What to do and see in Budapest in August 2023 ?
Discover the numerous events and activities we have selected for your visit to Budapest in August.
The Budapest calendar for August is regularly updated as soon as new events are announced that attract our full attention.
CONCERTS ST. STEPHEN’S BASILICA every Sunday and Tuesday
Visit St. Stephen’s Basilica in the heart of Budapest and delight in an outstanding classical concert. The venue itself is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, but this is not all that will be breathtaking during the evening. Listen to excellent artists performing the best of the best in classical music. Choose from 3 different concerts and 4 different seating categories, depending on your preferences and budget. Concert at 20:00 every Sunday and Tuesday:
Duration: about 70 minutes. Information on Classical Music Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica
and tickets – click here
Address: St. Stephen’s Basilica, Szent István ter 1, 5th district, Pest – map –
SZIGET FESTIVAL BUDAPEST from August 10th to 15th
From August 10th to 15th 2023, the biggest music festival in Europe, the Sziget Festival, will be held in Budapest. For 1 week, more than 550,000 festival-goers from around the world come to attend more than 50 stages at 600 concerts and shows.
Complete information in our article ‘Budapest Sziget Festival’ on this link.
MATTHIAS CHURCH CONCERT – Budapest in August –
The beautiful Matthias Church in Buda’s Old Town holds classical music concerts every Friday in August with the Budapest Duna String Orchestra. Spend an evening in this unique venue and enjoy a magical classical concert performed by the Duna String Orchestra and violin soloist Gabora Gyula:
FOLKLORE DANCE SHOW – every Saturday
Discover the art of folk dance in Hungary during a 90-minute show (including an intermission) in the unique setting of the Danube Palace in Pest in the city center. True testimony of the Hungarian heritage, the show will present the tradition of the costumes, music and dance of Hungary and its former empire. Every Saturday:
Duration: about 90 minutes. Folk dance show information and tickets – click here
Budapest Cruises on the Danube River
Discover Budapest with a cruise on the Danube (45mn-1h), day and night, to admire Buda Castle, Matthias Church, Hungarian Parliament, Citadel, Hotel Gellért, and more. From 9€!
You also have the opportunity to dine during your cruise while admiring Budapest by night!
In the evening you can enjoy a two hour cruise on the Danube accompanied by a dinner and the musical performance of local Hungarian artists:
National Day – August 20th, 2023
On August 20th, St. Stephen’s Day in Hungary is the national holiday day when is celebrated the foundation of the Hungarian state more than 1000 years ago.
– Festivities in Parliament from 08:30 to 09:30 in Kossuth Square where is raised the Hungarian flag. Parliament can be visited free of charge from 12:00 to 17:00.
– Aerial and aquatic parade on the banks of the Danube between 9:30 and 11:00.
– Concerts on Adam Clark Square from 11:30 to 18:00.
– Concerts and festival ‘Street of Hungarian flavors’ at Bazaar Várkert in Buda.
– Folk Art Festival (17-20th August) at Buda Castle.
– Blessing of bread and harvest procession at 2.30 pm from Szent György Square in Buda Castle to St Stephen’s Statue in Fishermen’s Bastion.
– Holy Mass and procession of the right hand of St. Stephen at 17:00 at St. Stephen’s Basilica in Pest.
9 pm: Fireworks (30 minutes) between the Chain Bridge and the Margit Bridge.
You will be able to admire this sumptuous fireworks from the quays between these two bridges, from any position where you can see the facade of the Parliament. Car traffic is closed in the afternoon along the quays where several hundred thousand people come to watch the fireworks.
Good Tip: watch the fireworks from a boat on the Danube!
SPARTY bath parties – Budapest in August
The Széchenyi Baths host the Sparty parties on Saturday evenings in their outdoor baths. In this impressive setting you will experience animations, dancers, 3D projections and DJs live sets for a unique party in Budapest !
Video of the Sparty event:
The Széchenyi baths can be reached by public transport via the Metro M1 – Széchenyi fürdő station – and the trolley bus 72 – Széchenyi fürdő station.
Address: Széchenyi baths, Állatkerti krt. 9th – 14th district, Pest.