, film, activities)

August 10–17:  Sziget Festival (rock and pop music, Budapest)

August 15:  Assumption Day

August 20:  St. István’s Day (fireworks, celebrations; closures)

Last week of August:  Jewish Summer Festival (Budapest)

October 3–19:  Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

October 23:  National Day (remembrances of 1956 Uprising; closures)

November 1:  All Saints’ Day/Remembrance Day (religious festival, some closures)

December 24–25:  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (closures)

December 26:  Boxing Day (closures)

December 31:  New Year’s Eve (a.k.a. Szilveszter; concerts and fireworks in Budapest)