May Festivals Budapest – Palinka Bunches
Here are some of the top festivals in Budapest during the spring months: March, April, May.
Probably the biggest and most well-known is the cultural fest, simply called Budapest Spring Festival: various (mostly classical) music concerts and high end performance arts programmes. Budapest Tavaszi Fesztival is the ‘Broadway’ event in Budapest featuring highly acclaimed artists. The shows and concerts are sold out in a few weeks, so booking tickets online is warmly recommended.
The exact dates of the Budapest Spring Festival are never set, as the festival aims to set its events around Easter time, which has moving dates. Budapest Spring Festival is intertwined with the Easter festival in the city.
Budapest Easter Festival is actually two festival events, one of the Budapest Easter festivals is up in the Buda Castle on the scenic courts of the Royal Palace. The Buda Castle Easter Festival is called Budavari Husveti Sokadalom. The other Easter festival, the Budapest Easter Market is in downtown Budapest, on the lovely and central Vorosmarty Square, which is more known as the venue of the Budapest Christmas Market.
Hungarian Flavours Festival is a nice fair featuring some of the best handmade foods and drinks in Hungary. The Festival (Kezmuves Izek Vasara) takes place twice a year, once in spring time and once in autumn. The great news is that the superb delicacies can all be enjoyed up in the Buda Castle with views over the city and the river Danube. The festival is worth a weekend getaway in itself.
Budapest Restaurant Week is a one week festival when many restaurants in the city of Budapest offer their meals at a considerable discount. A great opportunity for budget tourists in Budapest looking for cheap restaurants without having to feel compromises.
Palinka Festival puts Palinka, the Hungarian fruit brandy in its focus. In addition to the best palinkas in Hungary, you can try various foods, listen to concerts and enjoy the Buda Castle in a festival atmosphere. This is a cheerful festival, but make sure to drink palinka carefully as its alcohol content is very high.
Foie Gras Festival is in early summer or late spring. Foie Gras (goose liver) is one of the high quality food products that Hungary exports to many countries. Also, it is one of the most often ordered item on the menus of Budapest restaurants.
There is no doubt that the top music events are during the Budapest Spring Festival with the best Hungarian and some of the leading foreign musicians, singers and performers. But March and April goes and in May you can look forward to the Hungarian Beethoven Days. The Beethoven in Buda Festival is the one of the outstanding classical music festivals in spring time in Budapest, in May.
Jewish Spring Festival in Budapest to celebrate Passover is called Quarter 6 Quarter 7 Festival
Obuda Day Festival is a unique festival off the beaten track in the centre of Old Buda, where the Romans used to enjoy themselves. A fun spring festival with concerts, shows, etc.
Cherry Blossom Festival: Japanese themed festival in Budapest at the time of cherry blossom, about mid April.
Budapest Fringe Festival is another cultural festival and is a great extension and counterpart of Budapest Spring Festival: whatever is too alternative and quirky for Budapest Spring Festival is highlighted at the Fringe.
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Things to do in May in Budapest
See more of the upcoming Spring Events in Budapest in our Budapest Events Guide
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