Things to Do in Budapest in October 2016

Fun Things to Do in Budapest in October

Autumn continues offering plenty of things to do in Budapest in October. Harvest season is here with Arts and wine festivals all around. Don’t let chilly weather spoil your mood, there are lots of things happening in Budapest in Autumn.

Check out our Budapest Events Calendar for October to find top concerts, attractions, festivals, and other fun things to do in Fall in Budapest. The Design week, the Budapest Autumn Festival and many events are here to cheer you up during this season.

Night Spa at Rudas Baths

When: Every Friday and Saturday Night of October, 2016. From 10:00 pm to 4:00 am.

Where: Rudas Baths –  Döbrentei square 9. District I.

Price: 4,600 Ft.

Rudas Baths is one of the remaining Turkish baths in Budapest. It was built during the 16th century and still preserves the unique architecture, its Ottoman interior and Turkish character.

It opens its doors every Friday and Saturday night to enjoy a quiet spa experience. Visiting Rudas baths at night can be a unique thing to do in Budapest in May. In 2014, Rudas Bath went through an extensive renovation resulting in a brand new wellness area with four new pools and a rooftop terrace and a rooftop pool. You will also find a Reastaurant & Bar that caters a Turkish-Hungarian fusion kitchen.

How to get there: The best way to get to Rudas Baths is taking trams 18 or 19 (from Bathyanyi tér Red Metro Line) as well as buses 5, 7, 8 and 86 to Dobrentei tér. (at the foot of Elizabeth Bridge on the Buda side).

3rd Sekler Cake Festival

When:  October7- 9, 2016, 10 am- 10 pm

Where: Vajdahunyad Castle – City Park (Kós Károly street)  XIV District

Entrance: Free

 kurtosThe Sekler Cake Festival  has been created to bring to life the original way of making “kurtoskalács” which is  a traditional delicacy known among hungarians for more than 200 years.  The  kurtoskalács or sekler cake  is basically a roll of cinnamon and sugary dough baked on coal and is one of the “hungaricums” or items that have a high cultural value and heritage in Hungary.

The primary aim of the festival is cultivate the hungarian traditions by  promoting the existance of this delicious cinnamon roll and to  introduce to new generations  the traditional way of baking it.


The Pig slaughtering Sausage Festival

When:  October 21-23, 2016, 10 am- 10 pm

Where: Railway Museum Park – Tatai str. 95.  XIV District

Entrance: 2.600Ft

The Pig slaughtering Sausage Festival organizers will introduce a real tradition keeper feeling of old-time pig slauthering era. The event is dedicated for tradition keeper, gastro cultural occasion.disznotoros The fair extended over a 10 hectares event space: during daytime family programs, sausage kneading, presentation for pork meat processing, presentation of old timer automobiles and motorcycles.

 At the festival will be organized a big Backyard Fair: separate street for sausages, salami, pig slaughtering street, craftsman street, brandy street, wine cellar.

Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival

When: October 7-23, 2016.

Where: Various venues (A38 SHIP, Budapest Jazz Club, Trafo..)

Café Budapest is the new name for traditional Budapest Autumn Festival which this year celebrates its 24rd anniversary with top Hungarian and international dancers, actors and musicians performing from October 7 until October 23.

During these two weeks Budapest becomes an important European centre of Contemporary Arts where art lovers appreciate, enjoy and learn from a variety of forms of arts including opera, dance, theatre, music and film.

Café Budapest is one of the things to do in Budapest in October you shouldn’t miss. Even if you are not familiar with contemporary arts, take advantage of this opportunity.

More information: Check the Café Budapest Festival website for detailed information on venues and programs.

Classical Music Concerts in Matthias Church

When: October, 2016 at 7 pm.

Where: Mathhias Church. Szentháromság square 2.  Castle District I.

Cost: from 33 Euro

Matthias Church was built in mid 13th century during the reign of King Béla IV. Its exterior contains Gothic, Baroque and Neo Baroque styles, added over all the reconstructions in has gone through. The interior is exceptional for its stained-glass windows, frescoes, carved stone figures and wall decorations by the Romantic painters Károly Lotz and Bertalan Székely. All these unique combunation of elements and its marvelous interior make of it a little gem in the vicinity of Castle district.

The Church of Our Lady or Matyás templom is blessed with excellent acoustics what makes possible a great series of classical music all year round.

More information: Check the Matthias Church  concerts website for detailed programs and ticket prices.

Classical Music Concerts at Budapest Basilica

When: October, 2016. 7 pm.

Where: St. Stephen’s Basilica

Cost: From 20 Euro

Saint 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. The ensemble performs works by famous composers including Vivaldi, Bach, and Händel.

If you are a classical musical lover don’t miss the opportunity to attend to one of these great concerts in one of the most beautiful buildings of Budapest.

More information: Check the St. Stephen’s Basilica concerts website for detailed programs and ticket prices.

Budapest Design Week 2016

When: September 25- October 4, 2016.

Where: Various venues – Design Studios.

BudapestDesignWeekThe Budapest Design Week is a celebration of the Hungarian and international design. Each fall, during 10 days, Hungarian and international designers are the main characters show casting diverse exhibitions, conferences, workshops and fashion shows. Visitors will be actively involved in workshops where they can participate and experience the wonderful world of design from fashion to furniture.

This year’s guest of honor is the kingdom of the Netherlands which presents some of the most exciting works of contemporary Dutch design bringing new attitude and creativity to this year’s program series.

Holland is bringing the key of their success in the world of design. Their style and their key to success: Teamwork.

More information: Check the Budapest Design Week website for detailed programs and venues.

October 23 – National holiday

When: October 23, 2016.

October 23 is a National holiday when Hungarians commemorate the anniversary of 1956 revolution. October 23 marked the beginning of the uprising against the government of People’s Republic of Hungary and the Soviet imposed policies.

On that day, Hungarian students gathered on the streets to demand the withdrawal of Soviet troops, freedom of elections, freedom of opinion, expression and press among other demands. Thousands of civilians joined the demonstrations.

HungarianNationalHolidayStudents, factory workers and professors marched to the Hungarian radio headquarters to have their 16 points list to be read. Radio workers denied the request and troops tried to dissolve the crowds failing in their attempt.

The fight for freedom ended up with thousands of casualties, many were killed, most of them under 25, more than 22 thousand were imprisoned, 229 received death penalty, more than two hundred thousand people escaped leaving the country and those who remained suffered harassment and persecution from the police throughout decades.

1956 Hungarian revolution was the first step that led to the collapse of the communism.

Good to Know

Like in any other national holiday in Hungary, on October 23 everyone can visit the Parliament house free of charge from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Keep in mind that on this day shops, museums and offices are closed to public.

World Press Photo Exhibition 2016

When: September 23 – October 23, 2016.

Where: Museum of Ethnography.  –  Kossuth Lajos square 12. District V.

The World Press Photo Exhibition 2016  will be on display in Budapest from September 23 until October 23 at the Museum of Ethnography.

This collection gathers the best press photographs from around the world and features the most captivating, eye-catching and moving photographs of the year. This year 55 photographers were chosen as winners among more than 5,000 who entered the contest. Last year’s winner was Paul Hansen from Sweden.

Images about culture, sports, natural disasters and armed conflict from all over the world speak by themselves.

If you are in Budapest around this time, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year.

WAMP Arts and Crafts Festival

When: October, 2016. October 2.

Where: Millenaris Park, Hall – B. Kis Rókus str. 16–20.

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 Millenaris Park is taking Red Metro Line (M2) and getting off at Moszkva Tér station. Alternatively, you can take trams 4 and 5 and get off at Mammut shopping centre’s stop.

Palace of Arts Budapest

When: October 2016.

Where: Komor Marcell u. 1, Budapest IX District

The 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 July you shouldn’t miss.

How to get there: The best way to get the Palace of Arts is taking tram number 2 and getting off at Közvágohíd (Millenium Kulturalís Központ)

More information: Check Palace Arts Events for detailed information on current programs.

Dinning Cruise with Live Music

When: Every day in October, 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 Zoltan Kodaly 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: October, 2016.

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

-Tosca -Verdi, G. Opera in three acts. October 25, 19, 22, 2015 .

-Otello. Giuseppe Verdi. October 1,3, 7,11 2015.

-Cosi Fan Tutte. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. October 2,4,8, 2015.

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

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