Our periodical programs
17-20 May 2018, Budapest, Millenary Park
Representing the essence of Hungary’s now booming gastro culture, Gourmet Festival hosts the country’s best restaurants, wineries and gourmet shops. Eating your way through delicacies, you are going to be bound to redefine your idea of Hungarian cuisine.
2 June 2018, 7:30pm, the Main Parish Church of the Assumption, Budapest
Grown to be the most popular vocal ensemble in Hungary, the Saint Ephraim Male Choir has been showcasing the Orthodox church music series since 2011, this year for the first time to be held in the oldest church building of Pest. Every year, the show features internationally renowned guests, and this year’s instalment will be no different, as the closing concert will star the male choir of Cappella Romana, a vocal ensemble based in the US.
8–9 June 2018, Villány
There is no better way to start your summer than by visiting the Gere Attila Winery, one of the most known and renowned of the Villány Wine Region. The atmosphere is set by great wines, melodic jazz tunes, rich culinary offerings, and a stunning panoramic view. The organizers of the garden party-style event are also promising a few surprises and an unforgettable experience to visitors..
8–17 June 2018, Miskolc
The festival was funded on the turn of the century with the intention to actively engage Miskolc in the international music scene. Thus the town achieved to become an important part of the opera world in Central Europe. The festival’s mission is to cultivate the work of Béla Bartók and to this end the organizers invite international stars to the event every year along with Hungarian artists.
15 June 2018, 8 p.m., Margaret Island Open-air Stage
Now a matter of tradition, one of Hungary’s most prestigious philharmonic orchestras begins the three-month-long Budapest Summer Festival program with a gala concert. Accompanied by pianist Balázs Fülei, the orchestra will present their version of Carl Orff’s most popular work, Carmina Burana, among many other pieces in their set list.
22 and 24 June 2018, 9 p.m., Margaret Island Open-air Stage
One of this year’s opera premieres of the Margaret Island summer program will be Strauss’ powerful musical drama, the innocent and tragic tale of Salome. Enchanting these midsummer nights with her well-known soprano, Andrea Rost will undertake the title role of Salome. The opera will be presented in German with Hungarian titles.
22-24 June 2018, Szőreg
The Rose Festival of Szőreg sees the streets of the village decorated with lavish floral arrangements. The three-day festival offers a peek into the daily routine of rose growers who work day by day in the rose fields. Considered the most spectacular event of the festival, the carnival parade will be held on Saturday afternoon, with a festive march, decorated with several hundred thousand roses, parading through the streets of Szőreg.
23–30 June 2018, Balatonfüred
The guitar festival of Balatonfüred, the “capital” of the northern shore of Lake Balaton, will be held for the 13th time this year with numerous performers from Hungary as well as from abroad and master classes taken by winners or awardees of international competitions. The program features an instrument exhibition and you will also get an opportunity to buy sheet music.
23 June – 01 July 2018, Tihany
Near the magnificent baroque Abbey of Tihany, a lavender plantation covers the hillsides overlooking Lake Balaton. During the festival, visitors will have a chance to become familiar with all the uses and applications of this most versatile herb. On June 23, 2018, guests can even take a nostalgia train from Budapest to Tihany.
6-8 July 2018, Hortobágy
The main goal of the Hortobágy Equestrian Days is to promote public awareness of the past and present of pastoral culture as well as the achievements of the Máta stud farm. The event can be considered a summary of Hungary’s equine culture, with professional horsemen and horse-loving amateurs both playing their part during the festivities.
13-15 July 2018, Visegrád
This festival, to be held in mid-summer, brings the medieval fortress system of Visegrád to life again. Besides spectacular knightly tournaments, the programmes evoking the traditions of the XIV. century will also include a torchlight procession, falconry displays, early music performances and an entire military camp. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about traditional folk crafts and to try how they would manage in the field of craftsmanship themselves.
15 July 2018, 4pm, Esztergom Basilica
In addition to being the largest church building in Hungary, the beautiful Esztergom Basilica is not only used to celebrate masses, but also to hold outstanding concerts. This year will see performers coming from many different countries, including young artists of the New Yorker Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a group celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
26–29 July 2018, Tiszafüred
In addition to promoting a connection between quality culture and a healthy lifestyle, the magnificent Opera of the Nature Festival also aims to present the wonderful natural beauty of Lake Tisza with its precious fauna to the Hungarian and international audience. The program of the festival ventures beyond the realm of music and into that of gastronomy, cycling and boats.
2–4 August 2018, Paloznak
For a few days in August, Paloznak is going to be the capital of Lake Balaton again. More than 20 music productions, light painting animations, and the authentic picnic-in-the-park atmosphere will form the backbone of the festival, while the best restaurants and artisan food producers of the northern shore of the lake will also add their expertise to the mix. And that’s not even mentioning Lake Balaton itself, always there to take a dip in.
2–5 August 2018, Debrecen, Great Forest
The success story of the Debrecen Jazz Festival began in 1971, at a time when the city hosted the only regular jazz event in the country. Year after year, the hosts strive to enlarge and enhance what they accomplished, so a few years ago they merged the original festival with the Wine Carnival that was also already a success, and created the Debrecen Wine & Jazz Days. Be a part of one of the most charming gastro-cultural event in the region!
3 and 5 August 2018, 8 p.m., Margaret Island Open-air Stage
To the enjoyment of devoted opera enthusiasts, the highlights of this year’s festival program includes Rigoletto, one of Verdi’s most triumphant piece. Giuseppe Altomare, a world-renowned Italian baritone singer, will assume the title role, while Mexican operatic tenor Arturo Chacón Cruz will play the Duke of Mantua.
12-21 August 2018, Debrecen
Fascinating performance groups from all corners of the world arrive to the weeklong festivities each year to provide an exciting carnival atmosphere. The celebrations reach their climax on 20 August, when all unique flower compositions, decorated with several hundred thousand flowers illustrating scenes from legends and fairy tales, are rolled through the streets of Debrecen.
23-26 August 2018, Szombathely
Featuring more than 200 shows from the world of music, theatre and gastronomy, the Savaria Historical Carnival is the greatest historically based total arts festival in Central Europe that provides high-quality entertainment for everyone. The event chooses to focus on the ancient traditions and the historical past of this Roman city and is committed to upholding traditions by doing so.
9 September 2018, Budapest
Marking the beginning of the autumn season, the Wizz Air Budapest Half Marathon is visited by people from around 80 different countries each year. Colourful events and a course meandering through World Heritage Sites further boost the popularity of the run. Get through the 21 km individually or in a team of two or three.
28–30 September 2018, Károlyi Château, Fehérvárcsurgó
This year marks the 9th edition of this annual meeting of string quartets in the fabulous château of Fehérvárcsurgó, a true gem of Fejér County. In addition to Hungarian artists, French and Austrian musicians will also perform at the festival where students will entertain visitors during the day. Accompanying the event, a traditional musical instruments exhibition will be open to the public as well.
7 October 2018, Budapest
Choose a distance that suits you and be one of the nearly 30,000 participants who join the SPAR Budapest Marathon® Festival. Run the official distance of 42.195 kilometres individually, with your partner, or in a four-member relay team. As an alternative, you are offered to discover the city taking a 30 or 10 kilometres long route.