Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Hungary

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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January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

April 5–22:  Budapest Spring Festival (opera, ballet, classical music)

April 19–22:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday, closures)

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

June 9–10:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

Early June (2 weeks):  Danube Carnival, Budapest (multicultural festival)

June 8–August 30:  Budapest Summer Festival (art festival with theater, concerts, film, activities)

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

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

Early July (1 week):  Early Music Days, Fertőd-Eszterháza

July 3–7:  Balaton Sound, Zamárdi (lakeside electronic music festival)

Early July (weekend):  Bull's Blood Festival, Eger (wine and traditional food)

July 26–28:  Formula 1 races, Budapest

August 7–13:  Sziget Festival, Budapest (rock and pop music)

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

August 31–September 7 (likely):  Jewish Cultural Festival, Budapest

October 4–20 (likely):  Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

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