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Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Hungary

Woman celebrating St. István's Day in Budapest, 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.
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June 29–July 2:  Balaton Sound, Zamárdi (lakeside electronic music festival)

July 2–9:  Early Music Days, Fertőd-Eszterháza (concert series put on by the Hungary Philharmonic)

July 22–31:  The Valley of Arts Festival (held in Kapolcs, Taliándörögd, and Vigántpetend)

July 31:  Formula 1 races, Budapest

August 10–15:  Sziget Festival, Budapest (rock and pop music)

August 15:  Assumption of Mary

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

August 19–21:  Festival of Folk Arts, Budapest

August 25–27 (likely):  Bull's Blood Festival, Eger (wine and traditional food)

September 4–11:  Jewish Summer Festival, Budapest

September 8–11:  Budapest Wine Festival

September 25–October 19 (likely):  Budapest Autumn Festival

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

October 31:  Extra day off for All Saints' Day (closures)

November 1:  All Saints' Day/Remembrance Day (religious festival, 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)


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

April 7–10:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday, closures)

April 28–May 14 (likely):  Budapest Spring Festival (opera, ballet, classical music)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

May 18:  Ascension Day

May 18–June 8 (likely):  Jewish Art Days, Budapest

May 28 & 29:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 2–11 (likely):  Danube Carnival, Budapest (multicultural festival)