Things to Do in Budapest in September 2016

Budapest Event Guide September 2016

Autumn arrives with its cool breeze, beautiful colors and plenty of things to do in Budapest.Check out the Budapest Events Calendar for September to find top concerts, attractions, sports, and other interesting things to do during the first month of Autumn in Budapest.

Chocolate and Candy Festival

When: September 16-18, 2016.

Where: Szent István square

Opening hours:
Friday: 11 am to 10 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 10 am to 8 pm

Price: A day pass is HUF 2,200 for adults and HUF 1,000 for kids (6-12 years old). A family day pass (2 adults + 2 kids) is HUF 5,000.
Entrance is free for children under 6 years of age.

Sweet Days is a chocolate and Candy festival where you can find special artisan chocolates, traditional sweets and world famous brands.

This particular festival counts with the participation of the most popular and representative Hungarian chocolate and confectionery makers such as Gundel, Ruszwurm, Szamos, Harrer Chocolat, Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé, Tibor Szántó, Zangio Kézműves Csokoládé, Cadeau Bonbon and Krisztina S.Nemzetes.

Besides the opportunity to taste the yummiest Hungarian chocolate, sweets, candy and ice cream, visitors will be able to take part in professional workshops and courses introducing the basics of making artisan chocolates and truffles.

Small chocolate manufacturers from all over the country are bringing their best produce in the most original forms and flavors.

There will be programs for children and families as well as live music concerts with local small ensembles.

At this time, September weather is still sunny but cool, so why not to spend a nice afternoon in the city center tasting the best chocolates of the country?

Hungarian Craft-beer Festival – 12th FŐZDEFESZT

When: September 9-11, 2016.

Where: Cyti Park (Városliget)

Opening hours: sorteszt
Friday: 14 am to 02 am
Saturday: 12 am to 02 am
Sunday: 12 am to 00 am

Price: There is no entrance fee, but you have to buy Főzdefeszt glass for beer tasting

Főzdefeszt is your chance to have a new-wave craft-beer and street-food picnic as a season-opener in Budapest’s most beautiful park – and also your last chace to see the park in its original condition before it goes through a major development!


National Gallop

When: September 16-18, 2016.

Where: Heroes’ Square

The National gallop is one of Hungary’s largest festivals and it is about Hungarian equestrian, hussar traditions and everything related to it. More than 100 Hungarian towns and cities participate every year in the event.

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Besides, horse races, carriage and saddles, the whole length of Andrassy Avenue becomes the Gallop promenade where you can find hundreds of booths with people from all over the country showing off their traditions and heritage. You will find blacksmiths pounding horseshoes or costumed women embroidering traditional Hungarian flower motifs as well as traditional cuisine, handcrafts and folk music as well.

This is the perfect opportunity to get closer to Hungarian history, traditions and culture.

Jewish Summer Festival 2016

When:  September 4-16. 2016

Where: Budapest’s Jewish Quarter

xBudapestJewishFestival.jpg.pagespeed.ic.t9l1xrCe2NThe Budapest Jewish Summer Festival is a multicultural event that brings together and celebrates the Jewish-Hungarian community. Get to know the Jewish traditions and culture through concerts, book markets, gastronomy tasting, plastic arts and film exhibitions.

Many talented singers and musicians such as Andrea Rost and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Bea Palya, Tamás Pajor, Soul Exodus , Katica Illényi and the Swing De Gitanes, Caramel, Boban Markovic and his Orchestra will be performing this year during the festival.

The main venue of the Budapest Jewish Summer Festival is still Dohány Street Synagogue.

Check the Jewish Festival website for detailed information programs and further locations.

Classical Music Concerts at Budapest Basilica

When: September 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2016. 8:00 pm.

Where: St. Stephen’s Basilica

Cost: 42-49 Euro

xBudapestBasilicaConcerts.jpg.pagespeed.ic.c5UrjENfP9Saint Stephen’s Basilica is one of the most stunning neo Classical buildings of Budapest.

Its great acoustics makes it the perfect place to enjoy a series of beautiful classical music concerts where the organ and the flute are the main players together with outstanding performers.

How to get there: The best way to get the Basilica of Budapest is taking Blue Metro Line 3 and getting off at Arány János station.

More information: Check the St. Stephen’s Basilica Concerts for detailed information on dates, concerts and prices.

Sail along the Danube

When: From April to September

Where: From Budapest’s Docks to Riverfront in Óbuda (Romai Part), Budapest III district.

xkajakonDanube.jpg.pagespeed.ic.QrFsHqsm0WRomai Part is a charming riverbank in Budapest’s District III. It is a popular place for dining, strolling around, riding your bicycle, renting a kayak or a boat and sailing along the Danube. There are lots of terrace restaurants where in summer locals enjoy the cool breezes of the Danube as well as Hungarian summer delicacies such as langos, palacsinta (pankakes) and fried fish (hekk). If you are willing to spend an afternoon as a local and with locals, come to Romai Part.

How to get there: take the HÉV train from Batthyány tér and get off at Római Fürdő station. Walk to the riverbank.

Alternatively, you can go by boat, public boats operate from April to October, you can take the boat at Batthyányi tér dock and get off at Romai Fűrdő dock. To get back to the city check the timetable at Romai Fűrdő dock.

Travel by Boat as a Local

When: From May to September, 2016

Where: From Budapest’s Docks to Riverfront in Óbuda (Romai Part), Budapest III district.

If you want to enjoy a boat ride along the Danube, just the way locals do, take one of the ferries that run from Petőfi bridge (Boraros tér dock) to Romaifűrdő dock.

xDanubeBoatTrip.jpg.pagespeed.ic.iEjLwoGy9vThis is a very nice tour that covers the length of the city and costs you a little bit more than a metro single ticket, exactly 400 ft.

There are stops at Batthyányi Tér and Jászai Mari tér where you can get on and there is also a stop at the Margaret island where you can get off and look around if you wish.

I recommend you take the boat at Boraros tér or at Boat restaurant Bar A38 then you will have the opportunity to take beautiful pictures of the Chain Bridge, the Buda Castle and the Parliament.

Get off at Romaifürdo stop, where you can stroll around, have a nice cold drink or a langos at any of the restaurants you will find on the river bank. This place is one of locals’ favorite in summer time.

A one way ride costs 400 ft. Passengers who are over 65 years of age and come from any European Union country travel free of charge.

Tickets are sold on board.

Download the week days and weekends time table here for detailed information.

WAMP Arts and Crafts Festival

When: September 11, 2016.

Where: Erzsebet Tér (in front of Deák Tér metro station)

ArtsandCraftsBudapestWAMP is a local design festival that takes place at least once a month, usually on Sundays where young Hungarian designers and craftsmen exhibit their creations. This is the perfect place to get to know Hungarian Fashion, emerging Hungarian designers and to buy unique colorful and authentic gifts.

If you happen to be in Budapest at this time, don’t miss this festival! Take advantage of this fair to look for unique souvenirs for relatives and friends.

How to get there: The best way to get to WAMP in Erzsebet tér is taking Blue Metro Line (M3) and getting off at Deák tér station Erzsebet tér is just in front of Deák tér.

Buda Hills by Budapest Chair Lift

When: September, 2016

Where: Zugligeti út 97.

János Hégy is a wonderful place located in one of the most beautiful areas of Buda Hills from where you can admire the entire city of Budapest.

You can reach János Hill by chairlift (libegő).

The ride takes about 15 minutes through a leafy green forest with fantastic views of surrounding neighborhoods and Budapest.

JanosHillLookOutBudapestJános hégy is the highest point in the Buda Hills where you can walk up to Elizabeth lookout and enjoy 350°breathtaking views of the city and surroundings, have a relaxed walk or even take a ride back to the city on the children railway.

The chairlift to János hegy (John’s hill) works daily from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Sundays and Public Holidays.

The chairlift runs depending on weather conditions (It doesn’t operate on windy, stormy, foggy or rainy weather) To make sure that the chairlift is on service on the day you plan to go, call the number + 36 1 258 4636.

Cost: 1,000 ft per adult per one ride. And 600 ft per child per ride.

Return Ticket: 1,400 ft for adults and 800 ft for children. Children under 3 years old can travel free of charge.

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Zugligeti Libegő station is to take bus number 291 at Nyugati Station, get off at the last stop and walk up about 200 mt. On the right side you will find the Zugligeti Libegő station (Next to Zugligeti campsite where there is a yellow tram car that works as a campsite shop).

Palace of Arts Budapest

When: September, 2016.

Where: Komor Marcell u. 1, Budapest IX District

PalaceofArtsBudapestThe Budapest Palace of Arts offers an amazing variety of cultural events all year round. Musical concerts from diverse genres, opera, dance performances, art exhibitions and art workshops among many other kind of events take place in the Palace of Arts.

If you are interested in any type of art, visit Budapest’s Palace of Arts and enjoy Hungarian’s rich cultural life. This is truly one of the things to do in Budapest in September you shouldn’t miss.

How to get there: The best way to get the Palace of Arts is taking tram number 2 and get off at Közvágohíd (Millenium Kulturalís Központ). Right in front to the right you have the beautiful building that houses the palace of arts of Budapest.

More information: Check the Palace of Arts Website for detailed information on current events.

Budapest International Wine Festival 2016

When: September 8-11 , 2016

Where: Terraces of the Buda Castle

Cost: 3,000 ft per person/per day.

WineFestivalBudapestThe Budapest International Wine Festival is one of the most popular events of its kind. Taste the best of Hungarian and foreign wines, meet their makers, enjoy a traditional Hungarian dish, learn the art of wine tasting, be blessed with an extraordinary view and be entertained by live music!

This year young winemakers will be focused as descendants of most well-known winemaker generations of past 15-20 years. Wine-lovers will have a chance to taste their new wave wines expressing new energy, new experience bringing wine tasting to a different level.

More information: Check the Wine Festival website for detailed programs.

Gouba Bazaar – Art Street Market

When: Every sunday of September, 2016

From 10 am to 7 pm.

Where: Gozsdu udvar. VI District. Király utca 13.

GoubaArtMarketGouba is a Sunday street market where you can find interesting, colorful, creative and fun arts, crafts, books, antiques and gastronomy. This is the place where every Sunday young Hungarian musicians, ceramists, painters, jewelers and artists in general exhibit their own creations.

The bazaar takes place at Gozsdu Udvar, a beautifully renovated courtyard on Király utca (Budapest Jewish Quarter). If you are looking for something fun to do on Sundays, Gouba bazaar is the place to be.

Dinning Cruise with Live Music

When: Every day in September, 2016.

Where: Meeting Point. Danube Palace, Zrinyi u. 5.

A romantic dinner cruise with live music on the river Danube is a wonderful thing to do in Budapest in April. These cruises offer a great 4 meal course of traditional Hungarian food created by the well known Hungarian chef, Klöter Gregor-Grex.

danubedinnercruisebudapestThe musicians, members of the Rajko Orchestra, as well as the famous violinist Zsigmond Vidák entertain guests with melodies of classical and traditional Hungarian music as they witness fabulous night views of Budapest at the background.

Do not miss the opportunity to get enchanted by the spectacular night views of Budapest world cultural heritage panorama. From a river tour like this, you see Budapest from a different perspective: the illumined bridges, the Parliament,the Buda Castle and Citadella are simply stunning at night.

More information: Check the Dinner Cruise Website for detailed information on dates, menu and prices.

Cultural Night at the Budapest Opera House

Where: Hungarian State Opera House. Andrassy út 22

When: September, 2016

Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

More information: Check the Hungarian Opera House website for detailed information and prices.

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