Our periodical programs
11–13 August 2017, Győr
Held at the baroque downtown region of Győr, this year marks the 25th edition of this unique series of events. In addition to musicians, dancers and pantomimes dressed in costumes marching in the colourful parade, street fairs and concerts will further enhance the mood and atmosphere of the fiesta. The parade will culminate in a real wedding ceremony harkening back to baroque grandeur.
17–20 August 2017, Budapest
The Festival of Folk Arts sees the finest Hungarian craftsmen moving into Buda Castle for a few days each year. Besides dance and music programmes as well as interesting crafts presentations, the festival also features a fair where guests will have an opportunity to purchase the goods made by the craftsmen themselves.
26 August 2017, Zebegény
Zebegény, a true jewel of the Danube Bend, hosts a panorama run of intimate atmosphere. The route between Szob and Nagymaros goes alongside the river Danube gaining only minimal elevation while providing a wonderful overview of the waters, the surrounding mountains, and the castle of Visegrád. Participants can choose between distances of 25 km, 17 km, 8km, and 2 km.
1–3 September 2017, Szeged
At the massive International Tisza Fish Festival, the size of cauldrons ranges from the tiny to the enormous, but all chefs can agree on one thing: if you want to cook true “Szögedish” fisherman’s soup, you have to get your ground paprika (a Hungaricum) from Szeged and your onions from Makó. The aim of the event is to pass down regional cooking traditions to future generations as well as to promote the consumption of healthy fish products.
7-10 September 2017, Buda Castle
Marking the beginning of autumn, the Budapest Wine Festival is known all over Europe as a significant event where thousands of oenophiles wait with budding anticipation to sample the creations of the finest Hungarian vintners as well as products made by the 15 guest countries’ winemakers. Enjoy the astonishing panoramic view of the banks of the Danube while navigating your way through a diverse gastronomic landscape and chose from a broad variety of concerts and folk shows.
10 September 2017, 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.
14–17 September 2017, Szekszárd
The Szekszárd Harvest Days Festival is one of the greatest events of the region and a true multi-arts festival. In addition to checking out the best wineries of the region, participating in wine tastings and wine seminars, you can explore the gastronomy of the “Street of Flavours”, go to colourful concerts, and take part in the harvest parade where the “Best Dancing Couple of the Harvest” is going to be chosen as well.
16–24 September 2017, all through the country
The aim of this series of events is to build a focus on pure values and sacredness. The schedule starts off with “the Day of Open Churches”, with the doors of temples and synagogues open to visitors throughout the day. To be held all through the country, the festival features fine and applied arts exhibitions, pop and classical music concerts, various performances, and guided tours.
6–8 October 2017, Balatonfüred
The Harvest Days Festival is a great opportunity to taste some of the best wines in the “Hungarian sea” region. After attending a series of gigs and shows, you may enjoy the parade – the highlight of the festival – featuring wine orders, horse-drawn carriages, hussars, majorettes, and a large crowd marching through the city, accompanied by a brass band.
6–8 October 2017, Tokaj
Tokaj, the centre of the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region, has been holding a grapes and wine festival since 1932 with activities for adults and children alike. The programme includes a cooking contest, a harvest parade, various concerts, traditional festivities, and the inevitable wine tasting as well.
7 October 2017
Discover the Danube Bend from inside the vintage cars of a nostalgic steam locomotive, and have a journey back in time reviving the atmosphere of rail travel during the “peaceful old times”. The schedule may be modified as desired, but our recommended stops include Kismaros, Nagymaros, Zebegény and Szob, major locations on the left bank of the river, so you’ll get to know a “different face” of the Danube Bend opposite the classical city of Visegrád.
7 October 2017
Take a nostalgic adventure train to the Grape Harvest Festival of Tokaj, one of the major culinary festivals of Eastern Hungary. The far-famed Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts traditions going back hundreds of years that visitors will become familiar with while reveling at the harvest.
12–15 October 2017, Budapest
Since 2011, Art Market Budapest has been held each year with international exhibitors and visitors coming from all over the globe. The core concept of the contemporary art fair has been to create a fresh “cultural region” that provides space for young shooting stars of the new generation as well as for well-known and renowned artists.
12 October 2017, 8:00 pm, Papp László Budapest Sportarena
Visit Arena this October for a unique experience, the screening of the musical La La Land with a live orchestra. The 2016 blockbuster movie will be played on giant projector screens with the original English audio, accompanied by the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda.
13–15 October 2017, Budapest
The festival celebrates kürtőskalács, a spit cake made following 200-year-old traditions, specific to Hungarian-speaking regions in Romania, more predominantly the Székely land. During the event, you will get to see how the pastry is roasted over charcoal, then you, too, will be given an opportunity to participate in the baking process and to try several contemporary variations as well as to treat yourself with the classical variety.
15 October 2017, 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.
18 October 2017, 7:00 pm, Papp László Budapest Sportarena
The Italian composer of the well-known score for “Once Upon a Time in the West” has been cooperating with several Hungarian orchestras and admits, that he is always glad to return to Hungary. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy-winning Morricone has written music for more than 550 motion pictures and television series, several of which will be performed to the Budapest audience.
5 November 2017, 7:30 pm, Papp László Budapest Sportarena
Multiple award-winning composer James Newton Howard is giving his first live tour this year, and we are happy to say, that Hungary is on the list of shows. Accompanied by a large orchestra, a choir and a spectacular light show, Howard is about to conjure up the greatest hits of the past few decades including the film scores for "The Sixth Sense", "Pretty Woman" and "The Hunger Games" series.
11 November 2017
According to a Hungarian proverb, "If you don’t eat goose meat on St. Martin’s Day, you’ll be starving all year.” To escape starvation, palatable goose dishes paired with fine wines will be served to the guests of the candlelight dinner. The Candlelight Express is operated as a 'charter train on demand' service to fully satisfy specific customer needs as well.
18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26 November 2017, 7 pm, Erkel Theatre, Budapest
Opera in two acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English subtitles
L'italiana in Algeri, Rossini’s most widely performed comic opera, premiers in Budapest this year. This titillating tale belongs to the ranks of “rescue operas”, a favourite genre of the era that usually stipulated having a beautiful young woman being captured and awaiting torture or death until her heroic beloved arrives on the scene to rescue her.
22 November 2017, 7:30 pm, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest
Violinist, violist and conductor Julian Rachlin is one of the most sought-after artists today, while also passing on his knowledge and serving as a goodwill and humanitarian ambassador for international organizations. Previously Rachlin has given several premieres. In Budapest he will deliver a programme based on the works of Beethoven.