If you are visiting Budapest in the summer, we highly recommend that you deal with the festival culture here. This is a very central aspect of many people’s lives and has been given a central role in Hungarian party culture. It’s an unforgettable time and it’s one of the best ways to experience the local lifestyle. Read below about some of the top summer festivals in Budapest:
List of Summer Festivals in Budapest
1. Budapest Summer Festival
The Budapest Summer Festival is not a unique event, but a series of events held at three venues: the Margaret Island Open-Air Theater, the Water Tower, and Városmajor. During the neighborhood, there are three-month summer celebrations, musicals, theater, concerts, and all sorts of high-culture events. This year, Nigel Kennedy will play his famous violin, Pink Martini will host the evening, with the premiere of Turandot, Cavalleria Rusticana, and Barbarian Nights.
When: June- August
Where: Two venues (the Open-Air Theater and the Water Tower) are located on Margaret Island, the third, Városmajor, is located next to Széll Kálmán Square in Buda.
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2. Művészetek Völgye
Kapolcs is home to the Valley of the Arts, which is a week-long craft fair, festival, and presentation of current Hungarian art. Mostly theater and music, but here you can find crafts, film, the Circus, and everything in between. A kind of family-friendly creative experience with great food and atmosphere, as well as plenty of workshops where you get the opportunity to create something meaningful.
Kolorádó is another famous summer festival in Budapest that caters to the younger generation of the Hungarian intelligentsia. Artistic and radical Kolorádó is a lot of fun and presents the avant-garde of Budapest and the world. Hidden locations on the outskirts of Budapest, as well as a magical getaway of art, sound, and sight, await those who embark on this crazy journey.
Where: Hűvösvölgy, Budapest
It is one of the oldest musical summer events in Hungary, dating back to the communist era. This is a meeting of Hungarian university students, which is held in different places every year. This year it will be held in Venice, on the shores of a beautiful and picturesque lake, and will present mainly Hungarian performances, but there will also be Rita Ora and Gianluca Vashi, as well as other international performances.
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5. B.My Lake
Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Hungary, so it should come as no surprise that it hosts 2 wonderful summer festivals in Budapest. It serves a completely different audience, but also focuses on electronic beats and is located in Zamárdi. Sven Vath, Hot X, Dax J, and Adam Breyer, among others, will spin.
Where: Zamárdi, near lake Balaton
6. Festival of Folk Arts
The Folk Art Festival (Crafts Festival) is held in Buda Castle and is a crossroads between a Renaissance fair, an open-air market, and an Arts and Crafts exhibition. Not only can you buy high-quality, unique, handcrafted products in a festive setting (complete with great food and quality alcohol), but also have fun; folk music and danceable classics are the main focus, and artisans and dance groups are also regularly involved. Each year, a single craft session becomes the focus of the festival, and this year the art of sewing and crocheting.
Where: The Buda Castle
This is a week of mass partying on one of the islands of the Danube, with huge stages, international performances, and DJs, representing all kinds of music. This is a must for avid festival goers and backpackers as the festival has an international cult after the hilarious maniacs! Ed Sheeran, Post Malone, Foo Fighters, 21 pilots, Franz Ferdinand, Years and Years, and Florence all have given their charming performances.
Where: Hajógyári Sziget in Budapest.
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4 days of fantastic music and a crowd of enthusiastic young people in Sopron, one of the most beautiful cities in Western Hungary. Due to its picturesque location, wonderful line-up, and friendly atmosphere, this veteran music festival attracts an eclectic and large crowd. Slipknot, Cypress Hill, Black Eyed Peas, Parov Stelar, Kruder & Dorfmeister, Martin Solveig, and Slash all have performed here in this major summer festival in Budapest.
Where: Sopron, Lővér Camping
9. Balaton Sound
Do you love club music and love the house and deep genres? There is a festival for you! Enjoy the club’s classics and lounge anthems, not to mention soul and rap music outdoors, next to Hungary’s largest lake. Eastern Ibiza, Balaton Sound hosts the best DJs and live performances imaginable, with Future, Armin van Buuren, The Chainsmokers, Sean Paul, Marshmello, G. Eazy, Tiesto, and Paul Kalkbrenner performing this year.
Where: Zamárdi, near lake Balaton
Psychedelic Journey into the Forest World of Transitions of Peace, Love, and Trance The biggest summer festival in Budapest, with psytrance, straight up, cold, and plenty of other stages that support all aspects of trance and psychedelia. This festival is truly about community and spirit, and is located off the route to maximize the effects of unity and unity, and is thus called the “Psychedelic Tribal Gathering”.
Where: Dádpuszta, Hungary
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