Festivals and events in and around Budapest

The different music and cultural festivals are an increasingly popular activity in Budapest and the whole of Hungary throughout the whole year, but especially during summer. World famous artists perform on the Hungarian stages year after year entertaining thousands of people at a number of venues.

Sziget Festival

The Sziget Festival is celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2013. It has been the winner of the Best European Major Festival in 2011. Every year the festival attracts a growing number of people from all over the world to enjoy live concerts and a wide range of programs daily. The seven day festival is staged on one of the islands on the River Danube in the heart of Budapest. If you are in Budapest between the 5th and 12th of August this year make sure to check out Sziget Festival at the “island of freedom”. Read more about this year’s lineup.

Buda Castle Wine Festival

If you are looking for a bit different cultural experience and you are a lover of good wine The Buda Castle Wine Festival definitely worth a visit. The festival is staged every year and offers the best quality wines, a gastronomical experience, a variety of concerts and other fun activities in the beautiful surroundings of the Buda Castle. If you are in Budapest between the 11th and 15th of September 2013, this is something to add to your list of things to do in Budapest.

Balaton Sound Festival

If you don’t mind to venture a bit further from Budapest, Balaton Sound is staged at Zamardi, an hour drive away from Budapest. Balaton Sound is a music festival being held for the seventh year in July 2013. The venue of the increasingly popular beach festival is next to Lake Balaton. A lineup of world famous DJs and bands perform at venues while festival goers can enjoy a cocktail or two in the summer sun next to the cooling waters of Lake Balaton. Here you can read a bit more about this year’s lineup.