Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Hungary

The celebrations on St. István's Day make August 20 an especially fun time to visit Budapest.
  • 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.
  • See upcoming holidays and festivals across Europe

2015

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

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

June 6–26:  Danube Carnival

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

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)

June 27–July 4:  Early Music Days, Sopron

July 9–12:  Bull's Blood Festival, Eger (wine and traditional food)

July 9–12:  Balaton Sound, Zamárdi (lakeside electronic music festival)

July 24–26:  Formula 1 races, Budapest

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

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

Last week of August:  Jewish Summer Festival, Budapest

October 2–4 (likely):  Hungarian Pálinka (brandy) and Sausage 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)

2016

January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

March 25–28:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday)

Mid-April (17 days):  Budapest Spring Festival (opera, ballet, classical music)

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

May 15–16:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)