Upcoming Holidays and Festivals in Hungary

Woman celebrating St. István's Day in Budapest
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


June 7–14:  Danube Carnival, Budapest (multicultural festival)

June 29–July 6:  Early Music Days, Fertőd-Eszterháza (concert series put on by the Hungary Philharmonic)

July 3–6:  Balaton Sound, Zamárdi (lakeside electronic music festival)

July 18–21:  Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest

July 19–28:  The Valley of Arts Festival (held in Kapolcs, Taliándörögd, and Vigántpetend)

August 7–12:  Sziget Festival, Budapest (rock and pop music)

August 17–20:  Festival of Folk Arts, Budapest

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

September 12–15:  Budapest Wine Festival

October 18–28:  Bull's Blood Festival (Egri Bikavér), Eger (wine and traditional food)

October 23:  Republic 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)


January 1:  New Year's Day (closures)

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

March 14–30 (likely):  Szentendre Spring Festival (concerts, film, theater)

April 18–21:  Easter weekend (Good Friday through Easter Monday, closures)

April 28–May 11 (likely):  Budapest Spring Festival (opera, ballet, classical music)

May 1:  Labor Day (closures)

June 6–13:  Danube Carnival, Budapest (multicultural festival)

June 8 & 9:  Pentecost and Whit Monday (closures)

June 28–July 5 (likely):  Early Music Days, Fertőd-Eszterháza (concert series put on by the Hungary Philharmonic)