Sziget Festival is the top music and cultural festival in Hungary, and one of the top European festivals, multi-award winning and more than 20 years old. For its current dates and concert lineup / general programme of events, please visit our Budapest Events Calendar on TopBudapest.org travel guide.
Sziget Festival Budapest is simply unmissable if you like festivals. It is in fact a lot more than a festival, a lifetime memory and a real multicultural experience in the best sense.
Sziget Fesztivál is very warmly recommended for folks who still feel young at heart, especially for tourists in their 20s and 30s.
Be prepared for crowded events, crowded buffets with long lines for foods and drinks, plus fantastic concerts, theatre performances, great friendships and more!
Sziget Festival Daily pass to the island is approx. 60USD or 45 Euros (the weekly pass is ranging between 140-200 Euros).
Literally, the festival is on a bigger island (Ship Factory Island – Hajogyari Sziget) in the middle of the river Danube, so you are sort of separated from the rest of the usual city life and city lifestyle, especially if you put up your tent on the island. The official site of the Sziget Festival is http://www.sziget.hu. (szigetfestival.com gets redirected here too)
Besides the usual music and cultural programmes, here are some photos that illustrate the versatility and spontaneity of the events.
You can bring your own tent or caravan if you don’t mind living in unguarded hippie-style tent villages on the Sziget (island), or you can commute to the island every day and take the suburban train from the city center (approx. 25/35 min).
You can buy normal daily or weekly tickets or special camping tickets to put up your tent (tents are not guarded but Sziget Festival has a dedicated locker area to keep your valuables safe).
Belly dancing 101 on Hajogyari Island – Sziget Festival
Bungee jumping at Sziget Festival
Getting (fake) married at Budapest Sziget Festival
Growing groomed moustache and beard on Hajogyari Island, Sziget Festival, Budapest
Trying the Hungarian Hawaii welcome flower paprika-chain:
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And a couple of Sziget Festival videos
Sziget Festival 2010. A short documentary by Pamela Maddaleno
Sziget festival 2006 by Nelson Reguera
SZIGET 2010 (Festival’s video summary) by Gemmbird
Sziget 2010 – 360° degree panoramic short film by Escape Media Channel
(photos of Sziget Festival are from the Gallery of the official website – 2010)